J. Warren McDaniel was a fixture in Coast community theatre for more than 30 years. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While at Ole Miss he saw a touring company of “There Shall Be No Night”, starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and “was totally hooked”.
Warren’s involvement in community theatre began at Gulfport in 1949-1950, and later in Washington, Ms., where he organized the Washington Little Theatre and became involved in State Competition. He was also an active member of Natchez Little Theater.
He continued his involvement in State and Regional Community Theatre Competition when he moved back to the Coast. During his association with Gulfport Little Theater he served twice as Chairman, was elected Chairman of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and was a two-term representative to the American Community Theater Association.
At GLT, McDaniel directed such plays as Rebecca, Dr. Cooks Garden, The Runner Stumbles, Twelve Angry Men, Twelve Angry Women,and Caine Mutiny Court Martial.
In 1980 McDaniel was the first recipient of the Cowboy Maloney Award. This award was given “for his outstanding contributions to the Mississippi Theatre Association”.
In 1991 the Mississippi Theatre Association named its highest award in the Community Theatre Division the J. Warren McDaniel Community Theatre Award. This honor is given to the group judged best community theatre in the annual convention’s play festival.
|2000||Observatory Conditions||Delta Center Stage|
|1999||Cotton Patch Gospel||Gulfport Little Theatre|
|1998||Eleemosynary||Black Rose Theatre Company|
|1997||The Belle of Amherst||Gulfport Little Theatre|
|1996||Haiku||Delta Center Stage||Winner, SETC|
|1995||Moon for the Misbegotten||Delta Center Stage|
|1994||Into the Woods||Corinth Little Theatre|
|1993||I Hate Hamlet||Gulfport Little Theatre|
|1992||The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf||Gulfport Little Theatre|
|1990||Laundry and Bourbon||Clinton Community Theatre|
|1989||On the Verge||Kudzu Players||Winner, SETC|
|1987||The Octet Bridge Club||Starkville Community Theatre|
|1986||Tin Types||Starkville Community Theatre|
|1985||Pushcart Peddlers||Gulfport Little Theatre|
|1983||Echoes||Bay St. Louis Little Theatre|
|1981||Sea Horse||Bay St. Louis Little Theatre|
|1979||Dunelawn||Greenwood Little Theatre|
|1977||Pfeiffer's People||Greenwood Little Theatre|