2014 Craig Noel Award winners announced
Photo gallery from the event
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 9, 2015) – Lamb’s Players Theatre, Intrepid Shakespeare Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse came up big winners Monday, Feb. 9, at San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s 2014 Craig Noel Awards.
The 13th annual awards ceremony took place before an audience of nearly 500 theater professionals at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in La Jolla.This year’s ceremony celebrated the centennial of Craig Noel’s birth. The namesake for the Critics Circle’s annual awards — who died in 2010 — was revered for his decades-long efforts to build a rich and vibrant theater community in San Diego. This year’s winners were chosen from among 115 nominees at 17 professional theaters large and small, a proud reflection of his work.
Taking home the most awards Monday was Lamb’s Players Theatre for its box office smash “Les Misérables.”
Intrepid Shakespeare Company earned the annual Don Braunagel award and cash grant as the county’s outstanding small theater. It was honored, in part, for its stellar production of Arthur Miller’s post-war drama “All My Sons,” which also earned awards for Outstanding Dramatic Production and Outstanding Ensemble.
For only the third time in the history of the Craig Noel Awards, the Critics Circle gave out the “Producer of the Year” award, which honors a local theater producer who made a major impact on the local theater scene.
The 2014 honoree was Steve Glaudini, producing artistic director of Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista. Since he arrived two years ago, Glaudini has dramatically increased ticket sales and subscriptions as well as the theater’s profile and prestige with Broadway-quality productions.
La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory theatre shared three awards for the Without Wall production of Herbert Siguenza’s “El Henry” at the outdoor Makers Quarter in East Village. “El Henry” was also named the year’s best new play.
Two cast members of San Diego Musical Theatre’s “Next to Normal” picked up prizes: Bets Malone won for her lead performance as a mentally troubled suburban mom. High school student Lindsay Joan, who played Malone’s daughter, was honored as Outstanding Young Actor and was awarded a Sandra Ellis-Troy Scholarship.
New Fortune Theatre Co., which launched in 2014, took home two prizes for its’ production of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” a lead acting prize for Richard Baird and for its co-directors Baird and Matthew Henerson.
La Jolla Playhouse earned two design awards as well as an award for actor Patrick Page for its Disney musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which will open in March at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. And The Old Globe picked up the award for outstanding touring production by hosting Fiasco Theatre’s “Into the Woods,” which is now playing off Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre.
This year’s “Actor of the Year” honors went to two veteran local actors who played diverse and multiple roles in 2014.
Tom Stephenson was honored for his work in Intrepid’s “All My Sons,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “I Hate Hamlet” and his performances in New Village Arts’ “Circle Mirror Transformation” and Cygnet Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.”
Dana Hooley was honored for her roles in comedy, Shakespeare and Becket, including “The School for Lies” at North Coast Repertory Theatre, “Henry V” at New Fortune Theatre and “Happy Days” at Sledgehammer Theatre.
Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company
Intrepid Shakespeare Company
Producer of the Year
Steve Glaudini, producing artistic director for Moonlight Stage Productions
Actors of the Year
Tom Stephenson & Dana Hooley
Outstanding Young Actor
Lindsay Joan, for her work in San Diego Musical Theatre’s “Next to Normal”
Outstanding Musical Direction
Scott Lacy – “Les Misérables,” Lamb’s Players Theatre
Karl Warden – “Catch Me If You Can,” Moonlight Stage Productions
Outstanding Original Score
Bruno Louchouarn, “El Henry,” La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theatre
- “All My Sons,” Intrepid Shakespeare Company
- “Les Misérables,” Lamb’s Players Theatre
Outstanding Solo Performance
Mona Golabek – “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” San Diego Repertory Theatre
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female
Bets Malone – “Next to Normal,” San Diego Musical Theatre
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male
Brandon Joel Maier – “Les Misérables,” Lamb’s Players Theatre
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female
Kelsey Venter – “Les Misérables,” Lamb’s Players Theatre
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male
Patrick Page – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” La Jolla Playhouse
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male
Richard Baird – “Henry V,” New Fortune Theatre
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female
Hannah Logan – “Bug,” ion theatre
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female
Jacque Wilke – “Honky,” San Diego Repertory Theatre
Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male
Eddie Yaroch – “Enron,” Moxie Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design
Patrick Duffy – “Les Misérables,” Lamb’s Players Theatre
Outstanding Costume Design
Alina Bokovikova – “The School for Lies,” North Coast Repertory Theatre
Outstanding Lighting Design
Howell Binkley – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” La Jolla Playhouse
Outstanding Scenic Design
Alexander Dodge – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” La Jolla Playhouse
Outstanding New Play
Herbert Siguenza – “El Henry,” La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theatre
Outstanding Touring Production
“Into the Woods,” Fiasco Theatre at the Old Globe
Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Robert Smyth – “Les Misérables,” Lamb’s Players Theatre
Outstanding Resident Musical:
“Les Misérables,” Lamb’s Players Theatre
Outstanding Direction of a Play
- Sam Woodhouse – “El Henry,” La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theatre
- Richard Baird & Matthew Henerson – “Henry V,” New Fortune Theatre
Outstanding Dramatic Production
“All My Sons,” Intrepid Shakespeare Company
Special thanks to these contributors for helping to make our presentation grand:
Danah H. Fayman
The Seuss Foundation & Audrey Geisel
Harvey and Sheryl White
Osborn and Dea Hurston
Jay and Julie Sarno
Ted and Trina Kaplan
Musical direction/orchestrations: Justin Gray
Event photographer: Ion Moe
Stage manager: Debbie Luce
Slide show presenter: Leslie Crawford