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Cornish Community Well Represented in Gypsy Rose Lee Awards

Cornish Community Well Represented in Gypsy Rose Lee Awards

: Gypsy Rose Lee Award-winner Hanna Mootz in Elizabeth Heffron's "Bo-Nita" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo by Nate Watters.

Mootz, Hoffer, Abaoag and Thone lead Cornish winners in the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards.

It’s still the top of the year, and that means award show season. In Seattle, excellence in the theater is rewarded by the Seattle Theater Writers with their Gypsy Rose Lee Awards.

This year the Cornish community was well represented, especially in the awards for acting. For her work in the Cornish-rich debut of facutly member Elizabeth Heffron’s Bo-Nita Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor (Female) went to Hannah Mootz (TH ‘11), who tied in the voting with Shellie Shulkin for August: Osage County at the Balagan Theatre. Jerick Hoffer (TH ‘10) added yet another bauble to his mantlepiece for Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor (Male) in a large budget production for his work in the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Balagan Theatre. In the small production subcategory of the same award, Jose Abaoag (TH ‘99) was awarded best lead actor for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Seattle Public Theater.

Another tie occurred for Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor (Male) in a large budget show where Cornish alumnus John Q. Smith (TH ‘95) won for his work in August: Osage County shared with Eric Polani Jensen for Les Miserables at the Village Theatre. The distaff award, Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor (Female), large budget was taken away by Cornish faculty member Amy Thone and Seattle theater fixture didn’t need to share a thing for her work in The Trial at the New Century Theatre Company, taking the award for Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor (Female) in a large budget show.

Plays that won featuring cast members from Cornish included Trouble in Mind at the Intiman Theatre Festival for Excellence in Production of a Play, large budget, and The Wild Party at Sound Theatre Company for Excellence in Production of a Musical. Cornish cast members also were seen in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at the Seattle Public Theater which took Excellence in Production of a Play, small budget.

Distinguished nominees from the community included faculty member and alumna Gretta Harley (TH ‘02) for her musical compositions in These Streets at ACT, Elizabeth Heffron for her new play Bo-Nita, Emily Chisholm (TH ‘04) for her starring role in Sugar Daddies at ACT, Mariel Neto (TH ‘09) for her work in Red Light Winter at Azeotrope, Sara L. Porkalob (TH) and Tim Smith-Stewart (TH ‘10) for their work in the cast of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Seattle Public Theatre, Montana Tippett (TH ‘11) for her set designs for reWilding at the Satori Group, and finally Cornish guest artists Kelly Ketchens for her direction of The Understudy at Seattle Public Theatre and Kathryn Van Meter for her choreography for Xanadu at the Village Theatre.

The Gypsy Rose Lee Awards are presented by the Seattle Theater Writers. Founded in 2011 by Miryam Gordon and comprised of local writers and reviewers, Seattle Theater Writers is a group dedicated to raising public awareness of theater practitioners and the work produced by professional Equity and non-Equity theater organizations. Born from this mission are the annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, recognizing excellence in Seattle theater across 29 categories-the most comprehensive and inclusive local theater awards to date!


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