Independence resident Nancy Eppert, who was honored last summer as an American Association of Community Theatre fellow, is one of three individuals this year to be named for the AACT Shining Star Award.

The Shining Star Award recognizes members who have significant impact on the AACT's advancement and mission through leadership and service at the national level. A member of the organization since 2003, Eppert has coordinated multiple AACT conferences and served on several committees and task forces. For the past several years she has been a member of the AACT Board of Directors. She will receive her award during the aactWorldFest June 18-23 in Venice, Florida.

“I do what I love and love what I do; the accolades come as a surprise,” Eppert said. “The work is more important, and caring about the work is far more important.”

Eppert has been volunteering with City Theatre of Independence since shortly after moving to the area in 1994, and she currently serves as artistic director the National Frontier Trails Museum. Eppert also works with the Enchanted Forest family friendly event conducted during the fall at George Owens Nature Park. She also can be seen this weekend in Blue Springs City Theatre's production of “Steel Magnolias.”