Posted May 8, 2014
The 10th Annual Roger Sturtevant Award
Membership Candidates Amelia Millar and Daniel Hines Win the 2014 Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award
The Actors' Equity Foundation is pleased to announce that Amelia Millar and Daniel Hines are the recipients of the tenth annual Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award, named for the beloved casting director who passed away in 2003. The award is given to Equity Membership Candidates (EMCs) who have demonstrated outstanding abilities in the field of musical theatre. The award consists of a certificate accompanied by a $1,000 check.
When Amelia Millar heard she had won the Sturtevant Award, she was walking from a callback to a babysitting gig.
“Ah, the glamorous life,” she said.
The actress heard about the award through an email she received from AEA: “I decided to apply because it seemed like something I stood a chance of winning,” she said.
The Saratoga Springs, New York native attended SUNY Geneseo for musical theatre and graduating in 2012. Fighting for a musical theatre degree was part of her passion. As a kid, Millar’s interest in theatre ignited from watching her cousins perform. (She even credits her cousins with helping her to land her first job.)
And now, with her career in motion, Millar has had many favorite theatrical experiences and characters.
Millar remembered that she saw the national tour of Les Misérables at the Kennedy Center in 1997: “I sat in one of the front rows and was completely entranced by everything happening in front of me and have always carried that ‘awe of theatre’ I felt with me.”
Then in 2013, during her second stint in Les Misérables, Millar was able to perform with Todd Alan Johnson, who was the Javert she had seen in 1997.
“This business if certainly not easy, but experiences like that are more fulfilling and special than I could imagine,” she said.
Aside from Cosette, a role she played at The Little Theatre on the Square in Illinois, another favorite for Millar has been Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, a role she stepped into as an understudy with five hours (“give or take a couple hours”) of rehearsal at the Surflight Theatre in New Jersey.
Her dream role, however, is Mille Dillmount from Thoroughly Modern Millie: “She’s sassy, she’s got a brain, she tap dances and she belts her feelings. Honorable mentions: Jo March, Eponine and Alice Beane.”
This summer, Millar is planning on returning to the Surflight Theatre, where she will be involved in Jekyll and Hyde, Fiddler on the Roof and Monty Python’s Spamalot.
“I spent the summer of 2013 there and met some truly wonderful and wise people, had some great experiences and had a lot of fun living on the beach,” she said.
Daniel Hines was born in Suffolk, England — but was raised everywhere. His dad was in the U.S. Air Force, so by the time he was graduating high school, he had studied in fourteen different schools. It wasn’t until college, where he attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina and graduated in 2008 with a BFA in musical theatre, that he understood what it meant to stay in one spot.
When it comes to theatre, Hines admits that he got his start a bit late. It wasn’t until high school that Hines sparked an interest in theatre; well actually, his interest was elsewhere.
“There was this girl in high school,” he said. “She was playing Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, and I wanted to spend more time with her, so I tried out for the show.”
He ended up playing a “drunk sailor who falls on deck” and shouted his one line with gusto. And, though he didn’t get the girl in the end, he received his life’s calling.
Since his stint as the drunken sailor, Hines has tackled roles in regional productions like Miss Saigon, South Pacific, Carousel and Urinetown, among others. But, none seem to compare to his passion (borderline obsession) with Oklahoma!
“My favorite role is Will Parker in Oklahoma!” Hines said. “I just cannot get enough of that guy, and I have done it in three different productions now.” Still, the actor’s dream role is the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Hines heard about this award from his friend and Sturtevant Award-winner Jessica Taige.
“I then applied in 2012, 2013 and finally in 2014,” he said. “Even though I didn’t win it my first time around, I sure am glad I tried again. Thank you, AEA for this fantastic opportunity.”
The actor, who is currently on tour with Memphis, was sitting at dinner in Fort Collins, Colo. when he found out that he won the award.
“I saw the New York City area code and jokingly said to my friends, ‘excuse me, but Broadway is calling. I have to take this.’ While not quite Broadway, it sure felt pretty darn close.”
Up next for Hines: another round as Will Parker in Oklahoma! at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana alongside his girlfriend, Timmy Hays.
“So while I didn’t ‘get the girl’ from that first production of Anything Goes,” he said. “I guess I won out in the end.”
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Diversity on Broadway
Roger Sturtevant began a show business career as box office treasurer (and sometimes as casting director) for summer theaters in the northeast, including the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire and the Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome, PA. On Broadway he served as assistant treasurer in several theater box offices, including the Winter Garden during the original run of Follies, his favorite musical. After his passing, Roger’s family contacted Equity’s Foundation to set up the award. Jane Sturtevant Johnson notes, “Inspired by the many expressions of gratitude and heartfelt appreciation, we are proud and happy to announce the establishment of an award in Roger’s name to be given to talented new actors and actresses in the musical theatre.”
The award was established in 2005 and is supported by donations from Roger's friends and family.