The OnStage Critics Circle Awards 2013-2014
Named their Favorites!
The OnStage Critics Circle, an organization of reviewers in Fairfield County, has named The Clean House at The Ridgefield Theater Barn their Favorite Play of the 2013-2014 Season. In addition, they chose Julie Bell Petrak as their Favorite Director of a Play for her work on the production.
We are so proud of everyone involved in the show, and all of our performers and crew members who brought our entire season to life this past year. The theater community in Fairfield County is so rich with talent, with so many theaters presenting professional quality work, we feel honored just to have been among the nominees. We are humbled by the win. We offer our sincere congratulations to all the winners and nominees. For a full list, you can visit The OnStage Critics Circle website.
In addition, the Ridgefield Theater Barn also received the following nominations:
August Osage County (Fan Favorite Play)
Becky's New Car (Favorite Actress in a Play - Maria DeVries)
The Clean House (Favorite Supporting Actress in a Play - Melinda Zupaniotis, Favorite Scenic Design - Kevin McNair, and Fan Favorite Play)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Favorite Actor in Musical - Chris Cenatiempo, Favorite Ensemble in a Musical, and Fan Favorite Musical)
And finally, Favorite Overall Season!
Recognizing the wealth of talented writers in Ridgefield and the surrounding community, the Ridgefield Theater Barn is very excited to announce a Playwrights’ Collective – inviting community playwrights to be a part of our community theater. Jesse Longman, a local writer, whose plays have been produced at various theaters across the country, proposed the group and will act as its coordinator. The Theater Barn envisions bringing playwrights together in a forum where they can share and develop their work, benefiting from peer review and collaboration. Anticipating that the group will grow and evolve organically, the Barn has many ideas for its future, including ways in which the works of playwrights in the group may be performed and developed.
Jesse Longman is a writer and playwright—currently based in the NY-metro area—whose work has been developed, produced and published across the country and internationally. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, where she studied under Chuck Mee and Anne Bogart. She has received awards and fellowships from the Edward F. Albee foundation; the NY Mills Art Center; Summer Literary Seminars; and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Currently, she is an America-in-Play fellow (2013-2016); a member of the Dramatist’s Guild; Theater Artists Workshop; and Westchester Collaborative Theatre. She has taught memoir writing at the Danbury Senior Center, Nunnawauk Meadows (Bethel, CT) and the Ridgefield Library.
He lives in Danbury and works as a computer programmer. But on a recent Saturday night, he found himself in Ridgefield, interviewing a woman who knits with potatoes.
She said she was an expert, and that potato knitting is very popular with certain people -- especially those who don't get out much.
Hodder, 48, could have walked away and told her she was nuts, but he didn't. Because the interview was part of an improvisational comedy performance called "Whose Barn Is It Anyway?"
Rick Hodder gives improvisational instruction at the Barn's Improv workshop.
Photo: Scott Mullin
THE RESULTS ARE IN! CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!
We were thrilled that three of our shows were been nominated in several categories of the inaugural International Music & Entertainment Associations awards. And we are now even more thrilled to announce that one of our actors and one designer have received awards!
All My Sons – Nominated for Best Play, Best Lead Actor in a Play (Will Jeffries AND Eric Schuster), Best Director of a Play (Debbie Levin), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Robyn Mortiboys), Best Sound Design of a Play (Claudia Toth), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Claudia Toth)
Congratulation to Claudia Toth, Best Lighting Design of a Play! And thank you to Jared Pitts for providing us with this awesome picture of her work.
Nuts – Nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Play (Julie Bell Petrak), Best Director of a Play (Sherry Asch), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Will Jeffries), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Andrea Garmun), Best Lighting Design of a Play (José Helu), and Best Sound Design of a Play (José Helu)
Congratulation to Will Jeffries, Best Featured Actor in a Play!
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, May 7, 2013 -- For the fifth consecutive year, Ridgefield Theater Barn has been selected for the 2013 Best of Ridgefield Award in the Theater Building Ownership & Operation category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in 1000 (less than one-tenth of 1%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Five-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
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