The sixth annual Clive Barnes Awards were presented to Gabe Stone Shayer for dance and Dave Thomas Brown for theatre in a Jan. 11 ceremony at The Walter Reade Theatre in New York.
The New York Posts Michael Riedel oversaw the Awards as Master of Ceremonies. This year's Theatre Award was presented by Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford. Blakeley White-McGuire, principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, presented the Dance Award. In addition, 2014 Clive Barnes Award winners, New York City Ballet soloist Russell Janzen and Tony Award winner Alex Sharp, spoke at the event
Named for the late theatre and dance critic Clive Barnes, the $5,000 awards offer "recognition, encouragement, and financial support to two talented young professionals and, thus, [honor] the memory of the many years of critical work and the warm personal generosity of Clive Barnes."
Here is a complete list of the nominees, with the winners marked in bold:
Catherine Hurlin of American Ballet Theatre
Joseph Gordon of New York City Ballet
Jacqueline Green of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Gabe Stone Shayer of American Ballet Theatre
Jack DiFalco for his performance in Mercury Fur
Sandra Mae Frank and Katie Boeck for their performance in Spring Awakening
Austin McKenzie for his performance in Spring Awakening
Dave Thomas Brown for his performance in The Legend of Georgia McBride
One recipient from each category was chosen. All finalists receive a cash prize, with the winners in each category receiving an award of $5,000.
The finalists were nominated by the Selection Committee, which was composed of a panel of critics and performers in each field. This year's Selection Committee included William H. Ausman, Siobhan Burns, Diana Byer, Frank DiLella, George Dorris, Barbara Hoffman, Arthur Mitchell, Patrick Pacheco, James Sutton, Valerie Taylor-Barnes and Craig Wright.</p>