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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

25th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Announces Nominations Online

 NAACP Theatre Awards

Beverly Hills, CA — The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch’s Theatre Viewing Committee announces nominations for the 25th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards include 32 categories, which encompass local and equity nominations. This year’s nominees will be announced online via press releases and social media sites with the winners announced in the first quarter of 2016.

This year’s Equity Theatre nominations include an array of phenomenal productions including “Porgy and Bess” with an outstanding nine nominations – Best Choreography, Best Lead Female and Male, Best Supporting Female and Male, Best Director, Best Musical Director and lastly Best Costumes. Securing seven nominations including recent OBIE award winner Trip Cullman in the category of “Best Director of a Musical – Equity” along with nominations for Best Lead Male and Best Supporting Male. “Above the Fold” ties with seven nominations of its’ own produced by The Pasadena Playhouse with “Best Lead Female nomination for multi-Award winner Taraji P. Henson. Locking in five nominations are both “Maurice Hines is Tappin Thru Life” attaining a Best Choreographer nom for Maurice Hines and “The Tallest Tree in the Forest” with Moises Kaufman up for Best Director.

In the category of Local Theatre nominations “Knock Me A Kiss” based on the story of Yolande Du Bois, the pampered and only daughter of scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois takes the lead with six nominations including Ashlee Olivia and Rosie Lee Hooks as Best Lead Female-Local. “Bag Lady”, “The Magic Flute” and “Sassy Mamas” all received five nominations including a Best One-Person Show and Best Playwright to Tammi Mac, Best Director of a Musical for Mark Dornford-May and Best Producer collectively to Vanessa Paul & Alex Morris. Rounding out the local category all with four nominations each include “The Brother’s Size” and “Low Hanging Fruit” for Best Ensemble Cast plus “Bus Stops” with a first time nomination for Jaimyon Parker in the Best Producer and Best Supporting Male category.

The goal of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP’s Board of Directors is to take the star-studded NAACP Theatre Awards Gala to the next level by merging the awards show and festival into one entity. The 2015 live show was changed to an online format to give the creative/production team time to develop the platform to merge festivities inclusive of live theatre, as well as awards honoring excellence in theatre, into a four day event to be held Fall 2016.

Branch President of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Ron Hasson states, “I am excited about combining the awards show and the festival because this platform will bring thespians and theatre lovers from across the country to the City of Los Angeles to enjoy the art that is theatre. The NAACP Theatre Awards Show represents an ever growing theatre community in Los Angeles and we want to elevate this already highly recognized event in Los Angeles and heighten its visibility nationwide.”

The Theatre Viewing Committee considers all candidates who submit their production from January 2014 through December 2014 for possible nomination. All productions must have a five consecutive week production run in Southern California (San Diego to Bakersfield included) to be considered. Productions who meet all eligibility requirements before the deadline are considered eligible for a 2015 NAACP Theatre Award. Eligibility for this year’s edition was limited to theatre productions opening in January 2014 through December 2014. Nominees have been notified by the NAACP Theatre viewing committee co-chairs Martha Pruden-Hamiter and Barbara Bass. Nominations and winners will be posted online www.naacptheatreawards.com and circulated nationally via press releases and social media.

For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, please visit www.naacptheatreawards.com or email: naacpbhhwd@sbcglobal.net.

[See Full List of Nominations Below]


The online 2015 NAACP Theatre Awards Show proudly announces its nominees for the awards honoring excellence in theatre:

Best Choreography – Equity
Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life – Maurice Hines
The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess – Ronald K. Brown
Kiss Me Kate – Jeffrey Polk

Best Choreography – Local
The Brothers Size – Ameenah Kaplan
The Magic Flute – Lungelo Ngamlana
Visionary Man – Ali North

Best Costumes – Equity
The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess – Emilio Sosa
Choir Boy – E.B. Brooks
Othello – Katherine Roth

Best Costumes – Local
Low Hanging Fruit – Wendell C. Carmichael
The Magic Flute – Leigh Bishop
Knock Me A Kiss – Naila Aladdin Sanders

Best Director – Equity
Stop Kiss – Seema Sueko
Choir Boy – Trip Cullman
The Tallest Tree in the Forest – Moises Kaufman

Best Director – Local
Sassy Mamas – Iona Morris
The Brothers Size – Shirley Jo Finney
Secrets – Wallace Demarria

Best Director of a Musical – Equity
The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess – Diane Paulus
Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life – Jeff Calhoun
Kiss me Kate – Sheldon Epps

Best Director of a Musical – Local
The Magic Flute – Mark Dornford-May
Visionary Man – Tom Coleman
The Gondoliers – Alison Eliel-Kalmus

Best Ensemble Cast – Equity
Stop Kiss
Flyin’ West

Best Ensemble Cast – Local
Sassy Mamas
The Brothers Size
Low Hanging Fruit

Best Lead Female – Equity
Above The Fold – Taraji P. Henson
The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess – Alicia Hall Moran
Race – DeWanda Wise

Best Lead Female – Local
Knock Me a Kiss – Toyin Moses
Closely Related Keys – Diarra Kilpatrick
Going to St. Ives – Inger Tudor

Best Lead Male – Equity
Choir Boy – Jeremy Pope
The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess – Nathaniel Stampley
Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life – Maurice Hines

Best Lead Male – Local
Bus Stops – Leonard Thomas
Knock me a Kiss – Keir Thirus
The Whipping Man – Kirk Kellykahn

Best Lighting – Equity
The Tallest Tree in the Forest – David Lander
Above The Fold – Adam Blumenthal
Race – Josh Epstein

Best Lighting – Local
Low Hanging Fruit – Rebecca Raines
Bag Lady – Tom Meleck and Iona Morris
The Magic Flute – Mannie Manim

Best Music Director – Equity
Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life – Sherrie Maricle
Kiss Me Kate – Rahn Coleman
The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess – Dale Rieling

Best Music Director – Local
Visionary Man – Jeffrey Bonhiver
The Gondoliers – Leonardo Sciolis
The Magic Flute – Pauline Malefane & Mandisi Dyantyis

Best One Person Show – Equity
The Tallest Tree in the Forest – Daniel Beaty
Forever – Dael Orlandersmith
Paul Robeson – Keith David

Best One Person Show – Local
Bird Lives! – Montae Russell
The Devil and Billy Markham – Tony Winters
Bag Lady – Tammi Mac

Best Playwright – Equity
The Tallest Tree in the Forest – Daniel Beaty
Above The Fold – Bernard Weinraub
Stop Kiss – Diane Son

Best Playwright – Local
Sassy Mamas – Celeste Bedford Walker
Bag Lady – Tammi Mac
The Brothers Size – Tarell Alvin McCraney

Best Producer – Equity
Above The Fold – The Pasadena Playhouse
Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life – Willis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre and Cleveland Play House
The Tallest Tree In The House – Center Theatre Group

Best Producer – Local
Bus Stops – Jaimyon Parker
Sassy Mamas – Vanessa Paul & Alex Morris
Bag Lady – Tammi Mac & Jackson Brown
Sassy Mamas – Vanessa Paul & Jeff Murray

Best Set Design – Equity
Choir Boy – David Zinn
Above the Fold – Jeffery P. Eisenmann
Flyin’ West – JR Bruce

Best Set Design – Local
The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel – Michael D. Ricks
Knock Me a Kiss – Tom Meleck

Best Sound – Equity
Othello – Acme Sound Partners with Jason Crystal
Choir Boy – Fritz Patton
Above the Fold – Cricket S. Meyers
Sumayya Ali

Best Supporting Female – Equity
Above the Fold – Kristy Johnson
The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess – Danielle Lee Greaves
Knock Me A Kiss – Ashlee Olivia

Best Supporting Female – Local
Closely Related Keys – Yvonne Huff
Knock Me A Kiss – Rosie Lee Hooks

Best Supporting Male – Equity
The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess – Kingsley Leggs
Choir Boy – Caleb Eberhardt
Choir Boy – Grantham Coleman
Bus Stops – Jaimyon Parker

Best Supporting Male – Local
The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel – Kyle Connor McDuffie
Closely Related Keys – Brent Jennings


About The NAACP Theatre Awards
The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and co-chaired by Byron K. Reed, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo-West Region Community Relations. The mission of the Theatre Awards is to entertain, educate, inspire the community and create diversity in the arts and entertainment industry. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrates a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.


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