2011 Nominees & Recipients

2011 Nominees and Recipients

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The 14th Annual Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award

The Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award honors individuals in our theatrical community who have given their time, energy and talents over a number of years. In particular, this award honors people who have had a widespread positive effect on the community.  NOTE: The recipient is determined by a process separate from the rest of the awards, and so does not appear in either the nomination or the voting ballots.

Recipient Bio
Bill Forrester Bill Forrester is known nationwide for his design talents.The first professional gig on his resume is Assistant Scenic Designer for a 1959 NY summer stock production starring Gloria Swanson & Groucho Marx. Not a bad start. Before coming to the University of Washington in 1972, he was the art director for several television shows including The Red Skelton ShowLet’s Make a DealThe Lawrence Welk ShowThe Bing Crosby Special, and the first-ever-televised 1971 Grammy Awards. Besides designing at every professional theatre in Seattle, Bill’s regional credits include the Arizona Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. University of Washington costume shop manager Josie Gardner remarks: “If you ever need a friend in the theater business in Seattle, Bill Forrester is the best. He has mentored many a young designer or technician with his imaginative problem solving skills, humble quietness, and wacky sense of humor. Bill would come to dress rehearsal, sit in the back, and every once in a while mumble something profound. If you were sitting close enough to hear, you would know he was a true theatre master. His wit and sarcasm is unmatched.” He taught at the University of Washington for over 30 years, influencing innumerable students including current nominees Andrea Bush, Andrew Smith and Matthew Smucker. In the 1970s and 1980s he designed frequently for ACT, The Empty Space, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild. Over the years, he has designed over 100 productions locally. In the 1990s he began to be offered projects outside Seattle, at such theatres as Arizona Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Utah Festival Opera, and The Village Theatre. In the first decade of the new century, he has found new opportunities at the Alabama and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, The Alliance Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Florida Stage, Geva Theatre, Indiana University School of Music, and the Kansas City Rep. In 2010, he was invited to American University of Cairo to design Two Sisters. In 2010 he began work on a production of Der Rosenkavalier for the Indiana University School of Music, and continues his long association with the Village Theatre for their upcoming production of Annie Get Your Gun.

Outstanding Actor

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any male performer, lead or supporting, regardless of union status, in a 2010-2011 Season production taking place in Washington State.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Bradford Farwell Breaking the Code, Strawberry Theatre Workshop; Chamber Cymbeline, Seattle Shakespeare Company

 

“Bradford Farwell as Alan Turning created a complex and believable character, a whole person on stage.  I could see history unfold before me.”

Charles Leggett

 

2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING ACTOR
2009: RECIPIENT, OUTSTANDING ACTOR

Yankee Tavern, ACT Theatre; Of Mice and Men, Seattle Repertory Theatre; Breaking the Code, Strawberry Theatre Workshop

 

“I think I nominated him last year. I will probably nominate this man every year I see him in a play. He’s incredible. As Ray (Yankee Tavern,) he perfectly balanced the crazy conspirator with the caring friend of the family, and I was continuously torn about whether to believe Ray’s pronouncements or not–a tenterhook kind of situation which Leggett milked everything out of.”

Recipient:
Darragh Kennan
Hamlet, Seattle Shakespeare Company

 

“One of the most focused and thoughtful portrayals of the character I’ve ever seen.  He took the character to a very real and human place.”

Michael Patten* O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty, New Century Theatre Company

 

“He made us feel all the humanity of a goat condemned to a trash heap in order to search for meaning and beauty in a terrible world.”

Richard Nguyen Sloniker* 
(Members’ Voice Nominee)
Red Light Winter, Azeotrope; The Comedy of Errors, Wooden O Productions

 

“A stunning performance.  Very understated and subtle but with tons of heart.” (Red Light Winter)

Connor Toms

(People’s Choice Nominee)
The Cider House Rules, Part II, Book-It Repertory Theatre; Wittenberg andChamber Cymbeline, Seattle Shakespeare Company

 

“One of the strongest younger actors in town, Connor stood out from the first production I saw him in at Seattle Shakes about five years ago and has steadily grown to leading man status, especially in Cider House Rules, Parts I & II. He brings a depth of feeling to his roles that’s always surprising for his age.”

*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Actress

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any female performer, lead or supporting, regardless of union status, in a 2010-2011 Season production taking place in Washington State.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Julie Briskman* The Lady With All the Answers and The Prisoner of Second Avenue, ACT Theatre

 

“As the embodiment of Ann Landers in this one-woman show (The Lady With all the Answers,) Briskman disappeared into her character and gave a warts and all performance.”

Angela DiMarco*
(People’s Choice Nominee)
2010: NOMINEE, PERSON TO WATCH
Mother in Another Language, ReACT/Pratidhwani; Reasons to be Pretty,ArtsWest

 

“[DiMarco's] performance in Mother was a delight to watch. A true portrayal of a woman caught in not just a multicultural dilemma, but one also struggling to find a relationship with her own mother.”

Renata Friedman* The K of D: an Urban Legend, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

“Her performance was incredibly astounding. While watching the show I didn’t even remember it was a one woman show-she embodied each character so fully I was fully engaged in the story.”

Elizabeth Kenny* Sick, New City Theater

 

“A performance of such truth and personal integrity that it gave new dignity to the stage. Powerful, painful, beautiful.”

Recipient:
Carol Roscoe
Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World, ACT Theatre

 

“Carol’s character was beautifully flawed, a chatterbox, overwhelming, confused and fragile-strong. In the hands a of lesser actress Sheri could have been annoying, but she carried this role with a perfect balance, with incredible passion and depth and wonderful humor. I was rooting for Sheri the entire time, and much of that was due to Carol.”

Billie Wildrick*
(Members’ Voice Nominee)
2009: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING ACTRESS
Guys & Dolls and Vanities, 5th Avenue Theatre

 

“[Wildrick]   played the iconic Miss Adelaide in The 5th’s original production of  Guys & Dolls.  Her performance was nothing short of brilliant — sassy, sexy, and yet also heartfelt and solidly anchored.  This was no blonde bimbo on stage but a real, live woman with dreams and hopes and wonderful humor.”

*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Director

2011 eligibility for nomination: The director of any show produced in Washington State in the 2010-2011 Season.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Roger Benington O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty, New Century Theatre Company

 

“Progressive, challenging theatre handled with exceptional skill and control.”

Juliette Carrillo The Brothers Size, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

“A transcendent production of the most exciting new play I’ve seen in years. A perfectly balanced ensemble and a perfect balance of drama, movement and theatrical lyricism.”

Recipient:
Sheila Daniels

2010: RECIPIENT, OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
Breaking the Code, Strawberry Theatre Workshop

 

“Daniels caught the Chekhovian subtlety and undertones of Friel’s play; excellent work managing its ensemble intricacies”

John Langs
2009: RECIPIENT, OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
Hamlet, Seattle Shakespeare Company

 

“I’ve seen several productions of Hamlet, and this was one of the best.  John Langs found humanity and humor in the bleakest of situations.”

Brian Yorkey

(Members’ Voice Nominee)
Jesus Christ Superstar, Village Theatre

 

“Vibrant, well-conceived production – Brian made this musical meaningful and relevant to a contemporary audience.”

Christopher Zinovitch*
(People’s Choice Nominee)
Evil Dead: The Musical, Distracted, and Shipwrecked!, ArtsWest

 

“Chris took difficult and timely subject matter – he made it funny, he made it uncomfortable, and he made it absolutely real.”

*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Production

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any show produced by a TPS Organizational Member in the 2010-2011 Season.

Nominee Summary of Comments and Reviews
Breaking the Code, Strawberry Theatre Workshop
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (The Laramie Project)
2009: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (The Elephant Man)
“Great production.  Great acting, brilliant script, savvy direction.  Strawberry Workshop continuing to mount great productions.”
The Brothers Size, Seattle Repertory Theatre
2009: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (The Seafarer)
“A rich and emotionally devastating piece filled with heart and told through brilliant performances and brilliant physicality.  I still can’t stop thinking about this show.”
Recipient:
The Cider House Rules, Part Two: In Other Parts of the World,
Book-It Repertory Theatre
(People’s Choice Nominee)

2010: RECIPIENT, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (The Cider House Rules, Part One: Here in St. Cloud’s)
“Near perfect production, even better than Part One. Everything clicked.”
Hamlet,
Seattle Shakespeare Company
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (Electra)
“Brilliantly mounted by John Langs with a terrific cast; the best production of this play I’ve seen – and I’ve seen a lot of them.”
Jesus Christ Superstar, Village Theatre
(Members’ Voice Nominee)

2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (42nd Street)
“Brilliant, relevant, contemporary, well done.”
O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty, New Century Theatre Company
2009: RECIPIENT, OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (The Adding Machine)
“An astonishingly charming and moving play brilliantly directed and acted.”
*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Theatre of the Year

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any TPS Organizational Member which has produced at least one show during the 2010-2011 season.

Nominee Summary of Comments and Reviews
Recipient:
ACT (A Contemporary Theatre)

2010: RECIPIENT, THEATRE OF THE YEAR
2009: NOMINEE, THEATRE OF THE YEAR
“Yes, they won last year.  But they continue to do fine work on their own stage, having rediscovered their mission during the last several years, while leading the way in partnerships and new ways of doing our work as a community.  And Kurt Beattie and Carlo Scandiuzzi make a dynamic duo of leadership for ACT and for our community.”
ArtsWest
(People’s Choice Nominee)
“A commitment to consistently excellent theatre & visual art shows. Their theatre education program is nationally renowned and does fearless work with the kids.  An under-recognized jewel in our community.”
Book-It Repertory Theatre
2010: NOMINEE, THEATRE OF THE YEAR
“Book It had a great year with outstanding productions like Great ExpectationsSense and Sensibility and of course Cider House, Part 2. Each of their productions is home-grown and locally written, and compares with much of the best in the rest of all the theaters.”
Seattle Repertory Theatre
2010: NOMINEE, THEATRE OF THE YEAR
“Consistently brilliant and always putting forth the new and emerging along with the familiar and classic.”
Seattle Shakespeare Company “An outstanding season from Seattle Shakes…every production had something amazing to offer.”
Village Theatre
(Members’ Voice Nominee)
2010: NOMINEE, THEATRE OF THE YEAR
“Village Theatre is unique in its ability to generate large audiences with its family-friendly musicals and plays – and then challenge them with new works (often receiving their world-premier productions). In addition to its primary stage accomplishments, VT is reaping the benefits of a thriving rebuilt First Stage theatre, Festival of New Musicals (which recently gestated Broadway’s “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet”), KidStage program and active community involvement.  VT is also a major resource for Seattle’s working theatrician with its commitment to hiring locally.”
*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Costume Designer

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any costume designer, regardless of union status, who designed the costumes for a 2010-2011 Season production taking place in Washington State.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Harmony J.K. Arnold O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty, New Century Theatre Company

 

“Every piece only added to this fantastical world just to the left of reality.”

Recipient:
Julia Evanovich*
(Member’s Voice Nominee)
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGNER
Into the Woods, Seattle Musical Theatre; The Glass Menagerie and Vestal Virgins, Theater Schmeater; The Tempest, GreenStage; 3 Screams, Man Alone Productions

 

“Julia’s costumes [in Vestal Virgins] had to keep us in the present while allowing the older rocker women to live in both past and present.  Very nice fun work!”

Deane Middleton Sense and SensibilityBook-It Repertory Theatre; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Seattle Shakespeare Company; Anne of Green Gables, Village Theatre

 

“Hats fit for a pastry display, canary colors and ingenious sculpting devices belying the dainty budget… the costumes made the show [The Merry Wives of Windsor].”

Pete Rush Hamlet, Seattle Shakespeare Company; Sextet, Washington Ensemble Theatre; The Happy Ones, Seattle Public Theater

 

“Every piece fit perfectly into this world out of time [Hamlet] and complimented not only each actor but the story.”

Janessa Jayne Styck
(People’s Choice Nominee)
Macbeth, GreenStage; Much Ado About Nothing, SecondStory Repertory;The Comedy of Errors, Wooden O

 

“Fantastic half-period, half-steampunk costumes. Supported the weirdness of the show, while being awesome on their own. My favorite: the witches’s costumes, which transitioned from ragged, semi-Victorian dresses with corsets and long trains into cloaks and hoods and witchy fabric.” [Macbeth]

Elizabeth Caitlin Ward A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Intiman Theatre

 

“Imaginative and eye popping, the costumes almost became another character.”

*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Lighting Designer

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any lighting designer, regardless of union status, who designed lights and lighting effects for a 2010-2011 Season production taking place in Washington State.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Alex Berry
(Members’ Voice Nominee)
Jesus Christ Superstar, Village Theatre

 

“Did a wonderful job to help create this post apocalyptic world.”

Amiya Brown Sense and Sensibility, Great Expectations, Book-It Repertory Theatre; Love Horse, Washington Ensemble Theatre

 

“Brown’s lighting managed two sprawling tales and all kinds of terrain and location.”

Geoff Korf The Brothers Size, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

“Geoff always enhances every show he lights and this was no exception.  His lights are a quiet unobtrusive character.  Perfect.” [Hamlet]

L.B. Morse
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGNER
Breaking the Code and The Laramie Project, Strawberry Theatre Workshop; Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, ACT Theatre;Dancing at Lughnasa, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

“Morse took this simple space and open setting and did wonders with the scenic elements and time passings- really great work that was fun to watch- but it did not take away from the performers at any time.” [Breaking the Code]

Josh Randall*
(People’s Choice Nominee)
Evil Dead: The Musical, Shipwrecked!, and Emilie, ArtsWest

 

“Lighting is a crucial component to the script of this play. Some of the production even has to take place in the dark. A knowledgeable light designer is essential.” [Emilie]

Recipient:
Andrew D. Smith
2010: RECIPIENT, OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGNER
The Cider House Rules, Part Two, Book-It Repertory Theatre; O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty, New Century Theatre Company;Red Light Winter, Azeotrope; Sextet, Washington Ensemble Theatre; The Threepenny Opera, Seattle Shakespeare Company

 

“Andrew has quickly become one of the true chameleons of Seattle production design with lighting that varies by the artistic vision of each producition.”

*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Music or Sound Designer

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any music director or sound designer, regardless of union status, responsible for the sound or music of a 2010-2011 Season production taking place in Washington State.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Brendan Patrick Hogan
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGNER
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Yankee Tavern, ACT Theatre

 

“What continually impresses me about Hogan’s work in plays such as this is his ability to create lush, richly layered and very realistic soundscapes that can play underneath the action and bolster it, rather than distracting from it. In fact, half the time one doesn’t notice that there’s still sound playing until partway into the scene, and that’s the mark of excellent soundscapes. The city soundscape of this play rises and falls naturally, as well as with the opening and closing of the door, and Hogan adds to the naturalism with other elements–planes, radios, music–that add to the atmosphere of the story. Engrossing.”

Paul James Prendergast Dancing at Lughnasa and Three Tall Women, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

“I will never forget the women dancing around the house. Spellbinding.” [Dancing at Lughnasa]

Matt Starritt
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGNER
The K of D, an Urban Legend and The Brothers Size, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

“The sound was a character in itself for this solo show and really played a strong role in evoking the world of the play.” [The K of D, an Urban Legend]

Tim Symons

(Members’ Voice Nominee)
Jesus Christ Superstar, Village Theatre

 

“The pulsing, shredding contemporary rock orchestrations gave a fresh vitality and immediacy to the score.”

Chris R Walker

(People’s Choice Nominee)
All My Sons, Intiman Theatre; The Borrowers and Lyle the Crocodile, Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

“Fun and inventive musical work.”

Recipient:
Rob Witmer

2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGNER
2009: NOMINEE, PERSON TO WATCH
O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty, New Century Theatre Company; Go Dog Go!, Seattle Children’s Theatre; Of Mice and Men,Seattle Repertory Theatre; Cloud Nine and Breaking the Code, Strawberry Theatre Workshop; The Comedy of Errors, Wooden O; Hamlet, Seattle Shakespeare Company; Evil Dead: The Musical, ArtsWest

 

“Rob has brought his amazing talents to so many stages in Seattle that it’s hard to keep count.  Both as a composer and as a designer, he has blown our socks off again and again.”

*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Scenic Designer

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any set or scenic designer, regardless of union status, who was responsible for the scenic design of a 2010-2011 Season production taking place in Washington State.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Roger Benington O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty, New Century Theatre Company

 

“Managed to convey a beautiful and fantastical world with minimal yet perfectly appointed pieces.”

Ahren Buhmann*
(People’s Choice Nominee)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and King Arthur and the Knights of the Playground, Balagan Theatre

 

“A gorgeous and eye popping set, perfectly appointed with thrilling levels to keep the audience engaged.”

Andrea Bryn Bush
2010: RECIPIENT, OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGNER
Sextet, Washington Ensemble Theatre; The Cider House Rules Part Twoand Great Expectations, Book-It Repertory Theatre; My Wonderful Day, Seattle Public Theater

 

“Imaginative work supporting a great piece of theatre.” [Cider House Rules Part Two]

Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams The Brothers Size, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

The tires and the use of the tires for furniture was fantastic.”

Michael Mowery*
(Members’ Voice Nominee)
The Threepenny Opera, Seattle Shakespeare Company; 3 Screams, Man Alone Productions

 

“He has transformed that challenging garage space of [Theater Schmeater] into countless worlds.”

Recipient:
Matthew Smucker
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGNER
All My Sons, Intiman Theatre; Yankee Tavern, Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, andVanities, ACT Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar, Village Theatre; Three Tall Women, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

“Gorgeous tavern set–not easy to make this fit into the round, to have a bar that all sides of the circle can see easily into, but that’s what happened. Plus the gorgeous old wood of the bar and the style, as well as the old neon sign and the bits of old hotel above, really evoked the run-down feel of the place.” [Yankee Tavern]

*nominee is an individual member of Theatre Puget Sound

Outstanding Playwright

2011 eligibility for nomination: Any Washington State based playwright, regardless of union status, who has had his/her play fully mounted in Washington State during the 2010-2011 season.

Nominee Highlights / Summary of Comments and Reviews
Kelleen Conway Blanchard
(People’s Choice Nominee)
Heart are Monsters, Macha Monkey Productions

 

“Kelleen is one of the true treasures of Seattle theatre. We are very fortunate to have her in our midst.”

Recipient:
Yussef El Guindi
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, ACT Theatre

 

“This play blew me away. I’ve been in love with it since I saw it last summer at the Icicle Creek reading, and I love it even more now. It’s intelligent, smart, and human. It shows dramatic tension and relationships and cultural difference and a situation like this could be turned toward angst-ridden drama, but el Guindi doesn’t go there, for which I am highly thankful. Instead, he shows the potential for good. It’s sweet, but not sappy; heart-warming, but realistic. All the ends aren’t tied up, but there is optimistic potential for everybody by the end, and I left feeling happy, empowered, and a little bit different.”

Neil Ferron Fabulous Prizes, The Satori Group

 

“What an impressive breakout for young playwright star Neil Ferron! I can’t wait to see what more he has in store for us!”

Elizabeth Kenny* Sick, New City Theater

 

“Courageous, intensely theatrical and quietly moving. I can’t get this show out of my head.”

John Longenbaugh* Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, Taproot Theatre

 

“A traditional structure with some very fresh, well realized and satisfying exploration of self-knowledge. A new holiday show that felt welcome.”

Scotto Moore*

(Members’ Voice Nominee)
2010: NOMINEE, OUTSTANDING PLAYWRIGHT
Duel of the Linguist Mages, Annex Theatre

 

“Making the insanely absurd completely enthralling.”