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The 14th Richmond Theater Community Circle Awards (Artsies) (formerly Richmond Theater Critics Circle Awards) returned as an in-person event to recognize excellence in Richmond-area theatre. The theme of this year’s event – “We are still here” – is a testament to the remarkable tenacity and resilience of arts and arts organizations throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only is the Artsies the community’s recognition of excellence in Richmond-area theater, it is also the premier fundraising event for the Theater Artist Fund of Greater Richmond (Fund). The Fund provides emergency financial assistance to theater artists who have experienced exceptional financial need related to a particular crisis beyond their control. Since its inception, the Artsies has raised $89,446.24 for the Fund, which has awarded 21 grants totaling $30,468 to artists in need.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, professional theaters in the Richmond area staged a number of remarkable productions – and audiences turned out to see them. Swift Creek Mill Theater walked away with an impressive seven wins, including six for its production of ‘Murder for Two’, which was also Artsies’ most winning production. The production won Best Musical and both awards in New Best Leading Performance in a Musical Category, which went to Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge and Mark Schenfisch. Anne Michelle Forbes also won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for her performance in “Winter Wonderettes.”

Virginia Repertory Theater (Virginia Rep) won ten Artsies, most for its production of “Mamma Mia!”. “Mom Mia!” received five awards, including Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, which went to Gray Garrett. The show also won awards for Best Choreography for Ashleigh King; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a Musical for Sue Griffin and Marcia Miller Hailey’s costumes; Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a Musical for the Set by Josafath Reynoso; and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design in a Musical for Sound by Jacob Mishler. Two Artsies went to Virginia Rep partner Cadence Theatre, whose cast won the Ernie McClintock Award for Best Acting Ensemble for their performance in “Small Mouth Sounds,” which was also honored for outstanding achievement in sound design in a play for the sound of Joey Luck. The three awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Play went to Virginia Rep: one to Laine Satterfield for her performance in “Pipeline”, one to Catherine Schaffner for her role in “A Doll’s House, Part 2” and one to Joy Williams for his work in “Barefoot in the Park”.

Richmond Triangle Players’ three awards recognized his production of “Sugar in Our Wounds”, including Best Play, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design in a Play for Steven Koehler’s Lighting and Outstanding Achievement in Set Design in a room for William Luther’s decor.

The Firehouse Theater production of “The Barber of Moville” was honored as Outstanding Original Work. Firehouse also won awards for Best Lead Performance in a Play for Jamar Jones’ performance in “Fires in the Mirror” and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in a Play for Margarette Joyner’s costumes. for the same show.

The other award for Best Lead Performance in a Play went to Alec Beard for his performance in Quill’s one-man show, “An Iliad.” Although two theater companies did not survive the pandemic, they each won an award. The Illuminated Stage Theater Company received the award for Best Direction of a Play for Julie Fulcher-Davis’ work on “Every Brilliant Thing.” Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew won for Breakout Performance for her role in TheatreLAB’s “The Niceties.”

“’I walked through the fire. I went through the flood. I succeeded, and you too. The words of this spiritual old man could have been written to describe the resilience of the Richmond theater community,” said Julinda Lewis, President of RTCC. “We have been through a lot in the past two years. We took a few hits, but we’re still here, standing together.

Best Musical

“Murder for Two”

Swift Creek Mill Theater

Best Direction, Musical

Tom width

“Murder for Two”

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge

“Murder for Two”

Best Lead Performance – Musical

Marc Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Anne-Michelle Forbes

“Winter wonders”

Best Supporting Performance – Musical

Garrett Gray

“Mom Mia!”

Best Musical Direction

Marc Schenfisch

“Murder for Two”

Best Choreography

Ashley King

“Mom Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Musical

Sue Griffin and Marcia Miller Hailey

“Mom Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Music

Joe Doran

“Murder for Two”

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Musical

Josafath Reynoso

“Mom Mia!”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Musical

Jacob Michler

“Mom Mia!”

best game

“Sugar in our wounds”

Richmond Triangle Players

Best Direction, Playing

Julie Fulcher Davis

“Every Shining Thing”

Best Principal Performance, Play

Alec’s Beard

“An Iliad”

Best Principal Performance, Play

jamar jones

“Fires in the Mirror”

Best supporting performance, play

Satterfield wool

“Pipeline”

Best supporting performance, play

Catherine Schaffner

“A Dollhouse, Part 2”

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Acting

Margaret Joyner

“Fires in the Mirror”

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Play

Steven Kohler

“Sugar in our wounds”

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Acting

William Luther

“Sugar in our wounds”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Game

lucky joey

“Little Mouth Sounds”

Ernie McClintock Award for Best Actor Ensemble 2022

The cast members of the Cadence Theatre, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, production of “Small Mouth Sounds” are honored for their outstanding performance as a cohesive and compelling ensemble:

Larry Cook

Marisa Guida

Jenny Hundley

Lauren Leinhaas-Cook

Maura Mazurowski

Jim Morgan

Adam Valentine

Outstanding performance

Mikayla LaShae Barthélemy

“The Kindnesses”

Outstanding original work

“The Barber of Moville”

fire station theater

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