Supporting creative work by women
On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the Theatre World Awards at New World Stages. The Theatre World Awards recognizes debut performances on Broadway and Off Broadway. The ceremony, hosted by delightful Peter Filichia, was a charming, breezy affair, a true celebration of dreams and hard work. The six female and six male winners were truly delighted by this recognition of their talent and to be in the company of their peers — former Theatre World Award winners and presenters Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kate Burton, Tovah Feldshuh, Alfred Molina, Viola Davis, Michael Cerveris and more.
The 2009-10 Theatre World Award winners, selected from 107 eligible female roles and 167 eligible male roles on Broadway and Off Broadway this season, were:
Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur
Chris Chalk, Fences
Bill Heck, The Orphans’ Home Cycle
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Keira Keeley, The Glass Menagerie
Sahr Ngaulah, FELA!
Eddie Redmayne, Red
Andrea Riseborough, The Pride
Heidi Schreck, Circle Mirror Transformation
Stephanie Umoh, Ragtime
Michael Urie, The Temperamentals
Bobby Steggert received the Dorothy Loudon Starbaby Award for his turns in Yank! and Ragtime. The award is given to an auspicious performance on Broadway or Off Broadway, not necessarily a debut performance.
Thank you to the Theatre World Awards for recognizing men and women equally.