click to enlarge Artsies hosts  Keaton Hillman and Maggie Bavolack during the awards show.

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Artsies hosts Keaton Hillman and Maggie Bavolack during the awards show.

Monday, October 3, 2022

14th Annual Theater Awards ("Artsies") Winners Announced

Swift Creek Mill and Virginia Rep sweep the night with six awards for “Murder for Two” and five for “Mamma Mia!”

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2022 at 12:39 PM

The 14th annual Richmond Theatre Community Circle Awards ("Artsies"), formerly known as the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards, took place last weekend with a theme of “We’re Still Here” reflecting the resilience of local arts and arts organizations that made it through a global pandemic.

The Artsies are the primary fundraising event for the Theatre Artist Fund of Greater Richmond (Fund), which provides emergency financial assistance to theater artists and has raised nearly $90,000 for the fund during its history -- while writing 21 grants worth $30,468 for artists in need, according to a press release.

Without further adieu, here are all the winners from plays and musicals that Style Weekly regularly covers throughout the year.

click to enlarge Actors Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge and Mark Schenfisch are powerhouses who share the duty of piano playing while singing, dancing, embodying multiple characters and interacting with both an invisible man and a puppet in Swift Creek Mill's "Murder for Two," which won six "Artsy" awards.
  • Actors Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge and Mark Schenfisch are powerhouses who share the duty of piano playing while singing, dancing, embodying multiple characters and interacting with both an invisible man and a puppet in Swift Creek Mill's "Murder for Two," which won six "Artsy" awards.

Best Musical: “Murder for Two” Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Best Direction, Musical: Tom Width ("Murder for Two”)

Best Lead Performance, Musical: Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge (“Murder for Two”)

Best Lead Performance - Musical: Mark Schenfisch (“Murder for Two”)

Best Supporting Performance - Musical: Anne Michelle Forbes (“Winter Wonderettes”)

Best Supporting Performance - Musical: Grey Garrett (“Mamma Mia!”)

Best Musical Direction: Mark Schenfisch (“Murder for Two”)

Best Choreography: Ashleigh King (“Mamma Mia!”)

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Musical: Sue Griffin and Marcia Miller Hailey (“Mamma Mia!”)

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Musical: Joe Doran (“Murder for Two”)

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Musical: Josafath Reynoso (“Mamma Mia!”)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Musical: Jacob Mishler (“Mamma Mia!”)

Best Play: “Sugar in Our Wounds” (Richmond Triangle Players)

click to enlarge Best Play winner: Jonel Jones as James and Dorothy "Dee-D" Miller as Aunt Mama in Richmond Triangle Players' "Sugar in Our Wounds."
  • Best Play winner: Jonel Jones as James and Dorothy "Dee-D" Miller as Aunt Mama in Richmond Triangle Players' "Sugar in Our Wounds."

Best Direction, Play: Julie Fulcher-Davis (“Every Brilliant Thing”)

Best Lead Performance, Play: Alec Beard (“An Iliad”)

Best Lead Performance, Play: Jamar Jones (“Fires in the Mirror”)

Best Supporting Performance, Play: Laine Satterfield (“Pipeline”)

Best Supporting Performance, Play: Catherine Schaffner (“A Doll's House, Part 2”)

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Play: Margarette Joyner (“Fires in the Mirror”)

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Play: Steven Koehler (“Sugar in Our Wounds”)

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Play: William Luther (“Sugar in Our Wounds”)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, Play: Joey Luck (“Small Mouth Sounds”)

2022 Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award: The cast members of the Cadence Theatre, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, production of “Small Mouth Sounds” are honored for their notable performance as a cohesive and compelling ensemble: Larry Cook, Marisa Guida, Jenny Hundley, Lauren Leinhaas-Cook, Maura Mazurowski, Jim Morgan, Adam Valentine

Breakout Performance: Mikayla LaShae Bartholomew (“The Niceties”)

Outstanding Original Work: “The Barber of Moville” (Firehouse Theatre)

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