On Monday night, the 2013 Barrymore Award winners were announced at Old City’s Arden Theatre. Philadelphia actress Charlotte Ford (pictured) came away the biggest individual winner, taking home the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. Ford conceived of and co-starred in BANG, the 2012 Fringe festival hit, and also won the 2012 Best of Philly award for Theater Talent from Philadelphia magazine. This was Ford’s third year in a row as a nominee for the Haas award, and it’s a well-deserved victory.
The runners-up, each of whom received a $1,000 award, were actress Liz Filios, playwright and Foundry co-founder Jacqueline Goldfinger, director and Swim Pony Performing Arts founder Adrienne Mackey, and theater artist and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation co-founder Alex Torra.
Other 2013 Barrymore Award winners and nominees:
The late actress and director Ceal Phelan was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Phelan died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. She co-founded Delaware Theatre Company in 1978 and was a resident company member of People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern.
The $25,000 Brown Martin Philadelphia Award was presented to the Arden Theatre Company for its production of Next to Normal. Runners up, each receiving a $2,500 award, were 1812 Productions for It's My Party: The Women and Comedy Project; Simpatico Theatre Project and the Renegade Company for The Amish Project and the Wilma Theater for Angels In America, Part Two: Perestroika.
The $10,000 June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater, intended for companies with annual budgets of less than $400,000, was given to 11th Hour Theatre Company. Their next production is Lizzie: In Concert, the Lizzie in question being Lizzie Borden. Runners up were Azuka Theatre, EgoPo Classic Theatre, Inis Nua Company and Quintessence Theatre Group.
Kudos to all of the 2013 Barrymore Award winners and nominees. You all make Philadelphia a better place.