Artsie Award Winners Announced for 2015

"Caroline, or Change" leads the way with four Artsies.

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Matt Shofner took home best actor in a musical for his memorable portrayal of the transsexual Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
  • Matt Shofner took home best actor in a musical for his memorable portrayal of the transsexual Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

The Richmond Theater Critics Circle held its annual award show on Sunday, an affair that's like Richmond's own Tonys show tossed back with a little Golden Globe revelry. Acclaimed local cabaret performer and actress Georgia Rogers Farmer served as the mistress of ceremonies.

The musical "Caroline, or Change," by Cadence Theatre in collaboration with Virginia Rep, led the way with four Artsies. The story follows the tale of a black maid working in a Jewish home following JFK's assassination.

The Artsie for best play went to 5th Wall Theatre's production of "The Human Terrain," which followed the travails of a civilian analyst embedded in Iraq. The Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond area theater went to Bob Albertia, Robert Watkins and deVaeaux Riddick.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Play: "The Human Terrain," 5th Wall Theatre

Best Direction (Play): Jan Powell, "Equivocation"

Best Actor (Play): Jerold Solomon, "The Whipping Man"

Best Actress (Play): McLean Jesse, "The Human Terrain"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Play): Jeff Clevenger, "Hamlet"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Play): Sara Heifetz, "The Human Terrain"

Best Musical: "Caroline, or Change," Cadence Theatre in collaboration with Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Direction (Musical): Billy Christopher Maupin, "Carrie: The Musical

Best Actor (Musical): Matt Shofner, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Best Actress (Musical): Desiree Roots, "Caroline, or Change"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Musical): Brandon McKinney, "Caroline, or Change"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Musical): Grace Mincks, "Carrie: The Musical"

Best Musical Direction: Ryan Corbitt, "Caroline, or Change"

Best Choreography: Brad Willcuts, "South Pacific"

The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting: "The Altruists," TheatreLab

Most Promising Newcomer: Denver Crawford, "The Aliens"

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design: BJ Wilkinson, "The Whipping Man"

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design: Sue Griffin, "Mame"

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design: Kat Conley, "The Whipping Man"

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Joey Luck, "Psycho Beach Party"

Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater: Bob Albertia, Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick

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