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UNCW Theatre ‘Stars’ Earn Wilmington Theater Award Nominations

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The UNCW Department of Theatre made a strong showing in this year’s Wilmington Theater Awards, with faculty, students and alumni being nominated in 11 categories. The awards honor stellar performances from the best shows of 2014. Nominations were based on recommendations by StarNews theater critics and local theater companies.

“I am pleased with how well represented in these nominations our UNCW's theatre alumni, current students, faculty and staff are,” said Thomas Salzman, chair of the UNCW Department of Theatre (pictured). “It showcases the range of talent that we have at our school and in our community.”

UNCW theater department’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 received four nominations, including best play.

“I am extremely proud that UNCW’s production of this extraordinary new work was recognized by the nominating committee,” said associate professor Anne Berkeley, who is a best director nominee for We Are Proud to Present….

Other UNCW nominees:

Best Actor, Play:  theatre major Phillip Antonino as Joker in Gallery, Browncoat Theatre, and Robb Mann ’01 as Mark Rothko in Red, Thalian Association.

Best Actress, Play:  Susan Auten ’04 as Phoebe Craddock in Romantic Comedy, Big Dawg Productions, and theatre major Ashley Burton as Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green.

Supporting Actor, Play: Rickie Smalls Jr. ’14 as Actor 2/Black Man in We Are Proud to Present..., UNCW Department of Theatre, and Jacob Keohane ’14 as Harvey Dent in Gallery, Browncoat Theatre.

Supporting Actor, Musical: Adam Poole ’10 as Jack/Jesus in Reefer Madness, Cape Fear Theatre Arts.

Supporting Actress, Play: UNCW part-time faculty member Mirla Criste as Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Thalian Association.

Best Newcomer: UNCW part-time faculty Mirla Criste as Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Thalian Association, and theatre major Matt Carter for roles in The Dialogues of Strange Bedfellows, Browncoat Theatre; Forget About It, Up All Night, UNCW STAGE Co. and Browncoat Theatre; The Write Stuff, UNCW STAGE Co.; The Comedy of Errors, Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green; and The Doctor in Spite of Himself, UNCW Department of Theatre.

Set Design: guest artist Pegi Marshall-Amundsen, Ubu Rex, UNCW Department of Theatre; assistant professor Max Lydy, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, UNCW Department of Theatre; and Joseph Ross Helton ’12 and Jacob Keohane ’14, Gallery, Browncoat Theatre.

Costumes: UNCW associate professor Mark Sorensen, Ubu Rex, UNCW Department of Theatre.

Lighting Design: guest artist Maria Shaplin, We Are Proud to Present..., UNCW Department of Theatre, and theatre department chair Thomas Salzman, Middletown, UNCW Department of Theatre.

Best actor nominee Robb Mann ’01, classroom operations and special events manager for UNCW’s information technology systems, said, “It’s humbling to be nominated, especially with so many good performances this year by many other deserving actors.”

Nominations were announced Nov. 24 at TheatreNow. Winners will be revealed Jan. 14 during an awards ceremony at Thalian Hall Center. The public will be able to vote for nominees through Dec. 19 at www.StarNewsOnline.com/theatervote.