Critics Circle announces 2018 ceremony

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 26, 2017) — The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle has announced the date for its 2017 Craig Noel Awards. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 12, 2018, in San Diego.
Fundraising for the next ceremony is now under way. If you would like to help us ensure the future of the Craig Noel Awards, please contact us or make a tax-deductible donation through our website. Our need for support has never been greater than it is today.
Details on the location and specifics of the ceremony will be announced at the end of the year. Please visit this website for further updates in January.
As in past years, invitations will be sent out via email on Jan. 1. If you would like to be added to the invite list, please email Critics Circle president Pam Kragen at pam.kragen@sdcriticscircle.org.

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Members of the "Outstanding Ensemble Award," from left, Laurence Brown, Milena Phillips, Yolanda Franklin, Antonio TJ Johnson and Grandison Phelps III, of Cygnet Theatre's August Wilson Repertory company of "Seven Guitars" and "King Hedley II." Credit: Ion Moe
Members of the “Outstanding Ensemble Award,” from left, Laurence Brown, Milena Phillips, Yolanda Franklin, Antonio TJ Johnson and Grandison Phelps III, of Cygnet Theatre’s August Wilson Repertory company of “Seven Guitars” and “King Hedley II.” Credit: Ion Moe

2016 Craig Noel Award winners announced

Intrepid’s ‘Virginia Woolf,’ Cygnet’s Wilson rep and ion’s ‘Sunday’ triumph

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 7, 2017) — The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented its 2016 Craig Noel Awards on Monday, Feb. 6, 207, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego.

The critics’ 15th annual awards ceremony drew nearly 600 people from as far as Los Angeles.

Members of the "Outstanding Dramatic Production" cast, from left, Erin Petersen, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Robert Smyth and Ross Hellwig of Intrepid Theatre's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Members of the “Outstanding Dramatic Production” cast, from left, Erin Petersen, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Robert Smyth and Ross Hellwig of Intrepid Theatre’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Here are the award winners:

Actor of the Year, Female

Melissa Fernandes – Body of Work

Actor of the Year, Male

Ro Boddie – Body of Work 2016

Designer of the Year

Scenic designer Sean Fanning

Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater

Diversionary Theatre

Outstanding Young Artist Award  

Reed Lievers – “Big River,” New Village Arts

Outstanding Dramatic Production

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Intrepid Theatre

Outstanding Resident Musical

“October Sky,” The Old Globe

Outstanding New Play

“Junk: The Golden Age of Debt” by Ayad Akhtar, La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Touring Production

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” Broadway/San Diego

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Christy Yael-Cox, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Intrepid Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Glenn Paris & Kim Strassburger – “Sunday in the Park with George,” ion theatre

Outstanding Ensemble

August Wilson Repertory Company – Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Solo Performance

Rosina Reynolds – “Golda’s Balcony,” New Village Arts

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male

Justin Huertas – “Lizard Boy,” Diversionary Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female

Carolyn Agan – “Ragtime,” San Diego Musical Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female

Allison Spratt Pearce – “Gypsy,” Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male

Sean Allan Krill – “Sense and Sensibility,” The Old Globe

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male

Robert Smyth – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” Intrepid Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female

Deborah Gilmour Smyth – “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Intrepid Theatre

Outstanding  Featured Performance in a Play, Male

Laurence Brown – “Seven Guitars,” Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding  Featured Performance in a Play, Female

Kim Strassburger – “The Normal Heart,” ion theatre

Outstanding Music Direction

Don LeMaster – “Ragtime,” San Diego Musical Theatre

Outstanding Choreography

Colleen Kollar Smith – “American Rhythm,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

Outstanding Original Score

Tim Rosser – “The Boy Who Danced on Air,” Diversionary Theatre

Outstanding Scenic Design

John Lee Beatty – “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” The Old Globe

Outstanding Sound Design

Charles Coes & Nathan A. Roberts – “tokyo fish story,” The Old Globe

Outstanding Costume Design

Jennifer Brawn Gittings – “Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show,” Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design

Howell Binkley – “Hollywood,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Projection Design

Blake McCarty – “Sunday in the Park with George,” ion theatre

panoramic view of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards crowd at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.
panoramic view of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards crowd at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

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What is the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle?
Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, nonprofit organization of print and online theater critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theater in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence.

The members of our organization are professional critics writing for daily newspapers, magazines, entertainment trade publications and Web sites in San Diego County.

The organization’s major event is an awards program held each February, honoring the previous year’s finest in theater production, direction, acting, playwriting, scoring and technical achievements.

The event is presented free of charge to the theatrical community thanks to the gracious support of private underwriters. In 2002, the awards were renamed in honor of Craig Noel, longtime artistic director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and the founding father of San Diego’s theater community, who passed away in 2010.

The Craig Noel Awards program is underwritten by local arts philanthropists, including Audrey Geisel, Larry Alldredge & Dawn Moore, Performing Arts LIVE, Osborn & Dea Hurston, Jay & Julie Sarno, Yolanda Braunagel, Stanley Cohen, Ralph Johnson and Trina Kaplan.

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