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.

Winners List:

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

Outstanding Choreography

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

Outstanding Ensemble

  • “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:

Darlene Shiley
Danah H. Fayman
The Seuss Foundation & Audrey Geisel
Harvey and Sheryl White
Yolanda Braunagel
Osborn and Dea Hurston
Jay and Julie Sarno
Ralph Johnson
Ted and Trina Kaplan  

Also:
Musical direction/orchestrations:
Justin Gray
Event photographer: Ion Moe
Stage manager: Debbie Luce
Slide show presenter: Leslie Crawford