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posted Friday, January 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 03
The 2011 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards
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The 2011 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

According to American Theater Magazine, Seattle has more theater per capita than New York City. That would translate into the idea that Seattle has more theater per capita than anywhere else in the world! Whew! What a concept. Many theater-rich communities have a number of awards for their theater artists, including a 'critics' circle' where reviewers put their heads together and decide on nominees of the great work of that period. Seattle has never had that kind of collaborative agreement - until now. After days of deliberation (and even some argument), Seattle Theater Writers - a group of 11 local theater writers and reviewers - announced the 2011 winners of the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, a new set of theater awards devoted to recognizing excellence across the Equity and non-Equity spectrum. Last year marked the 100th anniversary of Ms. Lee's birth in Seattle (January 9, 1911).

Seattle Theater Writers hope that by creating these awards and publicizing them in multiple publications, it will support increased awareness in the greater Seattle community about all the terrific theatrical performances there are to see. Awards sometimes pique the interest of people who may not typically attend theater performances, and with a non-Equity division, these awards might interest theater-goers who have not known about the small professional theaters that proliferate, with budgets that often don't permit major investment in advertising.

In consideration were over 460 nominees across 32 categories and two divisions (Equity and non-Equity). The 11 Seattle theater writers and reviewers included Jose Amador, Brent Aronowitz, me (Miryam Gordon), David-Edward Hughes, Jay Irwin, Jerry Kraft, Katherine Luck, Michael Strangeways, Michael van Baker, Omar Willey, and Nancy Worssam. All members see and review a significant number of performances throughout the year in order to recommend nominees for excellence in theater. Group members may alter from year to year, based on the changing complexion of area writers and reviewers, allowing for new perspectives each year.

The 2011 Gypsy Rose Lee Award winners are as follows:

Excellence in Production of a Play
Equity: The Brothers Size (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Also recognized: O Lovely Glowworm (Or Scenes of Great Beauty) (New Century Theatre Company).

Non-Equity: Sick (New City Theater). Also recognized: Live from the Last Night of My Life (Theater Schmeater).

Excellence in Production of a Musical
Equity: Iron Curtain (Village Theatre).

Non-Equity: The Drowsy Chaperone (Seattle Musical Theatre).

Excellence in Direction of a Play
Equity: Juliette Carrillo, The Brothers Size (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Also recognized: Valerie Curtis-Newton, All My Sons (Intiman Theatre).

Non-Equity: Karen Lund, Brownie Points (Taproot Theatre Company). Also recognized: Wayne Rawley, Live from the Last Night of My Life (Theater Schmeater).

Excellence in Direction of a Musical
Equity: Steve Tomkins, Iron Curtain (Village Theatre).

Non-Equity: Brandon Ivie, The Drowsy Chaperone (Seattle Musical Theatre).

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor
Equity: Michael Patten, O Lovely Glowworm (Or Scenes of Great Beauty) (New Century Theatre Company).

Non-Equity: Jaryl Draper, How I Learned To Drive (Stone Soup Theater).

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actress
Equity: Anne Allgood, Mary Stuart (ACT Theatre). Also recognized: Carolee Carmello, Saving Aimee (The 5th Avenue Theatre).

Non-Equity: Elizabeth Kenny, Sick (New City Theater).

Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor - any non-lead
Equity: Todd Jefferson Moore, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Seattle Shakespeare Company). Also recognized: Joshua Carter, Mary Stuart (ACT Theatre).

Non-Equity: Aaron Lamb, An Ideal Husband (Taproot Theatre Company). Also recognized: Nick Edwards, Shipwrecked (ArtsWest).

Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actress - any non-lead
Equity: Bobbi Kotula, Iron Curtain (Village Theatre). Also recognized: Terri Weagant, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Seattle Shakespeare Company).

Non-Equity: Stacie Calkins, Hairspray (Seattle Musical Theatre).

Excellence in Performance as an Ensemble
Equity: Cast of The Brothers Size (Seattle Repertory Theatre).

Non-Equity: Cast of Brownie Points (Taproot Theatre Company). Also recognized: Cast of A Lie of the Mind (Collektor).

Excellence in Set Design
Equity: Roger Benington, O Lovely Glowworm (Or Scenes of Great Beauty) (New Century Theatre Company). Also recognized: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, The Brothers Size (Seattle Repertory Theatre).

Non-Equity: Mark Lund, Something's Afoot (Taproot Theatre Company). Also recognized: Michael Mowery, Live from the Last Night of My Life (Theater Schmeater), Richard Schaefer, Arms and the Man (Seattle Public Theater).

Excellence in Costume Design
Equity: Harmony Arnold, O Lovely Glowworm (Or Scenes of Great Beauty) (New Century Theatre Company). Also recognized: Catherine Hunt, In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (ACT Theatre).

Non-Equity: Deborah Sorensen, Pygmalion (Sound Theatre Company). Also recognized: John Allbritton, Hairspray (Seattle Musical Theatre).

Excellence in Lighting Design
Equity: Geoff Korf, The Brothers Size (Seattle Repertory Theatre).

Non-Equity: Tess Malone, Duel of the Linguist Mages (Annex Theatre). Also recognized: Dave Hastings, Crooked (Theater Schmeater).

Excellence in Sound Design
Equity: Matt Starritt, The Brothers Size (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Also recognized: Matt Starritt, The K of D (Seattle Repertory Theatre).

Non-Equity: Christopher Overstreet, Duel of the Linguist Mages (Annex Theatre). Also recognized: Larry A. Ryan, Live from the Last Night of My Life (Theater Schmeater).

Excellence in Musical Direction
Equity: RJ Tancioco, Iron Curtain (Village Theatre).

Non-Equity: Josh Zimmerman, Hairspray (Seattle Musical Theatre).

Excellence in Choreography or Movement
Equity: Sonia Dawkins, The Brothers Size (Seattle Repertory Theatre). Also recognized: Noah Racey, Guys & Dolls (The 5th Avenue Theatre).

Non-Equity: Lack of consensus.

Excellence in Local Playwriting
Elizabeth Kenny, Sick (New City Theater). Also recognized: Scotto Moore, Duel of the Linguist Mages (Annex Theatre).

Excellence in Local Composing
Lack of consensus.

The awards are limited to fully staged, professional theater performances of a play or a musical within the Seattle city limits. Exceptions have been made to include Village Theatre and Seattle Children's Theatre mainstage productions. The awards represent the most comprehensive and inclusive local theater awards to date.

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