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The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards

Top honors to Capital T's Year of the Rooster, Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, and Vortex's Terminus

By Robert Faires, May 27, 2016, Arts

Capital T Theatre had a reason to crow at the Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony on Monday, winning three awards for its staging of the dark cockfighting comedy Year of the Rooster, but the night was just as exxx-cellent for the Mary Moody Northen Theatre's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Vortex Repertory Company's Terminus, both of which also received a trio of prizes from the association of area arts scribes at its 24th presentation of honors.

Eight more works were recognized for notable artistic achievements in two areas: Austin Playhouse's Disgraced; Austin Shake­speare's Medea; Butler Opera Center's At the Statue of Venus/Three Decembers; Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's True Story; Hyde Park Theatre's The Night Alive; Ebony Stewart and the Vortex's Hunger; Tapestry Dance Company's In Your Shoes; and Zach Theatre's Sophisticated Ladies. In all, the Critics Table distributed honors in 40 categories this year, as well as welcoming three more local creatives – Peter Bay, Stephen Mills, and Cookie Ruiz – into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame.

Critics participating in this year's awards – covering the period from May 1, 2015, to April 30, 2016 – were the American-States­man's Andrew J. Friedenthal (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts), and the Chron­icle's H.C. Arnold (visual arts), Eliza­beth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Shan­on Weaver (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts).


Production, Drama

Terminus, Vortex Repertory Company

Production, Comedy

Year of the Rooster, Capital T Theatre

Production, Musical (tie)

She Loves Me, Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Tortoise & Hare, Summer Stock Austin


David Long, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Acting in a Leading Role

Franchelle Dorn, Medea

Jason Liebrecht, Year of the Rooster

Jennifer Underwood, Terminus

Ben Wolfe, Disgraced

Acting in a Supporting Role

Crystal Bird Caviel, Disgraced

Tom Green, The Night Alive

Afra Hines, Sophisticated Ladies

Amber Quick, A Streetcar Named Desire

Michael Stuart, The Norwegians

Ensemble Performance

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Music Direction

Austin Haller, Sunday in the Park With George


Natasha Davison, The Wild Party

David Mark Cohen New Play Award (tie)

Hunger, Ebony Stewart

Tender Rough Rough Tender, Sarah Saltwick


Dance Concert

True Story, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company

Short Work

"Motherwell Amor," Erick Hawkins Dance Company/Shay Ishii Dance Company


Charles O. Anderson/Kathy Dunn Hamrick/Lisa Nicks/Kate Warren, More Than One Complication


Michael Love, In Your Shoes

D. Poet Powell, True Story

Ashley Lynn Sherman, Desire/Hamlet


Matt Shields & Tony Merriwether, Sophisticated Ladies


Tapestry Dance Company, In Your Shoes


Scenic Design

David Molina-Garza, The Diary of Anne Frank

Costume Design

Jenny McNee & Jennifer Rose Davis, The History of King Lear

Lighting Design

Patrick Anthony, Year of the Rooster/Hunger/Terminus/Medea/Marie Antoinette

Sound Design

Robert S. Fisher, The Night Alive/Gusev/The Realistic Joneses

Video/Projection Design

Eliot Gray Fisher, The Warriors: A Love Story


Museum Exhibition

"Strange Pilgrims," The Contemporary Austin

Solo Gallery Exhibition (tie)

"Seth Orion Schwaiger: Complex I," Pump Project

"Jade Walker: Four Cornered," Galleries I & II, Texas State University

Group Gallery Exhibition

"The Contemporary Print," PrintAustin

Work of Art: Independent or Public Project

Field Constructs Design Competition, Rachel Adams, Catherine Gavin, and Igor Siddiqui

Work of Art: installation

Hurlyburly, Orly Genger, Waller Creek Conservancy/The Contemporary Austin

Gallery, Body of Work

grayDUCK Gallery


Symphonic Performance

Compassion, Austin Symphony Orchestra with Lior

Chamber Performance

Traffic Jam, Steve Parker

Choral Performance

Considering Matthew Shepard, Conspirare


At the Statue of Venus/Three Decembers, Butler Opera Center


Karen Slack, Aida

Julia Taylor, Three Decembers

Original Composition/Score

"In the Face of Trouble," Graham Reynolds


Keith Womer, Start the New Year With Bach!


La Follia Austin Baroque


John Bustin Award for Conspicuous Versatility

Marc Pouhé

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

Cheyenne Barton, St. Edward's University

Matt Buzonas, St. Edward's University

Maureen Fenninger, St. Edward's University

Site for Sore Eyes Award

Illusory Impressions and Lumen, for their invigorating collaborations of dance and music in site-specific performance

Best Face on it Award

Tara Cooper, for her exquisite masks of the Simpsons characters in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Outside the Box (and String) Award

Physical Plant & Parallelogramophonograph for their pioneering collaboration in improvisational drama

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