Artsie nominees and more

Artsie nominees and more
Artsie nominees and more
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The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) has not only announced the nominations for the 8th Annual “Artsies” Awards, but proudly introduces the creation of the RVA Theatre Alliance Panel. These TAP Members will work with the RTCC to determine nominees for next year’s awards (find out who they are below).


THE NOMINEES for the RTCC Awards:


Best Musical

Caroline, or Change, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

Carrie the Musical, 5th Wall

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, TheatreLab/Spin, Spit & Swear

South Pacific, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Two Bits: The Barbershop Musical, Swift Creek Mill Theatre


Best Direction – Musical

Patti D’Beck, Mame, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Chase Kniffen, South Pacific

Billy Christopher Maupin, Carrie the Musical

Maggie Roop, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Tom Width, Two Bits


Best Actor – Musical

Denver Crawford, Boy in the Bathroom, Firehouse Theatre

Branch Fields, South Pacific

David Janeski, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Landon Nagel, They’re Playing Our Song, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Matt Shofner, Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Best Actress – Musical

Stacey Cabaj, South Pacific

Desiree Roots, Caroline, or Change

Cathy Shaffner, Boy in the Bathroom

Brittany Simmons, Carrie the Musical

Aly Wepplo, They’re Playing Our Song


Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical

Brian Baez, Pagaent, Richmond Triangle Players

Brandon McKinney, Caroline, or Change

Kirk Morton, We Three Lizas, Richmond Triangle Players

James Stover, South Pacific

Durron Tyre, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Matt Zimmerman, South Pacific


Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical

Bianca Bryan, Caroline, or Change

Bianca Bryan, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Audra Honaker, Mame

Tyandria Ford Jackson, Caroline, or Change

Grace Mincks, Carrie the Musical


Best Musical Direction

Ryan Corbitt, Caroline, or Change

Paul Deiss, Two Bits

Drew Perkins, A Lie of the Mind, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

Anthony Smith, Carrie the Musical

Anthony Smith, Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Best Choreography

Patti D’Beck, Mame

Jan Guarino, They’re Playing Our Song

Emily Poff, Carrie the Musical

Brad Willcuts, South Pacific


Best Play

Equivocation, Quill Theatre Company/Virginia Repertory Theatre

Hamlet, Quill Theatre Company

The Human Terrain, 5th Wall Theatre

The Lyons, 5th Wall Theatre

The Whipping Man, Virginia Repertory Theatre


Best Direction – Play

Deb Clinton, The Whipping Man

Carol Piersol, The Human Terrain

Jan Powell, Equivocation

Jan Powell, Hamlet

Bo Wilson, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Richmond Triangle Players


Best Actor – Play

Nick Aliff, Sam and Carol: A Play Where Everything is True, Quill Theatre Company

Andrew Firda, Angels in America

Marquis Hazelwood, When Last We Flew, TheatreLab

Jerold Solomon, The Whipping Man

Rafael Untalan, Equivocation


Best Actress – Play

Eva DeVirgilis, Sam and Carol

Molly Hood, Hamlet

Mclean Jesse, The Human Terrain

Jacqueline Jones, The Lyons

Melissa Johnston Price, Lion in Winter, Quill Theatre Company


Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Play

Jeff Clevenger, Hamlet

Max Eddy, The Whipping Man

Deejay Gray, The Whale, HATTheatre

Joe Pabst, Equivocation

Taamu Wuya, The Whipping Man


Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Play

Sara Heifetz, The Human Terrain

Jessi Johnson, Psycho Beach Party, Richmond Triangle Players

Raven Lorraine, When Last We Flew

Maggie Roop, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Zoe Speas, Equivocation


Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Cock, TheatreLab

The Altruists, TheatreLab

The Human Terrain

The Whipping Man


Promising Newcomer

Zoe Cotzias, Oblivion, TheatreLab

Denver Crawford, The Aliens, Firehouse Theatre

Saleh Ismael, The Human Terrain

Tyandria Ford Jackson, Caroline, or Change

Joseph Nelson, Oblivion


Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

Anna Bialkowski, Hamlet

Sue Griffin, Mame

Sue Griffin, South Pacific

Elizabeth Hopper, Equivocati

Mark Souza, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Richmond Triangle Players


Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

Lynne Hartman, Mame

Michael Jarett, Angels in America

BJ Wilkinson, Equivocation

BJ Wilkinson, The Whipping Man

Robby Williams, Boy in the Bathroom


Outstanding Achievement in Set Design

Christopher Acebo, Equivocation

Kat Conley, The Whipping Man

Tennessee Dixon, Boy in the Bathroom

Ron Keller, Mame

Edwin Slipek, Wait Until Dark, Firehouse Theatre


Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Carlos Collazo, The Human Terrain

Joey Luck, Carrie the Musical

Joey Luck, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Joey Luck, Psycho Beach Party

Joey Luck, The Aliens


Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater

Bob Albertia, deVeaux Riddick, and Robert Watkins



The members of the RTCC that voted on this year’s nominations include:

– Tony Farrell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

– Rich Griset (Style Weekly)

– Julinda Lewis (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

– John Porter (WCVE-FM)

– Jerry Williams (Sifter / WRIR).

They must have seen at least two-thirds of the locally-produced shows during the last season in order to vote. Joining the Circle this year is Julie Harthill Clayton, writing for


The black-tie gala will be held 10/25 and will feature musical performances from productions nominated for Best Musical, as well as a special performance by Desiree Roots. Popular cabaret performer and local actor Georgia Rogers Farmer will be hosting.


The theme of the event this year is “The Originators,” and many aspects of the show will honor local artists who create original work. All proceeds support the Richmond Theatre Artists Fund, which helps those in the Richmond theater community who have fallen on hard times.


Formal attire is encouraged for the awards ceremony, which is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Virginia Rep at or 282-2620.





Established in cooperation with the RVA Theatre Alliance (a consortium of local theater companies) the TAP consists of 6 theater professionals and patrons who will vote along the critics to determine the nominees for the 2015-16 season.


The Panel for the 2015-16 season is:


Susan Haubenstock, who served as theater critic and feature writer for the daily Stamford (CT) Advocate from 1989 to 1994, and theater critic for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2003 to 2012. Haubenstock received an MA in theater from the University of Illinois.


Steve Murden, the archivist for the Virginia Museum Theatre and TheatreVirginia, a life-long theater fan and a season subscriber for nearly all the major local theater companies.


Karen Newton, a freelance writer for Style Weekly and a devoted theater fan whose commentary on the local theater scene regularly appears in her popular blog.


David Toney, a local actor and director and the current Artistic Director for TheatreVCU. Toney received his MFA in Professional Acting from Ohio University.


Patricia Vastano, former Board member for 5th Wall Theatre and celebrated local theater fan. Vastano had a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Labor before retiring to Richmond in 2005.


Dr. Jack Welsh, a local director, a professor of Theatre and Speech at the University of Richmond from 1965 to 2000, and an on-site Adjudicator for the American College Theatre Festival. Dr. Welsh has a PhD in Theatre from Tulane University.


  1. Eva, We are so proud of you. You certainly deserve it. I hope you take that play on the road to Sarasota.

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