Art To Enchant

The winners of the 2010-2011 Austin Critics Table Awards

Kirk Lynn (l) and Peter Stopschinski
Kirk Lynn (l) and Peter Stopschinski
Photo by John Anderson

On Monday, June 6, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club. This year's event was the 19th presentation by this informal association of local arts writers and the 10th anniversary of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. In recognition of the milestone, a special class of 25 honorees were inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously (see "First Generation," June 3).

In the awards themselves, Zach Theatre's The Drowsy Chaperone took top honors with five awards. Recognized with four honors each were the Rude Mechanicals' original musical I've Never Been So Happy; Salvage Vanguard Theater's Heddatron, which won three awards and a special citation; and Conspirare's concert series Renaissance & Response: Polyphony Then and Now. Overall, 48 productions, exhibits, works, or artists were recognized.

Critics participating in this year's awards, covering the period from May 3, 2010, to April 30, 2011, were the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts), and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts). Obligatory ethical note: Critics refrain from voting in any category in which the critic or a family member was nominated.


Production, Drama

Spirits To Enforce, Capital T Theatre

Production, Comedy

Becky's New Car, Zach Theatre

Production, Musical (Tie)

The Drowsy Chaperone, Zach Theatre

Shannon Grounds
Shannon Grounds
Photo by John Anderson

I've Never Been So Happy, Rude Mechanicals

Theatrical Event

You Wouldn't Know Her, She Lives in London, The Hidden Room Theatre/Look Left Look Right


Kaitlin Hopkins, All Shook Up/The Wild Party

Mark Pickell, Bug/Hunter Gatherers

Acting in a Leading Role

Martin Burke, The Drowsy Chaperone

Barbara Chisholm, Red Hot Patriot

Lauren Lane, Becky's New Car/August: Osage County

Tommy Grubbs
Tommy Grubbs
Photo by John Anderson

Nigel O'Hearn, At Home at the Zoo

Richard Robichaux, The Imaginary Invalid

Acting in a Supporting Role

Joshua Denning, Rent

Shannon Grounds, MilkMilkLemonade

Meredith McCall, The Drowsy Chaperone

Robert Pierson, Heddatron

Ensemble Performance

I've Never Been So Happy, Rude Mechanicals

David Mark Cohen New Play Award

Barbara Chisolm
Barbara Chisolm
Photo by John Anderson

I've Never Been So Happy, Kirk Lynn and Peter Stopschinski

Music Direction

Peter Stopschinski, I've Never Been So Happy


Robin Lewis, The Drowsy Chaperone/All Shook Up/Rent/The Wild Party

Touring Show

Black Watch, National Theatre of Scotland, presented by Texas Perform­ing Arts


Scenic Design

Tommy Grubbs and Mark Pickell, Bug

Costume Design

Susan Branch Towne, The Drowsy Chaperone/All Shook Up

Lighting Design

Natalie George, Baal/Heddatron

Sound Design

Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson
Photo by John Anderson

Brett Hamann, Spirits To Enforce

Video Design

Lee Webster, Heddatron

Visual Art

Museum Exhibition

"Advancing Traditions: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press," Austin Museum of Art, Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark L. Smith, curators

Solo Gallery Exhibition

"New Works: Eric Zimmerman," Austin Museum of Art

Group Gallery Exhibition

"SUBstainability," Gallery I & II, Texas State, Mary Mikel Stump and Andy Campbell, curators

Work of Art: Video Art

1:1, Jessica Mallios, 2011 Texas Biennial

Work of Art: Independent or Public Project

Untitled Nothing Factory, Amanda Ross-Ho, UT Visual Arts Center

Work of Art: One of a Kind

Lauren Lane
Lauren Lane
Photo by John Anderson

The Specious Present at 700 Congress, Ryan Hennessee, Arthouse

Work of Art: Installation

The Mending Project, Beili Liu, Women & Their Work


Beili Liu

Classical Music

Symphonic Performance

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Austin Symphony with Pepe Romero, Austin Goes Classical

Chamber Performance (TIE)

Adam Holzman with the Miró Quartet, Austin Goes Classical

Convivencia: The Three Worlds of Renaissance Spain, Texas Early Music Project

Choral Performance

Renaissance & Response: Polyphony Then and Now, Conspirare


Julie Nathanielsz
Julie Nathanielsz
Photo by John Anderson

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Austin Lyric Opera and Austin Chamber Music Center


David Farwig, Renaissance & Response: Polyphony Then and Now

Abigail H. Lennox, Renaissance & Response: Polyphony Then and Now

Matthew Treviño, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Original Composition/Score

Songs of the Soul, Robert Kyr


Anne Akiko Meyers, violin, with the Austin Symphony


Aeolus Quartet

Special Citations

John Bustin Award for conspicuous Versatility

Jude Hickey

W.H. "Deacon" Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work

Nigel O'Hearn
Nigel O'Hearn
Photo by John Anderson

Jon Wayne Martin, St. Edward's University

Cosmetic Metamorphosis Award

Amelia Turner for her makeup for MilkMilkLemonade

Inimitable Four-Play Award

The Miró Quartet for its 15 years with Sandy Yamamoto, Daniel Ching, Joshua Gindele, and John Largess

Audience Engagement Award

Rubber Repertory for Biography of Physical Sensation

These Are the Droids You're Looking For Award

Dustin Wills, Megan Ruthven, Chad La Guardia, Kyle Lagunas, Jennymarie Jemison, and Cyndi Williams for the robots in Heddatron

Power Chord Award

Austin Goes Classical, Graham Reynolds, and all the students and teachers involved in the Guitar Foundation of America youth ensemble performance of "Powerman"

Ears Wide Open Award

Texas Performing Arts for its adventurous bookings of classical music

True State-ment Award

2011 Texas Biennial and curator Virginia Rutledge


Dance Concert

Parampara II, Austin Dance India

Short Work

"Working the Line," Julie Nathanielsz/The Meeting Point, Fusebox Festival


Theresa Hardy, One

Travis Knights, Voices of Rhythm/Are You Listening to Me?

Aara Krumpe, "silence within silence"/La Sylphide

Ensemble Performance

Kai, Ballet Austin

Touring Show

Cédric Andrieux, Jérôme Bel, presented by Fusebox Festival

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