Honor Roll

The 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards

Acting in a Supporting Role, Amy Nichols,  <i>The Ultimate Christmas Musical: The Musical!</i>
Acting in a Supporting Role, Amy Nichols, The Ultimate Christmas Musical: The Musical! (Photo by Bret Brookshire)

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 Cap City Comedy Club. This year's ceremony, the 16th such presented by this informal association of local arts writers, began with the induction of Margie Coyle, Stan Haas, Don Howell, Craig Hella Johnson, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long, and Tina Marsh into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame.

In the awards themselves, the most honored works were Ballet Austin's Cult of Color: Call to Color, the original ballet based on the artwork of Trenton Doyle Hancock; and Zach Theatre's reinvention of Porgy and Bess, which won four awards and a Special Citation for Greg Bolin's arrangements. Also winning four awards was the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production of Full Circle, a satirical update of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Critics participating in this year's awards, covering the period from May 1, 2007, to April 30, 2008, were the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual arts), David Mead (music), Joey Seiler (theatre), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Salvador Castillo (visual arts), Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Amanda Douberley (visual arts), Michael Kellerman (music), Rachel Koper (visual arts), Nikki Moore (visual arts), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts). Obligatory ethical note: Critics refrained from nominating themselves or members of their families for any awards and refrained from voting in any category in which the critic or a family member was nominated.


Production, Drama

Death and the King's Horseman, Mary Moody Northen Theatre/ ProArts Collective

Production, Comedy

Full Circle, Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Production, Musical

Porgy and Bess, Zach Theatre


Jenny Larson, Voices Underwater/ You Are Pretty

Carlos Treviño, Matt Hislope, and Josh Meyer, A Thought in Three Parts

Acting in a Leading Role

Jill Blackwood, Carousel/Full Circle

Janelle Buchanan, Doubt

Jude Hickey, The Pillowman/ Io: a myth about you

Marc Pouhé, Death and the King's Horseman

Acting in a Supporting Role

Ken Bradley, The Pillowman

Cedric Neal, Porgy and Bess

Amy Nichols, The Ultimate Christmas Musical: The Musical!

Sound Design, Buzz Moran,  <i>Mud/Full Circle/Voices Underwater</i>
Sound Design, Buzz Moran, Mud/Full Circle/Voices Underwater (Photo by Bret Brookshire)

Angela Rawna, Doubt

Ensemble Performance

Fefu and Her Friends, UT Department of Theatre & Dance

David Mark Cohen New Play Award

Elephant's Graveyard, George Brant

Music Direction

Lyn Koenning, Carousel/Porgy and Bess/Assassins


Robin Lewis, Jesucristo Superestrella/Full Circle/Porgy and Bess/ On the Town

Touring Show, Theatre

Five in the Morning, Rotozaza, Fuse Box Festival


Scenic Design

Sarah Davidson, Fefu and Her Friends/Assassins

Costume Design

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Cult of Color: Call to Color

Lighting Design

Tony Tucci, Carousel/Cult of Color: Call to Color

Sound Design

Buzz Moran, Mud/Full Circle/ Voices Underwater

Video Design

Dutch Rall, Woman's Work: Reconstructions of Self


Dance Concert

Cult of Color: Call to Color, Ballet Austin

Woman's Work: Reconstructions of Self, Andee Scott

Short Work

"Soudain L'Hiver Dernier," Winter Tryst


Stephen Mills, Cult of Color: Call to Color


Anthony Casati, Cult of Color: Call to Color

Dancer, Anthony Casati,  <i>Cult of Color:  Call to Color</i>
Dancer, Anthony Casati, Cult of Color: Call to Color (Photo by Bret Brookshire)

Andee Scott, Woman's Work: Reconstructions of Self


Laura Cannon and Nicole Whiteside, Illumination/Constellation


A Midsummer Night's Dream, Paul Michael Bloodgood, Ashley Lynn, Allisyn Paino, Frank Shott


Symphonic Performance

Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Austin Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Performance

Faces of America: The Dark/Faces of America: The Light, Miró Quartet

Nobody Likes a Show-Off. Well, Maybe Just This Once, Austin Chamber Music Center

Choral Concert

The Odyssey, Austin Children's Choir

Original Composition/Score

"The American Nightmare – The Marriage of Church and State: A Dark Fantasia on Hymn and Patriotic Tunes," P. Kellach Waddle


Scot R. Cameron, St. Paul


William Doppmann, Adams: Phrygian Gates

Touring Classical

Chanticleer, St. Cecilia Music Series

Body of Work/Season

UT Butler School of Music John Adams series


Museum Exhibition

"Mike's World: Michael Smith & Joshua White (and other collaborators)," Blanton Museum of Art, curator: Annette Carlozzi

Solo Gallery Exhibition

"The Book of Lenny: Jonathan Marshall,"

Art Palace

Group Gallery Exhibition

"Radical Nautical," Gallery Lombardi

MIchelle Schumann, Chamber Performance, <i>Nobody Likes a Show-Off. Well,  Maybe Just  This Once</i>, Austin  Chamber  Music  Center
MIchelle Schumann, Chamber Performance, Nobody Likes a Show-Off. Well, Maybe Just This Once, Austin Chamber Music Center (Photo by Bret Brookshire)

"Serious Fun," Butridge Gallery

Independent Project

"I Am ___," Jackie Young and Cybil Gustafson, Art City Austin

Work of Art

Note to Self, Jill Pangallo, "New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch"

Gallery, Body of Work

Women & Their Work


Jill Pangallo

Touring Show, Art

"Jorge Macchi: The Anatomy of Melancholy," Blanton Museum of Art


John Bustin Award for Conspicuous Versatility

Joe York

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

Kimberley Adams, UT Department of Theatre & Dance

Libby Dees, St. Edward's University

Control Shift Award

David Justin, for his set changes in the American Repertory Ensemble performances

Bringing It Home Award

Soloists in The Odyssey

Plenty of Somethin' Award

Greg Bolin, for his arrangements for Porgy and Bess

White Knight Award

Cliff Redd

Thanks for the Memories Award

Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks

St. Joan of P'arc Award

Kevin Patterson of Austin Lyric Opera

Past, Present, and Future Award


Infinite Body of Energy Award

David Ohlerking and Austin Figurative Gallery

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