- The Tournament of Plays (TOPPERs) Competition and Awards Show
For over 50 years, US Army Europe Entertainment has produced a Tournament of Plays for US Army and Air Force Theater programs across Europe. It is now known as the US Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Europe Tournament of Plays or simply the TOPPERs.
The TOPPERs Awards Show and Ceremony is considered one of the premiere Army Family, Morale and Welfare region events of the year.
The mission of the TOPPERs Awards is to:
To recognize outstanding achievement in the Entertainment field programs;
To provide educational and theater training to staff and volunteer participants;
To thank the thousands of soldiers, civilians and family members who provide hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours putting on live theater events in their overseas military communities.
Over a six to eight week period, professional theater adjudicators attend live performances at US Army & Air Force theater programs in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Following each performance, the adjudicators meet with the casts and crews to offer their objective comments on production successes as well as suggestions for improvements in future endeavors. In support of the TOPPERs educational goal, the adjudicators also offer free theater workshops in each community.
At the end of the adjudication period, the judges nominate individuals and shows for over 45 “Best” TOPPERs Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievements in acting, singing, musicianship, directing, youth performance, Soldier performance, production and many others.
The nominations are announced and awards presented at the gala TOPPERS Awards Show and Ceremony held every April at a US Army Garrion in Germany.
This formal, glittering, musical variety awards show is Army Entertainment's version of the "Tony" Awards. It is attend by over 500 Army Entertainment volunteers and staff; US Forces European Command Staffs; and region VIPs and celebrities.
The awards are announced and presented by Army Leaders and VIPs as well as by celebrity video announcements from stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Nina Arianda, Ben Stiller, Harvey Fierstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Pine, Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Daniel Radcliffe and others.
This annual Army Europe Entertainment event has an important and lasting impact on US Servicemen & civilians, their families and local national citizens. The thousands of Entertainment volunteer's time and talents are honored and recognized publicly in an exciting venue.
The TOPPERs Award Show is a memorable event that enhances lives and the quality of life in the US Army overseas community.
Follow the links below for results, photos and other information on past TOPPERs.
NEW: The 2019 TOPPERs Awards Show will be held April 27, 2019 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Follow all the latest news and developments on with the links below.For more information, contact:
Dane Winters, IMCOM Europe Entertainment Program Manager
2019 TOPPERs (April 27, 2019)
1997 TOPPERs (Under construction)
1996 TOPPERs (Under construction)
- The One Act/One Page Play Festivals and Theatre Skills Workshops
The US Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment One Act/One Page Play Festivals and Theatre Skills Workshops are held annually on Columbus Day Weekend.
Importantly, the festivals and the Entertainment program enhance Soldiers' and their Family Members' resiliency and readiness by:
- providing educational opportunities to enhance life skills;
- offering positive and supportive recreational activities and events;
- and offering them a "home away from home" and a sense of family.
On even numbered years, the IMCOM Festival is an American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) One Act Play Festival.
On odd numbered years, IMCOM Entertainment presents a One Page Play Festival and Theatre Skills Workshops.
The festivals are open to all US military personnel, family members, DoD Civilians, and bona fide guests, stationed overseas. All events and performances are free to the general public.
For More Information contact:Dane WintersIMCOM Europe Entertainment Program ManagerBldg 151. Room 143. Sembach Kaserne, Kaiserslautern, GermanyDSN: (314) 44-9656Civilian: +49 (0) 611-143-544-9656
Past US Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment Theatre Festivals
- 2017 One Page Play Festival
- 2015 One Page Play Festival
- 2014 One Act Play Festival
- 2013 One Act Play Festival (October)
- 2012/2013 One Act Play Festival (January)
- 2011 One Act Play Festival
- 2010 One Act Play Festival
- 2009 One Act Play Festival
- 2008 One Act Play Festival
- 2007 One Act Play Festival
- 2006 One Act Play Festival
- 2005 One Act Play Festival
- 2004 One Act Play Festival
- 2003 One Act Play Festival
- 2002 One Act Play Festival
- 2001 One Act Play Festival
- 2000 One Act Play Festival
- 1999 One Act Play Festival
- 1998 One Act Play Festival
- 1997 One Act Play Festival
- 1996 One Act Play Festival
- 1995 One Act Play Festival
- THEATRIX - Army Entertainment's Costume Support Facility
THEATRIX is a Costume and Production Support Facility located on Franken Kaserne in Ansbach.This historic theater support facility contains over 100,000 costume pieces and is valued at over $1 million.The collection includes a large selection of set pieces and props required for producing hundreds of shows.Theatrix makes quality costumes and production materials available to US Army Europe Entertainment programs not available anywhere else and at affordable prices.THEATRIX also supports Air Force theater groups, US Military units and organizations, Department of Defense Schools, International Schools and private organizations. Rentals to individuals is also possible.
For More Information contact:
Civilian: +49 (0) 151-121-08389 or +49 (0) 174-5195497
Brian McGrail - email@example.com
Adam Sullivan - firstname.lastname@example.org
- "It's No Joke! Act Against Bullying" - an interactive Performance Workshop
"It’s No Joke! Act Against Bullying" is an original and unique Interactive Performance Theater Workshop developed by IMCOM Europe Entertainment and the Menagerie Theater Company, Cambridge England, with assistance from IMCOM Europe Child, Youth & School Age Services (CYSS.)
The purpose of this Army Entertainment program is to raise awareness of bullying among youth and expand US Army Entertainment’s service to communities.
“It’s NO Joke! Act Against Bullying” was developed to empower an audience of young people to explore sensitive and difficult issues within a safe, supported framework.
The interactive workshop experience raises an audience’s awareness of bullying. It is designed to make them ask “What is bullying?” “What does it feel like to be bullied?” and “What does it feel like to be a bully?” It leads them to be more aware of how others make them feel and their own responsibility and power in affecting another person.
The workshop also helps young people explore and learn about strategies for dealing with intimidating behavior, what to do if they witness bullying and also how changes in friendship groups can be dealt with to reduce emotional stress.
“It’s No Joke!” is a detailed program of theater games, scripted material, interaction, improvisation and group discussion and problem solving.
At the workshop, young audience members are first engaged through a series of interactive theater games. They then watch a performance with a script written specifically for Army Entertainment. The play is performed by volunteer performers from garrison theater programs.
Following the performance, in a lively discussion, the youth have the opportunity ask the characters in the play questions. The play is performed again, and the youth have the chance to redirect the action or even jump on the stage and become part of the play.
This gives the youth an opportunity to consider how their actions affect others and hopefully learn to take responsibility for their actions.
This workshop is available for presentation at all US Army Garrisons and communities in Germany and Italy.
For more information contact:
IMCOM Europe Entertainment Program Manager
DSN: 314-544-9656 or CIV: +49 (0) 611-143-544-9656
- BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) Life Skills Workshops
US Army Europe Entertainment and the BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) are developing a series of workshops to provide BOSS Soldiers valuable Life Skills.
Life Skills workshops include Public Speaking, Presentation Styles, Communication Skills, Team Building, Problem Solving and others.
Contact your Garrison BOSS President or Entertainment Branch Director for more information.
- Army Entertainment HQ European Tours
US Army Entertainment HQ offers US Army Garrisons and Units in Europe entertaining and educational programming with a series of Entertainment Tours throughout the year.
Latest Army Entertainment HQ European Tours(Recommended for mature audiences.)
FREE performances in Poland
- 22 Dec at 12:30 - Powidz Auditorium, Poland
- 22 Dec at 14:30 - MCE/Poznan DFAC, Poland
- 24 Dec at 13:00 & 16:30 - BPTA, Poland
FREE performances in Germany
- 27 Dec at 12:30, 15:30 & 18:30 - Camp Algier Rec Center, Bldg 2440, Grafenwoehr, Germany
- 28 Dec at 20:00 - Katterbach Rec Center Annex, Ansbach, Germany
The GIs of Comedy was created in 2010 by stand up comedian, producer and US Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient Thom Tran.
The group is a professional comedic troupe of troops. Veterans of nearly every branch of the US military, and now professional touring stand up comics. Teams from the GIs of
Comedy have toured all over the world performing for deployed service members in
nearly two dozen different countries and over 40 U.S. CONUS military installations.
The Winter 2018 Army Entertainment Holiday Tour will feature of GIs of Comedy Tour veterans, Jose Sarduy (USAF) and Key Lewis (USN).
More information on the GIs of Comedy can be found at https://www.gisofcomedy.com
Jose Sarduy (USAF)
Jose Sarduy splits up his time between flying to gigs all over the country and flying planes for the Air Force. A 21-year veteran of the US Air Force, Jose is still an active Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, an accomplished aviator and veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Gathering material from a wealth of life experiences, Jose takes audiences on the
rollercoaster ride that’s been his life.
He’s been featured in the Air Force Times, was selected for as a finalist in the Seattle
Comedy Competition in 2009, and the Lucky 21. He currently hosts the hit NuVo TV
series “Standup & Deliver”. His comedy career started out in New York and Philadelphia,
getting on stage anytime he wasn’t serving. He performs all over the country now and is
rapidly becoming an audience favorite for his ability to make deportation, and life
threatening moments hysterical!
Key Lewis (US NAVY)
This Sacramento California born Navy Veteran is a high energy, improvisational,
storytelling, and multiple-personality nutcase! His love for the people and hunger for the
stage is his undying motivation.
His comedic stories about his interracial childhood, family, and unusual views on
relationships, make Key Lewis simply a joy to watch. His ability to improvise and interact
with all types of crowds makes this up and coming comic and actor one to look out for.
Key Lewis has appeared on Marlon Wayans TBS’s Funniest Wins, Starz Networks
StaannDup, Kevin Harts One Mic Stand as well as Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes!
The Country Music Association Songwriters SeriesArmy Entertainment and MWR present the Country Music Association Songwriters Series live at the Vault Club and Casino. Enjoy four songwriters -- direct from Nashville -- performing their songs and telling the stories behind the songs. Featured artists include: Ashley Campbell, Chris DeStefano, Drake White and Charlie Worsham.This US Army Entertainment series provides outstanding and educational MWR programming for Soliders and their Families deployed overseas.The CMA Songwriter Series is FREE to the public.The Celebrity Mind Over Matter Fitness Summit21-23 August, 2018
Presented at US Military Sites in Poznan, Zagan, Powidz, Trzebien & Karliki, PolandProduced by US Army Entertainment and Project Experience Gratitude.UPDATE: Over 300 Soldiers participated in the Mind Over Matter Summit in seven locations in Poland.
The Celebrity Mind Over Matter Fitness Summit is an educational and entertaining series to enhance military readiness and resiliency with new ways to overcome physical inactivity, sedentary behavior and unhealthy life choices.
The team of professional guests included: Sheldon Bailey (professional baskeball player, actor and former military brat); Keyon Dooling (former NBA player), Melvin Ely (former NBA player), Reginald Roberson (former miltary member and founder of "Project Experience Gratitude") and Perris Turner (celebrity fitness trainer, Life Coach, author and former military member).
Their presentations focused on improving military and personal life styles by addressing nutrition, proper sleep, regular exercise, healthy choices and living a balanced and intentional life. They also shared their life and professional experiences with Soldiers.
The goal of the summit was to bring a deeper level of support to the entire U.S. military community, engaging them directly on the very issues that affect them.
- The US Army Entertainment Irving Berlin Award
The Irving Berlin Trophy was established in 1956 by order of the Secretary of the Army.
This annual prestigious award recognizes the US Army Entertainment program worldwide which presented an exceptional level of music and theater productions, activities and services to the community’s Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Community Members.
US Army Irving Berlin Trophy Winners (incomplete)2014: The Baumholder Hilltop Theater2011: The Ansbach Terrace Theater2010: The Heidelberg Roadside Theater2009: SHAPE (Mons, Belgium) Performing Arts Center2008: The Heidelberg Roadside Theater2007: The Stuttgart Theater Center2006: Fort Shafter (Hawaii) Community Theatre2005: Fort Gordon (Georgia) Community Theatre2004: The Stable Theater, Bamberg, Germany2003: The Keller Theater, Giessen, Germany2002: SHAPE Performing Arts Center2001: The Heidelberg Roadside Theater2000: The Ansbach Terrace Playhouse1997: (3) Hanua Five Pfening Payhouse, Darmstadt Performing Arts Center and The Keller Theater, Giessen, Germany.1996: The Stuttgart Theater Center
- The James T. Martin Army Entertainment Award
James T. Martin was a long time Army Entertainment Staff Member and beloved colleague.
A former active duty Army member, after leaving his military service, Jim went on to work successfully in every aspect of the Army Entertainment program. Most notably he was Chief of the Costume and Technical Support Center in Aschaffenburg, Germany, which lives on as today's THEATRIX. Many costumes, backdrops and designs Jim created are in the collection and still used today.
Jim's greatest concern was caring for Soldiers and their Families by ensuring quality theater programming for them to not only see, but to participate in.
An annual award, established in his memory, honors individual excellence for a body of work in Army Entertainment.
James T. Martin Entertainment Honorees2017: Aaron Talley & Linda Dahlstrom, The Soldiers' Theater, Vicenza, Italy2016: Tim Higdon, Entertainment HQ, San Antonio, TX2015: Eric Danzeiser, The Hilltop Theater, Baumholder, Germany2014: Jack Austin, The Stable Theater, Bamberg, Germany2013: Jerry Brees, The Soldiers' Theater, Vicenza, Italy2012: Dan LaMorte, SHAPE Performing Arts Center, Mons, Belgium2011: (3) Charles Fontana, The Amelia Earhart Playhouse, Wiesbaden, Germany; Andrew Gilliam and Nick Credington, HQ Army Entertainment.2010: Vanita Rea Smith, Chief Army Entertainment, Hawaii2009: Dane Winters, The Roadside Theater, Heidelberg, Germany2008: (2) Alan Buxkemper, The Stuttgart Theater Center, Germany and Jim Sohre, Chief Army Entertainment, Germany2007: David Turner, The Keller Theater, Giessen, Germany2006: Bonnie Daniels, The Soldiers' Theater, Vicenza, Italy2005: Bill Hauserman, The Five Pfennig Playhouse, Hanau, Germany2004: Not Awarded2003: Victoria Hanrahan, The Terrace Playhouse, Ansbach, Germany2002: Steve Walpert, Fort Gordon, Georgia2001: Ross Daniels, The Soldiers' Theater, Vicenza, Italy2000: John Mills, Camp Darby, Italy and Vilseck Germany
- Armed Forces Entertainment Tours
For information on Armed Forces Entertainment Tours, contact:
- The Sigonella Players, Sigonella NAS, Sicily - NEW!
Sigonella Community Recreation OfficeNAS 1 Midtown Building 157Anne Connor - DSN 314-624-0502 or Civilian +390 955 0502
email@example.comThe MWR Sigonella Players Community Theatre is a new MWR program set at the foot of Mount Etna on Sigonella Naval Station. The program provides Navy and Army Service Members, Civilians, Families and their Guests the opportunity to see and participate in quality theater programming.
- The Ansbach Terrace Playhouse, USAG Ansbach
Bldg. 5091, Bleidorn Housing, Schliessierstrasse
DSN 468-7636 or Civilian: +49(0)981-1837636
Website: Ansbach Terrace Playhouse
- KMC Onstage, USAG Rheinland Pfalz/Kaiserslautern
Bldg. 3232, Kleber Kaserne
DSN 483-6626 or Civilian +49 (0) 631-411-6626
Website: Kaiserslautern KMC Onstage
- Hilltop Theater, USAG Rheinland Pfalz/Baumholder
The USAG Rheinland Pfalz/Baumholder Hillltop Theater was closed in July 2017. The picture gallery and information will be maintained for historical purposes and to recognize the staff and volunteers who made the Hilltop Theater a success.
- Garmisch Players Community Theater, USAG Bavaria/Garmisch
Due to changes in the community, the Garmisch Players Community Theater no longer has a dedicated performance space or staff. Future plans for Entertainment programming in Garmisch are being discussed. Check here or contact the Gamisch F&MWR Community Manager for more information.
The Garmisch Players Photo Gallery will be maintained here for historical purposes.
- Graf Performing Arts Center, USAG Bavaria/Grafenwoehr
Bldg. 103, Gettysburg Avenue, Grafenwoehr
Mike Mendoza - Graf Community Recreation Director
Civilian +49 (0) 9641-705 269 060
Website: Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center
- SHAPE Players Performing Arts Center, USAG SHAPE
Rue de Potomac, SHAPE, Belgium
DSN 423-3312 or Civilian +32 (0) 6544-3312
Website: SHAPE Performing Arts Center
- The Stuttgart Theatre Center, USAG Stuttgart
Bldg. 3320, Kelley Barracks
DSN 421-4704 or Civilian +49 (0) 711-729-4704
Website: Stuttgart Theatre Center
- The Soldiers' Theatre, USAG Italy/Vicenza
Caserma Carlo Ederle, Bldg 11Via della Pace36100 Vicenza, ItalyJerry BreesDSN 314-634-7281 or Civilian +39 (0) firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Soldiers' Theatre Vicenza
The Soldiers' Theater recently hosted the "West End Stage" Theatre Summer School from London. Here is the News Story.
- The Amelia Earhart Playhouse, USAG Wiesbaden
39 Konrad Adenauer Ring
DSN 548-9812 or Civilian +49 (0) 611-143-548-9812
Website: Amelia Earhart Playhouse
- Aviano Community Theater, US Air Force Aviano Air Base
Aviano Air Base, Aviano, ItalyMSgt Trevor Birch - Board PresidentMichael Hanretty - Vice PresidentKatie Pawlik - SecretaryEd Lipp - TreasurerShawna Hass - School Liaisonavianocommunitytheater@gmail.com
Website: Aviano Community Theater
- Razz-Ma-Tazz Family Theater, US Air Force Ramstein Air Base
Bonnie Masapollo - Community Center Director
DSN 480-2924 or Civilian +49 (0) 6371-47 2924
Website: The Razz-Ma-Tazz Family Theater
- The Alliance Players, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum NATO Base
JFC Brunssum NATO Base
Bldg. 405, Rimburgerweg 30
6445 PA Brunssum, Netherlands
Lisa Smale Pinaula: Board President
DSN 314-458-3343 or Civilian +45 (0) 245-199-3343
US Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment Events and Programs
For more information on region events and programs, contact: