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BWW 2012 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)

It's been a helluva year for theater in the Seattle area. From the triumphant return of the Intiman with their summer festival to the hugely popular run of "Spring Awakening" from Balagan Theatre Seattle audiences were treated with some amazing shows and performances this past year. And so, allow me to shine the spotlight on some of my favorite outstanding moments from the past year with my 2012 BWW Seattle Critic's Choice Awards.

Best Choreography (Local)
Troy Wageman - "Cabaret" from Second Story Rep

Honorable Mentions
Denis Michael Jones - "Damn Yankees" and "Elf" from 5th Avenue Theatre
Kristin Holland Bohr - "The Producers" from Village Theatre

Best Costume Design (Local)
Kelsey McCornack - "Sweet Nothing" from Macha Monkey Productions

Honorable Mentions
Deane Middleton - "Pygmalion" from Seattle Shakespeare Company
Melenie Burgess - "Ramayana" from ACT Theatre
Renato Balestra - "Cinderella" from 5th Avenue Theatre

Best Lighting Design (Local)
Jessica Trundy - "Jesus Hopped the A Train" from Azeotrope

Honorable Mentions
Alyssa Milione - "Cabaret" from Second Story Rep
Danny Fisher-Bruns - "Sweet Nothing" from Macha Monkey Productions
L.B. Morse - "The Glass Menagerie" from Seattle Repertory Theatre

Best Scenic Design (Local)
Deanna Zibello - "Jesus Hopped the A Train" from Azeotrope

Honorable Mentions
Craig Wollam - "Superior Donuts" from Seattle Public Theatre
Jennifer Zeyl - "Miracle!" from Intiman Theatre
Mikiko Suzuki - "The Glass Menagerie" from Seattle Repertory Theatre

Best Sound Design (Local)
Jay Weinland - "Superior Donuts" from Seattle Public Theatre

Honorable Mentions
BrenDan Hogan - "Ramayana" from ACT Theatre
Chris Walker - "Or," from Seattle Repertory Theatre
Kai Harada - "First Date" from 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre

Best Direction of Musical (Local)
Eric Ankrim - "Spring Awakening" from Balagan Theatre

Honorable Mentions
Mark S. Hoebee - "Damn Yankees" from 5th Avenue Theatre
Sam Pettit - "Legally Blonde" from Seattle Musical Theatre
Steve Tomkins - "The Producers" from Village Theatre

Best Direction of Play (Local)
Russ Banham - "Superior Donuts" from Seattle Public Theatre

Honorable Mentions
Braden Abraham - "The Glass Menagerie" from Seattle Rep
Desdemona Chiang - "Jesus Hopped the A Train from Azeotrope
Rosa Joshi - "Titus Andronicus" from Upstart Crow

Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Local)
Nick DeSantis - "The Producers" from Village Theatre

Honorable Mentions
Brian Lange - "Avenue Q" from Balagan Theatre
Jerick Hoffer - "Spring Awakening" from Balagan Theatre
Kyle Scatliffe - "Oklahoma!" from 5th Avenue Theatre

Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Touring)
Stephen DeRosa - "West Side Story" from Paramount Theatre

Best Featured Actor in a Play (Local)
Brandon O'Neill - "Ramayana" from ACT Theatre

Honorable Mentions
Basil Harris - "Or," from Seattle Repertory Theatre
Jason Sharp - "Sweet Nothing" from Macha Monkey Productions
Ray Tagavilla - "Jesus Hopped the A Train" from Azeotrope

Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Local)
Jessica Skerritt - "The Producers" from Village Theatre

Honorable Mentions
Kirsten Delohr Helland - "Spring Awakening" from Balagan Theatre
Nancy Anderson - "Damn Yankees" from 5th Avenue Theatre
Ryah Nixon - "Rent" from 5th Avenue Theatre

Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Touring)
Talia Aaron - "American Idiot" from Paramount Theatre

Best Featured Actress in a Play (Local)
Nike Imoru - "Titus Andronicus" from Upstart Crow

Honorable Mentions
Angela DiMarco - "Jesus Hopped the A Train" from Azeotrope
Linda Gehringer - "How To Write A New Book For The Bible" from Seattle Repertory Theatre
Marya Sea Kaminski - "Miracle!" from Intiman Theatre

Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Local)
Rodney Hicks - "Big River" from Village Theatre

Honorable Mentions
Christopher Charles Wood - "Damn Yankees" from 5th Avenue Theatre
Hans Altweis - "Damn Yankees" from 5th Avenue Theatre
Richard Gray - "The Producers" from Village Theatre

Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Touring)
Douglas Sills - "The Addams Family" from 5th Avenue Theatre

Best Leading Actor in a Play (Local)
Richard Nguyen Sloniker - "Jesus Hopped the A Train" from Azeotrope

Honorable Mentions
Brandon Ryan - "Amadeus" from Second Story Rep
Kevin McKeon - "Superior Donuts" from Seattle Public Theatre
Terry Edward Moore - "A Shade of Green" from Theatre 9/12

Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Local)
Monica Wulzen - "Cabaret" from Schoolyard

Honorable Mentions
Chryssie Whitehead - "Damn Yankees" from 5th Avenue Theatre
Diana Huey - "Spring Awakening" from Balagan Theatre
Kat Ramsburg - "It Shoulda Been You" from Village Theatre

Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Touring)
Felicia Boswell - "Memphis" from 5th Avenue Theatre

Best Leading Actress in a Play (Local)
Amy Thone - "Holy Days" from New Century Theatre Company
and "Titus Andronicus" from Upstart Crow

Honorable Mentions
Kirsten Potter - "Or," from Seattle Repertory Theatre
Libby Barnard - "Sweet Nothing" from Macha Monkey Productions
Suzanne Bouchard - "The Glass Menagerie" from Seattle Repertory Theatre

Best new/original play/musical (Local)
Yussef El Guindi and Stephanie Timm - "Ramayana" from ACT Theatre

Honorable Mentions
Charles Waxberg - "A Shade of Green" from Theatre 9/12
Stephanie Timm - "Sweet Nothing" from Macha Monkey Productions
Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt - "Lizzie Borden: The Musical" from Village Theatre

Best Musical (Local)
"Spring Awakening" from Balagan Theatre

Honorable Mentions
"Avenue Q" from Balagan Theatre
"Cabaret" from Second Story Rep
"The Producers" from Village Theatre

Best Play (Local)
"Jesus Hopped the A Train" from Azeotrope

Honorable Mentions
"Ramayana" from ACT Theatre
"Superior Donuts" from Seattle Public Theatre
"Sweet Nothing" from Macha Monkey Productions

Best Special Theatre Event (Local)
"Village Originals Festival of New Musicals" from Village Theatre

Best Touring Musical
"Memphis" from 5th Avenue Theatre

Person to Watch (Local)
Jerick Hoffer

Honorable Mentions
Bryan Gula
Desdemona Chiang
Troy Wageman

Theatre of the Year
Azeotrope




From This Author - Jay Irwin

         Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jay has been a theater geek for years.  He attends as many shows as he can around the country and loves taking in new exciting... (read more about this author)


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