Wednesday, April 3, 2013

UNO Alumni Take Home Top Prizes at Big Easy Theater Awards

University of New Orleans theatre alumni took home top prizes last week from the 2013 Big Easy Theater Awards, which recognize achievement in live theatre. The winners were announced Wednesday, March 27 in The Gambit weekly newspaper.

UNO Master of Fine Arts alumnus Mike Harkins received a special recognition award at the event for his extensive work in sound design.

Best Musical – The Light in the Piazza, directed by UNO theatre alumnus Butch Caire and performed by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, won the Best Musical Theater Award. Kate Abreyo, a UNO music department alumna, acted in the production along with UNO alumni Scott Sauber and Peter Gabb. Diane Baas, UNO faculty and technical advisor and lighting director, served as the production's lighting designer.

Best Drama – A Streetcar Named Desire, which received 11 nominations, was co-produced by Southern Repertory Theatre and InSideOut, a theatre company comprised of UNO alumni.

Best Comedy – A Behanding in Spokane, directed by UNO alumna Ashley Ricord-Santos and produced by NOLA Project won. UNO alumna Natalie Boyd acted in the show.

Best Director of a Musical – UNO theatre alumnus Butch Caire won for his direction of The Light in The Piazza produced by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama – UNO alumna Ashley Ricord-Santos won for her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire produced by Southern Repertory Theatre and InSideOut, a theatre company comprised of UNO alumni.

The Big Easy Theater Awards are New Orleans' own version of the Tony Award, which recognizes achievement in live theatre, said David Hoover, chair of the University's Film and Theatre Department. This year, UNO students, staff and alumni were nominated in nearly every category.

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