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2009 Austin Critics Table Awards Nominees Announced

For the 17th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. Theatre and Dance mainstage productions, students, faculty, alumni and friends are well represented on this year's list with nearly 50 nominations.

THEATRE

Production, Drama

The Grapes of Wrath, Zach Theatre
Featuring Xochitl Romero, M.F.A. in Acting Candidate

The Idiot, UT Department of Theatre & Dance

Ophelia, Tutto Theatre Company
Director: Dustin Wills; B.A. in Theatre and Dance '06

Still Life With Iris, UT Department of Theatre & Dance

Production, Comedy

Bomb Shelter: or the Modern Pinocchio, Tongue and Groove Theatre
Director: David Yeakle; M.F.A. in Theatre '95

An Ideal Husband, Austin Shakespeare
Featuring M.F.A. in Acting candidates Sydney Andrews, Marlane Barnes, Verity Branco, Mark Scheibmeir and Shaun Patrick Tubbs

Production, Musical

The Red Balloon, Tongue and Groove Theatre
Director: David Yeakle; M.F.A. in Theatre '95

Direction

Rod Caspers, The Bat
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

Scott Kanoff, The Idiot
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

Michelle Polgar, Cyrano de Bergerac
M.A. in Drama '93

Dustin Wills, Ophelia
B.A. in Drama '06

David Yeakle, The Red Balloon
M.F.A. in Drama '95

Acting in a Leading Role

Mark Scheibmeir, An Ideal Husband/The Psyche Project
M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Tom Truss, The Idiot
M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Acting in a Supporting Role

Kate DeBuys, The Idiot
M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Verity Branco, A Midsummer Night's Dream/An Ideal Husband
M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Janelle Buchanan, An Ideal Husband/The Grapes of Wrath
M.F.A. in Drama '76

Smaranda Ciceu, The Idiot
M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Lesley Gurule, The Idiot
M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Marc Pouhé, The Three Sisters/Cyrano de Bergerac/The Grapes of Wrath
Former M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Tom Truss, The Psyche Project
M.F.A. in Acting candidate

Ensemble Performancee

Ophelia, Tutto Theatre Company
Director: Dustin Wills; B.A. in Theatre and Dance '06

The Red Balloon, Tongue and Groove Theatre
Director: David Yeakle; M.F.A. in Theatre ''95

David Mark Cohen New Play Award

The Idiot, Scott Kanoff
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

Ophelia, Dustin Wills
B.A. in Theatre and Dance '06

Music Direction

Lyn Koenning, Oklahoma!/Caroline, or Change/Always … Patsy Cline
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

None of the Above

Bodies in Urban Spaces, Fusebox Festival
Featuring:
Ellen Bartel, future M.F.A. in Dance candidate
Lisa del Rosario, B.F.A. in Dance '06
Maia McCoy, UT Department of Theatre & Dance Staff
Dani Pruitt, UT Performing Arts Center Staff
Ben Schave, B.A. in Theatre and Dance '08

DESIGN

Scenic Design

Kevin Beltz, The Idiot
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate

Yvonne Boudreaux, Still Life With Iris
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate '07

Lisa Laratta, Ophelia
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate '08

David Nancarrow, The Bat
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Professor Emeritus

Sonja Rainey, A Midsummer Night's Dream
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate

Costume Design

Alison Heryer, The Idiot
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate

Kim H. Ngo, Ophelia/Cyrano de Bergerac
B.A. '07

Ariana Schwartz, Still Life With Iris
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate '08

Lighting Design

David Nancarrow, The Bat/Rigoletto
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Professor Emeritus

Will Sutliff, Still Life With Iris
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate '08

Cheng–Wei Teng, The Idiot
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate '08

Lih–Hwa Yu, The Shape of White
M.F.A. in Theatrical Design candidate '08

Sound Design

Billy Henry, The Idiot

Video Design

José Bustamante, The Shape of White
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

DANCE

Dance Concert

In a Sense, American Repertory Ensemble
Artistic Director: David Justin UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

Short Work

“john and I …,” In a Sense (American Repertory Ensemble)
Artistic Director: David Justin UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

The Shape of White, David Mark Cohen New Works Festival
concept by:
Yvonne Boudreaux, M.F.A. in Theatrical Design '07
Chih-Feng Chen, M.F.A. in Theatre Technology '09
Andee Scott, UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

“Sparrows Gift,” In a Sense (American Repertory Ensemble)
Artistic Director: David Justin UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

Choreographer

David Justin, “Speed Dial“/“Bach Sonata”/“Snow Globe”/“Sparrows Gift”
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

Andee Scott, The Shape of White
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty

Dancer

Maia McCoy, “The Gambit,” Second Wind
UT Department of Theatre & Dance Staff

Touring Show, Dance

Warriors and Queens: Radical Stagings of Gender and Sexuality in Dance, UT Department of Theatre & Dance, Performance as Public Practice, and Center for Women's and Gender Studies
Curated by: Rebecca Rossen, UT Department of Theatre & Dance Faculty


The Austin Critics Table will present awards on on Monday, June 1, 7pm, at Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research. The public is welcome. Admission is free. View the full list of nominees in the Austin Chronicle article, “Give 'Em a Hand, The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards.“

Friday, May 15, 2009

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