Lights at the San Pedro Playhouse and other theaters around the city will be dinned at 8PM tonight in honor of Mary Denman, the broadcasting pioneer who died Wednesday at the age of 90, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  "She was an amazing trailblazer for theater in San Antonio," said Asia Ciaravino, President of the San Pedro Playhouse.


  In addition to her work with WOAI radio, KENS TV and other broadcasters in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Denman's first love was always community, amateur, and semi professional live theater.


  Ciaravino credits Denman with moving theater in San Antonio into the top rank of community theaters nationwide.


  "She was a firecracker, that's what I loved about Mary Denman," she said.  "She never spoke anything but the truth, and that is what we all loved from her."


  Denman was a long time board member of San Pedro Playhouse and served as it's Chair.  She also headed the San Antonio Theater Arts Council, she was on the board of several theater and musical organizations, and Ciaravino says she did much to make San Antonio theater the powerhouse it is today.


  "She was a huge supporter of the Playhouse and very instrumental in pushing us forward, moving us in the direction of becoming a professional theater community," she said.  "It's very hard for all of us because she is going to be so hugely missed."


  Denman died of complications from Alzheimer's Disease after being sick for several years.  A longer obituary for our former coworker can be found elsewhere on this page.