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    Posted May 18, 2006

The Roger Sturtevant Award

2005-2006 EMC Award Recipients

Erin Driscoll and John Pinto Win Roger Sturtevant Award


Erin Driscoll

Erin Driscoll grew up in Northern Virginia and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 2003, with a concentration in musical theater. Erin joined the EMC program at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA while playing Hope in URINETOWN, for which she received a prestigious 2006 Helen Hayes Award. In-and-around Washington, DC, Erin has appeared at The Olney Theatre (ANYTHING GOES), the Roundhouse Theatre (A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD), and at the Kennedy Center (REGINA). Regionally, she performed in PUSS-N-BOOTS, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and HUCK AND TOM ON THE MIGHTLY MISSISSIPPI at Theatre IV in Cincinnati; in GREASE and PETER PAN at the Mt. Washington Valley Theatre in New Hampshire. Erin will be joining Actors' Equity this summer, when she appears in the Signature Theatre's production of ASSASINS as Squeaky Fromme. Erin said she is "surprised and flattered" to win the award, and is very excited about getting her Equity card.


John Pinto

John Pinto is graduating from Delaware Valley High School in Milford, PA in June 2006, where he has been active in his drama club. John spent last summer at the Forestburgh Playhouse where he accumulated EMC weeks performing in WEST SIDE STORY, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and SOUTH PACIFIC. Some of his favorite credits include: Weezie in PICKLES AND THE JUNKMANS DAUGHTER; Conrad in BYE BYE BIRDIE; Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN and Cat In The Hat in SEUSSICAL. John was also proud to participate in two fund raisers at the United Nations. In recommending John for the award, his teachers commented that he is a "naturally gifted performer with a powerful tenor voice and instinctive acting talent…he has those intangibles no one can teach - timing, stage presence, instinct and appeal." John will be attending AMDA in New York City this fall and said he feels "very honored" to receive the award.

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.

 

Award pages:

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Jordan
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Sturtevant


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.


 Click here for the 2006-2007 Award application (Document Library - EMC page)


Recipients of the Roger Sturtevant Award are:

Year Recipient
2005 Meegan Midkiff
Nick Verina
2006 Erin Driscoll
John Pinto
2007 Janine Romano
Scott Reardon
2008 Chelsea Cree Groen
Ricardo Rust
2009 Kalyn Hemphill
Aaron Reeder
2010 Jessica Taige
Isaac Benelli
2011 Dayna Dantzler
Edward Miskie
2012 Emelie Faith Thompson
Matthew Elliott
2013 Katie Wesler
Robert Ariza
2014 Amelia Millar
Daniel Hines
2015 Amanda Hartley Urteaga
Nichalas Parker
2016 Jasmine Easler
Antonio LeRoy King



 
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