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    Updated December 21, 2007

The Roger Sturtevant Award

Equity Membership Candidates Scott Reardon, Janine Romano Win 2007 Roger Sturtevant Award

Actors' Equity is pleased to announce that Scott Reardon and Janine Romano are the winners of the third annual 2007 Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Awards, 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 $1000 check.

Equity President Mark Zimmerman noted: "Scott and Janine showed talent and dedication in their presentations and are already well on their way to becoming professional actors. They both came with high recommendations from teachers and directors, and clearly show a passion for their chosen craft."


Scott Reardon

Scott Reardon grew up in the San Francisco/Bay Area and attended UC/Irvine. In 2006 he received a B.A. in Drama with Honors in Acting and Honors in Musical Theatre. Scott joined the EMC program when he worked with PCPA/Solvang Theatrefest on the world premiere of THE WILDEST!, a musical based on the songs of Louie Prima and Keely Smith. Scott has been seen regionally in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Musical Theatre West/Long Beach), H.M.S PINAFORE (Utah Shakespearean Festival), SLIME TIME: THE LIVE SHOW (Nickelodeon Entertainment), THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (as Cripple Billy), ROMEO AND JULIET (as Benvolio), and KISS ME, KATE (as Paul - Claire Trevor Theatre for the Arts). Scott is currently on a National Tour with a new children's musical, A KID'S LIFE, and will head back to the Utah Shakespearean Festival for a second season to take part in the world premiere of LEND ME A TENOR: THE MUSICAL. Scott will be joining Actor's Equity at the end of the summer.

Scott said: "I am greatly honored to have received this award, and I thank Actor's Equity for their support and belief in me. I am excited to be joining Actor's Equity and am proud to continually be working alongside such talented individuals."


Janine Romano

Janine Romano grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. She has also lived in Jakarta, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Janine is currently attending the University of Hartford in Connecticut and studying for a degree in Musical Theatre. Janine joined the EMC program when she was in the show CAROUSEL at the Forestburgh Playhouse. Janine has been seen regionally and internationally in THE TEMPEST (as Juno & Spirit, U of Hartford), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (as Muzzy Von Hossmere, Forestburgh Playhouse), A COUNTRY LIFE (as Ruth, U of Hartford), THE WIZ ( as Dorothy, Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival), THE NERD (Assistant Director, Hong Kong Int'l School Drama III), BUGSY MALONE (as Showgirl & Momma, Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (as Ronette, Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival), SWEENEY TODD (ensemble, Hong Kong Adult Players) and TURN IT UP (Dance & Choreographer). Janine has also written and directed a production called MOONWALKER.

Janine said: "When I applied for the award, I never dreamed I would win. I am humbled and very grateful to have received such a prestigious award. It is a dream come true and very rewarding to know all the work I have done thus far has paid off. The growth continues and the struggle carries on, but for now I can celebrate."

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 panel of judges consisted of: Equity President Mark Zimmerman, Third VP Ira Mont, Principal Councillor Judy Rice, casting directors Stuart Howard, Pat McCorkle, and Arnold Mungioli; and Sturtevant family members Jane and Cliff Johnson.

 

Award pages:

Bayfield
Callaway
Derwent
Jordan
LeNoire
Robeson
Seff
Arizona Theatre Service
Sturtevant
Quinn
ACCA


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.


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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