Winners of Suzi Bass Awards Announced

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The third annual Suzi Bass Awards, which recognize achievement in professional theatre in Atlanta, were presented Nov. 5 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

Theatre in the Square took home eight prizes, the most of any theatre company. Four of those awards were for the company's production of Turned Funny, which was inspired by the life of Atlanta journalist Celestine Sibley.

Synchronicity Performance Group also fared well at the ceremony. The company nabbed three awards for its production of the family musical A Year With Frog and Toad as well as the Scenic Design prize for the mounting of Voices Underwater.

This year's Spirit of Suzi Bass Award was awarded to Jerry's Habima Theatre, a Georgia-based theatrical company directed and produced by professionals that features actors with developmental disabilities. The Spirit of Suzi Bass Award is given annually to "a person or organization that demonstrates the long-term and consistent contribution to professionalism in Atlanta theatre that embodies the spirit of Suzi Bass, who was vivacious, enthusiastic, committed to Atlanta theatre, dedicated to excellence and inspired those qualities in others."

The 2007 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award was bestowed upon Eddie Levi Lee and Larry Larson for their play, Charm School, which was produced by Horizon Theatre Company.

The complete list of winners and nominees follows (winners names are in bold and are preceded by an asterisk): Production – Play
9 Parts of Desire, Horizon Theatre
I Am My Own Wife, Actor's Express
I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda, Theatre in the Square
The Pillowman, Actor's Express
*Turned Funny, Theatre in the Square

Production - Musical
*A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern
Mount Pleasant Homecoming, Theatre in the Square
Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express

Director - Play
B.J. Jones, Glengarry Glen Ross, Alliance Theatre
*Fred Chappell, Turned Funny, Theatre in the Square
Jasson Minadakis, The Pillowman, Actor's Express
Kenny Leon, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, True Colors
Lisa Adler, 9 Parts of Desire, Horizon Theatre

Director - Musical
*Clint Thornton, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
Dex Edwards, Mount Pleasant Homecoming, Theatre in the Square
Freddie Ashley, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express
Heidi Cline, Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern
Peter Schneider, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre

Lead Actress - Play
Agnes Harty, Educating Rita, Red Clay Theatre
Farida Kalala, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda, Theatre in the Square
*Linda Stephens, Turned Funny, Theatre in the Square
Mary Lynn Owen, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, Alliance Theatre
Park Krausen, Othello, Georgia Shakespeare
Veronika Duerr, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Tavern

Lead Actress - Musical
Agnes Harty, Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern
*Claci Miller, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express
Dawnn Lewis, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
Sara Onsager, The Thing About Men, Horizon Theatre
Wendy Melkonian, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express

Lead Actor - Play
Daniel May, The Pillowman, Actor's Express
David Milford, All The King's Men, Theatre in the Square
*Doyle Reynolds, I Am My Own Wife, Actor's Express
Eddie Levi Lee, Charm School, Horizon Theatre
Glynn Turman, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, True Colors

Lead Actor - Musical
Bryan Mercer, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
David Jennings, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
*Jeff McKerley, Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern
Jeff McKerley, The Thing About Men, Horizon Theatre
Spencer G. Stephens, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group

Featured Actress - Play
Carol Mitchell-leon, The Bluest Eye, Horizon Theatre
Jackie Prucha, Waiting to be Invited, Theatrical Outfit
Jill Jane Clements, The Chase, Theatrical Outfit
*Jill Jane Clements, Turned Funny, Theatre in the Square
Kate Donadio, All The King's Men, Theatre in the Square
Kathleen Wattis, Based on a Totally True Story, Actor's Express
Valerie Payton, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Tavern

Featured Actress - Musical
Amy K. Murray, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
Ellen McQueen, Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern
*Jennifer Akin, Mount Pleasant Homecoming, Theatre in the Square
Karen Howell, Mount Pleasant Homecoming, Theatre in the Square
Libby Whittemore, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express

Featured Actor - Play
Andrew Benator, Brooklyn Boy, Jewish Theatre of the South
Chris Kayser, Glengarry Glen Ross, Alliance Theatre
Jason Dirden, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, True Colors
John Benzinger, The Pillowman, Actor's Express
John G. Preston, Othello, Georgia Shakespeare
*Neal A. Ghant, Glengarry Glen Ross, Alliance Theatre
Ric Reitz, Turned Funny, Theatre in the Square

Featured Actor - Musical
*Alan Kilpatrick, Mount Pleasant Homecoming, Theatre in the Square
Brandon O'Dell, The Thing About Men, Horizon Theatre
Craig A. Meyer, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
Dolph Amick, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express
Jeff Watkins, Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern

Ensemble - Play
9 Parts of Desire, Horizon Theatre
Glengarry Glen Ross, Alliance Theatre
The Bluest Eye, Horizon Theatre
*The God Committee, Theatrical Outfit
The Pillowman, Actor's Express

Ensemble - Musical
A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
*Mount Pleasant Homecoming, Theatre in the Square
Respect, Gfour Productions/Bob & Gudrun Cuillo
Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express

Music Direction
Bryan Mercer, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
Dale Grogan, Respect, Gfour Productions/Bob & Gudrun Cuillo
Michael Kosarin/Brent-Alan Huffman, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
*Michael Monroe, Mount Pleasant Homecoming, Theatre in the Square
Renee Clark, Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern

Choreography
*Jeff McKerley, Cabaret, Shakespeare Tavern
Jen Macqueen, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
Marguerite Derricks, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre

Costume Design
Douglas J. Koertge, The Servant of Two Masters, Georgia Shakespeare
English Benning, I Am My Own Wife, Actor's Express
Garry Lennon, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
Joanna Schmink, The Violet Hour, 7 Stages
*Katherine Aurora Callahan, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
Sydney Roberts, Othello, Georgia Shakespeare
Sydney Roberts, Pericles, Georgia Shakespeare

Lighting Design
Donald Holder, Sister Act the musical, Alliance Theatre
Jessica Coale, Beckett's Memories, 7 Stages
Liz Lee, Cuttin' Up, Alliance Theatre
Liz Lee, Othello, Georgia Shakespeare
*William H. Grant III, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, Alliance Theatre

Scenic Design
Derek Kinsler/Nick Collins, A Year with Frog and Toad, Synchronicity Performance Group
Jonathan Williamson, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Actor's Express
Kat Conley, Othello, Georgia Shakespeare
Kat Conley, Pericles, Georgia Shakespeare
*Lisa Johnson, Voices Underwater, Synchronicity Performance Group
Shaun L. Motley, Cuttin' Up, Alliance Theatre
Tamara McElhannon, 9 Parts of Desire, Horizon Theatre

Sound Design
Chris Bartelski, 9 Parts of Desire, Horizon Theatre
Clay Benning, Cuttin' Up, Alliance Theatre
*Clay Benning, False Creeds, Alliance Theatre
Joseph P. Monaghan, III, Turned Funny, Theatre in the Square
Klimchak/Clay Benning, Pericles, Georgia Shakespeare
Mimi Epstein, Voices Underwater, Synchronicity Performance Group

Founded four years ago by director-playwright-actor Gene-Gabriel Moore, an Atlanta native, the awards were named for the late Suzi Bass, a respected stage and screen actor from Atlanta. The awards, according to a press statement, were created to not only recognize but "foster professional theatrical excellence in the Atlanta area, to honor the late and beloved actress Suzi Bass, and to provide a valuable regional and national marketing tool for individual theatres and for the Atlanta professional theatre community as a whole."

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