Nominees React to Atlanta Theater Fan Award Nominations

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Nominations for the first annual Atlanta Theater Fan Awards were unveiled last week, and we contacted all the nominated theatres to ask if their nominees would like to respond to the nominations. For some, it was the first time being nominated for an award in professional theater, while other seasoned veterans (who are no strangers to awards) received  new special accolades.

After learning of their nominations, many nominees have expressed that they were surprised and honored to be recognized. But most importantly, they appreciated that these nominations were coming directly from fans. Any fan of Atlanta theatre can help choose the winners by votingthrough July 29.

The Alliance Theatre's Twist received Atlanta Theater Fan Award nominations for Debbie Allen's choreography and Emilio Sosa's costume design.

Take a look below to read the reactions. We’ll keep updating as more reactions are received from the nominees. Thank you to all the nominees for your contributions to the Atlanta theatre season.

“I’m thrilled to be nominated for a work that truly allowed me to bear my heart and soul. I love being in Atlanta, and I really love being at the Alliance, so this is a very unexpected accolade to be nominated!”
Debbie Allen, Fan Award Nominee for her Choreography of Twist at the Alliance Theatre

“Thank you so much to the Atlanta Theater Fans Awards for their nomination for my work on Twist. I’m truly indebted to Ms. Allen for her tireless support and confidence in me to dress her vision. Designs are only sketches unless you have a team as amazing as the Alliance Theatre Costume Shop to make them a reality. Twist is a labor of love that continues to give joy to audiences across the country and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Emilio Sosa, Fan Award Nominee for the Costume Design of Twist at the Alliance Theatre

“Just wanted to let you know how thrilled we all were to hear about our nominations – and while I’m delighted that several of our shows were recognized, I got a particular charge out of seeing how deeply AUGUST OSAGE resonated with people. That company of actors was one of the most rock star of rock star ensembles I’ve ever gotten the privilege to play with, and to have that work recognized means the world to me.”
Susan V. Booth, Alliance Theatre Artistic Director and Fan Award Nominee for Best Direction of a Play for August: Osage County at the Alliance Theatre

“To be nominated for an award for playing Mattie Fae in August: Osage County is almost overkill. Being in that wonderful play with those fabulous Atlanta actors was a huge blessing in and of itself.”
Jill Jane Clements, Fan Award Nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Mattie Fae Aiken in August: Osage County at the Alliance Theatre

“Thank you so much for the honor of the nomination for this award. It is very flattering and an honor to be a part of these inaugural awards. August: Osage County was a truly amazing production to be a part of, and I’m thrilled that it was received so well by Atlanta and the entire theatre community.”
Tess Malis Kincaid, Fan Award Nominee for Best Leading Actress in Play for her role as Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County at the Alliance Theatre

“It’s certainly an honor to be nominated. If the performance resonated with people, I’m very grateful–especially considering how flawed my character was. I wasn’t sure anybody would want to watch a guy go down in flames for 90 minutes, but I sure enjoyed the ride. Thanks to the Atlanta Theater Fans. I appreciate it.”
David de Vries, Fan Award Nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Play his role as Jeff in Carapace at the Alliance Theatre

“It’s an honor to be singled out and recognized for good work. Many thanks to those who nominated me, and to atlantatheaterfans.com for helping to celebrate excellence in Atlanta theatre. The audience is King, they are the client in this business. We always strive to give them the very best experience. Top-shelf, world class, meaningful theatre is what they deserve. It’s gratifying to know that audiences of Carapace felt they got that.”
Joe Knezevich, Fan Award Nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Peter in Carapace at the Alliance

Adrienne Warren (center with Dominque Johnson) received an Atlanta Theater Fan Award Nomination for her role as Danielle in the Alliance Theatre's Bring It On: The Musical. The production received a total of ten nominations. Photo by Greg Mooney

“Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! (scream) That’s Amazing! I am so honored and humbled! I had so much fun with this role and this show! This is my first nomination for Best Leading Actress anything so I am very happy! Thank you for making my day!”
Adrienne Warren, Fan Award Nominee for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Danielle in Bring It On: The Musical at the Alliance Theatre

“I am so honored to be nominated for this award along with some of my other cast and creative team! This show is such an important part of my life and to hear that the fans were so receptive reinforces why I perform. Having audience members in those seats is the reason a show thrives so I cannot thank the fans enough. I am so grateful to be recognized. Thank you everyone who voted!”
Ryann Redmond, Fan Award Nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Bridget in Bring It On: The Musical at the Alliance Theatre

“Just wanted to let you know how honored and excited I am to be nominated. Glad to know Atlanta Fans enjoyed the world of TWIG, he is definitely a fun guy and loves to love. Thanks to all who came out to support Bring It On. It is amazing show with an amazing message…’Do your own thing.'”
Jon Rua, Fan Award Nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Twig in Bring It On: The Musicalat the Alliance Theatre

Theatre in the Sqaure received seven nominations for The Little Foxes including one for Best Leading Actress in a Play for Jessica Phelps West for her role as Regina. Photo by Greg Mooney

“It is both an honor and a humbling privilege for Ordinary Days to be nominated for best musical, particularly within the company of the other nominees in that category. Fashioned with honesty and innocence, this little musical gem charmed its way into my heart, as I know it did many others. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to work in a town that celebrates such a diverse range of storytelling: from breathtaking spectacle to beautiful simplicity. We should all be very proud.”
Justin Anderson, Director of Ordinary Days, Serenbe Playhouse

“Thank you so much for the nomination for The Young Man From Atlanta and The Little Foxes. Both were not without challenges as a director and actor and thus tremendously rewarding.”
Jessica Phelps West, Fan Award Nominee for Best Direction of a Play for The Young Man From Atlanta at Theatrical Outfit and Best Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Regina in The Little Foxes at Theatre in the Square

“Thanks so much for this recognition and honor. I’m thrilled to be in such amazingly talented company, and to be  a part of your inaugural ballot.”
Mark Smith, Legacy Theatre Artistic Director and Fan Award Nominee for Best Direction of a Musical for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Legacy Theatre

“I was extremely surprised by my nomination. There were so many great shows this year with incredible performances, and I feel humbled and honored by this nomination.”
Justin Thompson, Fan Award Nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Legacy Theatre

“Wow! Thanks for the nominations! So surprised and honored. Love my theatre peeps!”
Dustin Lewis, Fan Award Nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role of Thief/Priest in See What I Wanna See at Actor’s Express