August 19, 2013
Award Nominations Galore
: Timothy McCuen Pigee, Chicago, The Village Theatre. Photo by Jay Koh.
Cornish and the Cornish community figure heavily on the awards front with multiple nominations for Gregory Awards and Teenys.
In the past few weeks, nominations for the Gregory Awards and the Teeny Awards have come out. Cornish and its community are out front on both.
Gregory Awards. Instituted to honor late ACT artistic director, Gregory A. Falls, “The Gregory Awards are a set of honors dedicated to theatre in Washington State,” writes Theatre Puget Sound, the organization that Administers, funds and produces them. This year, the Gregory Awards will be presented at the Neptune Theatre on the evening of Monday, October 28, 2013. Live entertainment is promised.
Up for Outstanding Actor in a Musical are alum Jerick Hoffer (TH ’10) and Cornish theater faculty member Timothy McCuen Piggee. For Outstanding Supporting Actor, John Quince Smith (TH ’95), Don Darryl Rivera (TH ’06) and past Cornish faculty member Richard Gray are nominated. Diana Huey (TH ’08) and Amy Thone (theater faculty) are nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In the category of Outstanding New Play Cornish alum Kelleen Conway Blanchard (TH ’96) is nominated for Kittens in a Cage; Pullman Porter Blues by Cheryl L. West is also nominated, a play which was developed with the help of dramaturg and Theater and Humanities and Sciences faculty member Christine Sumption.
Teeny Awards. Cornish has been nominated for a Teeny in eight categories this year. The Teeny Awards are given each year by TeenTix, which is an arts access program that puts teenagers and arts organizations together by offering special-rate tickets to events and more. TeenTix helps “arts organizations connect with young audiences and we empower teenagers to engage with the arts on their own terms,” writes the organization on its website. “TeenTix was founded in 2004 by Seattle Center and in partnership with ten of the resident arts organizations on the Seattle Center campus. Its goal was – and is – to nurture the next generation of Seattle art audiences.”
Over 25,000 teens are invited to vote on the best in Seattle area arts and culture. Cornish is nominated in the following categories:
Best Box Office Experience
Best Dance Organization
Best Museum or Art Gallery
Best Music Organization
Best Dance Performance for Cornish Dance Theatre Fall 2012 Concert
Best Musical or Opera for Bat Boy! The Musical
Best Music Performance for Phillip Glass 75th Birthday Concert
The Teeny Awards for 2013 will be presented on Saturday, September 14 at 8 p.m. at ACT Theatre. They will be hosted by Lindy West, with “hot beats” by DJ J-Justice.
Other than Cornish itself, a number of other Teeny nominees have participants who are from the Cornish community. Nominee for best art exhibit, Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell, Henry Art Gallery; Jeffry Mitchell, 1999 Neddy
Artist Fellowship recipient.
Nominees for Best Dance Performance, Catherine Cabeen and Company for Fire at On The Boards, includes Catherine Cabeen (DA ’07), and KT Neihoff/Lingo Productions, includes former dance faculty KT Neihoff.
In the category of Best Musical or Opera, Altar Boyz, Seattle Musical Theatre, included Mark Tyler Miller (TH ’12) and Brett Brennan (TH ’11). Hairspray: The Concert, Seattle Men’s Chorus, featured Jerick Hofer (TH ’10). These Streets at ACT featured faculty member Gretta Harley (MU’02) along with John Q Smith (TH ’95), Gina Malvestuto (TH ’01), Eden Schwartz (TH ’11), Sammie Detzer (TH ’10), Evan Crocket (TH ’12) and Terri Weagant, faculty and alum (TH ’04). Cornish’s performance production department also figures heavily, with sets by Montana Tippett (PP ’11) and with the production reins held by stage manager Anna Gustafson (PP ’12). Also involved are former performance production student Brianna Larson and music student Ben Sobel (MU’10).
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