Posted July 16, 2008
Annual Henry Awards
Equity Actors, Theatres In the Spotlight
By David Lotz, National Communications Director
The 3rd annual Henry Awards were held at Littleton's Town Hall Arts Center near Denver on July 7, 2008, shining the spotlight on local Equity Actors and theatres. Sponsored by the Colorado Theatre Guild, the Henry's are named after retired producer Henry Lowenstein, and honor the "best of" in Denver area theatres and productions from the recent theatrical season.
AEA member Lucy Roucis and Denver Area Liaison Chair Lindsey Hanahan
For the first time, Equity signed on as a sponsor of this year's awards. "We are delighted to support the Colorado Theatre Guild and the Henry Awards," said AEA Western Regional Vice President Doug Carfrae. "We both share a common goal to promote and foster professional theatre in communities throughout Colorado, and to improve the lives of the artists who work in those communities."
Denver AEA Liaison Committee members Drew Frady and Susan Long, with T. David Rutherford, President of the Colorado Theatre Guild
Multiple "Henry's" went to:
EMC Megan Van De Hey garnered Best Supporting Actress for COMPANY
Nominated for other Henry Awards were AEA members Sam Gregory (DOUBT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF), Keith L. Hatten (EMPEROR JONES), Stephanie Beatriz (LYDIA), Onahoua Rodriguez (LYDIA), Joel Sutliffe (EMC, COMPANY), Beth Flynn (WHOREHOUSE), Randy Moore (YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU), Gregory Price (EMPEROR JONES), Sean Tarrant (EMC - ALL'S WELL), Rhonda Brown (WHO'S AFRAID…), Kim Staunton (DOUBT), Milton Craig Nealy (LA CAGE), and Amy Board (GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL).
Lindsey Hanahan, Henry Awards nominee Randy Moore, David Lotz
There were several special presentations during the evening. John Ashton, longtime director, actor and producer, as well as host for most CTG events in the past 23 years, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Musical Director Donna Debreceni received a Henry for Special Achievement in Musical Direction. Both artists received standing ovations as highly esteemed, beloved members of the theatrical community. El Armstrong received an award for Special Achievement in Theatre Technology and Engineering, and especially thanked Stage Managers and Backstage Crew for their "behind-the-scenes" contributions to the magic that is theatre.
Equity was proudly represented at the event by Lindsey Hanahan, Chair of the Denver Liaison Committee; Committee members Drew Frady, Susan Long, and Heather Fortin Rubald; and National Communications Director David Lotz.
Bravo to all of the nominees and winners!