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Broadway Global shares the winners of The 38th Annual Carbonell Awards as the last call and names are shared for The Third Annual Broadway Global Producer of the Year Nominations are announced. The Carbonell Awards like, West End's Olivier Awards, Nyc's Tony Awards, Chicago's Jeff Awards, Arizona's Arizoni Awards all prove that new theatres, artists and producers can change the face of arts in your state, region or nation for a new global society. Congratulations to all Carbonell Award nominees and the official final list of winners we share below, as you are changing history for the arts.

Island City Stage and Actors' Playhouse dominated the Carbonell Awards, but new faces and theatres arise from the fun in the sun arts destination. Monday night, March 31, 2014 made it's mark in history as The 38th Annual Carbonell Awards were handed out to many on Theatre Chat's #1 VIP A to Z list. Between rousing musical numbers The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum just in it's first year is honored with a Carbonell Award for Lourelene Snedeker, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, The Sound of Music.

The up and coming Slow Burn Theatre also in its' first year of eligibility, was nominated for 10 Carbonell Awards, all for Next to Normal. Slow Burn Theatre's Carbonell Award win went to Patrick Fitzwater for Best Director. This is well deserved honor for Slow Burn, coming from the new theatre company that has dedicated its' brand producing brave new works and this was the glorious upset of the season.

The roaring cheers for The Wick Theatre first year win, bringing new work to endless artsists, along with Slow Burn Theatre's first Carbonell Award for Best Direction by Patrick Fitzwater, will secure the creditabilty for these theatres to continue to build on their success. The higlight of the evening was Broadway star Andy Senior Jr. (Rent) as a presentor, who has started a new theatre company in Miami. Andy Senior Jr. is the Founder/Artistic Director at District Stage Company, Miami's new sexiest, most modern, cutting-edge performing arts movement. District Stage Company dares to present bold works through the untold, fearless and human stories reflecting our diverse community.

Local theatre culturist Jan McArt accepted the Bill Hindman Award for her brother Don McArt, comparing the two as our Donny and Marie Osmonds of South Florida. Established in 2000, the Bill Hindman Award is named after pioneer South Florida actor Bill Hindman and recognizes significant, long-term contributions to the region’s cultural life and onstage career achievement by performing artists based in South Florida. Don McArt was honored posthumously with the Bill Hindman Award. Jan McArt, dubbed the First Lady of Florida Theatre, accepted the award at the March 31 ceremony for her late brother.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts sold out for the first time in history for this important award presentation that honors artists and donates monies back to local arts scholarships. The Carbonell Awards awarded the $1,000 scholarships to three South Florida students pursuing careers in theater or journalism: Eliana Meyerowitz (Palm Beach County) who attends Boca Raton Community High School; Taryn Noble (Broward County) who attends Western High School; and Gabrielle Perez (Miami Dade County) who attends of Coral Reef High School.

A small theatre company that performs in a small venue off the beaten track, in a warehouse district but in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, accomplished quite a feat, winning the award in each of the six categories for which it was nominated. Island City Stage’s production of Dan Clancy’s play The Timekeepers, about two men who form an unlikely bond in a concentration camp, took home the Carbonell Award for Best Production of a Play; Best Director, Michael Leeds; Best Actor, Michael McKeever; Best Scenic Design, Michael McClain; Best Sound Design, David Hart; and Best Lighting Design, Preston Bircher.

Zoetic Stage Fear Up Harsh was honored with two awards, Best New Work for Christopher Demos Brown and Best Actress, Play, for Karen Stephens. All New People was also honored with two awards; Todd Allen Durkin won for Best Supporting Actor, Play, and the production was also honored with the Best Ensemble award.

Palm Beach Dramaworks was honored for two of its productions. Brian O’Keefe won Best Costume Design for The Lion in Winter, while Angie Radosh took home the won Best Supporting Actress, Play, for her performance in Exit the King. This is Radosh’s third consecutive Carbonell Award; in 2011 she won in this category for Stuff at Caldwell Theatre Company and last year she won Best Supporting Actress, Musical, for her role in Cabaret at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

In the musical categories, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre won awards for two of its productions: In the Heights took the award for Best Musical, Nick Duckart won Best Actor, Musical, and Emmanuel Schvartzman, who was nominated for two awards, won Best Musical Direction. The other Actors’ Playhouse show honored was Ruthless!; Amy Miller Brennan won Best Actress, Musical, and Gabriel Zenone won Best Supporting Actor, Musical.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre which has made its' mark in the past is still one of the best regional theares in our nation. Maltz Jupiter Theatre garnered a Carbonell Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie with Best Choreography by Denis Jones. Miami-Dade County theaters won 9 awards; Broward County theaters won 6, while Palm Beach County theaters won 5 awards. A full listing of the award winners will follow shared by The Carbonell Awards public relations. Along with honoring excellence in theater, a highlight of the annual Carbonell Awards ceremony is recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the arts.

The prestigious George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, awarded to an individual (or team) who has contributed significantly to the artistic and cultural development of the region, was presented to Patrick Dupre Quigley, founder and producing artistic director of Seraphic Fire. Quigley founded choral group Seraphic Fire in 2002 and in the past dozen years the group has become an international sensation, performing around the world and earning two Grammy Award nominations.

The Ruth Foreman Award, which recognizes significant contributions to South Florida theater development by an individual or group, was awarded to GableStage in Coral Gables, playwright and Miami native Tarell Alvin McCraney, Stratford-on-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Company, and New York's Public Theater for their collaboration on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. McCraney, who is playwright in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed and penned this new adaptation, which is set in Haiti. The production was first mounted in London, then traveled to GableStage, where it drew paying audiences to Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre and also was performed free of charge for thousands of Miami-Dade public schoolchildren before playing New York’s Public Theater. The collaboration was a monumental undertaking, which brought renewed attention to the growing South Florida theatre scene and illustrates the high caliber of work that can be achieved by creating unique partnerships between international arts organizations.

This year’s ceremony was generously supported by leadership gifts from South Florida Cultural Consortium, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Additional supporters include Actors’ Equity Association, Dr. Margaret and Mike Eidson, Rita and Jerry Cohen, Kerry and Scott Shiller, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Mary Ellen and Michael Peyton, Tony Finstrom, Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation & Cirque Dreams, Broadway Across America, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and the South Florida Theatre League.

The Carbonell Awards fosters the artistic growth of professional theater in South Florida by celebrating the diversity of our theater artists, providing educational scholarships, and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting achievements of our theater community. Over 25 professional theater companies in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties participate in the awards process every year. Each season volunteer panelists and judges choose nominees and recipients from hundreds of shows produced on area stages. The Carbonell Awards also celebrate the accomplishments of our artistic leaders by presenting ‘Special Awards’ and support the next generation of artists and journalists by awarding scholarships. Along with New York's Drama Desk and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation’s senior regional arts awards and predate others, including Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonell Awards are named after Manuel Carbonell, an internationally-renowned sculptor, who in 1976 designed the original solid bronze and marble award, the signature trophy that is given to Carbonell Award winners.

Below is a complete list of this year’s Carbonell Award winners, followed by a breakdown of the awards by county, theater and production.

Carbonell Award Winners, 2013

Best New Work/Play or Musical
Fear Up Harsh, Christopher Demos Brown, Zoetic Stage

Best Production of a Play
The Timekeepers, Island City Stage
Best Director/Play
Michael Leeds, The Timekeepers, Island City Stage

Best Actor/Play
Michael McKeever, The Timekeepers, Island City Stage

Best Actress/Play
Karen Stephens, Fear Up Harsh, Zoetic Stage

Best Supporting Actor/Play
Todd Allen Durkin, All New People, Zoetic Stage

Best Supporting Actress/Play
Angie Radosh, Exit the King, Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Production of a Musical
In the Heights, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Best Director/Musical
Patrick Fitzwater, Next to Normal, Slow Burn Theatre Company

Best Actor/Musical
Nick Duckart, In the Heights, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Best Actress/Musical
Amy Miller Brennan, Ruthless!, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Best Supporting Actor/Musical
Gabriel Zenone, Ruthless!, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Best Supporting Actress/Musical
Lourelene Snedeker, The Sound of Music, The Wick

Best Musical Direction
Emmanuel Schvartzman, In the Heights, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Best Choreography
Denis Jones, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Best Scenic Design/Play or Musical
Michael McClain, The Timekeepers, Island City Stage

Best Lighting Design/Play or Musical
Preston Bircher, The Timekeepers, Island City Stage

Best Costume Design/Play or Musical
Brian O’Keefe, The Lion in Winter, Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Sound Design/Play or Musical
David Hart, The Timekeepers, Island City Stage

Best Ensemble Production/Play or Musical
All New People, Zoetic Stage

Awards by County: 9 Miami-Dade, 6 Broward and 5 Palm Beach.

Awards by Theater: 6 Island City Stage, 5 Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 4 Zoetic Stage, 2 Palm Beach Dramaworks, 1 Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1 Slow Burn Theatre, 1 The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum.

Awards by Production: 6 The Timekeepers, Island City Stage, 3 In the Heights, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 2 All New People, Zoetic Stage, 2 Fear Up Harsh, Zoetic Stage, 2 Ruthless!, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 1 Exit the King, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 1 The Lion in Winter, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 1 Next to Normal, Slow Burn Theatre Company, 1 The Sound of Music, The Wick Theatre, 1 Thoroughly Modern Millie, Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Broadway Global and Theatre Chat share the breaking Carbonell Awards winners because honoring theatre, artists and production teams is our mission. The Carbonell Awards are South Florida's Tony Awards, so we take this important announcemnet of Carbonell Award winners to announce the last call for Third Annual 2014 Broadway Global Producer of the Year nomninations. The current list of nominations by fellow arts lovers as of Tuesday April 1st 2014 consist of Debbie Allen, Adam Blanshay, Ken Davenport, Barbara Freitag, Dennis Grimaldi, Roger Gindi, Steve Hendel, Andrew Kato, Catherine Russell, Pat Addiss, Cameron Mackintosh, Tom Kirday, Thomas Schumacher, Stewart F. Lane, Charlotte St. Martin, Cathy Rigby McCoy and Tom McCoy, Annette Niemtzow, Michael Rosenberg, Jordan Roth, Catherine Schreiber, Scott Sanders, Jhett Tolentino, Robert Wankel, Oprah Winfrey. Please Email with you nominations!

Is your Regional, National, or Global Producer in the mix of nominations? What is your 2014 Producers Nomination? Producers nominated must be leaving a legacy for the arts, accessible on Social Media, and this year we are looking at a Producer is colorblind with casting, or bringing new works for ethnic artists and ethnic production teams! The Carbonell Awards like, West End's Olivier Awards, Nyc's Tony Awards, Chicago's Jeff Awards, Arizona's Arizoni Awards all prove that new theatres, artists and producers can change the face of arts in your state, region or nation for a new global society. What legacy are you leaving behind for the arts community? Visit and