Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale, Lonny Price, Ingrid Cole, Stephen Mitchell Brown Among 2012 Suzi Bass Award Winners

By Michael Gioia
November 9, 2012

The 8th Annual Suzi Awards Ceremony, which celebrates excellence in Metro Atlanta's professional theatre community, was held Nov. 5 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County. The Alliance Theatre took home top honors.



Twenty-one member theatres competed in 25 categories at the gala. The Alliance Theatre led with seven wins, and the Aurora Theatre took home six awards. Actor's Express was awarded Outstanding Production of a Musical for its production of Spring Awakening, and Theatrical Outfit's production of Red took home the award for Outstanding Production of a Play.

Nationally recognized director Lonny Price was awarded the Suzi for Outstanding Director of a Musical for his work on Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora Theatre. That production also took home the honor of Outstanding World Premiere Production. 

Ingrid Cole and Stephen Mitchell Brown were named Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Musical for their roles in Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Gypsy and Legacy Theatre's Jane Eyre: The Musical, respectively. The husband-and-wife team of Tess Malis Kincaid and Mark Kincaid earned top honors in the Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Play for their performances in Broke at the Alliance Theatre and Shipwrecked: An Entertainment at Serenbe Playhouse, respectively.

Winners were selected by an extended panel of judges that reviewed all nominated shows. Rob Cleveland served as master of ceremonies, with entertainment provided throughout the evening by performances from the five Production - Musical nominees.

A full list of winners follows:

Outstanding Production of a Musical: Spring Awakening at Actor's Express
Outstanding Director of a Musical: Lonny Price for Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Ingrid Cole for Gypsy at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Stephen Mitchell Brown for Jane Eyre: The Musical at Legacy Theatre
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Karen Howell for Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora Theatre
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Bryant Smith for Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora Theatre
Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical: Ain't Misbehavin' at Atlanta Lyric Theatre (Kayce Grogan-Wallace, Kenya Hamilton, Eric Moore, Jevares C. Myrick, and D. Woods)
Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical: Lex Liang for Into the Woods at Alliance Theatre
Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical: Robert Wierzel and Adam Larsen for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Alliance Theatre
Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical: Todd Rosenthal for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Alliance Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical: Bobby Johnston for Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora Theatre
Outstanding Music Direction of a Musical: Ann-Carol Pence for Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora Theatre
Outstanding Choreography of a Musical: Karen Hebert for Thoroughly Modern Millie at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Outstanding Production of a Play: Red at Theatrical Outfit
Outstanding Director of a Play: Richard Garner for Much Ado About Nothing at Georgia Shakespeare
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Tess Malis Kincaid for Broke at Alliance Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: Mark Kincaid for Shipwrecked: An Entertainment at Serenbe Playhouse
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Bethany Anne Lind for The Glass Menagerie at Georgia Shakespeare
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Jimi Kocina for Red at Theatrical Outfit
Outstanding Ensemble in a Play: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at Alliance Theatre (Kate Goehring, Alexandra Henrikson, Judy Leavell, Diany Rodriguez, Bree Dawn Shannon, and Sarah Elizabeth Wallis)
Outstanding Costume Design of a Play: Ivan Ingermann for The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at Alliance Theatre
Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play: Andrew Carson for Shipwrecked: An Entertainment at Serenbe Playhouse
Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play: Lee Maples for Red at Theatrical Outfit
Outstanding Sound Design of a Play: Kendall Simpson and Adair Mallory for I Just Stopped By to See the Man at Alliance Theatre
Outstanding World Premiere Production: Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale at Aurora Theatre

Special Awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Anne Carole Butler, costume designer The New American Shakespeare Tavern
2012 Spirit of Suzi Award: Theatre in the Square, accepted by founder Palmer Wells
Special Spirit of Suzi Award: Actors' Equity Association, in recognition of 100 years, accepted by AEA President Nick Wyman
Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award: Janece Shaffer for Broke
Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Season: Aurora Theatre
Volunteer of the Year Award: Sandra Meierhofer, The New American Shakespeare Tavern

For more information, visit SuziAwards.org.