The awards address the 2010-11 theatre season. Playwright Darren Canady's Brothers of the Dust, produced by Congo Square Theatre Company, was named Best Play. Awards also went to its director Daniel Bryant; lead actor James T. Alfred; lead actress Shanesia Davis; featured actor Austin Talley; and sound designer Rick Sims.
The drama concerns three brothers and layers of family history in rural Arkansas. Playwright Canady shared the BTAA playwriting award with Darlette McAlpin for her Field of Souls, produced by the eta Creative Arts Foundation.
Other 2011 BTAA award winners include:
Best Director of a Musical: Lilli-Anne Brown, Bailiwick Chicago's Passing Strange
Best Actor in a Musical: Jayson Brooks, Bailiwick Chicago's Passing Strange Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Osiris Khepera, Bailiwich Chicago's Passing Strange
Best Actress in a Musical: Katrina V. Miller, Black Ensemble Theater's All in Love is Fair
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Celeste Williams, Victory Gardens Theatre's Tree
Best Ensemble: The Trip, eta Creative Arts Foundation
Best Musical Direction: All in Love is Fair, Black Ensemble Theater
Most Promising Actor: Wardell Julius Clark
Most Promising Actress: Christina Harper
Best Choreography: Ronald K. Brown, Gye Nyame, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Best Set Design: Shaun Renfro, Blues For An Alabama Sky, Greenetree Productions
Best Lighting Design: Casey Diers, Ghosts of Atwood, MPAACT
Best Costume Design: Michael Alan Stein, The Nativity, Congo Square Theatre Company
For more information, visit www.btaawards.org.