Congratulations, TTB Awards nominees!

August 29, 2017 by JULIE GARISTO | PERFORMING ARTS
Bridget Bean and Scott Swenson present the Theatre Tampa Bay Awards nominations at The Studio@620 on Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Karla Hartley.
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Pinellas performers and companies are well represented in Theatre Tampa Bay’s round of 2016-17 picks.

If you haven’t been a faithful regular to theatrical productions by American Stage, freeFall, Stageworks, Jobsite and other Pinellas-Hillsborough professional companies, it would be difficult to get the full scope of the versatility and caliber of talent in Tampa Bay.

Each year, Theatre Tampa Bay, a support network nonprofit for local professional theater talent, recognizes the Tampa-St. Pete area talent pool with an annual red carpet event, the Theatre Tampa Bay Awards — in addition to grants other means of support.

Usually, the TTB Awards nominations are held in Tampa at Tampa Theatre and the awards show takes place in St. Pete at the Palladium, but this year TTB reversed tradition somewhat and presented a nominations announcement event at Studio@620 Monday night to announce the nominations (listed below), and the Awards Gala will be presented on Oct. 2 at Tampa Theatre.

And the 2017 nominees are:

* = Pinellas-based professionals/companies

Matthew McGee as a stylish and sage sheep in freeFall’s Marie Antoinette.

Outstanding Featured Actor, Play <$500K
• David M. Jenkins, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre
• Jon Van Middlesworth, The Other Place – TampaRep
• Landon Green, Gloucester Blue – Jobsite Theatre
• T.R. Butler, Vote – Powerstories Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actor, Play >$500K
• Britt Michael Gordon, Good People – American Stage
• Matt Lunsford, Red Velvet – freeFall Theatre
* Matthew McGee, Marie Antoinette – freeFall Theatre
• Mujahid Abdul-Rashid, Invisible Hand – American Stage
* Richard B. Watson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage
• Satchel Andre, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage

 

freeFall’s Assassins

Outstanding Featured Actor, Musical
• Daniel Schwab, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
• Deejay Young, Hairspray – American Stage
* Derek Baxter, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
• Scott Daniel, Hairspray – American Stage
• Tom Mothershed, Hairspray – American Stage

Outstanding Featured Actress, Play <$500K
• Diana Rogers, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre
• Katrina Stevenson, The Great Gatsby – Stageworks Theatre
• Lisa VillaMil, The Other Place – TampaRep
* Roxanne Fay, As You Like It – Jobsite Theatre

Marissa Toogood and Daniel Schwab in Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Thee Photo Ninja.

Outstanding Featured Actress, Play >$500K
• Britta Ollmann, Red Velvet – freeFall Theatre
• Marissa Toogood, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
• Megan Rippey, Red Velvet – freeFall Theatre
• Renata Eastlick, Good People – American Stage
* Susan Haldeman, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
• Vickie Daignault, Good People – American Stage

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Jayne Trinette, American Stage’s Hairspray

Outstanding Featured Actress, Musical
* Alison Burns, Hairspray – American Stage
• Caitlin Greene, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
• Eileen Lymus, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
• Jayne Trinette, Hairspray – American Stage

Outstanding Sound Design <$500K
• David M. Jenkins, Gloucester Blue – Jobsite Theatre
• David M. Jenkins, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre
* Gavin Hawk, Cloud 9 – Jobsite Theatre
• Karla Hartley, Chad Diety – Stageworks Theatre
• Matt Crowley, Grounded – TampaRep
• Matt Crowley/Igor Santos, The Other Place – TampaRep

Carey Urban and Ben Williamson star in American Stage’s Sex with Strangers.

Outstanding Sound Design >$500K
• Benjamin T. Ismail, Informed Consent – American Stage
* Eric Davis, Marie Antoinette – freeFall Theatre
• Karla Hartley, Invisible Hand – American Stage
* Rachel Harrison, Sex With Strangers – American Stage
• Steve Kraack, Assassins – freeFall Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design <$500K
• Emilia Sargent, Grounded – TampaRep
• Frank Chavez, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre
• Katrina Stevenson, Cloud 9 – Jobsite Theatre
• Katrina Stevenson, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre
• Katrina Stevenson, The Underpants – Jobsite Theatre
• Marilyn Bertch, The Great Gatsby – Stageworks Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design >$500K
* Amy Ciani, Red Velvet – freeFall Theatre
• David Covach, Marie Antoinette – freeFall Theatre
* Eric Davis, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
• Frank Chavez, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage
* Jill Castle, Sex With Strangers – American Stage
• Trish Kelley, Hairspray – American Stage

Outstanding Lighting Design <$500K
• Anthony Vito, Grounded – TampaRep
• Jo Averill-Snell, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre
• Jo Averill-Snell, The Other Place – TampaRep
• Reuben Hirsch, Lizzie, A Killer Rock Musical – Jobsite Theatre
* Ryan Finzelber, Gloucester Blue – Jobsite Theatre
* Ryan Finzelber, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design >$500K
• Chris Baldwin, Invisible Hand – American Stage
• Cody Basham, Marie Antoinette – freeFall Theatre
• Dan Covey, Informed Consent – American Stage
• Joseph Oshry, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage
• Joseph Oshry, Sex With Strangers – American Stage

Diana Rogers and Brian Shea in Jobsite’s Skull in Connemara.

Outstanding Set Design <$500K
• Brian Smallheer, Gloucester Blue – Jobsite Theatre
• Brian Smallheer, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre
* Eric W. Haak, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
• Frank Chavez, Psycho Beach Party – Stageworks Theatre
• Frank Chavez, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre

Outstanding Set Design >$500K
* Jerid Fox, Informed Consent – American Stage
* Jerid Fox, Tartuffe – American Stage
* Scott Cooper, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage
* Steven K. Mitchell, Invisible Hand – American Stage
* Steven K. Mitchell, Sex With Strangers – American Stage

Outstanding Choreography/Fight Direction
• Blake Braswell, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
• Dan Granke, Invisible Hand – American Stage
• Dan Granke, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre
• Shain Stroff, Hairspray – American Stage

 Outstanding Lead Actor, Play <$500K
* Brian Shea, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre
• David Jenkins, Cloud 9 – Jobsite Theatre
• Derrick Phillips, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre
• Franco Colon, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre
• Giles Davies, Cloud 9 – Jobsite Theatre
• Joey Hunter, Falling – Powerstories Theatre
• Ned Averill-Snell, Gloucester Blue – Jobsite Theatre

In Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Calvin M. Thompson (Herald Loomis) causes a stir. Photo by Kara Goldberg.

Outstanding Lead Actor, Play >$500K
• Benjamin T. Ismail, Invisible Hand – American Stage
• Calvin M. Thompson, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage
• Chris Crawford, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
• Jacobi Howard, Informed Consent – American Stage
• Kim Sullivan, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage
• Taylor Simmons, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor, Musical
• Alan Mahoney Jr, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
• Britt Michael Gordon, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
• Cody Carlson, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
• Lucas Wells, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
* Matthew McGee, Hairspray – American Stage
• Ricky Cona, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
• Thomas Mothershed, Assassins – freeFall Theatre

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Lynne Locher in Tampa Rep’s The Other Place.

Outstanding Lead Actress, Play <$500K
• Dahlia Legault, The Great Gatsby – Stageworks Theatre
• Emilia Sargent, Grounded – TampaRep
• Georgia Mallory, Gloucester Blue – Jobsite Theatre
• Joanna Sycz, The Realistic Joneses – TampaRep
• Katrina Stevenson, Cloud 9 – Jobsite Theatre
• Lynne Locher, The Other Place – TampaRep
• Nicole Jeannine Smith, The Underpants – Jobsite Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Play >$500K
• Carey Urban, Sex With Strangers – American Stage
• Dana Segal, Informed Consent – American Stage
* Juliana Davis, Informed Consent – American Stage
• Melissa Minyard, End of the Rainbow – freeFall Theatre
• Rebecca Dines, Good People – American Stage

Christina Capehart, Jobsite’s Lizzie, A Killer Rock Musical 

Outstanding Lead Actress, Musical
• Allyson Pace, Hairspray – American Stage
* Christina Capehart, Lizzie, A Killer Rock Musical – Jobsite Theatre
• Fo’I Meleah, Lizzie, A Killer Rock Musical – Jobsite Theatre
• Julia Rifino, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
• Marissa Toogood, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
* Susan Haldeman, Assassins – freeFall Theatre

Mark Sforzini, the artistic and executive director of the St. Petersburg Opera, is nominated for Outstanding Musical Director for Into the Woods.

Outstanding Musical Director
• Jeremy Douglass, Lizzie, A Killer Rock Musical – Jobsite Theatre
• Justin Medlen, George & Ruth – Silver Meteor Gallery
* Mark Sforzini, Into The Woods – St Petersburg Opera
• Michael Raabe, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
• Michael Raabe, Hairspray – American Stage
• Michael Raabe, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
* Thomas D. Guthrie, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre

Outstanding Director, Musical
• Chris Crawford, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
• David Jenkins, Lizzie, A Killer Rock Musical – Jobsite Theatre
• Paul E. Finocchiaro, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
• Shain Stroff, Hairspray – American Stage

Outstanding Director, Play <$500K
• C. David Frankel, The Realistic Joneses – TampaRep
• Brianna Larson, Falling – Powerstories Theatre
• C. David Frankel, Grounded – TampaRep
• David Jenkins, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre
* Gavin Hawk, Cloud 9 – Jobsite Theatre
• Karla Hartley, Psycho Beach Party – Stageworks Theatre
* Paul J. Potenza, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre

Outstanding Director, Play >$500K
• Benjamin Ismail, Informed Consent – American Stage
* Eric Davis, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
• Janis Stevens, Sex With Strangers – American Stage
• Peter L, Callender, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – American Stage
* Stephanie Gularte, Invisible Hand – American Stage
* Stephanie Gularte, Good People – American Stage

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Avenue Q, Stageworks Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble, Musical
* Musical, Assassins – freeFall Theatre
• Musical, Avenue Q – Stageworks Theatre
* Musical, Hairspray – American Stage

Outstanding Ensemble, Play <$500K
• Play, Cloud 9 – Jobsite Theatre
• Play, Falling – Powerstories Theatre
• Play, Gloucester Blue – Jobsite Theatre
• Play, Skull in Connemara – Jobsite Theatre
• Play, The Aliens – Stageworks Theatre
• Play, The Other Place – TampaRep
• Play, The Underpants – Jobsite Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble, Play >$500K
* Play, Good People – American Stage
* Play, Informed Consent – American Stage
* Play, Invisible Hand – American Stage
* Play, Peter Pan – freeFall Theatre
* Play, Sex With Strangers – American Stage

Outstanding Production, Musical
* Assassins, freeFall Theatre
Avenue Q, Stageworks Theatre
* Hairspray, American Stage
Lizzie, A Killer Rock Musical, Jobsite Theatre

Outstanding Production, Play <$500K
A Skull In Connemara, Jobsite Theatre
Cloud 9, Jobsite Theatre
Gloucester Blue, Jobsite Theatre
Grounded, TampaRep
The Aliens, Stageworks

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Rebecca Dines, Renata Eastlick and Peter Reardon in American Stage’s Good People. Photo by Kara Goldberg.

Outstanding Production, Play >$500K
* Good People, American Stage
* Informed Consent, American Stage
* Invisible Hand, American Stage
* Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, American Stage
* Peter Pan, freeFall Theatre

 

 

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