Applause! Applause!

The 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards

On Monday, June 2, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club. This year's honors, the 11th such presented by this informal association of local arts writers who gather regularly for lunch, began with the second induction of artists and arts patrons into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. Twelve individuals were recognized, all of them having made remarkable contributions to the community in the areas of dance, classical music, theatre, visual art, and comedy.

In the awards, it was a banner year for the State Theater Company, which practically swept the Drama category and netted a total of 12 awards for its productions of Proof, Dinner With Friends, Mrs. Warren's Profession, and The Little Prince. Austin Musical Theatre was also among the most-favored recipients, winning nine awards for its productions of My Fair Lady and Sweet Charity. And Ballet Austin took home five awards for its productions of Touch, Giselle, and Peter Pan.

Participating critics for this year's awards, which covered the period from May 1, 2002, to April 30, 2003, were Austin American-Statesman staff reporters Michael Barnes and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); Statesman freelance writers Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), and Duncan Goodrich (art); and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), Barry Pineo (theatre), Erina Duganne (visual art), Madeline Irvine (visual art), and yours truly. Obligatory ethical note: Critics refrained from voting in any category in which they or a family member were nominated.

Production, Drama

Dinner With Friends, State Theater Company

Production, Comedy

Love! Valour! Compassion!, Zachary Scott Theatre Center

Production, Musical (tie)

My Fair Lady, Austin Musical Theatre

Sweet Charity, Austin Musical Theatre

Director, Drama

Scott Kanoff, Dinner With Friends/ Mrs. Warren's Profession

Director, Comedy

Ken Webster, Marion Bridge/ Something Someone Someplace Else

Director, Musical

Scott Thompson and Richard Byron, My Fair Lady/ Sweet Charity

Actress, Drama

Fran Dorn, Mrs. Warren's Profession

Actress, Comedy

Lana Dieterich, 16 Spells to Charm the Beast/Vigil

Actress, Musical (tie)

Luann Aronson, My Fair Lady

Leslie Stevens, Sweet Charity

Actor, Drama

Ron Berry, Dinner With Friends/ Proof

Actor, Comedy

Everett Quinton, Twisted Olivia

Actor, Musical

George McDaniel, My Fair Lady

Supporting Actress, Drama

Jessica Hedrick, Proof

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Bernadette Nason, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Supporting Actress, Musical

Cathie Sheridan, Into the Woods/Personals

Supporting Actor, Drama

Ev Lunning, The Kentucky Cycle

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Erik Parillo, Love! Valour! Compassion!

Supporting Actor, Musical

Gerard Lebeda, Hair

Ensemble Performance

c/o The Grove, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward's

David Mark Cohen New Play Award

The Kindermann Depiction, Steve Moore and Carlos Treviño

Original Score

MotherBone, Graham Reynolds

Musical Direction

Fred Barton, My Fair Lady/Sweet Charity


Scott Thompson, Richard Byron, and Kathleen Watkins, Sweet Charity

Scenic Design (tie)

Christopher McCollum, My Fair Lady/Mrs. Warren's Profession/Sweet Charity/Touch

David Potts, Dinner With Friends/ Proof/The Little Prince

Costume Design

Susan Branch, The Little Prince/ Love! Valour! Compassion!/ Smokey Joe's Cafe

Lighting Design

Jason Amato, Hair/Limonade Tous les Jours/Love! Valour! Compassion!/Smokey Joe's Cafe/The Well Inside

Sound Design

K. Eliot Haynes, The Kindermann Depiction

Touring Show, Theatre (tie)

Alegría, Cirque du Soleil

Nita and Zita, Blue Theater

Touring Show, Dance

Grupo Krapp, Dance Umbrella

Touring Show, Music

Richard Goode with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, UT-PAC

Dance Concert, Large

Touch, Ballet Austin

Dance Concert, Small to Medium

Sextet, Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks


Stephen Mills, Giselle/Touch

Dancer, Female

Gina Patterson, Giselle/Peter Pan/Touch

Dancer, Male

Chris Hannon, Peter Pan

Symphonic Concert

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, Austin Symphony

Chamber Concert

Veris Dulcis, Texas Early Music Project

Choral Concert

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, Chorus Austin


Dead Man Walking, Austin Lyric Opera

Singer, Female

Jenifer Thyssen, Earthly Delights

Singer, Male

Nikita Storojev, Boris Godunov


Bruce Williams, Berlioz: Harold in Italy/St. John Passion

Original Composition

Hymn to the Earth, Donald Grantham

Museum Exhibition

"Beyond the Academy: Encouraging New Talent From Texas," Arthouse

Solo Gallery Exhibition

"Michael Ray Charles: The Property of ...," D. Berman Gallery

Group Gallery Exhibition

"Digging Alone: Five Cuban Photographers," Gallery 106

Gallery, Body of Work

D. Berman Gallery

Artist, Female (tie)

Jill Bedgood

Beverly Penn

Artist, Male

Michael Ray Charles


John Bustin Award for Conspicuous Versatility

David Jones, 16 Spells to Charm the Beast/Something Someone Someplace Else

Deacon Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work

Brent Werzner, St. Edward's University

Collection of a Lifetime

Leo Steinberg and Jonathan Bober, The Leo Steinberg Collection, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art

Culmination of Artistry

Sally Jacques, The Scaffold Dance Trilogy

Water Into Wine Award

Kristian Klefstad, Gospel Mass

Mount Everest Award

Mary Moody Northen Theatre of St. Edward's University for The Kentucky Cycle

Outstanding Youth Performance

Paulina Reyes, The Little Prince

Creativity in Public Relations

The Bedlam Faction

Body of Work

Paul Norton, Twelfth Night/The Little Prince/The Merry Wives of Windsor/Mrs. Warren's Profession/Henry V

Austin Arts Hall of Fame 2003

Jim Ayres (University of Texas, Shakespeare at Winedale) -- company founder, director, educator

Wayne Bell (University of Texas, retired) -- architect, educator, civic leader

Morris Beachy (University of Texas, retired) -- company founder, conductor, educator

Oscar Brockett (University of Texas, retired) -- author, educator

Walter Ducloux (Austin Lyric Opera, University of Texas, deceased) -- company founder, singer, educator

Kelly Fearing (University of Texas, retired) -- artist, educator

Alfred and Ellen King (community) -- philanthropists, civic leaders

Gina Lalli (community) -- dancer, actor, educator, volunteer

Joseph McClain (Austin Lyric Opera) -- company founder, director, educator

Lyova Rosanoff (Esther's Follies) -- composer, accompanist, comedian

Ralph White (University of Texas, retired) -- artist, educator

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