2015 Craig Noel Award winners announced

La Jolla Playhouse’s “Come From Away,” Intrepid Theatre’s “Quality of Life” lead honorees

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 8, 2016) – The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announced the winners of its 14th annual Craig Noel Awards, which were presented Feb. 8, 2016, at the  Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in La Jolla.

Before an audience of nearly 500 theater industry members and patrons, more than 30 awards were given out by the members of the Critics Circle. Here’s the list:

Outstanding Dramatic Production

“The Quality of Life” – Intrepid Theatre Company

Outstanding New Play

“Blueprints to Freedom” – Michael Benjamin Washington, La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Resident Musical

“Dogfight” – Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding New Musical

“Come From Away,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Touring Production

“The White Snake” – The Old Globe

Don Braunagel Award for Achievement by a Small Theater

InnerMission Productions

Outstanding Young Artist Award

Elliot Weaver

Actor of the Year

  1. Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson
  2. Jeffrey Jones

Director of the Year

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Christy Yael-Cox – “The Quality of Life”, Intrepid Theatre Company

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley – “Come From Away,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Musical Direction

Elan McMahan – “Big Fish,” Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding Choreography

Colleen Kollar Smith – “West Side Story,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

Outstanding Original Score

Irene Sankoff & David Hein – “Come from Away,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Ensemble

1 “Come From Away,” La Jolla Playhouse

“2. The Quality of Life,” Intrepid Theatre Company

Outstanding Solo Performance

Hershey Felder – “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female

Victoria Strong – “The King and I,” The Welk Theatre\

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male

Robert J. Townsend – “La Cage aux Folles,” San Diego Musical Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male

James Vasquez – “La Cage aux Folles,” San Diego Musical Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female

Jenn Colella – “Come From Away,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male

Michael Benjamin Washington – “Blueprints to Freedom,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female

Sandy Campbell – “Master Class,” ion theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female

Dana Hooley – “The Birthday Party,” New Fortune Theatre Company

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male

Mike Sears – “Parlour Song,” Backyard Renaissance Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design

Gareth Owen – “Come From Away,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Costume Design

Jeanne Reith – “OZ,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design

Christopher Akerlind – “Indecent,” La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Scenic Design

  1. Alexander Dodge – “The Comedy of Errors,” The Old Globe
  2. Brian Redfern – “My Mañana Comes,” San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Projection Design

  1. Joe Huppert – “The Oldest Boy,” San Diego Repertory Theatre
  2. John Infante – “Big Fish,” Moonlight Stage Productions


Special thanks to these contributors for helping to make our presentation grand:

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

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