Nominees announced

Nominees announced
Nominees announced
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The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) has announced nominations for the Sixth Annual “Artsies” awards. The gala at is 10/20, at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre. This year’s show will have 2 hosts: local theater favorites Michael Hawke and Melissa Johnston Price, who were recently seen together in Richmond Triangle Players’ “Regrets Only.” (Directed by TVJerry himself)


Best Musical

bare: a pop opera, Richmond Triangle Players

La Cage aux Folles, Richmond Triangle Players

The Music Man, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Next to Normal, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre

The Producers, Virginia Repertory Theatre


Best Direction (Musical)

Justin Amellio, bare: a pop opera

Patti D’Beck, The Producers

Chase Kniffen, Next to Normal

John Moon, The Music Man

Joe Pabst, La Cage aux Folles


Best Actor (Musical)

Matt Beyer, La Cage aux Folles

Larry Cook, The Music Man

Duke Lafoon, Next to Normal

Ian Page, bare: a pop opera

Scott Wichmann, The Producers


Best Actress (Musical)

Grey Garrett, I Love a Piano, Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Amanda Johnson, The Music Man

Morgan Meadows, bare: a pop opera

Andrea Rivette, Next to Normal

Debra Wagoner, The Magic Flute, Virginia Repertory Theatre


Best Supporting Actor (Musical)

Jody Ashworth, The Producers

Michael Hawke, The Producers

John Mincks, Next to Normal

Ian Stearns, Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?, Firehouse Theatre Project

Terence Sullivan, Next to Normal


Best Supporting Actress (Musical)

Kelsey Cordrey, bare: a pop opera

Audra Honaker, Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?

Christie Jackson, Next to Normal

Nicole Oberleitner, La Cage aux Folles

Liz Blake White, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Richmond Shakespeare


Best Musical Direction

Paul Deiss, I Love a Piano

Andrew Hamm, A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Kim Fox, bare: a pop opera

Kim Fox, Next to Normal

Douglas Minerd, The Producers


Best Choreography

Patti D’Beck, The Producers

Starr Foster, Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?

Nicole Oberleitner, La Cage aux Folles

Leslie Owens-Harrington, The Music Man


Best Play

The Beauty Queen of Lenane, Henley Street Theatre

The Comedy of Errors, Richmond Shakespeare

Death of a Salesman, Firehouse Theatre Project

Julius Caesar, Henley Street Theatre

Sons of the Prophet, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre


Best Direction (Play)

Anna Johnson, Sons of the Prophet

Steve Perigard, The Comedy of Errors

Jan Powell, King John

James Ricks, Julius Caesar

Bo Wilson, Beauty Queen of Lenane


Best Actor (Play)

David Bridgewater, Red, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Deejay Gray, Riding the Bull, TheatreLAB

David Janosik, King John, Richmond Shakespeare

Billy Christopher Maupin, A Bright New Boise, Firehouse Theatre Project

Joe Pabst, Faith Healer, Henley Street Theatre


Best Actress

Maggie Bavalack, Riding the Bull

Mary Best Bova, The Beauty Queen of Lenane

Eva DeVirgilis, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Henley Street Theatre

Terry Menefee Gau, The Glass Menagerie, Sycamore Rouge

Jill Bari Steinberg, The Beauty Queen of Lenane


Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Play)

Nick Aliff, Any Given Monday, Firehouse Theatre Project

D J Cummings, Sons of the Prophet

David Janeski, The Pillowman, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre

Adrian Rieder, Death of a Salesman

Jeffrey Schmidt, Julius Caesar


Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Play)

Stacie Rearden Hall, The Pride, Richmond Triangle Players

Molly Hood, The Comedy of Errors

McLean Jesse, The Glass Menagerie

Melissa Johnston Price, Sons of the Prophet

Maggie Roop, Hay Fever, Virginia Repertory Theatre


Best Ensemble Acting

The Beauty Queen of Lenane

Gidion’s Knot, Carol Piersol Production

The Glass Menagerie

The Pillowman, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre

Steel Magnolias, Virginia Repertory Theatre


Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

Andrew Bonniwell, Julius Caesar

K. Jenna Ferree, Next to Normal

Lynne Hartman, The Music Man

Lynne Hartman, Red

Robert Perry, Bright New Boise


Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

Sarah Grady, The Music Man

Sue Griffin, Hound of the Baskervilles, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Thomas Hammond, Whoop-Dee-Doo, Richmond Triangle Players

Margarette Joyner, Julius Caesar

D. Mark Souza, La Cage aux Folles

Alex Valentin, bare: a pop opera


Outstanding Achievement in Set Design

David Allan Ballas, The Busy World is Hushed, Richmond Triangle Players

Tennessee Dixon, Julius Caesar

Jacob Sailer, Red

Todd Schall-Vess, King John

Mercedes Shaum, Hay Fever


Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Derek Dumais, Hound of the Baskervilles

Joey Luck, A Bright New Boise

James Ricks, Julius Caesar

James Ricks, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Brittany Simmons/Alecia Shulz, King John


Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater

Tom McGranahan


  1. I don’t understand why the critics are continuing to compare designs of musicals and plays in the same category. It is extremely unfair for the designers of plays, as 90% of the time the designers of plays are going to lose to the designers of musicals. It is like comparing apples to oranges and doesn’t make any sense. I wonder why they continually compare the 2 genres. It seems amateur.

  2. How could you leave out Joe Inscoe in the best actor nomination for DEATH OF A SALESMAN?…he was incredible…and so believable in the role

  3. Stephen,
    Here are the specifics: in 2008, we only included three design categories, adding sound in 2009. Below is a list of non-musical productions that won for their design elements. It’s never been a 90% rate for musicals and last year 75% of the design winners were from non-musical productions.
    Having said that, we have considered splitting the design categories for musical and non-musical. However, that adds 4 more categories of awards to give out and our focus this year was bringing the run-time of the ceremony to a manageable level. If we can do that this year, I expect the topic of splitting design consideration will be discussed again and very well may be the procedure we take next year.

    2008: As you like it (costumes) — 1/3
    2009: Eurydice (Sound) — 1/4
    2010: A servant of two masters (costumes), is he dead? (set) — 2/4
    2011: Legacy of Light (lighting, costumes) — 2/4
    2012: The 39 Steps (lighting), August: Osage County (set), It’s a Wonderful Life (sound) — 3/4

  4. PS: I would add that AT LEAST 50 % of the recipients of design awards this year will be from non-musicals because 100% of the nominees for set and sound are from non-musicals. Just sayin.

  5. Hi Dave,
    Thanks for your response. Please let me clarify that I was writing in a more broad sense when referring to the percentages, not necessarily these particular awards. It is great that the play designs seem to be holding their own over the musicals in Richmond, but it doesn’t change the fact the 2 genres shouldn’t be compared together. There are simply too many differences that are incomparable. While some plays are musical in nature, in general musicals are not realistic while plays are. People just don’t break out into song to tell stories in reality. Musicals usually contain more flashiness and give designers more opportunities to shine. The structure and transitions are often far more complicated in musicals and require more work from the designers. That’s why producers pay more to designers of musicals.

    I also feel that the amount of time the award ceremony takes shouldn’t be a factor in the decision to separate the awards. All the other categories are separated by musical or play, so it is only fair to honor more designer’s work as well. Thanks!

  6. Was Breasts in Show not among the eligible plays?
    It was one of the best and well done plays ever!
    Everyone did a fabulous job with it!

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