Acclaim Hall of Fame

Acclaimed Productions for 08-09 Theatre Season
A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

New Stage Collective
Outstanding Alternative Production 2009

Alan Patrick Kenny
Outstanding Music Direction & Arrangements

Amadeus

Amadeus

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Bruce Cromer
Outstanding Performance

Batboy: The Musical

Batboy: The Musical

UC College-Conservatory of Music
Lisa Mindelle
Supporting Actress

Blackbird

Blackbird

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Joy Farmer-Clary
Equity Lead Performance

Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

New Edgecliff Theatre
Kate Wilford
Equity Supporting Performance

Don't Make Me Pull This Show Over: Dispatches From the Frontlines of Parenting

Don't Make Me Pull This Show Over: Dispatches From the Frontlines of Parenting

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Charlie Clark, a. Beth Harris, Jessica Hendy, Allen Kendall & Kate Wilford
Outstanding Musical Ensemble

David Kreppel
Outstanding Orchestrations

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Thomas Hase
Outstanding Lighting Design

Durango

Durango

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Thom Sesma
Equity Lead Performance

Kevin Judge
Outstanding Set Design

Gem of the Ocean

Gem of the Ocean

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Brian Mehring, design; Shannon Rae Lutz, properties
Equity Design

Good News

Good News

UC College-Conservatory of Music
Aubrey Berg
Outstanding Direction

Steve Goers
Outstanding Musical Director/Arranger/Accompanist

Patti James
Outstanding Choreography

Joe Moeller
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
Lesley Hitch
Non-Equity Musical Supporting Performance

In Rehearsal

In Rehearsal

Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Alison Vodnoy
Solo performance & solo script

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Commonwealth Theatre Company
Jamey Strawn
Outstanding Musical Direction

Jitney

Queen City Off-Broadway
Lyle Benjamin & Dan Dermody
Non-Equity scenic design

Love Song

Love Song

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Outstanding Play 2009

Joseph Parks
Equity Lead Performance

On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning

On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning

UC College-Conservatory of Music
Michael Carr, Kendall Karg, Britany Middleton & Alison Vodnoy
Collegiate Ensemble Performance

Once On This Island

Once On This Island

Northern Kentucky University Theatre & Dance
Jane Green & Ruby Streate
Choreography

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
Brooke Rucidlo
Outstanding Non-Equity Performance

The Foreigner

The Foreigner

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Raymond McAnally
Outstanding Supporting Performance

Paul Shortt
Outstanding Set Design

The Seafarer

The Seafarer

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Adrian Sparks
Equity Lead Performance

The Women

The Women

Northern Kentucky University Theatre & Dance
Hannah Dowdy, Katie Kershaw, Samantha Wright, Julie Wacksman & Lauren Helton
Collegiate Principal Ensemble

Mark Hardy
Outstanding Direction

Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Nick Rose
Outstanding Performance

Travels of Angelica

Travels of Angelica

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Heather Wood
Equity Outstanding Supporting Performance

Joseph P. Tilford, set design
Thomas C. Hase, lighting design
Susan Tsu, illustrator
John Boesche, projection design
Outstanding Scenic Design

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Jeremy Dubin
Outstanding Direction

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Gentlemen of Verona

UC College-Conservatory of Music
Outstanding Musical 2009

Andrew Palermo
Outstanding Choreography/Direction

Lauren Sprague
Outstanding Performance

Cast
Outstanding Ensemble

Reba Senske
Outstanding Costumes

Roger Grodsky
Outstanding Musical Direction

Working

Working

Northern Kentucky University Theatre & Dance
Ken Jones
Outstanding Direction

Most Valuable Players for 08-09 Theatre Season
Cathy Springfield

Cathy Springfield

Cathy has never stopped MVP’ing. She was one of the first people to suggest a League of Cincinnati Theatres. Five years ago, she achieved a career-long dream when she opened the theatre in the Gallagher Student Center at Xavier University, but she was not content to stop there. Why not a Shakespeare summer camp? Why not find a way to give some employment to area theater artists? Why not a production of Angels in America to cap this Xavier Players season? Why not a residency by playwright Naomi Wallace? And why not a theater major for Xavier?

That’s the long-time dream that Cathy is still dreaming, and this season she took significant steps to make it a reality, debuting a partnership with Madcap Puppets that intensifies next season and that will hopefully in the not-distant future give Xavier one of a handful of national university degree programs in theater for young people.

Jim Stump

Jim Stump

Jim is Cincinnati’s theatre volunteer-in-chief. From fall curtain-up parties to Equity auditions, from planning meetings to street fairs, to sending out thousands of e-mails each year on behalf of Cincinnati theatre, Jim is always there, tirelessly and generously making the case for Cincinnati theater in private and in public.

And when he hasn’t been busy promoting Cincinnati theatre offstage, Jim is a very fine actor who has also appeared on most stages in Cincinnati. This month Jim steps down as the longtime president of the League of Cincinnati Theatres.

Rising Stars for 08-09 Theatre Season
Alison Vodnoy

Alison Vodnoy

Alison is both a playwright and a performer, and winner of multiple Acclaims for her one-woman 2008 Cincinnati Fringe show, “In Rehearsal” and as part of the student ensemble of CCM’s “On the Verge.”

CCM Drama chair Richard Hess says, “Alison is an electric performer, and from the moment she auditioned for our program five years ago I knew she was something special. Her work in Cincinnati has been varied and constant, and I’m so proud of her growth as an artist.”

Rachel Perin

Rachel Perin

Rachel has been a stand-out actor and dancer throughout her NKU career. She is a veteran of dance concerts, outreach tours, the Comedy Improvisation Touring Troupe and is the go-to dance captain for many NKU musicals, including “Once on This Island” and “Working” which she also helped choreograph.

Theatre and Dance department chair Ken Jones says Rachel is “a wonderful young actor, and a gifted choreographer. She is fun and funny. Her imagination is strong, and she excels at taking chances with her art.”

Theatre Educator Awards for 08-09 Theatre Season
Emily Himonidis

Emily Himonidis

St. Henry High School
"My teacher rocks my socks," Kaitlin Staverman wrote, applauding Emily Himondis for always reminding students that "it is not the leads the make a show great; it's also the cast that backs them up."

Himonidis, Staverman continues, "includes everyone, especially the students who don't feel like they fit in any place else and often they don't."

Over the past four years, Himonidis has adopted three children from Guatemala, "but she gives up hundreds of hours with them to be at play practice." "She's made a difference in my life by helping me to break out of my shell. She taught me that it's okay to be yourself and to make sure you have fun in whatever you do."

Trailblazer Awards for 08-09 Theatre Season

Richard Hess

CCM Drama Department Chair
Ask about Richard Hess and the same words come up: “Vision.” “Passion.” “Dedication.” The chair of Drama at CCM, Hess fosters relationships, sends students beyond CCM and helps to populate Cincinnati’s independent theater scene and promote creation of new work. As CCM Drama alum Richard Oberacker puts it, “Richard is one of the most fearless artists Cincinnati has right now. And I don’t mean just what he puts onstage. He has risked much and sacrificed even more to make CCM Drama what it is today. There are new works being created, and the students are not only encouraged to develop their own projects, but in many cases required to do so. He teaches by example, and he understands that he can’t produce graduates who are willing to take bold risks if he isn’t doing so.”


On campus, Hess had added a senior showcase in New York and Los Angeles, and annual Dolly Awards to applaud a job well done in the drama department. Off-campus, CCM drama students and alums have been an essential part of Cincinnati Fringe, with 20-25 percent of the work every year having a CCM drama connection.


According to his students, Richard Hess “has a huge heart, a wonderful sensibility, and a passion for storytelling and for what art can and should do.”



 

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