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Date set for 2014 Craig Noel Awards

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 27, 2014) – Mark your calendars, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Monday has announced the date and location for its 2014 Craig Noel Awards.

The ceremony honoring the top 2014 achievements in professional and semi-professional theater in San Diego County will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in La Jolla.

This year's nominations will be announced on or around Jan. 1, 2015, and winners will be announced from the stage. Digital invitations to the free ceremony will be transmitted on Jan. 1, 2015. To be added to the mailing list, please contact the Critics Circle's president Pam Kragen at: pam.kragen@utsandiego.com.

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Winners of 2013 awards announced

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 10, 2014) – A musical now playing on Broadway, a coproduction between two San Diego theaters, a musical staged with a local high school and two homegrown festivals were honored by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Monday at its 2013 Craig Noel Awards.

The 12th annual awards program drew more than 500 San Diego theater industry members and supporters to the Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego, in La Jolla. The awards honor top achievements in professional theater and are named for the late Craig Noel, a National Medal of Arts recipient who was the first artistic director of San Diego’s largest and oldest theater, The Old Globe, and is widely regarded as the founding father of San Diego’s theater community.

Fourteen productions were honored with awards Monday evening.

 Current Broadway hit “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” walked away with five awards for its world premiere production at The Old Globe, including Outstanding New Musical, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male (Jefferson Mays), Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak),  

A theatrical adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel “The Bluest Eye” received awards for Outstanding Dramatic Production, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Direction of a Play (Delicia Turner Sonnenberg).  “The Bluest Eye” was a co-production of Moxie Theatre and Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company.

San Diego Repertory Theatre won the Outstanding Resident Musical award for “In the Heights,” produced with staff and students from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. The musical’s choreographer Javier Velasco was also a winner.

 Two theater festivals that debuted in 2013 were honored in the Outstanding Special Event category: the San Diego Fringe Festival and La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival.

Two other shows won multiple awards. La Jolla Playhouse’s “Side Show” was honored  for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female (shared by Erin Davie & Emily Padgett) and costume design (Paul Tazewell). San Diego Musical Theatre’s “The Sound of Music” received awards for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female (Victoria Strong) and musical direction (by Don LeMaster).

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented a cash award to Ion Theatre (Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company) for its 2013 season. The Outstanding Young Artist Award/Sandra Ellis Troy Scholarship was given to 10-year-old Abby DeSpain, for her performance in "Wait Until Dark," at New Village Arts Theatre.

For the first time the Actor of the Year award went to two artists. Linda Libby and Randall Dodge were each honored for an outstanding body of work in 2013. 

Libby appeared in the musical, “Grey Gardens,” for Ion Theatre and was nominated for her performances in Cygnet Theatre’s production of the musical “Company,” and its production of the play “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

In 2013, Dodge appeared in two productions of “South Pacific” (for the Welk Theatre San Diego and for Moonlight Stage Productions) as well as in “The Wizard of Oz” (Moonlight Stage Productions), “Chicago” (Welk Theatre San Diego), “The Sound of Music” (San Diego Musical Theatre) and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (The Old Globe).    

Full list of 2013 Craig Noel Awards:

Outstanding Resident Musical

 “In the Heights,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding New Musical

"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Musical Direction

Don LeMaster, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

 

Outstanding Choreography

Javier Velasco, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Ensemble

 “The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

 

Outstanding Solo Performance

Sean Sullivan, “Baby Redboots’ Revenge,” San Diego Fringe Festival

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female

Erin Davie & Emily Padgett, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male

Jefferson Mays, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male

Phil Johnson, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical," Intrepid Shakespeare Company

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female

Victoria Strong, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male

Miles Anderson, “The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female

Deborah Gilmour Smyth, "Wit," Lamb's Players Theatre

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female

Yolanda Franklin, “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler,” Diversionary Theatre

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male

Don Sparks, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Sound Design

Christopher Luessmann, "The Wizard of Oz," Moonlight Stage Productions

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Paul Tazewell, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

York Kennedy, “Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Scenic Design

Alexander Dodge, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Projection Design

Victoria Petrovich, "A Weekend with Pablo Picasso," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, “The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

 

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Dramatic Production

“The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

 

Outstanding Special Event

The San Diego Fringe Festival

Without Walls Festival, La Jolla Playhouse

 

Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company

Ion Theatre, for its 2013 body of work

 

Actor of the Year

Linda Libby

Randall Dodge

 

Outstanding Young Artist/Sandra Ellis Troy Scholarship

Abby DeSpain, "Wait Until Dark," New Village Arts Theatre

 

Outstanding Musical Performance in a Play

Gilbert Castellanos, "The Federal Jazz Project," San Diego Repertory Theatre

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2013 Craig Noel Nominees Announced
   SAN DIEGO (Jan. 1, 2014) ---- The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle has announced the nominees for its 2013 Craig Noel Awards ceremony, which will be held on Feb. 10, 2014. The nominees are:

Outstanding Resident Musical

"Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre

"Fiddler on the Roof," Lamb’s Players Theatre

“South Pacific,” Moonlight Stage Productions

“In the Heights,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

“Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein,” Moonlight Stage Productions

 

Outstanding New Musical

"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ," The Old Globe

"The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Musical Direction

Don LeMaster, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

G. Scott Lacy, "Fiddler on the Roof," Lamb’s Players Theatre

Elan McMahan, "South Pacific," Moonlight Stage Productions

Kris Kukul , "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

Greg Jarrett, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

 

Outstanding Choreography

Randy Slovacek," Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre

Javier Velasco, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," The Old Globe

Kris Kukul, "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

Harold Wheeler, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

 

ACTING AWARDS

Outstanding Ensemble

“The Brothers Size,” The Old Globe

“The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

“Time Stands Still,” North Coast Repertory Theatre

“Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe

"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," ion theatre

“Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

“The 39 Steps,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

 

Outstanding Solo Performance

Hershey Felder, “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra,” 88 Entertainment

Sean Sullivan, “Baby Redboots Revenge,” San Diego Fringe Festival

Eliza Jane Schneider, "Freedom of Speech," Moxie Theatre

Herbert Siguenza, "A Weekend with Pablo Picasso," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female

Eileen Bowman, “Pete ‘n’ Keely,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

Emma Radwick, “Chicago,” San Diego Musical Theatre

Allison Spratt Pearce, "The Sound of Music ," San Diego Musical Theatre

Hilary Maiberger, “South Pacific,” Moonlight Stage Productions

Erin Davie & Emily Padgett, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male

Randall Dodge, “South Pacific,” Welk Resorts Theatre

Phil Johnson, “Pete ‘n’ Keely,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

Jefferson Mays, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Ken Barnett, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Jai Rodriguez, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male

A. Saunders, "Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre

Randall Dodge, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

Phil Johnson, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical," Intrepid Shakespeare Company

Randall Dodge, "The Wizard of Oz," Moonlight Stage Productions

Spencer Smith, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female

Chilina Kennedy, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Lisa O’Hare, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Victoria Strong, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

Linda Libby, "Company," Cygnet Theatre

Susan Denaker, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male

Miles Anderson, “The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe

Russell Harvard, “Tribes,” La Jolla Playhouse

John Lavelle, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

Claudio Raygoza, “Shining City,” ion theatre

Steven Lone, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," ion theatre

 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female

Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson, “The Trip to Bountiful,” New Village Arts

Mhari Sandoval, “Time Stands Still,” North Coast Repertory Theatre

Kandis Chappell, “Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe

Caroline Kinsolving, "Venus in Fur," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Deborah Gilmour Smyth, "Wit," Lamb's Players Theatre

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female

Kandis Chappell, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe

Yolanda Franklin, “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler,” Diversionary Theatre

Mary Beth Peil, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse

Meghan O’Neill, “Tribes,” La Jolla Playhouse

Linda Libby, "The Importance of Being Earnest," Cygnet Theatre

 

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male

Don Sparks, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe

Antonio T.J. Johnson, “Gem of the Ocean,” Cygnet Theatre

Brian Abraham, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," ion theatre

Steve Gunderson, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse

Sherman Howard, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

 

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Outstanding Sound Design

Joseph Huppert, “Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts

Dan Moses Schreier, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

Christopher Luessmann, "The Wizard of Oz," Moonlight Stage Productions

Jon Lorenz, "Wit," Lamb's Players Theatre

Lindsay Jones, "The Tallest Tree in the Forest," La Jolla Playhouse

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Robert Morgan, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe

Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Deirdre Clancy, “The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe

Shirley Pierson, "The Importance of Being Earnest," Cygnet Theatre

Paul Tazewell, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

Christopher Loren Renda, “The Trip to Bountiful,” New Village Arts

Philip S. Rosenberg, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

York Kennedy, “Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe

David Lander, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse

Justin Townsend, "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

 

Outstanding Scenic Design

Alexander Dodge, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe

Alexander Dodge, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Alexander Dodge, “Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe

Robert Brill, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse

David F. Weiner, “Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

 

Outstanding Projection Design

Aaron Rhyne, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Marc Anthony Thompson, “The Mountaintop,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

Keith Skretch, "Double Indemnity," The Old Globe

Victoria Petrovich, "A Weekend with Pablo Picasso," San Diego Repertory Theatre

John Narun, "The Tallest Tree in the Forest," La Jolla Playhouse

 

DIRECTING AWARDS

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, “The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

Claudio Raygoza, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," ion theatre

Seema Sueko, “Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company

Adrian Noble, “The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe

Glenn Paris, “Shining City,” ion theatre

Sam Woodhouse & Kim Rubinstein, "Venus in Fur," San Diego Repertory Theatre

 

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Ray Limon, “Chicago,” Welk Resorts Theatre

Randall Hickman, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” Premiere Productions

Sam Woodhouse, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Matthew J. Vargo, "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein," Moonlight Stage Productions

 

PRODUCTION AWARDS

Outstanding Dramatic Production

“The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts

“Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

“The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

"Venus in Fur," San Diego Repertory Theatre

"Wit," Lamb's Players Theatre

 

Outstanding Special Event

DNA New Work Series, La Jolla Playhouse

“San Diego, I Love You!,” Circle Circle dot dot

“Accomplice: San Diego,” La Jolla Playhouse

San Diego Fringe Festival

Without Walls Festival, La Jolla Playhouse

 

The Critics Circle will also announce from the stage the winners in the following categories:

 Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company

Actor of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Outstanding Young Artist/Sandra Ellis Troy Scholarship

    The annual program, honoring the top achievements in local semi-pro and professional theater will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 10, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego, in La Jolla. 

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2012 Craig Noel Award winners announced

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 4, 2013) ---- A modern interpretation of a classic text swept its nominated categories to receive five Craig Noel Awards tonight.  Moxie Theatre parlayed three strong 2012 productions to take home the Braunagel Award for outstanding contribution to the San Diego arts scene by a small-budget theatre.

A total of 22 productions from nine theater companies were honored at the awards ceremony and reception, held Feb. 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in La Jolla. Leading the way was the La Jolla Playhouse/Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of “An Iliad,” with five awards.  Other multiple-award productions were Cygnet Theatre’s production of the musical, “Parade,” The Old Globe’s musical, “Allegiance,” and that company’s co-production, with the American Conservatory Theatre, of “The Scottsboro Boys” with three awards each; and two of Moxie Theatre’s productions – “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Hickorydickory” – and Ion Theatre’s “The Little Flower of East Orange” with two awards each.

“An Iliad” swept the three categories in which it was nominated: Outstanding Dramatic Production (an award also given to “A Raisin in the Sun”), Outstanding Lighting Design (Scott Zielinski), and Outstanding Sound Design (Mark Bennett, an award also presented to Shahrokh Yadegari’s design for “Blood and Gifts,” another La Jolla Playhouse production). Also, the two performers in “An Iliad,” Henry Woronicz and Brian Ellingsen, received special awards for Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Featured Musical Performance in a Play, respectively.

Moxie Theatre was honored for outstanding work on three of its 2012 productions: “A Raisin in the Sun,” which received eight nominations for Craig Noel Awards and received awards for Outstanding Dramatic Production and for Outstanding Ensemble; “The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek;” and “Hickorydickory,” which received Craig Noel Awards for Samantha Ginn’s featured performance and Jennifer Brawn Gittings’ scenic design. The cash award honors the memory of longtime San Diego theatre critic, Don Braunagel.

 “Parade” and “The Scottsboro Boys” both received the Outstanding Resident Musical honor, while “Allegiance” received the award for Outstanding New Musical.  “Parade” was also honored for Sandy Campbell’s outstanding lead performance; “Allegiance” received awards for Lynne Shankel’s outstanding orchestrations and for Michael K. Lee’s featured performance; and Susan Stroman, “The Scottsboro Boys” director and choreographer, received awards for her work in both categories.  Gaby Altar and Itmar Moses received the Outstanding New Score award for their musical, “Nobody Loves You,” which was produced by The Old Globe.

Mark Christopher Lawrence was named Actor of the Year for outstanding performances in two productions: Moxie Theatre’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” and Ion Theatre’s “Topdog/Underdog.” The La Jolla Playhouse’s site-specific production of Moving Arts’ “The Car Plays” was honored as the outstanding special event.  Dylan Hoffinger, 17, was named Outstanding Young Artist for a body of 2012 work that included roles in “Parade" and Diversionary Theatre’s musical, “Harmony, Kansas."  Hoffinger also received the Sandra Ellis-Troy scholarship to assist his further development as a theater artist.

In other musical acting categories, the outstanding male leading performance in a musical was presented to Sean Murray for his portrayal of Don Quixote in Cygnet Theatre’s production of “Man of La Mancha.”  The outstanding female featured performance in a musical was presented to Eileen Bowman for her portrayal of Miss Adelaide in Lamb’s Players Theatre’s revival of “Guys and Dolls.”  

In the dramatic acting categories, both of the lead performance awards, and one of the featured performance awards, went to ion theatre productions. The outstanding female leading performance in a play award was presented to Catalina Maynard for playing the title character in “Julia,” while the outstanding male leading performance in a play went to Jeffrey Jones for his portrayal of a recovering alcoholic struggling with family issues in “The Little Flower of East Orange.” In the featured acting category, Ion’s Executive Artistic Director, Claudio Raygoza, received the award for his portrayal of a hospital orderly in the same production, and Phil Johnson’s rendering of the title character in the Coronado Playhouse production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner” was also honored.

Moxie Theatre’s artistic director, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, received a Craig Noel Award for her direction of “Topdog/Underdog,” at ion theatre. Jonathan Caren’s “The Recommendation,” which was produced by The Old Globe, received the award for Outstanding New Play.

In the technical categories, Deidre Clancy and Shirley Pierson each received a costume design award.  Clancy was recognized for her designs for The Old Globe’s production of “Inherit the Wind,” while Pierson was recognized for “Parade.”

Ian Wallace received the Outstanding Projection Design award for his work on the San Diego Repertory Theatre production of “Tortilla Curtain.” The La Jolla Playhouse production of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” received a special award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.  The award honored the entire creative team of  puppeteer Basil Twist, scenic designer Robert Brill, costumer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Michael Walton, sound designer Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections designer Sean Nieuwenhuis.

Elan McMahan was presented with the award for Outstanding Musical Direction for a body of 2012 work that included nominations for three productions: “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Sweeney Todd,” both for Moonlight Stage Productions, and “As You Like It” at The Old Globe.

Critics Circle President Pam Kragen commented that she was pleased that half of the nominated productions received at least one award.  “I was also pleased that Moxie, a company that honors and promotes work by women theater artists, was honored for its best year yet.”

The award ceremony was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, before an audience of more than 450 people. A full listing of the awards may be found below and at www.sdcriticscircle.org.

Recipients of the 2012 Craig Noel Awards:

Outstanding Resident Musical

“Parade,” Cygnet Theatre

“The Scottsboro Boys,” The Old Globe

 Outstanding New Musical

“Allegiance,” The Old Globe

 Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female

Sandy Campbell, “Parade,” Cygnet Theatre

 Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male

Sean Murray, “Man of La Mancha,” Cygnet Theatre

 Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male

Michael K. Lee, “Allegiance,” The Old Globe

 Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female

Eileen Bowman, “Guys and Dolls,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

 Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Susan Stroman, “The Scottsboro Boys,” The Old Globe

 Outstanding Musical Direction

Elan McMahan, for a body of work that included “As You Like It,” The Old Globe, “Fiddler on the Roof,” Moonlight Stage Productions, and “Sweeney Todd,” Moonlight Stage Productions

 Outstanding Choreography

Susan Stroman, “The Scottsboro Boys,” The Old Globe

 Outstanding New Score

“Nobody Loves You,” music by Gaby Alter; lyrics by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter, The Old Globe

 Outstanding Dramatic Production

“An Iliad,” La Jolla Playhouse

“A Raisin in the Sun,” Moxie Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble

“A Raisin in the Sun,” Moxie Theatre

 Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male

Jeffrey Jones, “The Little Flower of East Orange,” Ion Theatre

 Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female

Catalina Maynard, “Julia,” Ion Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female

Samantha Ginn, “Hickorydickory,” Moxie Theatre

 Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male

Phil Johnson, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Coronado Playhouse

Claudio Raygoza, “The Little Flower of East Orange,” Ion Theatre

 Outstanding New Play

“The Recommendation,” Jonathan Caren, The Old Globe

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, “Topdog/Underdog,” Ion Theatre

 Outstanding Sound Design

Mark Bennett, “An Iliad,” La Jolla Playhouse

Shahrokh Yadegari, “Blood and Gifts,” La Jolla Playhouse

 Outstanding Costume Design

Deirdre Clancy, “Inherit the Wind,” The Old Globe

Shirley Pierson, “Parade,” Cygnet Theatre

 Outstanding Lighting Design

Scott Zielinski, “An Iliad,” La Jolla Playhouse

 Outstanding Scenic Design

Jennifer Brawn Gittings, “Hickorydickory,” Moxie Theatre

 Outstanding Projection Design

Ian Wallace, “Tortilla Curtain,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

 Actor of the Year

Mark Christopher Lawrence, for his outstanding performances in both “A Raisin in the Sun,” Moxie Theatre, and “Topdog/Underdog,” Ion Theatre

 Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company

Moxie Theatre for its 2012 productions of “A Raisin in the Sun,” “The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek,” and “Hickorydickory”

Outstanding Young Artist/Sandra Ellis-Troy Scholarship

Dylan Hoffinger, for a body of 2012 work that included roles in “Parade,” Cygnet Theatre; “Harmony, Kansas,” Diversionary Theatre; and “Zoot Suit,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

 Outstanding Solo Performance

Henry Woronicz, “An Iliad,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Featured Musical Performance in a Play

Brian Ellingsen, “An Iliad,” La Jolla Playhouse

 Outstanding Technical Achievement

“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” La Jolla Playhouse. Team: Robert Brill, scenic design; Basil Twist, puppetry; Paul Tazewell, costumes; Michael Walton, lighting; Steve Canyon Kennedy, sound design; Sean Nieuwenhuis, projections

Outstanding Orchestrations

Lynne Shankel, “Allegiance,” The Old Globe

Outstanding Special Event

“The Car Plays,” La Jolla Playhouse, Without Walls series

 

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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, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

The organization's major event is an awards program held each January, 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 San Diego arts philanthropists, including Donald & Darlene Shiley, Danah H. Fayman, Audrey Geisel, The Harvey & Sheryl White Foundation, Osborn & Dea Hurston, Jay & Julie Sarno, Yolanda Braunagel and Ted & Trina Kaplan.


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