Award winner got start at BPA Theater School

Catherine MacLeod has been named the 2024 Amy Award winner by the Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The award, which honors the memory of gifted young artist Amy Anderson, is presented annually to recognize a promising emerging creative professional with a connection to Bainbridge Island.

Having relocated to BI at age 8, MacLeod’s immersion in BPA’s Theater School marked the beginning of her artistic journey. From her inaugural class in Rusalka to her multifaceted contributions spanning main stage performances, backstage volunteering, teaching and technical theater curriculum development, MacLeod’s dedication and talent have been exemplary, a BPA news release says.

Reflecting on her time with BPA, MacLeod said, “BPA became my sanctuary, a second home where I thrived and grew during my formative years.” Her involvement not only nurtured her confidence but also instilled in her a profound love for the arts. She thrived under the mentorship of BPA’s staff, including production manager Deirdre Hadlock and former executive director Dominique Cantwell.

Graduating from Bainbridge High School in 2014, MacLeod pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the University of Washington, where she distinguished herself with the Kaplan Prize for outstanding undergraduate work in narrative journalism.

As a professional, she also has excelled. From her role as an executive assistant for Prime Video Channels to her recent promotion as production operations coordinator at Amazon Live Sports Production, MacLeod continues to shine in the field of production. In 2023, she was one of the team members who received the 2022-23 Sports Emmy® award for Outstanding Interactive Experience Event Coverage.

She plans to use her Amy Award prize for professional development to continue to nurture that “sense of quality, creativity, exploration and dedication.”