Winners of the 2018 Barrymore Awards

barrymore_awards_0Theatre Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards recognized the best Philadelphia area theater from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. Judges and recommenders saw 112 productions by 40 companies, of which 10 companies won awards for 11 productions. Check out Phindie’s live Tweet coverage as the ceremony happened by @lessthanamuffin at @phindiemag.

    • Outstanding Overall Production of a Play, Mornings at Seven, People’s Light
    • Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Fun Home, Arden Theatre Company
    • Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play/Musical, The Gap by Emma Goidel, Azuka Theatre
    • Outstanding Direction of a Play, Abigail Adams, Mornings at Seven, People’s Light
    • Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Terrence J. Nolen, Fun Home, Arden Theatre Company
    • Charlotte Cushman Award Outstanding Leading Performance in a Play, Melanye Finister Skeleton Crew, People’s Light and Scott Greer, Every Brilliant Thing, Arden Theatre Company
    • Outstanding Leading Performance in a Musical, Dulé Hill, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, People’s Light, and Jamar Williams, Passing Strange, Wilma Theater

Tina Brock with her Barrymore for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play. Photo by Mike DiFebbo.

Tina Brock with her Barrymore for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play. Photo by Mike DiFebbo.

  • Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play, Tina Brock, By the Bog of Cats, Irish Heritage Theatre, and Akeem Davis, A Doll’s House, Arden Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical, Kim Carson, Fun Home, Arden Theatre Company and Daniel J. Watts, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, People’s Light
  • Outstanding Scenic Design, Luke Cantarella, Morning’s at Seven, People’s Light
  • Outstanding Costume Design, Theresa Ham, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Delaware Theatre Company
  • Earl Girls Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, Maria Shaplin, The Wild Duck, Quintessence Theatre Group
  • Bauder Audio Award for Outstanding Sound Design, Michael Kiley, The Gap, Azuka Theatre
  • Outstanding Media Design, Freckled Sky, Front Pictures and Shawn Sagady, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Delaware Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Original Music, Mel Hsu, Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
  • Outstanding Choreography/Movement, Jared Grimes and Edgar Godineaux, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, People’s Light
  • Outstanding Music Direction, Amanda Morton, Passing Strange, Wilma Theater
  • Temple University Award for Outstanding Ensemble a Play, Morning’s at Seven, People’s Light
  • Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical, Fun Home, Arden Theatre Company
  • F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist ($15,000 to recipient, $2,000 to four finalists), Taysha Marie Canales
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Paul Meshejian, Artistic Director of PlayPenn.
  • June and Steve Wolfson Award for Evolving Theatre Company ($10,000 to the recipient, $1,000 to five finalists), Tribe of Fools
  • Brown Martin Philadelphia Award ($25,000 to two recipients, $2,500 to four finalists), Fun Home at Arden Theatre Company and Human Rites at InterAct Theatre Company
  • Victory Foundation Award for Outstanding Theatre Education Program ($10,000 to the recipient, $2,500 to five finalists), Wilma Theater’s Wilmagination

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