Wendy Vander Well was inducted into our USP Walk of Fame in honor of her outstanding contributions to the organization over a span of 14 years! Contributions include being a member of the USP Board of Directors from 2004-2017, Treasurer from 2007-2017, Makeup designer, in charge of Front of House, Set crew, Props Master, Producer, Assistant Director, Director, and performed in 13 roles according to the USP Database. In addition, she is responsible for creating our Walk of Fame awards night, and moving the organization to online ticket sales. There was a standing ovation for Wendy’s induction as a heartfelt thank you for her work.
Walk of Fame honorees since 2008 from left to right: Deb Linn, Spence Ver Meer, Pat Moriarity, Bev Graves, Don Graves, Peggy Moriarity, Lisa Witzenburg, Wendy Vander Well, Arvin Van Zante, Shelley Buhrow, Pati Van Zante, Doug DeWolf, Dottie McGee (not pictured), and Carolyn Scharff (not Pictured).
In 2008, the Union Street Players Board of Directors instituted the USP Walk of Fame. The term “Walk” of Fame was chosen specifically over “Hall” of Fame because a “Hall” is typically a place where you hang memories of those who have retired but a “Walk” embodies the idea of those who are still actively on a journey. To their credit, many members of the USP Walk of Fame continue to contribute to USP productions in significant ways. The Walk of Fame is a way to honor individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the success of USP over a long period of time. The general criteria outlined by the USP Board of Directors for consideration and inclusion in the Walk of Fame includes:
- Ten or more years of active involvement
- Participation in multiple roles (e.g. actor, director, producer, board member, lights, stage manager, and etc.)
- Contributing to the furthering of USP’s mission
The original intent of the Board of Directors was to honor one individual each year at an annual awards dinner. However, the Board has chosen to honor more than one individual in some years (three in 2008, two in 2009 and 2013) and none in others (in 2012 the group celebrated all members in its’ 25th anniversary). All inductees are chosen by the Board of Directors, though anyone can nominate individuals for consideration. Once an individual has been nominated, he or she will continue to remain in consideration each year unless the Board deems that the individual nominated did not meet the basic criteria.
Walk of Fame Nomination Form
Anyone can nominate an individual for consideration in the USP Walk of Fame, but you must include your name. Anonymous nominations will not be considered. Please fill out the fields below and click the “submit” button.
Walk of Fame Inductees by Year
Arvin Van Zante
(Dottie McGee, who was fighting cancer and not present for the 2008 awards dinner, was honored in person in 2009)
USPs 25th Anniversary Gala (everyone was celebrated!)
Patricia Van Zante
Spence Ver Meer
Wendy Vander Well