Most Valuable Players
A Guide to Austin Stage Actors
Ev Lunning Jr.
On the scene since: 1983
MVP for: Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Recent Roles: Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, MMNT, 2001; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, MMNT, 2000; William Snelgrave, One Flea Spare, School of Night, 2000; Mayor Shinn, The Music Man, Austin Musical Theatre, 2000; Coach, That Championship Season, Onstage, 2000.
Honors: Critics Table nominations, The Homecoming & The Brothers Karamazov.
A professional actor both in name and reality: A member of the union Actor's Equity, he's as hard-working a performer as you'll run across. Teaches voice, acting, and speech at St. Edward's and somehow manages to find time to direct and act as well. The passion he feels for his craft translates into an onstage vigor that makes him a forceful figure, and his rigorous intelligence regularly shines through in his work: keenly seen in roles such as One Flea Spare's aristocratic William Snelgrave and Shaw's elocutionary elitist Henry Higgins.