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The Barrymore Awards

The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre are a nationally recognized symbol of excellence for professional theatre in the Greater Philadelphia region, honoring local artists and theatre companies while increasing public awareness of the richness and diversity of our city's thriving theatre community.
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2016 Award Nominees and Recipients

2016 Outstanding Overall Production of a Play

The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
Disgraced
Philadelphia Theatre Company
The Nether
InterAct Theatre Company
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
Inis Nua Theatre Company
Spine
Inis Nua Theatre Company
Stella and Lou
People’s Light
Time Is On Our Side
Simpatico Theatre

2016 Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical

The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company
Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
I Will Not Go Gently
1812 Productions
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Direction of a Play

Matt Pfeiffer
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
Deborah Block
Smoke
Theatre Exile
James J. Christy, Sr.
A Great War
Iron Age Theatre
Kip Fagan
Exit Strategy
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Claire Moyer
Spine
Inis Nua Theatre Company
Kittson O’Neill
A Knee That Can Bend
Orbiter 3
Tom Reing
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
Inis Nua Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Matthew Decker
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company
Ozzie Jones
Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
Terrence J. Nolen
The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company
Megan Nicole O’Brien
See What I Wanna See
11th Hour Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play

Maboud Ebrahimzadeh
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
James Ijames
An Octoroon
The Wilma Theater
Ian Merrill Peakes
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
Matteo Scammell
Smoke
Theatre Exile
Pej Vahdat
Disgraced
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Greg Wood
The Nether
InterAct Theatre Company
Greg Wood
White Guy on the Bus
Passage Theatre Company

2016 Charlotte Cushman Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play

E. Ashley Izard
Happy Days
Quintessence Theatre Group
Emily R. Johnson
Spine
Inis Nua Theatre Company
Jennifer Kidwell
A Knee That Can Bend
Orbiter 3
Danielle Leneé
White Guy on the Bus
Passage Theatre Company
Deirdre Madigan
Exit Strategy
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Geneviève Perrier
Photograph 51
Lantern Theater Company
Marcia Saunders
Stella and Lou
People’s Light

2016 Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical

Scott McPheeters
Andy: A Popera
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera Philadelphia
Billy Bustamante
See What I Wanna See
11th Hour Theatre Company
Kingsley Ibeneche
Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
Sean Thompson
Kiss Me, Kate
Act II Playhouse

2016 Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical

Jennifer Childs
I Will Not Go Gently
1812 Productions
Sanchel Brown
Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
Angelica Jackson-Thomas
Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
Cailene Kilcoyne
Heathers: The Musical
Eagle Theatre

2016 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

J. Paul Nicholas
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
David Bardeen
Oscar Wilde: From the Depths
Lantern Theater Company
Akeem Davis
Lobby Hero
Theatre Horizon
Justin Jain
An Octoroon
The Wilma Theater
Dave Johnson
The Explorers Club
Delaware Theatre Company
Kenny Morris
Funnyman
Arden Theatre Company
Christopher Patrick Mullen
Richard III
People’s Light

2016 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Jaylene Clark Owens
An Octoroon
The Wilma Theater
Rachel Camp
Lobby Hero
Theatre Horizon
Aimé Donna Kelly
Disgraced
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Teri Lamm
The Harassment of Iris Malloy
People’s Light
Danielle Leneé
A Knee That Can Bend
Orbiter 3
Candace Moore
A Knee That Can Bend
Orbiter 3
Ruby Wolf
As You Like It
Lantern Theater Company

2016 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Jake Blouch
See What I Wanna See
11th Hour Theatre Company
Tim Rinehart
Heathers: The Musical
Eagle Theatre
Danny Rutigliano
Man of La Mancha
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Scott Sheppard
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Malgorzata Kasprzycka
Andy: A Popera
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera Philadelphia
Elisa Matthews
The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company
Nancie Sanderson
See What I Wanna See
11th Hour Theatre Company
Leah Walton
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Scenic Design

Luke Hegel-Cantarella
Auctioning the Ainsleys
People’s Light
Jorge Cousineau
The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company
Alexis Distler
The Explorers Club
Delaware Theatre Company
David P. Gordon
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Arden Theatre Company
Christopher Haig
Time Is On Our Side
Simpatico Theatre
Colin McIlvaine
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
Jason Simms
Disgraced
Philadelphia Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Costume Design

Marla Jurglanis
Sense and Sensibility
People’s Light
Olivera Gajic
The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company
Jillian Keys
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company
Wade Laboissonniere
The Explorers Club
Delaware Theatre Company
Rosemarie McKelvey
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Arden Theatre Company
Alison Roberts
Two Trains Running
Arden Theatre Company
Linda Bee Stockton
Man of La Mancha
Bristol Riverside Theatre

2016 Earl Girls Award for Outstanding Lighting Design

Ryan O’Gara
Man of La Mancha
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Shon Causer
Oscar Wilde: From the Depths
Lantern Theater Company
Alyssandra Docherty
Moth
Azuka Theatre
Maria Shaplin
The It Girl
Simpatico Theatre
Maria Shaplin
The Nether
InterAct Theatre Company
Masha Tsimring
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
Solomon Weisbard
The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company

2016 Clear Sound Award for Outstanding Sound Design

Michael Kiley
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
Damien Figueras
Moth
Azuka Theatre
Lindsay Jones
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Arden Theatre Company
Michael Kiley
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company
Zack McKenna
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
Inis Nua Theatre Company
Luke Moyer
A Great War
Iron Age Theatre
Adriano Shaplin
Saint Joan
Quintessence Theatre Group

2016 Outstanding Original Music

Josh Totora
He Who Gets Slapped
Philadelphia Artists’ Collective
Heath Allen and Dan Visconti
Andy: A Popera
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera Philadelphia
Jay Ansill
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Arden Theatre Company
Jennifer Childs and Christopher Colucci
I Will Not Go Gently
1812 Productions
Michael Hahn
As You Like It
Lantern Theater Company
Michael Kiley
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
Paul James Prendergast
Sense and Sensibility
People’s Light

2016 Outstanding Choreography/Movement

Jenn Rose
Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
Maggie Anderson
Kiss Me, Kate
Act II Playhouse
J. Alex Cordaro
Smoke
Theatre Exile
Anthony Crosby, Peter Andrew Danzig, K.O. DelMarcelle, Brenna Geffers, Arlen Hancock, and Amanda Schoonover
The It Girl
Simpatico Theatre
Justina Ercole
Heathers: The Musical
Eagle Theatre
Samantha Reading
Sense and Sensibility
People’s Light
Jenn Rose
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Music Direction

Will Brock
Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
Heath Allen
Andy: A Popera
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera Philadelphia
Dan Kazemi
See What I Wanna See
11th Hour Theatre Company
Ryan Touhey
The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company

2016 Outstanding Ensemble in a Play

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning
Inis Nua Theatre Company
Antigone
The Wilma Theater
Exit Strategy
Philadelphia Theatre Company
The Explorers Club
Delaware Theatre Company
A Great War
Iron Age Theatre
The Invisible Hand
Theatre Exile
A Knee That Can Bend
Orbiter 3

2016 Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical

Black Nativity
Theatre Horizon
Heathers: The Musical
Eagle Theatre
The Secret Garden
Arden Theatre Company
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Arden Theatre Company

2016 Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical

R. Eric Thomas
Time Is On Our Side
Simpatico Theatre
James J. Christy, Jr.
A Great War
Iron Age Theatre
Laura Eason
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
Arden Theatre Company
Emma Goidel
A Knee That Can Bend
Orbiter 3

2016 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist

Bi Jean Ngo
Alex Bechtel
Emma Goidel
Justin Jain
Mary Tuomanen

2016 Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award

Time Is On Our Side
Simpatico Theatre
Exit Strategy
Philadelphia Theatre Company
A Knee That Can Bend
Orbiter 3
Machinal
EgoPo Classic Theater
White Guy on the Bus
Passage Theatre Company

2016 June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre Company

Azuka Theatre
The Bearded Ladies Cabaret
EgoPo Classic Theater
Simpatico Theatre

2016 Victory Foundation Award for Outstanding Theatre Education Program

1812 Outreach
1812 Productions
Arden for All
Arden Theatre Company
Arts Discovery
People’s Light
Illumination/Classroom Connections
Lantern Theater Company
Performing Arts Training & Youth Leadership Development
New Freedom Theatre

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

Sara Garonzik