Photo Highlights from the 2019 Helen Hayes Ceremony!

In a long but briskly paced ceremony, recipients were announced in 49 categories with the top prizes of Oustanding Production going to the plays 'Gloria' (Hayes) and 'Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce' (Constellation Theatre Company, Helen) and musicals 'Camelot' (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hayes) and 'Fly by Night; (1st Stage, Helen)

Visual highlights from the 35th Annual Helen Hayes Awards Ceremony. A complete list of recipients can be found here. Photos of the before and after parties can be found here.

All photos by Mukul Ranjan. Check out Mukul’s work at Mukul Ranjan Photography.

THE CEREMONY

Co-hosts Rick Hammerly and Felicia Curry begin the 35th annual Helen Hayes Awards.
Host Felicia Curry and Presenter Dane Figueroa Edidi
Host Felicia Curry and Presenter Dane Figueroa Edidi
Caroline Wolfson accepts her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical (Helen) for Fly by Night at 1st Stage.

Maria Rizzo took home two awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical (Hayes) for ‘Anything Goes’ at Arena Stage and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Helen) for ‘Chicago’ at The Keegan Theatre.
DeCarlo Raspberry, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical (Helen) for ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.
Hasani Allen accepting his Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical (Hayes) Award for ‘The Wiz’ at Ford’s Theatre
Erik Teague accepts his Outstanding Costume Design (Helen) award with his wife by his side. Teague won for his costuming of ‘The Trial’ at Synetic Theater.
Host Rick Hammerly with Britt Bonney accepting her Outstanding Musical Direction (Helen) award for ‘Girlfriend’ at Signature Theatre.
Jimmy Mavrikes accepts his award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (Helen) for ‘Girlfriend’ at Signature Theatre.
Tuyet Thi Pham accepting her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play (Helen) for ‘The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs’ Spooky Action Theater
Members of the cast of ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ at Signature Theatre accept their Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical (Hayes) award.
The cast of Studio Theatre’s ‘The Wolves’ accepts their Outstanding Ensemble of a Play Award (Hayes).
Colleagues present Jennifer L. Nelson with the Helen Hayes Tribute Award.
Jennifer L. Nelson accepts the Helen Hayes Tribute Award for a lifetime of work in DC-area theater.
Regina Aquino accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Helen) Award for ‘The Events’ at Theater Alliance.
Regina Aquino accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Helen) Award for ‘The Events’ at Theater Alliance.
Erika Rose accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Hayes) Award for ‘Queens Girl in Africa’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC.
Natsu Onoda Power took home two awards for ‘The Lathe of Heaven’ at Spooky Action Theater/Georgetown University: Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation and Outstanding Set Design.
Natascia Diaz accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Hayes) Award for ‘Passion’ at Signature Theatre.
Tai Alexander and Ty Hallmark accept the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theater Company.
Tai Alexander and Ty Hallmark accept the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theater Company.
Co-hosts Rick Hammerly and Felicia Curry with Victor Shargai, founding chair of theatreWashington’s board of directors.
Shakespeare Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul accepts the Outstanding Production in a Musical (Hayes) Award on behalf of STC’s ‘Camelot.’
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Nicole Hertvik
A reformed child actor, Nicole got her BA in English literature before wandering the globe for a decade, writing and teaching English in Prague, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Paris. She eventually landed in NYC where she received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and dabbled in theater as an actor, script reader, and dramaturg. Thrilled by the strong and diverse theater community she discovered in Washington, DC, Nicole wakes up every morning excited to contribute to DC Metro Theater Arts and other publications. Nicole studied journalism at Georgetown University and was a 2019 fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute. Email: nicole@dcmetrotheaterarts.com, Instagram: @nicolehertvik, Twitter: @nicolehertvik, Facebook: Nicole Hertvik.