Betty Buckley, Liz Mikel and More Among Column Award Winners

By Michael Gioia
March 2, 2012

Tony Award winner Chita Rivera co-hosted the 13th annual Column Awards Gala, which honors excellence in theatre within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Feb. 27 at the Patty Granville Performing Arts Center. Betty Buckley and Liz Mikel were among the winners.



The annual event, which celebrates both equity and non-equity theatre, also serves as a fundraiser for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Column Awards founder John Garcia co-hosted with Rivera.

The Column Theatre Awards advisory board is made up of individuals within the DFW theatre community that each year produce and create the annual gala.

The list of winners follows:

Best Sound Design of a Play - Non-Equity
G. Aaron Siler, Treasure Island
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Sound Design of a Play – Equity
David H.M. Lambert, Boeing-Boeing
Circle Theatre

Best Sound Design of a Musical - Non-Equity
Robin Stephens, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ICT Mainstage

Best Sound Design of a Musical – Equity
Virgil Justice, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Lighting Design of a Play - Non-Equity
Sam Nance, The Little Foxes
ICT Mainstage

Best Lighting Design of a Play – Equity
Clifton Taylor, The Tempest
Dallas Theater Center

Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Non-Equity
Sam Nance, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ICT Mainstage

Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Equity
Jason Foster, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Scenic Design of a Play - Non-Equity
G. Aaron Siler, Treasure Island
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Scenic Design of a Play – Equity
Clare Floyd DeVries, Boeing-Boeing
Circle Theatre

Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Non-Equity
Judd Vermillion, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ICT Mainstage

Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Equity
Andy Redmon, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Costume Design of a Play - Non-Equity
Tina Barrus, Treasure Island
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Costume Design of a Play – Equity
Michael A. Robinson, The Lieutenant of Inishmore
WaterTower Theatre

Best Costume Design of a Musical – Non-Equity
Tina Barrus, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Costume Design of a Musical – Equity
Bruce R. Coleman, Pippin
Theatre Three

Best Stage Manager
Lindsay Hardisty

Kathleen Freeman Award
B.J. Cleveland

Rudy Seppy Volunteer Award
David Ruffin

Ben Brettell Youth Award – Female
Alex Altshuler

Ben Brettell Youth Award – Male
Cam Wenrich

Steve Lovett Outstanding New Work by a Local Playwright Award
Benjamin Schroth, Sherlock Holmes Versus Godzilla
Pocket Sandwich Theatre

Best Music Director of a Musical - Non-Equity
Scott A. Eckert, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ICT Mainstage

Best Music Director of a Musical – Equity
Scott A. Eckert Next to Normal Uptown Players

Best Choreography of a Musical – Non-Equity
Eddie Floresca, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Artisan Center Theatre

Best Choreography of a Musical – Equity
John de los Santos, Spring Awakening
WaterTower Theatre

Chita Rivera Dance Award – Female
Gina Gwozdz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Artisan Center Theatre

Chita Rivera Dance Award – Male
Darius-Anthony Robinson, Pippin
Theatre Three

Best Featured Actress in a Play - Non-Equity
Neeley Jonea, The Little Foxes
ICT Mainstage

Best Featured Actor in a Play - Non-Equity
Doug Fowler, The Little Foxes
ICT Mainstage

Best Featured Actress in a Play – Equity
Liz Mikel, Dividing the Estate
Dallas Theater Center

Best Featured Actor in a Play – Equity
Jackie L. Kemp, Travesties
Theatre Three

Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Non-Equity
Lori Jones, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Artisan Center Theatre

Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Non-Equity
Joey Geisel, Annie
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Featured Actress in a Musical – Equity
Sara Shelby-Martin, Gypsy
Lyric Stage

Best Featured Actor in a Musical – Equity
Jonathan Bragg, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Supporting Actress in a Play - Non-Equity
Neeley Jonea, You Can't Take it With You
ICT Mainstage

Best Supporting Actor in a Play - Non-Equity
Aaron Lett, Treasure Island
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Equity
Denise Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Dallas Theater Center

Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Equity
Brad Stephens, Seven in One Blow
Circle Theatre

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical - Non-Equity
Caroline Rivera, Annie
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Non-Equity
Blake Rodgers, The Great American Trailer Park Muscial
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical – Equity
Erica Harte, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – Equity
David Coffee, Cabaret
Dallas Theater Center

Best Actress in a Play - Non-Equity
Tina Barrus, The Man With the Pointed Toes
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Actor in a Play - Non-Equity
Gregory Hullett, To Kill A Mockingbird
Garland Civic Theatre

Best Actress in a Play – Equity
Betty Buckley, Arsenic and Old Lace
Dallas Theater Center

Best Actor in a Play – Equity
Chamblee Ferguson, The Tempest
Dallas Theater Center

Best Actress in a Musical - Non-Equity
Daron Cockerell, Annie Get Your Gun
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Actor in a Musical - Non-Equity
Max Swarner, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ICT Mainstage

Best Actress in a Musical – Equity
Patty Breckenridge, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Actor in a Musical – Equity
Gary Lynn Floyd, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Director of a Play - Non-Equity
G. Aaron Siler, Treasure Island
Plaza Theatre Company

Best Director of a Musical - Non-Equity
Michael Serrecchia, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ICT Mainstage

Best Director of a Play – Equity
Bruce R. Coleman, The Temperamentals
Uptown Players

Best Director of a Musical – Equity
Michael Serrecchia, Next to Normal
Uptown Players

Best Play - Non-Equity
The Little Foxes
ICT Mainstage

Best Musical - Non-Equity
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
ICT Mainstage

Best Play – Equity
To Kill A Mockingbird
Dallas Theater Center

Best Musical – Equity
Next to Normal
Uptown Players

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For more information, visit www.thecolumnawards.org.