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Huzzah! Cleveland Scene Theater Awards, 2018 

Complete with a virtual, solid-gold statuette for every single winner!

"Passing Strange"

Photo Courtesy Karamu House

"Passing Strange"

Ever since we got our first participation ribbon for archery at day camp, we've all been hooked on awards. And why not? Our poor egos take such a battering every day, it's wonderful when someone stops and tells everyone, "Hey, you did good!" The following theaters and individuals did real good last year.

BEST PLAYS OF THE YEAR

Boogieban, None Too Fragile Theater

The Royale, Cleveland Play House

Memphis, Cain Park

Jane Eyre, Cleveland Musical Theatre

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Beck Center

Passing Strange, Karamu House

Grounded, Dobama Theatre

Hamilton, Playhouse Square

Don Quijote, New World Performance Lab

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR

Nicole Sumlin, Memphis, Cain Park

Kelvette Beacham, Caroline or Change, Mercury Theatre Company

Anjanette Hall, Grounded, Dobama Theatre

Robert Hunter, Jelly Belly, Ensemble Theatre

Douglas F. Bailey, Memphis, Cain Park

Jairo Cuesta, Don Quijote, New World Performance Lab

Jeannine Gaskin, In the Blood, Convergence-Continuum Theater

Sam Johnson, Oklahoma!, Porthouse Theatre

Robert Ellis, Sweat, Cleveland Play House

Dana Hart, East of Eden, Ensemble Theatre

BEST DUO PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR

Derdriu Ring and Michael Mauldin, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Beck Center

David Peacock and Travis Teffner, Boogieban, None Too Fragile Theater

Scott Esposito and his puppet named Rod, Avenue Q, Blank Canvas Theatre

Lynn Robert Berg and Erin Partin, Macbeth, Great Lakes Theater

Mary Francis Miller and Ananias J. Dixon, Sunset Baby, Dobama Theatre

Catherine Albers and Dorothy Silver, John, Dobama Theatre

BEST DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR

Donald Carrier, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Beck Center

Martin Friedman, Merrily We Roll Along, Lakeland Civic Theatre

Nathan A. Lilly, Passing Strange, Karamu House

Terri Kent, Anything Goes, Porthouse

Miles J. Sternfeld, Jane Eyre, Cleveland Musical Theater

Pierre-Jacques Brault, Caroline or Change, Mercury Theatre Company

James Slowiak, Don Quijote, New World Performance Lab

Justin Emeka, Sunset Baby, Dobama Theatre

Laura Kepley, Sweat, Cleveland Play House

Sean Derry, Boogieban, None Too Fragile Theater

Robert Barry Fleming, The Royale, Cleveland Play House

Ian Wolfgang Hinz, Jelly Belly, Ensemble Theatre

Greg Cesear, Plath and Orion, Cesear's Forum

Laley Lippard, The Effect, Dobama Theatre

BEST CHOREOGRAPHERS OF THE YEAR

Martin Cespedes, Jane Eyre, Cleveland Musical Theatre

Mary Ann Black, Anything Goes, Porthouse Theatre

John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Oklahoma!, Porthouse Theatre

Leilani Barrett, Memphis, Cain Park

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR

Jonathan Swoboda, Next to Normal, Porthouse Theatre

Jordan Cooper, Memphis, Cain Park

Matt Dolan, Avenue Q, Blank Canvas Theatre

Jennifer Korecki, Oklahoma!, Porthouse Theatre

BEST SCENIC DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR

Aaron Benson, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Beck Center

Cameron Michalak, John, Dobama Theatre

Jason Ardizzone-West, The Royale, Cleveland Play House

Douglas Puskas, Ella Enchanted, Dobama Theatre

Inda Blatch-Geib, Sassy Mamas, Karamu House

Don McBride, Shrek, Beck Center

BEST COSTUME DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR

Kim Krumm Sorenson, Macbeth, Great Lakes Theater

Inda Blatch-Geib, Sassy Mamas, Karamu House

Martha Hally, Pride and Prejudice, Great Lakes Theater

Sydney Gallas, Jane Eyre, Cleveland Musical Theatre

BEST SOUND DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR

Matthew Webb, Macbeth, Great Lakes Theater

Daniel Perelstein, The Invisible Hand, Cleveland Play House

Brian Kenneth Armour, Boogieban, None Too Fragile Theatre

Jeremy Dobbins, The Effect, Dobama Theatre

Jane Shaw, The Royale, Cleveland Play House

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR

Rick Martin, Macbeth, Great Lakes Theater

Marcus Dana, Grounded, Dobama Theatre

Benjamin Gantose, Jane Eyre, Cleveland Musical Theatre

Michael Boll, The Invisible Hand, Cleveland Play House

Adam Ditzer, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Beck Center

Alan C. Edwards, The Royale, Cleveland Play House

BEST PROJECTION DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR

T. Paul Lowry, Ella Enchanted, Dobama Theatre

Brittany Merenda, Shrek, Beck Center

BEST THEATER FOR UNDER-SERVED GROUPS

Cleveland Public Theatre, which continues to create new and exciting opportunities for often-marginalized populations. These include the Y-Haven Theater Project for formerly homeless men; Teatro Publico de Cleveland, a local Latino theater company; Brick City Theater for youths aged 5-14 and family members who live in public housing; and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi for Arabic-speaking communities. They do all this (and much more) in addition to mounting a full menu of produced plays for their regularly scheduled season.

Once again in 2018, these organizations and individuals proved how vibrant and vital the theater scene is here in Cleveland. They've all been so darn good I'm also including soft virtual cleaning cloths so they can polish their virtual statuettes. Enjoy!

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