Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

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The glitterati of Nashville's theater community took to the red carpet Sunday night, September 19, prior to the start of the First Night Nashville Theatre Honors. Held at the Troutt Theatre at Belmont University, the First Night Honors recognized eight leaders of the Nashville theater community for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the art form.

Paying tribute to the honorees -- who included Scot Copeland, producing artistic director at Nashville Children's Theatre; Paul Gatrell, chair of the department of theatre and dance at Belmont University; Kathleen O'Brien, president and CEO of Tennessee Performing Arts Center; A. Sean and Robert A. O'Connell, co-founders of ACT 1 and GroundWorks Theatre; Mac Pirkle, founder of Southern Stage Productions and Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Barry Scott, actor/director/producer and faculty member in the department of speech and theatre at Tennessee State University; and Shannon Wood, owner and co-founder of Darkhorse Theatre -- was a veritable who's who of Nashville stage talent.

Photographer Stacy Battles, one of Nashville's best known celebrity photographers, was on hand to shoot the red carpet arrivals that heralded the return of First Night, after an absence of some 14 years. First Night is presented by Jeffrey Ellis, who covers Nashville theater for BroadwayWorld.com, and who is the founder of the awards celebration that was first held on September 17, 1989.

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Richard Browder, Kathleen O'Brien and Cary Street

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Jennifer Bennett and Linda Sue Simmons Runyeon

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Ron, Linda Sue and Alyssa Runyeon

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Alyssa Runyeon

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Two-week-old Phin Lowder rocks the red carpet in his first suit.

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Phin Lowder and his folks, including his mom Kyla Lowder, one of the 2010 Most Promising Actors

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Phin Lowder

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Delaney Amatrudo and friends

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Jennifer and Trey, with Corbin and Neely Green and Wesley Paine

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Corrie Miller strikes a pose on the staircase.

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Ed Amatrudo and date

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Jamie Farmer and Shawn Knight

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Alan Lee and Laura Skaug

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Ann Street-Kavanaugh

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Denice Hicks

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
The Silent Auction in the Troutt Theatre's lower lobby

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
The Silent Auction in the Troutt Theatre's lower lobby

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
The Silent Auction in the Troutt Theatre's lower lobby

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
The Silent Auction in the Troutt Theatre's lower lobby

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
The Silent Auction in the Troutt Theatre's lower lobby

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
The Silent Auction in the Troutt Theatre's lower lobby

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Cary Street, Denice Hicks and Richard Browder

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Andie Sanders and Cary Street

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Andie Sanders and Cary Street

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
9-time First Night Award winner Martha Wilkinson

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Jeff Boyet, Cary Street, Richard Browder, Shelean Newman and Tim Fudge

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Cary Street, Martha Wilkinson and Richard Browder

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Randy Noel, Jenny Noel, Jennifer Richmond, Trey Palmer, Derek Whittaker and Holly Shepherd

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Cary Street, Richard Browder and Bakari Jamal King

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Cary Street, Richard Browder, Holly Shepherd and Derek Whittaker

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2
Jim Manning, Cary Street and Kate Adams-Johnson

Photo Coverage: Red Carpet Arrivals at First Night Nashville Theatre Honors, Part 2

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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor oustanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror.


 
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