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…and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi - Sound Theatre Company Stunning to watch!!
…and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi - Sound Theatre Company Sound Theatre Co was missing a bio for their set designer in the bill for JESUS MOONWALKS. I'd love to know what else he's done. That was one of the most magnificent sets I've ever seen. The patchwork tree took my breath away. Kudos to costumes as well. Gorgeous.
5th Avenue Theatre Love the 5th Ave. The deals the access. The long runs and local productions.
7 Ways to Get There 7 Ways to Get There at the ACT was fabulous. A new play that was good enough that I've broadened my scope and attended a couple of other new works this year.
A Lesson From Aloes - Thalia's Umbrella A Lesson From Aloes at Thalia's Umbrella deserves all kinds of love. William Hall, Jr. was magnetic onstage, Pam Nolte brought great delicacy to her role, and Terry Edward Moore made me forget there was anything but this stage and this play. It was a privilege to see.
A Lesson From Aloes - Thalia's Umbrella Original score for A LESSON FROM ALOES was so beautiful!
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani Abhijeet gave a superb performance, playing two very different roles of the father who wished to dance professionally against his father's wishes, as well as the grandfather who is very much against his son's career choice and manipulates things to suit his preferences. Abhijeet's portrayal of each character was done naturally, and he transformed from one character to the other with bone chilling deliberation. His performance brought each character to life in a way that was very touching, with a very professional focus on voice, emotion and body language.
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani He brought to life two very different characters with a very nuanced performance.
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani He had to switch between 2 different roles in the play and both the portrayals as well as the transition were flawless.
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani His "Amritlal" was excellent. He went back in time and changed his tone, enunciation and body language to fit that character and time. He changed back and forth flawlessly. He also carried other actors with him.
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani Not only were the two characters played by this actor complete opposites in personality, requiring very diverse, thought-provoking and mature handling, Abhijeet had to switch back and forth between the two without any other interruption. He did this so seamlessly and fluidly that it seemed like two different men were playing the two roles. Laudable!
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani Outstanding performance. Played two characters with such agility - the difference in voice intonations, diction, delivery and bodily movement was a delight to watch!
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani Seamless transition between two characters within a split second. Understated and powerful delivery esp with the body language
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani The switch between characters was great!
Abhijeet Rane (Jairaj, Amrital Parekh) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani Wonderful transition between roles of father and son and capturing the
tension and emotions of the moment
ACT Theatre ACT outdid themselves on the set for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike". Down to the tiniest detail on that house...it was stunning.
ACT Theatre Your performances are rich, enormously varied, and so well done, and still you do a lot more than that. You open yourself up on tours, tech talks, and post-plays that are actually informative; I've learned more about theatre in your walls (and occasionally on the roof) than anywhere else. You have the greatest staff of anywhere. You bring in companies and artists and new plays from all over town and bring out each other's strengths. You're a big theatre, full of small theatres. And for your regular attendees, you do it for a price most anyone can afford. Years ago, you taught me I didn't necessarily dislike the theatre, and after that you taught me I actually love it. THANK YOU.
Adam St. John (Katurian) - The Pillowman, SecondStory Repertory Adam is a very talented young man with a bright future ahead of him on stage!
Adam St. John (Katurian) - The Pillowman, SecondStory Repertory dude, nice
Adam St. John (Katurian) - The Pillowman, SecondStory Repertory Great play, could of watched it for another 3 hours!!!
"Katurian, my ass itches" caught me off guard funniest quote!!!
Adam St. John (Katurian) - The Pillowman, SecondStory Repertory Riveting and nuanced performance.
Adam St. John (Katurian) - The Pillowman, SecondStory Repertory THE GREAT ACTING JOB BY ADAM STJOHN
Adam St. John (Katurian) - The Pillowman, SecondStory Repertory This was the best performance by an actor I have seen in years. Very talented young man
Adam Standley Adam Standley is so wonderful to watch. His turn from "Angels" to "4000 Miles" was fascinating to watch.
Agastya Kohli - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani It is difficult to get actors to do a dual role present and past but he managed to make a difference.
Alan Bryce -Centerstage. For All That Alan wrote and directed this riveting play about the men from a small Scottish town sent to fight in WWI, and the losses they experienced. Great production!
Alan Bryce -Centerstage. For All That For All That was an exceptional and memorable play
Alan Bryce -Centerstage. For All That Not only did Mr. Bryce direct the play but he wrote it as well. Really exceptional new play.
Alexandra Tavares (Emilia) - Othello, Seattle Shakespeare Company Alex stole the show in her role as Emilia. What a beautiful performance.
Alexandra Tavares (Emilia) - Othello, Seattle Shakespeare Company Alex's Emilia was earthy, intelligent, protective of Desdemona, and in love and devoted to her husband, but her facial expressions and physicality conveyed the dark side of her relationship with Iago: the initial confusion at his public displays of affection, the longing looks whenever Desdemona and Othello are intimate, and the jumpiness at yelling/physical violence - all depicted a ?woman who has experienced domestic abuse?. ?It was heartbreaking to watch, and gave Emilia's revelation at the end all the more brave, and her death all the more tragic.
Ali el-Gasseir Ali el-Gasseir brings glee and earnestness to the role of rapacious Terry that makes him surprisingly likable.
All The Way - Seattle Repertory Theatre I was awed by the exquisite craftsmanship of this play. History is so inherently messy that plays about historical events tend to be messy too, but the arc and characters held me throughout. For sheer enjoyment combined with the ability to provoke thought, I don't think anything else I've seen this year exceeds it.
All The Way - Seattle Repertory Theatre inspiring, great acting, great writing
All The Way - Seattle Repertory Theatre The 2 LBJ shows as a unit were the most spectacular shows I've seen in Seattle.
Allie Pratt (Viola) - Twelfth Night, Seattle Shakespeare Company Pratt was astounding in the role of Viola. I never thought I'd see the day when I bought into the Viola/Cesario switch enough to truly believe Olivia's infatuation, but then I saw Pratt. She, for lack of a better phrase, nailed it. Her performance goes on my list of all time favorites.
Alyssa Keene, "WIZZER PIZZER: GETTING OVER THE RAINBOW" Theatre22 Alyssa's hilarious and heartbreaking portrayal of Helen Eden, the Poster Wife of the ex-gay movement, brought the house down. She's able to walk that line between humor and pathos, always authentic and real, even as she's over-the-top funny.
Amy Poisson Amy Poisson will kick your butt and ignites fire in the belly for everyone surrounding the work. She's a motherfucking rockstar. The end.
Amy Poisson - Blood/Water/Paint, Live Girls! Theater She made this script seem utterly necessary, incredibly timely, and dangerously accessible.
Amy Thone Everything Amy does is magic.
Amy Thone The great Amy Thone was a standout in the all female Caesar. Her Cassius was easily the strongest character in the show ... if the people of Rome had any sense, they would have asked her to be their ruler.
Ana Maria Campoy (Susanna) - Blood/Water/Paint, Live Girls! Theater Ana Maria encapsulated the bravery and also the vulnerability demanded by the role. She displayed a strength beyond words, a brilliant example of perseverance to combat incredible victimization. Brava!
Anasazi Bhakti, "THE TEMPEST", Stephano She was the most brilliant Shakespearean clown I have ever seen. She had fantastic comic energy, a total commitment to the role, and presence that was simultaneously outrageous and believable.
Anastasia Higham Outstanding work in this whole production. Anastasia brought it to a new level.
Andrew McGinn (George Banks) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre His honest heartfelt dramatic arc drove this production.
Andy Buffelen (Gus) - H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-Up Comedian!, Annex Theatre I love a well done comedic performance.
Andy Buffelen (Whisper) - Balconies, Annex Theatre No on stage a ton, but absolutely delightful when he was.
Andy McGinn (Mary Poppins) Andy McGinn breathed such nuanced life and depth into Mr. Banks. It was beautiful to watch.
Andy Swan Andy Swan, your work on For All That was amazing!
Aneesh Sheth flawless in AROUND THE WORLD... another newcomer to our community, and a refreshing breath of air.
Angels in America - Intiman Theatre Why isn't this already on the list.
Ann Cornelius (Carol) - Angry Housewives, ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery Great performance!
Ann Cornelius (Carol) - Angry Housewives, ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery One of the funniest and most entertaining musicals I have ever seen. Ann Cornelius is hilarious and animated. She is the next rising star, watch out world!
Ann Cornelius (Carol) - Angry Housewives, ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery Wow! Just WOW!
Ann Cornelius (Diana) - Next to Normal, SecondStory Repertory Exceptional actress!!!
Ann Cornelius (Diana) - Next to Normal, SecondStory Repertory I felt like I was immersed in the role of Diana. What she was feeling, I was feeling also. Great performance.
Ann Cornelius (Diana) - Next to Normal, SecondStory Repertory I WAS CRYING. She completely became Diana and brought everyone along for the ride.
Ann Cornelius (Diana) - Next to Normal, SecondStory Repertory Such talent! Amazing voice! Such stage presence!
Anne Allgood (Cabaret) Beyond breath-taking. She and Peter were the soul of the play.
Anne Allgood (Cabaret) Heart wrenching, passionate, and absolutely believable. My heart broke for Frauleine Schneider.
Anne Allgood (Fraulein Schneider) - Cabaret, Village Theatre Anne was the absolute star in this show. She was so real and honest---extremely moving. Best individual performance I saw all year.
Anne Allgood (Fraulein Schneider) - Cabaret, Village Theatre She made Fraulein Schneider the most interesting character in the play.
Anne Allgood (Fraulein Schneider) - Cabaret, Village Theatre This performance was one of the best I've seen in Seattle in the last 15 years. Maybe she was left off because she was nominated in another category, but this performance needs to be recognized.
Anne Allgood (Nettie Fowler) - Carousel, 5th Avenue Theatre How could her Brilliant performance NOT have benn nominated
Annette Toutonghi Annette Toutonghni is one best people to work with, on and off stage. She's enormously talented, warm, energetic, and fun. Annette could read a recipe book aloud and it would be hilarious and brilliant.
Annette Toutonghi (Evelina Bunner) - The Bunner Sisters, Athena Theatre Project Powerful, nuanced, tragic -- terrifically moving!
Annex Theatre Annex Theatre has continually produced excellent, new, LOCAL theatre pieces -- and this year certainly lived up to (and exceeded) expectations! Offering pretty much every subject matter -- from compelling social justice juxtapositions, to historical dramas, to "what if" sci fi comedies, and everything in between -- Annex Theatre truly represents the largest variety of examining the human condition on stage.
Annex Theatre They make interesting choices that question cultural norms that other theaters choose not to. Then they hold discussions about them. They're evolving in ways that other theaters aren't without sacrificing production quality, not to mention that they produce new works.
Annex Theatre While I would consider Zapoi the standout in the season, Horse Girls, Blood Countess, Bunnies, and HP Lovecraft were also all excellent. Annex remains the hub and champion of new work in the city, and they continue to do amazing work.
Annex Theatre Annex Theatre - strong and awesome season. You are constantly pushing what we can do with new works and have been doing so for what 29 years???
Annika Prichard (Eponine) - Les Miserables, Driftwood Players Again, wonderful young production.
Are You There, God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter - STAGEright Absolutely the best musical comedy in Seattle in 2015.
Arouet A brave selection of plays, powerfully staged and well-acted.
Arouet Arouet does new work.
As You Like It & Horse Girls I do wish that the ensemble award had already been added, because it would be such a great competition this year. The two standouts for me in the category are the teams from Wooden O's As You Like It and Annex's Horse Girls.
Ashley Banker - Secretaries, Theater Schmeater In an outstanding cast, Banker stood out, merrily careening between innocence and bloodthirstiness. Watching her was a joyous, transformative experience.
Austin Morehouse (Jean Valjean) - Les Miserables. Driftwood Players One of the best young productions I have ever seen. Deserves some recognition.
Bainbridge Performing Arts This company is far underrated! They are constantly producing beautiful work, striving for diversity in casting, and have the most welcome production crew. They have a way of making cast members and audiences feel like they're at home!
Bhama Roget (Dorine) - Tartuffe, Seattle Shakespeare Company Genius comedic performance.
Black Comedy - Strawberry Theatre Workshop Strawberry Theater's Black Comedy was hilarious ... maybe not quite Best Production worthy, but still one of the highlights of the past year.
Brad Walker (H) - Fast Company, Pork Filler Players / Productions A fun actor that draws you into the story with every action and word.
Brandon Ivie you are cool
Brandon Ivie - Lizard Boy, Seattle Repertory Theatre A brilliant piece of work crafted by a truly talented director.
Brandon Ivie - Lizard Boy, Seattle Repertory Theatre Actors total engagement with the audience and incredible staging.
Brandon Ivie - Lizard Boy, Seattle Repertory Theatre Brandon took a very unique and challenging book and brought it to life in an engaging and memorable way. I've never seen anything like Lizard Boy before, and I know a lot of that was due to the director's vision.
Brandon Ivie - Lizard Boy, Seattle Repertory Theatre gets people working together never any issues between the actors when Brandon's at the wheel.
Brandon Ivie - Lizard Boy, Seattle Repertory Theatre The blocking with the musical stage combat! The stage representation of super powers! Everything!
Brandon Ivie - Lizard Boy, Seattle Repertory Theatre This was some of the most thrilling direction I've seen in a Looooooong time. Yes, the play is weird, but Brandon's work was impeccable.
Brandon O'Neill (Billy Bigelow) - Carousel, 5th Avenue Theatre Moving character, beautiful singing.
Brandon O'Neill (Billy Bigelow) - Carousel, 5th Avenue Theatre THAT SOLILOQUY THOUGH
Brendan Mack - Are You There, God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter, STAGEright One of the best underground productions in Seattle and strongly led by Mack, who got the humor spot on!
Brett Love so you know at least one person is going to see your show
Brian Yorkey - Cabaret, Village Theatre He always puts his creative spin on a show--
Brian Yorkey - Cabaret, Village Theatre Yorkey accomplished the difficult task of making "Cabaret" fresh and new for a new generation of theatre-goers yet still honor the tradition and spirit of the original production. What is the cost of fame is one of the big questions the musical asks and Yorkey does an exceptional job in inspiring the audience in asking that question within the context of their lives. What is the cost of the choices we make and the dreams we dream? Are those high aspirations worth it if we lose something in return? What exactly do we lose? Yorkey keeps the show taut and forceful yet let audiences breathe just enough to let those questions sink in. A beautiful production all the way around.
Bryan Gula you are amazing
Bryan Gula you are the man. thanks for being awesome.
Bryan Gula (Danny Zuko) - Grease, 5th Avenue Theatre Bryan Gula is great.
Bunnies - Annex Theatre Because reasons
Bunnies - Annex Theatre Great work from everyone :)
Bunnies - Annex Theatre original music
Bunnies - Annex Theatre To the amazing women of Bunnies at Annex Theatre. Warrior Women, all of you.
Burton Yuen Burton Yuen has the best sets!
Burton Yuen Burton Yuen's set for ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi with Sound Theatre Company was absolutely stunning. It was clearly a labor of love without a large budget yet created a rich and textured world for a very VERY complex play. I am surprised it wasn't in the final nominations for set design. This was a very special design and he is a talented designer who should be recognized and encouraged.
Cabaret - Village Theatre Cabaret hands down!
Carol Thompson Carol Thompson for president!!
Carousel - 5th Avenue Theatre The use of the light bulb design for CAROUSEL was one of the most breathtaking things I've seen. Perfect last image.
Carter Rodriquez (Red) - Tilt Angel, theater simple Heartbreakingly wounded, hilariously cruel. Lovely physical work and an impeccable dialect. This role was just waiting for Carter - nobody could have done it better.
Cayman Ilika - Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, 5th Avenue & ACT Theatre Outstanding!
Cayman Ilika - Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, 5th Avenue & ACT Theatre I haven't stopped thinking about "No Love You're Not Alone" since I saw the show. Ilika was divine.
Cedric Wright (Moose) - Are You There, God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter, STAGEright Cedric was incredibly funny and engaging as the heart-throb counterpart to Margaret.
Centerstage Theatre Centerstage Theatre not only produced a STUNNING new musical "For All That" this year that left me weeping in a fashion that I haven't since I saw Les Mis on Broadway, Centerstage also had their community rally together in support of the theatre against the local politicians who were trying to boot them out of their Federal Way theater home! The immediate outcry and support and letters from patrons and artists who love Centerstage overturned the local government's plans to boot the theatre company. Thank goodness! They do fantastic work!
Centerstage Theatre High quality community theater. Perfect scale for intimate performances.
Centerstage Theatre I try not to miss any of the performances. Centerstage offers a wide variety of shows, from musicals to "Pantos", and occasional one man (or woman) themed shows.
Centerstage Theatre Innovative, always fantastic music, clever, efficient use of the stage/sets, lots of solid talent - thoughtful topics. An often overlooked, great theatre and company.
Centerstage Theatre Center Stage Theatre in Federal Way brings great theatre with talented directors, casts, and staging to our local community at very affordable prices. I am so glad the City of Federal Way renewed their contract for several more years. Losing Center Stage would have been a true loss to those of us who love live theatre.
Chad Jones (Reed) - Dump Site, Seattle Immersive Theater Chad really captured a haunted, obsessed portrayal in this excellent immersive play that put the audience in the center of the action.
Chad Jones (Reed) - Dump Site, Seattle Immersive Theater Chad really conveyed the feelings that Reed was experiencing inside his own head.
Chad Jones (Reed) - Dump Site, Seattle Immersive Theater Chad's performance blew me away. Intense and convincing. And he learned the part in a few weeks! I told friends to go, and they were also very moved.
Chad Jones (Reed) - Dump Site, Seattle Immersive Theater Chad's performance in Dump Site was truly exceptional. His demeanor and delivery made me feel as though I was a part of his life and this story. He had great chemistry with the other actors as well as the environment itself.
Chad Oswald - Alice in Wonderland, Stone Soup Theatre Because why not give your boyfriend a tally mark
Chelsea LeValley Chelsea LeValley deserves all the praise in the world. She was hysterical and wonderful and adorable in Angry Housewives at ArtsWest. Please, cast her in everything.
Chinglish - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery It was great to see a new play about people I don't normally get to see. Plus, the audience was one of the most diverse of any I've seen and to have people of so many different cultures all laughing together at a bilingual play? The experience of this production was the best this season.
Chinglish - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery What an ambitious project and it turned out beautifully! So entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.
Chris Ensweiler (Jeeves) - Jeeves Intervenes, Taproot Theatre Company A vastly different Chris than in many other productions. A deftly nuanced performance that held the production together.
Christine Marie Brown (Elmire) - Tartuffe, Seattle Shakespeare Company Beautiful performance!
Christine Marie Brown (Winifred Banks) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre Grace, smarts and talent
Christmastown, a Holiday Noire What fun!
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Amazing
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Chris goes "all in" to every role and he and the rest of their cast made this play awesome!
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Chris is amazing!
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Chris kept the audience's attention and interest while never once leaving the stage. Incredibly entertaining with an array of emotion.
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Christopher is a very talented young actor. His performance on stage was excellent.
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Morson's energy!
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Outstanding performance!!
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre What a performance by Christopher Morson !!! He was none stop always moving , It seemed like he never left the stage. What a great Actor I will go see Chris anywhere he is performing !!!
Christopher Morson (Ray Midge) - The Dog of the South, Book-It Repertory Theatre Wow! Christopher did a great job on stage the whole show!!!!
Chryssie Whitehead Chryssie Whitehead did an outstanding job choreographing "Jacques Brel" at ACT. I've seen this musical many times, including its opening at the Village Gate in NYC, and this was by far the best production and choreography had everything to do with my choice.
Civic Rep Civic Rep is proving itself to be a true gem of Seattle.
Civic Rep This theatre company has only done two shows but both have been smashing successes.
Civic Rep All at Civic Rep - I love love love love love you already. Welcome to Seattle, Robin! And cheers to all for kicking off the most exciting new company we've had in awhile.
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Little Bee) - Little Bee, Book-It Repertory Theatre Ms. Nako grounded the production with her freshness, wit, and authenticity. She lit up the stage: a remarkable feat, given how thoroughly darkness pervaded the play's story.
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Little Bee) - Little Bee, Book-It Repertory Theatre She carried this entire play! Every piece of her performance was perfect.
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako (Little Bee) - Little Bee, Book-It Repertory Theatre Such an incredible powerful performance. Young and wise and effervescent and as powerful and she was powerless.
Connor Toms (Nick Bright) - The Invisible Hand, ACT Theatre Beautifully crafted with a great sense for the whole character arc.
Copious Love Productions They have grown tremendously in the last few years! I think they deserve some lovin! Supporting growing artists and producing only new plays they have been upping the anty each season and deserve to be acknolwedged for their positive approach and level of professionalism
Copious Love Productions Copious Love - I love your bold confidence and care that you take with each production!
Copious Love Productions Dear Copious Love: Will you theatre marry me? You guys rock and I have never worked or seen such astute and passionate attention to detail.
Corey McDaniel, "WIZZER PIZZER: GETTING OVER THE RAINBOW" Theatre22 Corey McDaniel is a wildly talented director, and a dream to work with. He knows how to draw strong performances out of actors, inspired bold choices from his designers, and bring it altogether into a show that has a heart and soul, and is stunning to behold. He makes everyone he works with feel like they're members of his big happy family - and creates a space for magic to happen.
Courtney Meaker Courtney Meaker is a genius.
Craig Wollam Craig Wollam's set for Talley's Folly was incredible.
Cynthia Jones (Cassandra) - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, ACT Theatre So funny while still keeping it oddly real
Cynthia Jones (Cassandra) - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, ACT Theatre Who couldn't love Cassandra? Such a great performance. Everything the show needed her to be, and especially uproariously funny. BEWARE HOOTIE PIE!
Dance Like a Man - Pratidhwani Excellent Play, well directed, exceptional acting
Dane Stokinger (The Old Man) - A Christmas Story, The Musical, 5th Avenue Theatre Dane brought great character to the role and had a wonderfully ad-libbed section which was very funny in each performance.
Daniel Cruz Daniel Cruz should absolutely be recognized for his incredible choreography in IN THE HEIGHTS
Daniel Wilson - Lesson From Aloes, A, Thalia's Umbrella This play was spellbinding.
Daniel Wood, "The Children's Hour" Arouet at the Ballard Underground Daniel's concept and finely balanced directing breathed new life into this complicated story from the 1930s.
Darragh Kennan (Iago) - Othello, Seattle Shakespeare Company I have never seen a better, or more charming and nuanced Iago. He brought OTHELLO to modern and subtle brilliance.
David Gassner - We Are Proud to Present a Presentation..., Pony World Theatre David managed to tackle an intensely difficult piece with grace, humor, and sincerity.
David Hsieh - Time Stands Still, ReAct Theatre This timely, confronting, deeply insightful piece was brought to life with confidence and precision.
Dedra Woods - We Are Proud to Present a Presentation..., Pony World Theatre A charismatic and engaging guide through an incredibly difficult play. Dedra had a light, lovely, humorous touch with brutally heavy material.
Dina Martina You know, we haven't found a way to fit cabaret type performances into our award assembly here (yet), so I have to take a moment to praise Dina Martina for providing the best damn show twice a year. This Spring, her interpretation of ""The Ladies Who Lunch"" was mesmerizing, horrifying, and everything a perfectly sculpted display of artistic genius should be. She should win all the awards, just for fun, because you know her speeches would be the strangest minute and a half you'll be subjected to and ultimately thankful for... perhaps ever.
Dogfight - ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery Killer cast. All equally engaged with one another.
Dump Site - Seattle Immersive Theatre A nuanced immersive theatrical experience with wonderful writing, acting, direction and design. Site specific theatre shows are the next generation of exciting theatre!
Dump Site - Seattle Immersive Theatre Dump Site was so freshly (and creepily) obscure. Loved being a part of it.
Dump Site - Seattle Immersive Theatre I loved many of your nominees, but Dump Site is a rare creature that deserves to be acknowledged for many, MANY reasons, vision, presentation, commitment, and success.
Dump Site - Seattle Immersive Theatre Immersive set with drinks, and a haunting performance!
Eleanor Rhode - For All That, Centerstage Theatre For those who saw the show, this one should be a no-brainer. For those that did not, the point has been sadly missed. Dramaturgically brilliant, dynamic staging, coaxing spectacular performances out of her actors - Ms. Rhode will be one of this generation's great directors.
Elinor Gunn (Player #2) - Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Centerstage Theatre Beautiful performance, amazingly varied.
Emily Chisholm - Outside Mullingar Warm, funny, deeply touching.
Emily Chisholm - Outside Mullingar Emily Chisholm was amazing in "Outside Mullingar"--so strong, vulnerable, and ultimately hopeful. What a great actress!
EmilyRose Frasca (Margaret) - Are You There, God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter, STAGEright Hilarious performance in a ragged but charming show.
Eric Ankrim - Grease, 5th Avenue Theatre High energy, fast paced, well grounded production.
Eric Mulholland - Wizzer Pizzer: Getting Over the Rainbow!, Theatre22 Eric boldly embodied the journey of a gay man living through a dark night of the soul with humor and poignancy. His quiet charisma draws the audience along on his character's journey so deftly, and with such authenticity, that you're cheering for him all the way!
Eric Newman (Harry) - A Delicate Balance, Theatre 9/12 the finest work I've seen him do yet.
Eric Polani Jensen (Detective Fix) - Around the World in 80 Days, Village Theatre Comic farce par excellence
Eric Polani Jensen (Detective Fix) - Around the World in 80 Days, Village Theatre Eric's performance not only masterfully spanned a wide array of characters, but each one was so perfectly executed and hilarious that the audience was in stitches for nearly all of his stage time.
Erik Andor Erik Andor pulled off some incredible costumes for Lizard Boy at Seattle Rep. I mean DID YOU SEE KIRSTEN?? Amazing.
Erik Gratton (Billy Pilgrim, OD) - Slaughterhouse-Five, Book-It Repertory Theatre Fearless, straightforward, and heartwarmingly human.
Erik Gratton (Billy Pilgrim, OD) - Slaughterhouse-Five, Book-It Repertory Theatre His bravery in baring it all, compassion and humor.
Erik Gratton (Billy Pilgrim, OD) - Slaughterhouse-Five, Book-It Repertory Theatre What an outstanding performance. Truly the bravery it took not only to undress, but to have such an ease on stage while naked. Fantastic.
Erik Gratton (Billy Pilgrim, OD) - Slaughterhouse-Five, Book-It Repertory Theatre This was a heartbreaking, fearless performance. His honest portrayal of a recovering soul was the most captivated I've felt in the theatre all year.
Erika LaVonn (Berniece) - The Piano Lesson, Seattle Repertory Theatre Wondrous performance!
Erin Bednarz (Trish) - Horse Girls, Annex Theatre Erin Bednarz can make eating potato chips look interesting and weird. And she did, in Horse Girls.
Evan Louis Thomas (Kyle) - The Fierce Urgency of Now, Arouet What could I say.
Faith Russell (Ann Atwater) - Best of Enemies, Taproot Theatre Company Russell was breathtaking as she transformed from enemy to best friend, and best friend to family of her most hated opponent.
Felicia Loud (Spider Cricket) - Mwindo, Seattle Children's Theatre A memorable performance. A clear standout.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre An amazing original production set in WWI - an anti-war musical - and yes! it worked. Comments heard in leaving tended to be on the order of "OMG - that really made me think!" True excellence all the way 'round.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre Brand new musical. A wonderful story, well executed.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre Fast-paced, raw, moving with occasional terrifying gunfire.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre Historical. Enjoyed it.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre I saw this twice and I would see it again. It's BRILLIANT!
For All That - Centerstage Theatre It was based upon a true story.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre Local playwright with a spectacular production. Great songs, excellent set, poignant story, well cast. Was so surprised by the quality of the production I attended twice.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre lovely original musical. brilliantly written and timed.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre The precarious staging added tension and energy to this musical rendition of war torn conscience. Dance and rigorous voice coaching added to the reality of the close Scottish community.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre This was a unique topic, much research involved, and the set, costumes and music were representative of the era. Outstanding talent and some horrific representation of the ugly results of war on many. You left the theater knowing you had witnessed something memorable.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre Very original! Music was hauntingly beautiful and tragic on so many levels.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre A first class production that is right up there with OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR and WARHORSE! It deserves an award and the recognition that goes with it so that the production can be seen by a very wide audience.
For All That - Centerstage Theatre I wrote this when it was playing..I went to the matinee show today down in Federal Way. Cool theatre but man, to have this there; what a feather in its cap. You know how it felt when you were a kid leaving the movie theatre after an entirely engrossing film? You were so transported and engaged that it took several blocks or even an hour to come back to the reality of the street versus that you'd experienced in the theatre. That's how absorbing this play is. A really good cast harmonizing to fine music. I can't recommend going more highly. You will be humming or whistling the theme song, "For All That" hours later, and still wondering what is reality. Bring Kleenex. Saw the play twice and sent notices to 700 members of the Scots Irish community to see it as well. It deserves every accolade that can be bestowed on it. It can be dedicated to the fallacy that war can end war.
Frank Lawler (Frank) - School For Lies, Sound Theatre Company I think we often overlook the comedic acting skills in these award considerations. Frank has proved in many productions his tremendous skill, wit, intelligence and playful sensibility that brings so much joy and appreciation to Seattle audiences.
G. To'mas Jones - We Are Proud to Present a Presentation..., Pony World Theatre I want to make sure to recognize everyone involved in Pony World's "We Are Proud to Present a Presentation ..." at New City Theater. It was a tiny, thought-provoking, explosive, unique, excellent show. So good.
G. To'mas Jones - We Are Proud to Present a Presentation..., Pony World Theatre He should be encouraged as a local actor and his work should be seen and appreciated.
George Mount (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) - Twelfth Night, Seattle Shakespeare Company Mount's performance slayed me. I hadn't laughed that hard in a long time. Slapstick perfection.
Gin Hammond Gin Hammond is incredible how she flits in and out of various character effortlessly. She has a keen sense of story both as an actor and director. Plus she has a heart of gold, so how can you not adore working with her?
Godspell - Taproot Theatre Company This was an amazing, true production - I was in tears for most of the second half.
Greg Allen - Mary Poppins Greg Allen was just absolutely wonderful in"Mary Poppins"!
Greg Allen & Jason Collins Greg Allen and Jason Collins are truly a gift to Seattle theater!
Greg Carter Made this old chestnut a hit
Greg McCormick Allen (Bert) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre Amazing triple threat with a huge amount of heart.
Greg McCormick Allen (Bert) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre Best Male musical turn in every way!
Greg McCormick Allen (Bert) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre He lights up that stage, and you can't help but watch him every time he's on stage.
Greg McCormick Allen (Bert) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre His tap dancing on the ceiling was out of this world!
Greg McCormick Allen (Bert) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre One of the few triple threats.
Greg McCormick Allen (Bert) - Mary Poppins, Village Theatre Such heart and such grace. Bert came to life and made every audience fall in love.
Hannah Mootz - Slowgirl Such a challenging play, she was totally believable as a 17 year old troubled young woman. No other actress could have done justice to the role.
Hannah Ruwe Hannah Ruwe- You were fantastic in The Tall Girls. Beautiful work.
Helen Roundhill (Jailer's Daughter) - The Two Noble Kinsmen, GreenStage The Jailer's Daughter is a rather baffling role. We spend a great deal of time with her; her actions are key to the plot; and yet, her own story fizzles rather pathetically toward the play's end. It would be easy to play her as a lovestruck ditz without much dimension. Instead, Ms. Roundhill managed to both honor the play's text and concoct a mesmerizing portrait of a young woman's descent into madness. Her gleeful, naive, conspiratorial performance stole the show, and I was left, at the conclusion, feeling that of all the plotlines in the play, hers was the greatest tragedy.
Hillary Clemens (Desdemona) - Othello, Seattle Shakespeare Company Her vulnerability and connection to her fellow actors turned what I had always perceived as a cipher role into something powerful and beautiful.
Hing Lam (Minister Cai), "CHINGLISH" ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery Really strong performance by a striking actor.
Hold These Truths - ACT Theatre Hold These Truths was easily the best production I have seen this year. Somehow, it managed to perfectly capture the bittersweetness of a man who loved the Constitution so much he was willing to fight the US Government to keep it intact, and everything he went through to achieve that goal. The most compelling, captivating, and heartbreakingly brilliant thing I have seen all year.
Horse Girls - Annex Theatre #BURSELFANDRIDEON
In The Heights - Village Theatre Love the story, love the music, love the playwright.
In The Heights - Village Theatre The choreography and rhythm of this show was amongst the most compelling I have seen
Carol Thompson, "IS SHE DEAD YET?" Annex Theatre Carol plays at least three characters in this production, all of which are fully realizing, ranging from belly-laugh hilarious to achingly beautiful and poignant. Knock-out performance.
The Pocket Theatre Opening last August, the Pocket Theater has provided a space at no cost for both seasoned and up and coming artists to risk innovative, experimental projects. As a direct result of the Pocket Theater, the sketch comedy and improv scenes in Seattle have exploded. Almost entirely comprised of volunteers, the Pocket runs on the enthusiasm of performers and audiences that believe in the mission. Community is at the core of the Pocket's values. The Pocket regularly stages 6-8 shows in a weekend and also runs a variety of programs that engage the surrounding community, like its Weekends for Bernie fundraising for Bernie Sanders and board game nights. The Pocket makes all who walk through its door feel valued and produces meaningful projects that have a direct impact for Seattle artists and audiences.
Island Shakespeare Festival They make classic stories accessible-- however much money you have or don't have, however familiar you are with Shakespeare (or even English)-- you can go and be moved by human characters.
Jack Willis (President Lyndon Baines Johnson) - All The Way, Seattle Repertory Theatre Astonishing performance
Jack Willis (President Lyndon Baines Johnson) - All The Way, Seattle Repertory Theatre I felt that I understood that tumultuous time in history so much better for having watched Mr. Willis' performance
Jack Willis (President Lyndon Baines Johnson) - All The Way, Seattle Repertory Theatre A titanic force to be reckoned with.
Jack Willis (President Lyndon Baines Johnson) - All The Way, Seattle Repertory Theatre Jack Willis' performance as President LBJ was absolutely breathtaking. He carried that show into something outstanding.
James Weidman (Ferenc/Inspector) - Blood Countess, Annex Theatre I expected Weidman's biting deadpan as the Inspector, but was blown away by his chilling, cruel, nasty (and still strangely compelling) turn as Ferenc.
Jason Collins - Cabaret Jason was incredible in "Cabaret". Just the perfect one to play the role.
Jason Collins in Around the World in 80 Days Played with panache a multitude of characters.
Jason Sanford - We Are Proud to Present a Presentation..., Pony World Theatre An outstanding performance in a fantastic play that has been mostly overlooked for awards, but one that I think people will still be talking about for years to come.
Jasper in Deadland JASPER IN DEADLAND CAST, You guys are so incredibly kind and talented. I can't wait to see what you guys do next!
Jasper in Deadland To the ensemble of Jasper in Deadland: I've never seen an ensemble work so hard, so tightly, and so well as you all did. Your energy didn't drop a beat. What a truly talented group of people. Props to you all.
Jay Athalye (Viswas, Young Jairij) - Dance Like a Man, Pratidhwani Jay specializes.in subtlety. He emotes with his eyes and slight movements of his hands, shoulders and face and conveys everything his character is feeling and more in a beautiful manner.
Jeff Berryman (C.P. Ellis) - Best of Enemies, Taproot Theatre Company Berryman was so convincing is his transformation of an outspoken racist to an outspoken advocate.
Jeff Berryman (Phil Rizzardi) - The Fabulous Lipitones, Taproot Theatre Company I like that guy.
Jeff Pierce (Benedick) - Much Ado About Nothing, GreenStage He had the audience eating out of his hands. Literally.
Jeffrey Mark Weber Jeffrey Mark Weber, you won my heart in your performance and I think you should be nominated best musical actor of the year. I truly look forward to your next venue!
Jenny Vaughn Hall She was totally believable portrayal of the wife with the weight of the world on her shoulders, yet showing compassion for her husband'so adversary
Jenny Vaughn Hall Jenny Vaughn Hall is one of the finest young actors on the West Coast. How lucky we are to have her in the Sound! Her nuanced, finely honed, and deeply held performance in "Best of Enemies" created an anchor for a play that could have been sentimental, but stayed true to the gritty heart of human experience. Beautiful, evocative, and indicative of a stellar future: Jenny Vaughn Hall is an actor we'll be watching, and hoping to see again and again.
Jessica Skerritt Jessica Skerritt does not get recognized in the media nearly enough for the exceptional art she creates.
Jessica Skerritt (Mother) - A Christmas Story, The Musical, 5th Avenue Theatre Jessica played this role with heart and compassion. She was exceptional.
Jessica Skerritt (Sarah Stone) - No Way To Treat A Lady, Village Theatre Perhaps her most mature work yet
John Aylward (Big Daddy) - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, ACT Theatre Powerful stage presence, believable.
John Huddlestun John Huddelston at StageRight is amazing! He gives so much to the theatre community through his interaction with every artist he meets.
John Kazanjian - Mud Rough play, but skillfully presented.
Joseph Lavy - The Glas Nocturne, Akropolis Performance Lab Beautiful production in an untraditional, intimate setting - I loved everything about every choice.

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