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SF Bay Area Critics Circle Award Winners!

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On May 5, at the California Ballroom in Oakland CA, the San Francisco Bay Aread Theatre Critics Circle held its 38th annual Awards Gala.

Over 60 theatre artists--actors, directors, designers, choregraphers, specialists--received awards for outstanding work in 2013. Awards are given by size of house: under 100, 100 to 300, and over 300 seats.

Three hundred artists packed the Ballroom to dine and Extreme pizza and wings, drink Trumer Pils and Pat Paulsen Wine, and have a helluva good time, unlike most stuffy and boring award ceremonies.

Marty Nemko of KGO Radio's "Work with Marty Nemko" displayed his piano talent with show tunes during dinner then accompanying chanteuse Leanne Borghesi.

There was a half hour intermission to greet old friends and dance to the Tal Ariel Rockin' Band.

LIST OF WINNERS AT BOTTOM OF ARTICLE

Elly Lichenstein, artistic director of Cinnabar Theatre, received the Jerry Friedman Lifetime Achievement award which was presented by Linda Ayres-Frederick, vice president of the SFBATCC.

Actors and former Critics Circle Award winners Johnny Moreno and Margo Hall awarded the Gene Price Award for passion and professionalism to Artistic Director Bill English and Managing Director Susi Damilano of San Francisco Playhouse.

Moreno and Hall entertained the 300 attendees with their dead-pan introduction of "Batman and Robin, Bonnie and Clyde, " and a list of other legendary duos like the husband and wife team of English and Damilano.

The award by presented by Gala Coordinator John McMullen to Artistic Director L. Peter Carpenter and Executive Director Sherri Young; this was the presentation text:

"The Paine Knickerbocker Award is presented to an organization that has made a continuing contribution to Bay Area theatre, and was bestowed on African-American Shakespeare Company.

The Rhythm of the meter that pounds to the beat of our pulse.

Colorful imagery that makes us see visions and dream dreams.
A captivating turn of phrase that will stand generations of repetition without ever boring.
Language that beguiles us so, that we adopt in it our everyday speech.
I am speaking, of course, of the words and works of William Shakespeare,
That description also fits the African-American Gift to the culture of this nation.
It is a natural combination.
Under the artistic direction of one of the Bay Area’s leading actors and directors, and under the management of a savvy and inventive Executive Director who also directs plays, the African-American Shakespeare Company has beguiled and captivated audiences for twenty years.
It is we in the Critics Circle and the Bay Area Audiences who have attended their productions who are honored to have the African-American Shakes as a part of our unique theatre culture.
It is long overdue that we honor them for their singular and remarkable gift to us.
So, to the Artistic Director. L. Peter Callender, to Executive Director Sherri Young, and to all the members of the company that brings those 400 year old words to life…
We gratefully bestow the The Paine Knickerbocker Award for their continuing contribution to Bay Area theatre."

Presenting the awards were Leanne Borghesi, Johnny Moreno, Margo Hall, Elly Lichenstein, L. Peter Callender, Sherri Young, Bill English, Susi Damilano, San Jose Rep's Rick Lombardo and Kirsten Brandt, actor Danny Scheie and John Fisher of Theatre Rhinoceros, Custom Made Theatre Co.'s Brian Katz, and Circle VP and Phoenix Theatre producer Linda Ayres.

LIST OF AWARDEES

Choreography in a house with under 100 seats Anjee Norgaard Closer Than Ever Masquers Playhouse
Choreography in a house with 100 to 300 seats Lauren Rosi Into the Woods Ray of Light
Choreography in a house with over 300 seats Michella Snider Young Frankenstein Spreckels Theatre Company
Costume Design in a house with in a house with over 300 seats seats Mara Blumenfeld 1776 American Conservatory Theater
Costume Design in a house with 100 to 300 seats Sheri lee Miller La Cage Aux Folles Cinnabar Theater
Costume Design in a house with under 100 seats Laura Hazlett In Friendship Word for Word
Ensemble in a house with under 100 seats Red Red 6th Street Playhouse
Ensemble in a house with 100 to 300 seats The Whipping Man The Whipping Man Marin Theatre Company
Ensemble in a house with over 300 seats Young Frankenstein Young Frankenstein Spreckels Theatre Company
Entire Production in a house with under 100 seats In Friendship In Friendship Word for Word
Entire Production in a house with 100 to 300 seats The Whipping Man The Whipping Man Marin Theatre Company
Entire Production in a house with over 300 seats Young Frankenstein Young Frankenstein Spreckels Theatre Company
Featured Actor in a Musical in a house with over 300 seats Brian Herndon Being Earnest TheatreWorks
Featured Actor in a Musical in a house with under 100 seats Jordon Bridges Next to Normal Custom Made Theatre Company
Featured Actor in a Musical in a house with 100 to 300 seats Wilson Jermaine Heredia Camelot San Francisco Playhouse
Featured Actor in a Drama or Comedy in a house with under 100 seats Alexander Lenarsky As You Like It Impact Theatre
Featured Actor in a Drama or Comedy in a house with 100 to 300 seats Ron Gnapp The Beauty Queen of Leenane Marin Theatre Company
Featured Actor in a Drama or Comedy in a house with over 300 seats Tom Bloom Dead Metaphor American Conservatory Theater
Featured Actress in a Drama or Comedy in a house with over 300 seats Caroline Kaplan Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Featured Actress in a Drama or Comedy in a house with under 100 seats Luisa Frasconi As You Like It Impact Theatre
Featured Actress in a Drama or Comedy in a house with 100 to 300 seats Mary Ann Rodgers Pack of Lies Ross Valley Players
Featured Actress in a Musical in a house with under 100 seats Jennifer Stark Closer Than Ever Masquers Playhouse
Featured Actress in a Musical in a house with over 300 seats Mary Gannon Graham Young Frankenstein Spreckels Theatre Company
Featured Actress in a Musical in a house with 100 to 300 seats Valentina Osinski La Cage Aux Folles Cinnabar Theater
Lighting Design in a house with under 100 seats Heather Basarab The Chairs Cutting Ball Theater
Lighting Design in a house with over 300 seats Lap Chi Chu Romeo and Juliet California Shakespeare Company
Lighting Design in a house with under 100 seats Maxx Kurzunski Next to Normal Custom Made Theatre Company
Lighting Design in a house with 100 to 300 seats Stephanie Buchner The Arsonists Aurora Theatre
Music Direction in a house with 100 to 300 seats David Moschler Into the Woods Ray of Light
Music Direction in a house with under 100 seats Pat King Closer Than Ever Masquers Playhouse
Music Direction in a house with over 300 seats Sandy and Richard Riccardi Young Frankenstein Spreckels Theatre Company
Original Musical in a house with over 300 seats music by Byron Au Yong, libretto by Aaron Jafferis Stuck Elevator American Conservatory Theater
Original Musical in a house with 100 to 300 seats Tom Orr Dirty Little Showtunes New Conservatory Theatre Center
Original Script in a house with 100 to 300 seats John Fisher To Sleep and Dream Theatre Rhinoceros
Original Script in a house with under 100 seats Morgan Ludlow Gorgeous Hussy: An Interview with Joan Crawford Wily West Productions
Principal Actor in a Musical in a house with over 300 seats Julius Ahn Stuck Elevator American Conservatory Theater
Principal Actor in a Musical in a house with under 100 seats Rob Broadhurst The Rocky Horror Show 6th Street Playhouse
Principal Actor in a Musical in a house with 100 to 300 seats Tom Orr Dirty Little Showtunes New Conservatory Theatre Center
Principal Actress in a Musical in a house with over 300 seats Denise Elia-Yen Young Frankenstein Spreckels Theatre Company
Principal Actress in a Musical in a house with under 100 seats Julianne Lorenzen The Rocky Horror Show 6th Street Playhouse
Principal Actress in a Musical in a house with 100 to 300 seats Monique Hafen Camelot San Francisco Playhouse
Principal Actor in a Drama or Comedy in a house with over 300 seats Danny Scheie Next Fall San Jose Repertory Theatre
Principal Actor in a Drama or Comedy in a house with 100 to 300 seats Gabriel Marin The Mother F**ker With the Hat San Francisco Playhouse
Principal Actor in a Drama or Comedy in a house with under 100 seats Miyaka Cochrane As You Like It Impact Theatre
Principal Actress in a Drama or Comedy in a house with under 100 seats Maria Giere Marquis As You Like It Impact Theatre
Principal Actress in a Drama or Comedy in a house with over 300 seats Sharon Lockwood Vanya and Soina and Masha and Spike Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Principal Actress in a Drama or Comedy in a house with under 100 seats Susan Zelinsky Steel Magnolias Novato Theater Company
Principal Actress in a Drama or Comedy in a house with 100 to 300 seats Susi Damilano Abigail's Party San Francisco Playhouse
Set Design in a house with 100 to 300 seats Bill English Storefront Church San Francisco Playhouse
Set Design in a house with under 100 seats Harry Reid Steel Magnolias Novato Theater Company
Set Design in a house with over 300 seats Yoon Bae Disconnect San Jose Repertory Theatre
Solo Performance in a house with over 300 seats David Strathairn Underneath the Lintel American Conservatory Theater
Sound Design in a house with over 300 seats Erik Carstensen The Pianist of Willesden Lane Berkeley Repertory Compan
Sound Design in a house with under 100 seats Liz Ryder Eurydice Custom Made Theatre Company
Sound Design in a house with 100 to 300 seats Matt Stines The Arsonists Aurora Theatre
Sound Design in a house with over 300 seats Rick Lombardo The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus San Jose Repertory Theatre
Specialty: Fight Choreography in a house with 100 to 300 seats Miguel Martinez Camelot San Francisco Playhouse
Specialty: Movement in a house with under 100 seats Daunielle Rasmussen, Movement Eurydice Custom Made Theatre Company
Specialty: Projection Design in a house with over 300 seats Erik Scanlon Projections Carrie, the Musical Ray of Light
Specialty: Projection Design in a house with 100 to 300 seats Micah J. Stieglitz Camelot San Francisco Playhouse
Stage Direction in a house with under 100 seats Norman A. Hall Steel Magnolias Novato Theater Company
Stage Direction in a house with over 300 seats Richard E. T. White Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Stage Direction in a house with 100 to 300 seats Sheri Lee Miller La Cage au Folles Cinnabar Theater
Touring Show in a house with over 300 seats Anything Goes Anything Goes SHN

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