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Photo Coverage: 2008 Theatre World Awards

On Wednesday June 11, 2008 the Theatre World Awards for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut performances during the 2007-2008 theatrical season took place. The awards were presented by former Theatre World Award winners, including: Alec Baldwin (Loot, 1986), Griffin Dunne (Search and Destroy, 1992), Alexander Gemignani (Assassins, 2004), Andrea Martin (My Favorite Year, 1993), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights, 2007), Rosie Perez (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, 2001), and B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly, 1988). There were also be performances by former Theatre World Award winners, including: Karen Akers (Nine, 1982), Cheyenne Jackson (All Shook Up, 2005), Carol Lawrence (West Side Story, 1958) and Alice Playten (Henry, Sweet Henry, 1968).

As previously announced, the 2007-08 Theatre World Award winners are: de'Adre Aziza, Passing Strange; Cassie Beck, Drunken City; Daniel Breaker, Passing Strange; Ben Daniels, Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Deanna Dunagan, August: Osage County; Hoon Lee, Yellow Face; Alli Mauzey, Cry-Baby; Jenna Russell, Sunday in the Park with George; Mark Rylance, Boeing-Boeing; Loretta Ables Sayre, South Pacific; Jimmi Simpson, The Farnsworth Invention; and Paulo Szot, South Pacific.

The Theatre World Awards presentation was be held at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 West 44th Street.

First presented in 1945, the prestigious Theatre World Awards are the oldest awards given for Broadway and Off-Broadway debut performances, and are among the oldest honors given to stage performers. The Theatre World Award winners have been chosen by the Theatre World Awards committee, currently comprised of Peter Filichia (Theatermania), Harry Haun (Playbill), Matthew Murray (Talkin' Broadway), Frank Scheck (New York Post), Michael Sommers (Newhouse Newspapers), Doug Watt (Critic Emeritus, New York Daily News), and Linda Winer (New York Newsday). The Theatre World Award Board of Directors is: Leigh Giroux, President; Kati Meister, Vice President; Erin Oestreich, Secretary; Scott Denny, Treasurer; Tom Lynch, founding Board member; and Barry Keating.

For more information about the Theatre World Awards (including a listing of past recipients) please visit: theatreworldawards.org.

Photos By Peter James Zielinski


The 2008 Theatre World Awards


The 2008 Theatre World Awards


Hoon Lee


Deanna Dunagan


Alli Mauzey


Lin-Manuel Miranda


Jonathan Cake


Jenna Russell


Paulo Szot


Loretta Ables Sayre


de'Adre Aziza


de'Adre Aziza


Ben Daniels


Andrea Martin


Cassie Beck


Daniel Breaker


John Cullum


The 2008 Theatre World Awards


Carol Lawrence


Carol Lawrence


Carol Lawrence


Carol Lawrence


Carol Lawrence


Carol Lawrence


Peter Filichia


Peter Filichia


Laura Linney


Laura Linney


Laura Linney


Ben Daniels


Ben Daniels


Ben Daniels


Lin-Manuel Miranda


Lin-Manuel Miranda


Daniel Breaker


Daniel Breaker


Daniel Breaker


Jonathan Cake


Jonathan Cake


Jonathan Cake


Mark Rylance


Mark Rylance


Mark Rylance


Tyler Maynard


Tyler Maynard


Tyler Maynard


Tyler Maynard


Rosie Perez


Rosie Perez


Rosie Perez


de'Adre Aziza


de'Adre Aziza


BD Wong


BD Wong


BD Wong


Hoon Lee


Hoon Lee


Hoon Lee


Griffin Dunne


Griffin Dunne


Griffin Dunne


Loretta Ables Sayre


Loretta Ables Sayre


Loretta Ables Sayre


Loretta Ables Sayre


Alec Baldwin


Alec Baldwin


Alec Baldwin


Deanna Dunagan


Deanna Dunagan


Deanna Dunagan


Alice Playten


Alice Playten


Alice Playten


Alex Gemignani


Alex Gemignani


Jenna Russell


Jenna Russell


Jenna Russell


Jenna Russell


Jenna Russell


John Cullum


John Cullum


John Cullum


Cassie Beck


Cassie Beck


Cassie Beck


Alice Playten


Alice Playten


Paulo Szot


Andrea Martin


Andrea Martin


Andrea Martin


Andrea Martin presents Alli Mauzey with not only her award, but Magnolia Cupcakes


Alli Mauzey


Alli Mauzey


Alli Mauzey


Alli Mauzey


Peter Filichia


Karen Akers


Karen Akers


Karen Akers


Karen Akers


Peter Filichia


The 2008 Theatre World Awards

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com