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


Movement

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


Choreographer

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


Opera

Dead Man Walking, Austin Lyric Opera


Singer, Female

Jenifer Thyssen, Earthly Delights


Singer, Male

Nikita Storojev, Boris Godunov


Instrumentalist

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


CITATIONS

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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