UNCW Congratulates Wilmington Theater Award Winners

Thursday, January 15, 2015

UNCW students, faculty and alumni made a strong showing in this year’s StarNews Media Wilmington Theater Awards, which honored stellar performances from the best shows of 2014. Nominations were based on recommendations by StarNews theater critics and local theater companies.

The winners included UNCW Department of Theatre majors Phillip Antonino, a senior, and Matt Carter, a junior. Antonino won Best Actor in a Play for his role as Joker in “Gallery,” produced by Browncoat Theatre. Carter won Best Newcomer for his roles in various productions, including: “The Doctor in Spite of Himself,” a UNCW production.

Alumni Joseph Ross Helton ’12, UNCW theatre scene shop supervisor, and Jacob Keohane ’14 won the award for Best Set Design for their work on “Gallery,” which was named Best Play. Shane Fernando ’00 won Best Director of a Musical for “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” by Cape Fear Theatre Arts.

UNCW Theatre Department faculty member Mark Sorensen won the award for Best Costume Design for his work on the UNCW production “Ubu Rex.” Mirla Criste, also a theatre faculty member, won Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her role as Cassandra in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” produced by the Thalian Association. 

“We are proud to be part of a vibrant and growing Wilmington Theatre community. Our congratulations go out to all of the winners and nominees of this year’s Wilmington Theatre Awards," said Thomas Salzman, chair, Department of Theatre. "Once again our faculty, staff, alumni and current students were well represented in a variety of categories both onstage and behind the scenes. This is but one measure of the success of our programs.”