CalArts Faculty and Alumni Win LA Drama Critics Circle Awards

Several CalArtians earned accolades at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, which were held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on March 18. The awards honored standout productions and performances in the Los Angeles and Orange County theater scene during the 2012 season.

Center Theatre Group’s highly acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot, which featured Hugo Armstrong (Theater BFA 98), won the award for Ensemble Performance. It also won awards for direction, set design, as well as the McCulloh Award for Revival.

Angel Reda in a scene from 'Intimate Apparel' at The Pasadena Playhouse. | Photo: Jim Cox

Angel Reda in a scene from ‘Intimate Apparel’ at The Pasadena Playhouse, featuring costume design by Leah Piehl. | Photo: Jim Cox

The Costume Design award was shared by School of Theater faculty Ellen McCartney and alumna Leah Piehl (Theater MFA 06). McCartney won for the asymmetrical and some times only half there costumes on the all-male cast of The TreatmentPiehl’s award was for Intimate Apparel, a play about a middle-aged African-American seamstress who sews beautiful and delicate lingerie in New York City circa 1905.

David O (Theater BFA 92), musical director of several acclaimed theater performances, was given the Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969 and is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theater in Greater Los Angeles.

We posted a video from The Treatment, above.

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