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    Posted May 6, 2010

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Equity Talent Shines at the Carbonell Awards in South Florida

by Marjorie O’Neill-Butler, South Florida Equity Liaison Committee Member

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From the new Executive Producer/Director Amy London, to the winner of the Best Lighting Award, Equity members lighted up the Amaturo Theatre on Monday, April 12th for the 34th Annual Carbonell Awards.

AEA and South Florida Liaison Committee member, Amy London was recently appointed to head the Carbonell Awards organization as Executive Producer/Director. A long time member of AEA, Amy is a Renaissance woman who acts, directs, stage manages and served long term on the South Florida Liaison Committee, all while raising three children, including one rather new one. She gave the production a hometown feel, all the while keeping it professional. AEA members also added to the show with songs from last year’s productions including Everett Bradley, who appeared in VICES at The Caldwell Theatre, David Michael Felty, LES MISERABLES at Actors' Playhouse, Robert Creighton, CAGNEY at Florida Stage and Nathaniel Braga, BARNUM at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

John Manzelli, another talented AEA actor, director and fight choreographer, won the award for Best Lighting Design. In his acceptance speech he said “I’m not a lighting designer; I just needed to do it because we had no budget.” John is the Co-Founder of The Naked Stage where he won the lighting award for their production of MACON CITY. Other design awards went to Sean McClelland, Best Scenic Design for LES MISERABLES, Brian O'Keefe for A DOLL'S HOUSE at Palm Beach Dramaworks, and Matt Corey took home the honors for Best Sound Design for BROADSWORD, Mad Cat Theatre Company.

Longtime favorite actress Barbara Bradshaw, after receiving numerous nominations over the years, won the Best Actress Award for her performance in WHY TORTURE IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM at the Mosaic Theatre. Another multiple nomination actress, Elena Maria Garcia, also broke her Susan Lucci luck by winning the Best Supporting Actress award for her performances in City Theatre’s SUMMER SHORTS.

Gregg Weiner continues his winning streak again this year by winning the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in FARRAGUT NORTH at GableStage. Gregg was nominated for three awards this year.

In the Musical catagories, Best Actress went to Holly Shunkey for VICES: A LOVE STORY, Best Supporting Actress went to Gwen Hollander for LES MISERABLES, Best Actor went to Brad Oscar for BARNUM, and Best Supporting Actor went to Gary Marachek for LES MISERABLES. Best Production of a Musical went to LES MISERABLES at Actors' Playhouse, the production's director David Arisco won Best Director, and Eric Alsford won for Best Musical Direction. AC Ciulia won best choreography for VICES: A LOVE STORY.

Best New Work went to the creators of CAGNEY at Florida Stage, and Best Ensemble Production went to FARRAGUT NORTH. GableStage's production of SPEED THE PLOW also won Best Production of a Play, and Best Director for Joseph Adler. GableStage was also the recipient of the Bill von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence.

For the second year in a row Actors' Equity Association sponsored an award category; this year Best Actress in a Play. Representing AEA at the awards was Arne Gunderson and Valerie Toth-Grant. Also present was Marjorie Horne.

The evening culminated with an after party sponsored by the Theatre League of South Florida with drinks and food.

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