Winners Announced for Atlanta’s 2014 Suzi Bass Awards

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The Suzi Bass AwardsThe Suzi Bass Awards, Inc. announced winners for the 2013-2014 Atlanta professional theatrical season this evening at the awards ceremony at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center. The evening was hosted by Rob Cleveland. Presenters included Deadre Moore, Ingrid Cole and Christy Baggett, Eric and Bethany Mendenhall, Veronika Duerr and Laura Cole, Clifton Guterman and WABE’s John Lemley, Tess and Mark Kincaid, and Karen Howell and Chris Ekholm.

Tonight’s ceremony was filmed by students and faculty in the TV Production program of Chattahoochee Tech, for broadcast by Atlanta’s PBA30 television station. Broadcast will be on December 13, 2014 at 10 p.m. Chattahoochee Tech and WPBA are major partners of the Suzi Awards.

A special tribute was performed by Broadway’s Amber Iman (who hails from Atlanta and got her start on our stages) who sang “No Tears in Heaven” during the In Memoriam segment recognizing deceased members of the Atlanta theatre family. In addition to several professional artists recently working in Atlanta theatre, we also lost actor and teacher Georgia Allen, 94, who was the first African-American actor to integrate Atlanta’s stages.

There are five special awards announced at the ceremony. They and their recipients are the The 2014 Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, given to Suehyla El-Attar for her play, Third Country produced by Horizon Theatre. The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Monty Schuth, wig and hair designer. The 2014 Volunteer of the Year was presented to Beverly Powell of Stage Door Players. This year’s new award, The 2014 Callboard Award, recognizes work by theatre professionals in production areas not included in the categories of the Suzi Performance Awards such as stage managers, technicians, front of house and patron staff, or others. It is voted upon exclusively by Suzi members. It was awarded to Wendell Johnson, House Manager of Theatrical Outfit. And finally, The 2014 Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Season was awarded to Actor’s Express.

The Alliance Theatre took home the most awards, 11 total, while Aurora Theatre was next in total awards with 6. Actor’s Express, 7 Stages. Center for Puppetry Arts and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre each took home 2 awards. Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, and Theatrical Outfit each grabbed one award.

For further information on the awards process, becoming a Member of the Suzi Bass Awards, or taking out business or congratulation ads in the Awards Event Program, please go to http://www.suziawards.org/ or email info@suziawards.org.

2013-2014 Suzi Bass Award Winners List

Alliance Theatre

John Stewart and Jeremy Pope in the Alliance Theatre’s production of Choir Boy. Photo by Greg Mooney

Outstanding Production of a Play  

          Choir Boy – Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Director of a Play  

          Trip Cullman for Choir Boy – Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play 

Natasha Drena for End of the Rainbow – Actor’s Express

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play (tie) 

Andrew Benator for Race – True Colors Theatre Company

Neal A. Ghant for Race – True Colors Theatre Company

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (tie)

Courtenay Collins for The Geller Girls – Alliance Theatre

LaLa Cochran for Best of Enemies – Theatrical Outfit

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Richard Garner for One Man, Two Guvnors – Georgia Shakespeare

Outstanding Ensemble of a Play

             Choir Boy – Alliance Theatre
with Nicholas L. Ashe, Joshua Boone, Caleb Eberhardt, Jeremy Pope, Scott Robertson, John Stewart, and Charles E. Wallace

Alliance Theatre in Atlanta

Shayne Kennon, Tony Yazbeck, Chris Dwan, Douglas Williams, Will Taylor, and Will Blum in Harmony – A New Musical. Photo by Greg Mooney

Outstanding Production of a Musical

          Harmony – Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Tony Speciale for Harmony – Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical  

Galen Crawley for Mary Poppins – Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical 

Andy Meeks for Mary Poppins – Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Marcie Millard for Annie – Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Austin Tijerina for Oklahoma! – Serenbe Playhouse

Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical

          Harmony – Alliance Theatre
with Will Blum, Liberty Cogen, Hannah Corneau, Chris Dwan, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Greg Kamp, Shayne Kennon, Leigh Ann Larkin, Chad Lindsey, Lindsay Moore, Brandon O’Dell, Patrick O’Neill, Charles Osborne, Kim Sava, Dave Schoonover, Lauren Elaine Taylor, Will Taylor,  Douglas Williams, and Tony Yazbeck

Outstanding Music Direction

Ann-Carol Pence for Mary Poppins – Aurora Theatre 

Outstanding Choreography 

Jen MacQueen for Mary Poppins – Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play 

Erik Teague for The Navigator – 7 Stages

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play  

Ken Yunker for The Geller Girls – Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play

Isabel A. & Moriah Curley-Clay for Elemeno Pea – Horizon Theatre 

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play

Klimchak for The Navigator – 7 Stages

Aurora Theatre presents Mary Poppins

The cast of Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre. Photo by Chris Bartelski

Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical 

Sydney Roberts for Mary Poppins – Aurora Theatre 

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical 

Jeff Croiter & Darrell Maloney (projections) for Harmony – Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical 

Shannon Robert for Mary Poppins – Aurora Theatre 

Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical

John Shivers & David Patridge for Harmony – Alliance Theatre

Outstanding World Premiere Production  

          Pluto by Steve Yockey – Actor’s Express

Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences

          1001 Nights: A Love Story about Loving Stories – Center for Puppetry Arts 

Outstanding Direction – Theatre for Young Audiences

          And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank – Georgia Ensemble Theatre,    Director – Peter Hardy

Outstanding Design – Theatre for Young Audiences

          Shrek the Musical – Alliance Theatre

          Scenic Designer – Kat Conley, Costume Designer – Sydney Roberts. Lighting Designer – Pete Shinn,  and Sound Designer – Clay Benning 

Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences

          1001 Nights: A Love Story about Loving Stories – Center for Puppetry Arts  with Ally Duncan, Terry Guest, Mary Nye Bennett, Googie Uterhardt, and John Wright 

Cynthia D. Barker, Marcie Millard, Eric J. Little in Third Country. Photo by Horizon Theatre Company

Cynthia D. Barker, Marcie Millard, Eric J. Little in Third Country. Photo by Horizon Theatre Company

2014 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

          Third Country   by Suehyla El-Attar, produced by Horizon Theatre 

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Monty Schuth, wig and hair designer

2014 Volunteer of the Year           

Beverly Powell, Stage Door Players

2014 Callboard Award

Wendell Johnson, House Manager, Theatrical Outfit

2014 Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Season           

Actor’s Express