Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees!
THE BEST DIRECTION OF PLAYS in 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE:
Paul Morella for A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at Olney Theatre Center.
Michael Baron for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre.
Laurie T. Freed for A Delicate Balance at Peace Mountain Theatre Company.
Patrick Mullen for A Few Good Men at Off the Quill.
Kyle Donnelly for All The Way at Arena Stage.
Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Annapolis Shakespeare Company
Jason Loewith for Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches: a joint Production of Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center.
Ryan Rilette for Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika: a joint Production of Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center.
Kasi Campbell for Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Nataki Garrett for An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Derek Goldman for A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre.
Wendy C. Goldberg for As You Like It at Center Stage.
Frank Cevarich for A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular at Pointless Theatre Company.
Jason Schlafstein for Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s at Flying V.
Michael Dove for Blackberry Winter at Forum Theatre.
Shirley Serotsky for Broadway Bound at 1st Stage.
Paige Hernandez for brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Theater Alliance.
Mitchell Hébert for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Round House Theatre.
José Zayas for Chronicle of a Death Foretold at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
Michael Kahn for Cloud Nine at The Studio Theatre.
Mike Donahue for Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Heather Benjamin for Copenhagen at Perisphere Theater.
Irina Tsikurishvili for Dante’s Inferno at Synetic Theatre.
Derek Goldman for Diary of Anne Frank at Olney Theatre Center.
Kamilah Forbes for Detroit ‘67 at Center Stage.
Jason King Jones for Dial ‘M’ for Murder at Olney Theatre Center.
Rick Hammerly for Driving Miss Daisy at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.
Amber McGinnis Jackson for Equus at Constellation Theatre Company.
Timothy Douglas for Disgraced at Arena Stage.
Timothy Douglas for Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) at Round House Theatre.
Deidra Starnes for for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf at Theater Alliance.
Alan Paul for Fully Committed at MetroStage.
Deborah Randall for Fur at Venus Theatre Company.
Deborah Randall for Garbage Kids at Venus Theatre Company.
Amber Paige McGinnis (direction and Clifford Williams III (fight choreography) for Girl in the Red Corner at The Welders.
Colin Hovde for Going to a Place Where You Already Are at Theater Alliance.
Alice Stanley for Hamlet at Cohesion Theatre Company.
Joanie Schultz for Hand to God at The Studio Theatre.
Yves Regenass and Gillian Drake for Happy Hour at Spooky Action Theater.
David Muse for Hedda Gabler at The Studio Theatre.
Serge Seiden for Hooded at Mosaic Theatre Company-a fully staged reading at Page to Stage Festival.
Matt Reckeweg for Hugo Ball: a Dada puppet AdveNTuRe!!/?1!!?? at Pointless Theatre Company.
Shay Pitovsky for I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company.
Frank Labovitz for King Ubu at Pointless Theatre Company.
Yury Urnov for Kiss at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Hana S. Sharif for Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Center Stage.
Alex Levy for Lobby Hero at 1st Stage.
Jason Loewith for Marjorie Prime at Olney Theatre Center.
Matt Bassett for Matt & Ben at Flying V.
Jennifer L. Nelson for Milk Like Sugar at Mosaic Theater Company of DC.
David Catlin for Moby Dick at Arena Stage.
Matt Torney for MotherStruck at The Studio Theatre.
Brad Norris for Neverwhere at Cohesion Theatre.
Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan for 1984 at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Ian Gallanar for Othello at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Ron Daniels for Othello at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Alex Levy for Proof at 1st Stage.
Richard Henrich for Rameau’s Nephew at Spooky Action Theater.
Sue Schaffel and Garrett Schaffel for Riot at The Highwood Theatre.
Deborah Randall for Rock the Line at Venus Theatre Company.
Alan Paul for Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Aleksey Kulikov with Edwin Aparacio in Salvador in the 12th International Flamenco Festival at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
Paata Tsikurishvili for Sleeping Beauty at Synetic Theater.
Deborah Randall for Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah at Venus Theatre Company.
Shana Cooper for Straight White Men at The Studio Theatre.
Angela Kay Pirko for Tame. at WSC Avant Bard.
Doug Hughes for The City of Conversation at Arena Stage.
Michael Kahn for The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Joe Calarco for The Flick at Signature Theatre.
Joe Calarco for The Gulf at Signature Theatre.
Stephanie Mumford for The Lady With the Little Dog at Quotidian Theatre Company.
Paata Tsikurishvili for The Man in the Iron Mask at Synetic Theater.
Shana Cooper for The Nether at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Jack Sbarbori for The Night Alive at Quotidian Theatre Company.
Yury Urnov for The Pillowman at Forum Theatre.
Johanna Gruenhut for The Roommate at Everyman Theatre.
Kasi Campbell for The Sisters Rosensweig at Theater J.
Ethan McSweeney for The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Donald Hicken for The Turn of the Screw at Annapolis Shakespeare Company.
Gaye Taylor Upchurch for The Year of Magical Thinking at Arena Stage.
Sally Boyett for Twelfth Night at Annapolis Shakespeare Company.
Serge Seiden for When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater Company.
Michael Dove for When the Rain Stops Falling at 1st Stage.
*Psalmayene 24 for Word Becomes Flesh at Theater Alliance.
Thembi Duncan for Yellowman at The Anacostia Playhouse.
Jason Schlafstein for You, Or Whatever I Can Get at Flying V and National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.
HOW WE SELECTED OUR HONOREES
DCMetroTheaterArts writers were permitted to honor productions and concerts, dance, and operas that they saw and reviewed and productions and concerts and dance performances that they saw but did not review. Every honoree was seen. These are not nominations. There is no voting.
The staff is honoring productions, performances, direction, and design in professional, community, university, high school, and children’s theatres, and are also honoring the same in musical venues. We are honoring work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey, and Delaware.
DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #1: Best Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA.
DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #2: Best Musicals In Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA.
DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #4: Best Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA.
DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #5: Best Plays In Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA.
DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #12: Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theater in DC/MD/VA.
The Complete List of The ‘Best of 2015’ Honorees on DCMetroTheaterArts.