Arvada Center pops a wheelie: Record 29 Henry Award nominations

by John Moore | Jun 12, 2018
CSFACCC Fun Home

From the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's 'Fun Home,' which today received 11 Henry Award nominations. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

Homegrown productions of groundbreaking Fun Home combine for 19 nominations from Colorado Theatre Guild

By John Moore
Senior Arts Journalist

The Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2018 Henry Award nominations reflect the biggest story of the Colorado theatre year: Three Colorado companies became the first to stage the groundbreaking musical Fun Home — and they were rewarded today with a combined 19 nominations.

The Arvada Center broke the Henry Awards’ all-time record for nominations with 29, followed by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College with 24. The Denver Center was next, with 15. Those three are joined in the Outstanding Season category by the Aurora Fox, Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins, Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden and Vintage Theatre in Aurora.

The Fine Arts Center’s productions of Fun Home and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tied as the most honored productions of the Colorado theatre year, with 11 nominations each. Among musicals, Miners Alley Playhouse’s staging of Fun Home picked up eight nominations, followed by the Arvada Center’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (7), Inspire Creative’s co-production of Hairspray with Parker Arts (7), and the Aurora Fox’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (6).

 Arvada Center Sense and Sensibility Photo by Matthew Gale The most honored play of the year is the Arvada Center’s modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (on wheels!) with 10, followed by The Edge Theatre’s Mud Blue Sky (5) and the Arvada Center’s All My Sons (4), Vintage Theatre’s August: Osage County (4) and Benchmark Theatre’s A Kid Like Jake (4).  (Pictured: 'Sense and Sensibility.' Photo by Matthew Gale.)

Sense and Sensibility, which launched the Arvada Center’s second year with a year-round company of resident actors, earned four acting nods including, appropriately enough, one for Outstanding Ensemble. The precisely timed staging by Director Lynne Collins was more than an old-fashioned Jane Austen comedy of manners pitting heart versus head. “It’s a very physical, mannered dance, performed with distinction by a gifted cast,” wrote The Denver Post’s Joanne Ostrow. All of the set pieces were placed on wheels and twirled in precise choreography, steered by frenetic actors sometimes holding on by their ankles. Ostrow called the effort "a dizzying, delightful spectacle.”

DRScoundrels 400Fun Home, the first major Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, is an underdog story that was staged in early 2018 by companies  in Colorado Springs, Golden and Fort Collins. It is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of a woman who dives deep into her past to revisit how she discovered her own sexuality — while at the same time trying to piece together the mystery surrounding her late father. Alison is represented onstage by three actors playing the character at different ages. And, in a fun twist — at least one actor playing Alison at all three ages is nominated for a Henry Award, including young Sophia Dotson, who played “Small Alison” for Miners Alley Playhouse. 

(Pictured: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College's 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,' nominated for 11 Henry Awards.)

The Henrys nominate seven — and in some cases eight — artists in each category. The Outstanding Lead Actress field not only includes three of Colorado's Fun Home Alisons, it has two women from separate productions of Always … Patsy Cline: Norrell Moore played the iconic singer for BDT Stage, while Jalyn Courtenay Webb played her bossy friend Louise for Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. (Pictured, photos courtesy Midtown Arts Center and Glenn Ross.)

Patsy ClinesThe Henry Awards, which consider achievements among Colorado Theatre Guild member companies, have been notoriously topsy-turvy throughout its controversial and unpredictable 13-year existence. This year, for first time in Henrys history, not a single DCPA Theatre Company production is included among the seven nominated outstanding plays or musicals. The Denver Center received only two individual nominations among the Henrys' 58 possible acting slots — Jordan Leigh as a supporting actor in DCPA Cabaret’s First Date, and supporting actress Lulu Fall, who played The Acid Queen in the Theatre Company’s The Who’s Tommy.

The DCPA Theatre Company, which staged four world premieres this season, placed The Great Leap and Zoey's Perfect Wedding among the seven nominated new works. But not record-setting audience favorite American Mariachi, which already has been performed at the Old Globe in San Diego and has several more stagings lined up throughout the country. It received only one nomination, for costumes.

How Fun Home found a home in theatres all over Colorado

The Arvada Center's 29 nominations eclipes the Denver Center's record of 28 set in 2014. It has been two years since the Arvada Center added Collins (a double-nominee for direction) to oversee the production of plays while Rod A. Lansberry continues to supervise the musicals. Lansberry is nominated for his direction of A Chorus Line.  But what put the Arvada Center into record territory was the return of Joseph, once its annual holiday staple, which received seven nominations under the direction of Gavin Mayer.
 

In all, 29 member companies shared the 178 overall Henry Award nominations: 

Nominations by Company

  • Arvada Center: 29
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College: 24
  • DCPA Theatre Company, Cabaret and Off-Center: 15
  • Miners Alley Playhouse: 13
  • Vintage Theatre (Aurora): 12
  • Midtown Arts Center (Fort Collins): 11
  • Aurora Fox: 9
  • The Edge Theater Company: 7
  • Inspire Creative and Parker Arts: 7
  • Benchmark Theatre: 5
  • Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company: 5
  • Breckenridge Backstage Theatre: 5
  • OpenStage Theatre Company (Fort Collins): 5
  • Local Theater Company (Boulder): 4
  • Thunder River Theatre Company (Carbondale): 4
  • BDT Stage:3
  • Buntport Theater: 3
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival: 3
  • Lowry's Spotlight Theater (all shared with Vintage Theatre): 3
  • Town Hall Arts Center (Littleton): 3
  • Cherry Creek Theatre: 2
  • Lone Tree Arts Center: 2
  • TheatreWorks (Colorado Springs): 2
  • 5280 Artists Coop: 1
  • Emancipation Theater Company: 1
  • Evergreen Chorale: 1
  • Lake Dillon Theatre Company: 1
  • Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (Grand Lake): 1

Noticeably missing from that nominee slate is again Curious Theatre Company, a former Henry Awards darling that pulled out of further consideration in 2016, citing “a profound lack of diversity” among the winners.

August Adrian Egolf 160Among actors, multiple nominees this year include Adrian Egolf (pictured) as a lead actress in Benchmark Theatre’s A Kid Like Jake, and as a supporting actress in Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s The Revolutionists. She played a mother competing to get her gender-fluid 4-year-old into the best kindergarten in the former; a beguiling Marie Antoinette in the latter. Emma Messenger, who previously won Outstanding Actress two straight years, is twice nominated as a supporting actress this year, for The Edge Theater’s Mud Blue Sky and Vintage’s current Agnes of God, which runs through July 8. In the former, Messenger played a melancholy flight attendant pushed out of her job because of her body size; in the latter, she plays an imperious nun.

Nick Sugar, the most honored individual in Colorado Theatre Guild history, is nominated both for directing and choreographing the Aurora Fox’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, bringing his 13-year total to 21 Henry Award nominations.

There often are nominee clusters in the four design categories each year because the Guild splits scenic, lighting, sound and costume design nominees into two tiers determined by member companies' annual overall operating budgets. Only six member companies have annual budgets above the $1.2 million threshold and are therefore considered Tier I: The DCPA, Arvada Center, Creede Repertory Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Colorado Springs TheatreWorks. The rest all compete in Tier II. But both categories still get seven (and sometimes eight) nominees.

“We are looking to expand the number of Tier I companies for the 2018-19 season,” said CTG board member and past president T. David Rutherford. “We will be discussing the change with producers in the weeks to come.”

Jason DucatDesigners Jason Ducat (pictured) and Brian Mallgrave pulled off a triple play by each landing three individual nominations this year. Ducat, whose most recent sound design is currently on display in the DCPA’s Human Error, was nominated three times, for the Arvada Center’s All My Sons and Sense and Sensibility; and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar. Mallgrave, a former actor who has now earned 19 Henry Award nominations as a scenic designer, was singled out this year for the Arvada Center’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sense and Sensibility and Sunday in the Park with George.

Denver Center Costume Designer Meghan Anderson Doyle was nominated twice in Tier I, for the Theatre Company’s American Mariachi and Off-Center’s The Wild Party. Lighting Designer Katie Gruenhagen landed nominations in both tiers: For Off-Center’s This is Modern Art (Tier I) and Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s Birds of North America.

Other multiple nominees this year include:

  • Nathan Halvorson for both directing Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Fun Home, and for his choreography for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
  • Jalyn Courtenay Webb, as Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Louise in Midtown Arts Center’s Always … Patsy Cline in Fort Collins, and for her co-musical direction of Midtown’s Ragtime.
  • Lynne Collins, for directing the Arvada Center’s All My Sons and Sense and Sensibility.
  • Bernie Cardell, for directing August: Osage County for Vintage Theatre and Sleuth as a co-production between Vintage and Lowry's Spotlight Theatre.
  • Barry J. DeBois, who has made a pretty solid career for himself playing Guy in various productions of Once around the country, is nominated as Outstanding Actor in a Musical as well as for his co-musical direction for the Midtown Arts Center. Kurt Terrio is nominated for his co-musical direction of Midtown’s Ragtime and Once. Both productions also are nominated for Outstanding Musical.
  • Costume Designer Clare Henkel is nominated for the Arvada Center’s Sense and Sensibility and Sunday in the Park with George.
  • Scenic Designer Brandon Case is nominated for the Aurora Fox’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Real Women Have Curves
  • Sound Designer Tori Higgins is nominated for Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fun Home.
  • Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck is nominated for choreographing the Arvada Center’s A Chorus Line and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • Peter Anthony is nominated for his scenic and sound designs for OpenStage Theatre Company’s The Crucible.

And while Warren Sherrill is officially nominated only once, for his scenic design of The Edge’s Mud Blue Sky, he also directed two Outstanding Play nominees: The Edge’s Death of a Salesman and Benchmark Theatre’s A Kid Like Jake.

Highly regarded eligible companies that were shut out of the nominations this year include Boulder’s The Catamounts, which had eight nominations a year ago; Phamaly Theatre Company; Creede Repertory Theatre; the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown; Performance Now in Lakewood; and Theatre Aspen, which earned 25 nominations just two years ago and won Outstanding Season by a company.

Perhaps the most glaringly omitted individual among all nominees is Emily Van Fleet, who was critically celebrated for headlining two very different challenges in Off-Center’s The Wild Party and the Arvada Center’s Sunday in the Park with George. Van Fleet, a 2017 True West Award winner, has never earned a Henry Award nomination.

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Established in 2006, the Henrys are named for longtime local theatre producer Henry Lowenstein and serve as the Colorado Theatre Guild's annual fundraising event. Nominations were determined through a judging process conducted by statewide adjudicators. Five judges must score a show for it to be eligible. According to Rutherford, 162 of 197 shows were fully scored, or 82.2 percent of all member offerings.

He said that unlike other years, the nominees for Outstanding Season were determined simply by the seven companies with the most nominations.

The Guild has overhauled the judging pool in recent months, aggressively growing the number of active judges from about 25 a year ago to 100. Rutherford says the judging pool for the new theatre season, which began June 1, has grown to 120. Many other sweeping changes for the coming season include judges being assigned to shows they score, rather than choosing they shows they want to see.

Tickets for the 2018 Henry Awards ceremony are $35 for CTG members (up from $23 last year); the nonmember price is now $40 (and rises to $45 on the day of the event July 23).

John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the U.S by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. He has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center’s Senior Arts Journalist.

Video: A look back at the 2017 Henry Awards

2018 HENRY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company

  • Arvada Center
  • Aurora Fox
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • DCPA Theatre Company
  • Midtown Arts Center
  • Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Vintage Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Play

  • All My Sons, Arvada Center, Directed by Lynne Collins
  • August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre, Directed by Bernie Cardell
  • Constellations, Thunder River Theatre Company, Directed by Mike Monroney
  • Death of a Salesman, The Edge Theater Company, Directed by Warren Sherrill
  • A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre, Directed by Warren Sherrill
  • The Rape of the Sabine Women, Local Theater Company, Directed by Christy Montour-Larson
  • Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center, Directed by Lynne Collins

Outstanding Production of a Musical

  • JAKE MENDES HEDWIG AURORA FOXHedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox, Directed by Nick Sugar, Musical Direction by David Nehls
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Directed by Scott RC Levy, Musical Direction by Sharon Skidgel
  • Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Directed by Nathan Halvorson, Musical Direction by Stephanie McGuffin
  • Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse, Directed by Len Matheo, Musical Direction by Mitch Samu
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center, Directed by Gavin Mayer, Musical Direction by Roberto Sinha
  • Once, Midtown Arts Center, Directed by Kurt Terrio, Musical Direction by Barry DeBois and Kurt Terrio
  • Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center, Directed by Joseph Callahan, Musical Direction by Jalyn Courtenay Webb and Kurt Terrio

Outstanding Direction of a Play

  • Craig Bond, Red, Vintage Theatre
  • Bernie Cardell, August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre
  • Bernie Cardell, Sleuth, Vintage Theatre and Lowry's Spotlight Theater
  • Lynne Collins, All My Sons, Arvada Center
  • Lynne Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Mike Monroney, Constellations, Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Christy Montour-Larson, The Rape of the Sabine Women, Local Theater Company

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

  • Sam Buntrock, The Who's Tommy, DCPA Theatre Company
  • Nathan Halvorson, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Rod A. Lansberry, A Chorus Line, Arvada Center
  • Scott RC Levy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Len Matheo, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Gavin Mayer, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
  • Nick Sugar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox Arts Center

Outstanding Musical Direction

  • Barry J. DeBois and Kurt Terrio, Once, Midtown Arts Center
  • Donna Kolpan Debreceni, In the Heights, Town Hall Arts Center
  • Tanner Kelly, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
    Mitch Samu, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Roberto Sinha, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
  • Sharon Skidgel, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Jalyn Courtenay Webb and Kurt Terrio, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center

Outstanding Actor in a Play

  • Antonio Amadeo, A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre
  • Logan Ernstthal, A Picasso, Cherry Creek Theatre
  • Kevin Hart, Death of a Salesman, The Edge Theater Company
  • Chris Kendall, District Merchants, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Esau Pritchett, Fences, Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Lance Rasmussen, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Mark Robbins, Amadeus, Colorado Springs TheatreWorks
  • Mark Rubald, Sleuth, Vintage Theatre and Lowry's Spotlight Theatre

Outstanding Actress in a Play

  • Adrian Egolf, A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre
  • Lauren Hooper, Intimate Apparel, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Candace Joice, District Merchants, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Lenne Klingaman, Hamlet, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Missy Moore, Ugly Lies the Bone, Lake Dillon Theatre Company
  • Jessica Robblee, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Erin Rollman, The Book Handlers, Buntport Theater

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

  • Brian Boyd, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center
  • Larry Cahn, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Barry J. DeBois, Once, Midtown Arts Center
  • Tim Howard, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Patrick Oliver Jones, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Jake Mendes, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox
  • Kyle Dean Steffen, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

  • Elena Juliano, Once, Midtown Arts Center
  • Jessica Kahkoska, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Susannah McLeod, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Allison Mickelson, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Norrell Moore, Always ... Patsy Cline, BDT Stage
  • Marissa Rudd, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center
  • Jalyn Courtenay Webb, Always ... Patsy Cline, Midtown Arts Center

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

  • Geoffrey Kent Matthew GaleZachary Andrews, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Sam Gregory, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Geoffrey Kent, All My Sons, Arvada Center
  • Bob Moore, The Price, Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Matt Schneck, The Rape of the Sabine Women, Local Theater Company
  • Marc Stith, August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre
  • Erik Thurston, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

  • Jessica Austgen, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Emily Davies, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company
  • Hannah Duggan, Edger Allan Poe is Dead and So is My Cat, Buntport Theater
  • Adrian Egolf, The Revolutionists, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Kristina Fountaine, District Merchants, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Emma Messenger, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company
  • Emma Messenger, Agnes of God, Vintage Theatre
  • Martha Harmon Pardee, A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre

Jordan LeighOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

  • Brandon Bill, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
  • Randy Chalmers, Ain't Misbehavin', Town Hall Arts Center
  • Stephen Day, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
  • TJ Hogle, Bullets Over Broadway, Vintage Theatre
  • Jordan Leigh, First Date, DCPA Cabaret (pictured)
  • Josh Rigo, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Christopher Willard, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

Fun Home. Miners Alley Playhouse. Sophia Dotson. Photo by John Moore.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

  • Mackenzie Beyer, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Judeth Shay Comstock, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Sophia Dotson (pictured above), Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Colby Dunn, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Lulu Fall, The Who's Tommy, DCPA Theatre Company
    Julia Tobey, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
  • Megan Van De Hey, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

  • A Chorus Line, Arvada Center
  • A Kid Like Jake, Benchmark Theatre
  • Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • A Picasso, Cherry Creek Theatre
  • Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Sleuth, Vintage Theatre and Lowry's Spotlight Theatre

Outstanding Choreography

  • Liane Adamo, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
  • Clark Ausloos and Jeff Duke, West Side Story, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Joseph Callahan, Ragtime, Midtown Arts Center
  • Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, A Chorus Line, Arvada Center
  • Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
  • Nathan Halvorson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Nick Sugar, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox

Outstanding New Play or Musical

  • The Book Handlers, By Buntport Theater; Directed by Buntport Theater, Produced by Buntport Theater
  • A Christmas Carol, Adapted for the stage by Josh Hartwell; Directed by Len Matheo, Produced by Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Colorism: Breaking the Chains of Complexion, By Kenya Fashaw; Directed by Kenya Fashaw and Adrienne Martin-Fullwood, Produced by 5280 Artists Coop
  • The Great Leap, By Lauren Yee; Directed by Eric Ting, Produced by DCPA Theatre Company
  • Honorable Disorder, By Jeff Campbell; Directed by Jeff Campbell, Produced by Emancipation Theater Company
  • The Three Musketeers, Adapted for the stage by Richard Strahle; Directed by Denise Burson Freestone, Produced by OpenStage Theatre Company
  • Zoey's Perfect Wedding, By Matthew Lopez; Directed by Mike Donahue, Produced by DCPA Theatre Company

Outstanding Costume Design, larger budget

  • Stephanie Bradley, Amadeus, Colorado Springs TheatreWorks 
  • Meghan Anderson Doyle, American Mariachi, DCPA Theatre Company
    Meghan Anderson Doyle, The Wild Party, DCPA Off-Center
  • Sydney Gallas, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Clare Henkel, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Clare Henkel, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center
  • Drew Mathisen, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center

Outstanding Costume Design, smaller budget

  • Terri Fong, Ain't Misbehavin', Town Hall Arts Center
  • Brenda King, The Revolutionists, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Laurie Klapperich, Real Women Have Curves, Aurora Fox Arts Center
  • Cole Mitchell, The Producers, Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Linda Morken, Always...Patsy Cline, BDT Stage
  • Davis Sibley, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Evergreen Chorale
  • Rebecca Spafford, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company

Outstanding Lighting Design, larger budget

  • Katie Gruenhagen, This is Modern Art, DCPA Off-Center
  • Alex Jainchill, Macbeth, DCPA Theatre Company
  • Charles R. MacLeod, Native Gardens, DCPA Theatre Company
  • Shannon McKinney, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center
  • Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, Smart People, DCPA Theatre Company
  • Holly Rawls, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Jonathan Spencer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Outstanding Lighting Design, smaller budget

  • Seth Alison, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
  • Katie Gruenhagen, Birds of North America, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Sean Jeffries, Constellations, Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Brett Maughan, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox Arts Center
  • Vance McKenzie, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Andrew Metzroth, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Brian Miller, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company

Outstanding Scenic Design larger budget

  • Lex Liang, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Brian Mallgrave, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Arvada Center
    Brian Mallgrave, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Brian Mallgrave, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center
  • Lisa M. Orzolek, Native Gardens, DCPA Theatre Company
  • Christopher L. Sheley, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Jason Sherwood, The Who's Tommy, DCPA Theatre Company

Outstanding Scenic Design, smaller budget

  • Peter Anthony, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company
  • Tina Anderson, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Brandon Case, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aurora Fox
  • Brandon Case, Real Women Have Curves, Aurora Fox
  • Susan Crabtree, Wisdom from Everything, Local Theater Company
  • Michael R. Duran, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
  • Ed Haynes, Fences, Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Warren Sherrill, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company

Outstanding Sound Design, larger budget

  • Jason Ducat, All My Sons, Arvada Center
  • Jason Ducat, Sense and Sensibility, Arvada Center
  • Jason Ducat, Julius Caesar, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Tori Higgins, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Tori Higgins, Fun Home, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • Elisheba Ittoop, This is Modern Art, DCPA Off-Center
  • David Thomas, Sunday in the Park with George, Arvada Center

Outstanding Sound Design, smaller budget

  • Peter Anthony, The Crucible, OpenStage Theatre Company
  • Justin Babcock, Fun Home, Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Joe Brindley, Hairspray, Inspire Creative and Parker Arts
  • Ashley Campbell, Mud Blue Sky, The Edge Theater Company
  • Carlos D. Flores, Red, Vintage Theatre
  • Wayne Kennedy, Always...Patsy Cline, BDT Stage
  • Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry, August: Osage County, Vintage Theatre

2018 Henry Awards: Ticket information

  • Monday, July 23
  • 6 p.m. drinks; 7 p.m. awards
  • At the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., just west of Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue,
  • Tickets: $35 for CTG members, $40 non-members.
  • Call 720-509-1000 or go to lonetreeartscenter.org

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  1. Susan Leiser | Jun 16, 2018
    The Henry Awards need another overhauling.

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