The cast of Yaël Farber's "Salomé" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2015. (Photo by Scott Suchman)

Shakespeare Theatre Company Leads 2016 Helen Hayes Award Winners

Constellation Theatre Company and the Welders were also among honorees at the 2015 ceremony.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: TheatreWashington named the recipients of the Helen Hayes Awards, which honor the best in D.C. theatre, and gave them out in a ceremony on May 23. The event celebrated the 236 nominees, the 47 recipients, and more than 90 professional productions from 2015.

Shakespeare Theatre Company received a total of 13 awards, including 7 honors for its production of Salomé. Other big winners were Constellation Theatre Company, which received 7 awards for its production of Avenue Q, and GALA Hispanic Theatre, with 6 awards for its production of Yerma. The John Aniello Award for outstanding emerging theatre company was given to the Welders, a playwrights’ collective that develops and produces world premiere works.

Forty judges selected the nominees and recipients. The awards were separated into two categories: “Helen” and “Hayes.” A winner was announced for each, and the groupings were determined based on the number of Actors’ Equity contacts for a production.

The complete list of winners is below.

Outstanding Choreography in a Musical-HELEN Production
Jessica Beth Redish, Silence! The Musical (Studio Theatre)

Outstanding Choreography in a Musical-HAYES Production
Michele Lynch, Kiss Me, Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Choreography in a Play-HELEN Production
Kelly Maxner and Mollye MaxnerOccupied Territories  (Theater Alliance)

Outstanding Choreography in a Play-HAYES Production
Ami Shulman, Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Costume Design-HELEN Production
Sabrina Mandell, IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus (Happenstance Theater)

Outstanding Costume Design-HAYES Production
Julie Weiss, Destiny of Desire (Arena Stage)

Outstanding Lighting Design-HELEN Production
Christopher Annas-Lee, Yerma (GALA Hispanic Theatre)

Outstanding Lighting Design-HAYES Production
Donald Holder, Salomé  (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Set Design-HELEN Production
Silvia de Marta,  Yerma (GALA Hispanic Theatre)

Outstanding Set Design-HAYES Production
Susan Hilferty, Salomé  (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Sound Design-HELEN Production
Mariano Marin, Yerma (GALA Hispanic Theatre)

Outstanding Sound Design-HAYES Production
Christopher Baine, When She Had Wings (Imagination Stage)

Outstanding Musical Direction-HELEN Production
Jake Null, Avenue Q (Constellation Theatre Company)

Outstanding Musical Direction-HAYES Production
Jon Kalbfleisch, West Side Story (Signature Theatre)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Play-HELEN Production
IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus (Happenstance Theater)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Play-HAYES Production
Salomé

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical-HELEN Production
Avenue Q   (Constellation Theatre Company)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical-HAYES Production
Cabaret (Signature Theatre)

Outstanding Performer, Visiting Production
Dani de WaaL, Once (The Kennedy Center)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical-HELEN Production
Vaughn Ryan MiddeR, Avenue Q (Constellation Theatre Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical-HAYES Production
Clyde Alves,  Kiss Me, Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical-HELEN Production
Emily Zickler,  Avenue Q (Constellation Theatre Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical-HAYES Production
Robyn Hurder, Kiss Me, Kate (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

The James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play-HELEN Production
Jon Hudson Odom, Passion Play  (Forum Theatre)

The James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play-HAYES Production
Ian Merrill Peakes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Folger Theatre)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production
Lolita Marie,  Doubt, a Parable (1st Stage)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HAYES Production
Maggie Wilder, Rapture, Blister, Burn (Round House Theatre)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical-HELEN Production
Kevin McAllister, Ragtime, The Musical (Toby’s Dinner Theatre)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical-HAYES Production
Anthony Warlow,  Man of La Mancha  (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical-HELEN Production
Katy Carkuff,  Avenue Q (Constellation Theatre Company)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical-HAYES Production
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Cabaret (Signature Theatre)

The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play-HELEN Production
Mark Jaster, IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus (Happenstance Theater)

The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play-HAYES Production
Ramzi Choukair, Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play-HELEN Production
Mabel Del Pozo, Yerma  (GALA Hispanic Theatre)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play-HAYES Production
Dawn UrsulaQueens Girl in the World   (Theater J)

Outstanding Director of a Musical-HELEN Production
Allison Arkell Stockman,  Avenue Q (Constellation Theatre Company)

Outstanding Director of a Musical-HAYES Production
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen (Arena Stage)

Outstanding Director of a Play-HELEN Production
José Luis Arellano GarcíaYerma (GALA Hispanic Theatre)

Outstanding Director of a Play-HAYES Production
Yaël Farber, Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company
The Welders

The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical
Martyna Majok, Ironbound (Round House Theatre)

Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation
David Ives, The Metromaniacs (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Outstanding Visiting Production
Once (The Kennedy Center)

Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences
Wiley and the Hairy Man   (Imagination Stage)

Outstanding Musical-HELEN Production
Avenue Q (Constellation Theatre Company)

Outstanding Musical-HAYES Production
Dear Evan Hansen (Arena Stage)

Outstanding Play-HELEN Production
Yerma (GALA Hispanic Theatre)

Outstanding Play-HAYES Production
Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

 

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