The award season has coming to a close. The Oscars (the crown jewel of awards season) aired earlier this year- March 2018 & the Tony’s aired June 2018 thus calling for the awards season to wind down. Next up however, is the Emmy Awards. All of the local tv geeks are looking forward to those awards. Well, they should also be looking forward to some local awards of their own where they could possibly be nominated.
What awards am I talking about you ask? The AltDaily Theatre Awards or the ATA’s [which I so affectionately have dubbed them] is what I am talking about. Where did these come from you ask? Well they came from my little brain. This was an idea I was sitting on for about 2 years. Time flew by and then I was asked to write for AltDaily. After my first article was submitted I said let me take a leap of faith and present my idea to AltDaily and see if we can’t make this happen. This local area has been dry, as far as awarding it’s local theatrical talent. Being that I am a part of that scene I heard the talks, the cries and the concerns from my fellow actors. I said well I’m going to start it. I met with our former Theatre editor, Nicholas Thornburg and he thought it was an amazing idea. Tons of meetings ensued and now here we are. We have a judging panel (which you’ll meet later) that goes out and sees the shows in the local area. Participating theatres and companies include, Generic Theater, Peninsula Community Theatre, Little Theatre of Norfolk, Little Theatre of Virginia Beach, Smithfield Little Theatre, Williamsburg Players, Panglossian Production and CORE Theatre.
Having this in the area is so extremely important to me. It makes our actors , artists, dancers, singers, lighting designers, choreographers, sound designers, set designers, directors, musicians and a host of others feel valued and appreciated. With categories like Best Play, Best Musical, all acting categories (lead & featured), awards for design (sound, lighting, set), awards for directing/musical directing, choreography and even an audience choice award we tried to make sure not to leave anyone out.
Someone asked me the other day why did you want this to happen so bad. I told them they have awards like this in every other place, why can’t we have it here and it be done right? Also, I wanted to put my stamp on something in my 30’s. We all have those milestones in life where we want to have achieved something and with this I definitely have.
So as award season has come to an end, we are gearing up for own awards. Keep your eye out for more information and details coming soon. As for now meet our diversely creative judging panel.
DR. KAREN WARD
Ward has more than 30 years of experience in writing, directing, acting and producing in area of theatre. She has acted on professional stages across the country and has written songs from various musical genres. She has published in the area of communication and written plays for local and national arenas. She coordinates the major ceremonies for the University and serves as a dramatic and political critic. Ward has dedicated her life to theater. Having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and African and Afro-American studies, a Master of Fine Arts in acting and a Ph.D. in communication with an emphasis in theatre studies. Today, Ward serves as the chair of the HU Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and a professor, producer and director for The Hampton Players and Company.
Harrell is the Producing Artistic Director of Tidewater Stage, the professional theatre company of Regent University. He holds an MFA degree in Acting and teaches full-time in Regent’s graduate acting program as a voice and movement specialist. As a professional actor, he has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA for nearly 20 years. Some local acting credits include All My Sons (George Deever) and The Hampton Years(Malcolm MacLean) at Virginia Stage Company and Barefoot in the Park (Paul) and The Nerd (Rick) at Tidewater Stage. He has directed locally for Regent Theatre/Tidewater Stage for over a decade. He lives in Ghent with his wife, kids and feisty Chihuahua, Hamlet.
Gallagher is a published arranger and composer. He has served as director and/or musical director for Paramount’s Kings Dominion, Virginia Musical Theatre, the 19th Street Festhaus & Brewery, The Annabel Lee, First Night Virginia Beach & The Virginia Stage Company. Directing credits include: Will Rogers Follies, Aida, Legally Blonde, Chicago, All Shook Up, Swing, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Christmas Carol, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Next To Normal, Jekyll & Hyde, & Catch Me If You Can. He has served as chair of the Musical Theatre Dept at the Governor’s School for the Arts for 30 years and is currently artistic director for Virginia Musical Theatre.
Klein has been an active member of the Hampton Roads theater community for over ten years. He has performed in over 20 productions all across the peninsula, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. His favorite roles include Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde, Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Danny in Baby, Enoch Snow in Carousel, Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde the Musical, and Corny Collins in Hairspray. He has also served on the play selection committee for Williamsburg Players. During the day, he is a professor and Vice Provost at Christopher Newport University.
TERRY S. FLINT
Flint is the Executive Director of Zeiders American Dream Theater and a freelance scenic designer. Prior to ZADT, she worked at Virginia Stage Company, as Props Master and then as Production Manager. She has also worked for American Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. Local designs include Grounded, The Taming of the Shrew, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Comfort Team, Raisin in the Sun, Billy Bishop Goes to War, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway, all at VSC. She is happy to help Altdaily with this annual celebration of theatre in our community!
He has been an active member of the Hampton Roads theater community for many years. He has designed numerous sets for Smithfield Little Theatre. There he sits on the Board of Directors. Cox has directed numerous shows and designed the set for even more. Some of those included Fences (PCT) and Of Mice and Men (Smithfield).
Phil Poteat is the Worship and Programming Manager at Waters Edge Church in Yorktown. He loves local theatre. He obtain a degree in musical theatre from CNU. He also performs locally at different venues, “Phil Poteat LIVE”. Poteat loves being involved in the local theatre when possible and is thrilled to be a part of this year’s AltDaily Panel!
Jeffrey Seyller was last seen as Sir Archibald Proops in Jekyll & Hyde, Starring Constantine Maroulis with Virginia Musical Theatre and directing and performing in The Williamsburg Players’ 2016/17 Cabaret Series and Leading Ladies Cabaret featuring Tiffany Haas. Originally from Chicago, Jeffrey studied at DePaul University’s Conservatory of Music and has performed in shows throughout the country and traveled extensively worldwide as a Principal Singer on numerous cruise ships. He has performed with Bob Hope, Dick Van Dyke, Mariah Carey and the country group Alabama to name a few. Regional/Touring credits include Big River (Huck Finn) and Red, Hot & Blue (Featured Singer). Favorite roles include – Next to Normal (Dan), Into the Woods (Baker), Cabaret (Emcee), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Molina). When Jeffrey isn’t performing he is making Hampton Roads a more beautiful place – one house at a time. www.jeffreyseyllerdesign.com
Shawna Lawhorn has graced the stage in the Southside and Peninsula since 2009. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Communication from Regent University. Some favorite roles include Diana in Next to Normal (The Little Theatre of Norfolk), Emma in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical (the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach) and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown: The Musical (Generic Theater). She is an active member of the board of directors at the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach and greatly enjoys being a part of the theatre community here in Hampton Roads.
She is the owner of Centerstage Academy of Performing Arts. She has been in operation since 1995. She began teaching piano lessons while she was a student at the College of William & Mary in the mid-1990s where she obtained her degree in Music & Sociology. She has directed many shows with Centerstage and is happy to be contributing and apart of the judging panel.
Katherine Hammond is the Producing Artistic Director and Media Designer at the Warehouse of Theatre, a mediatized theatre company which produces works that explore the collision of theatre and film. Her works have appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival, EchoFluxx Festival of New Media and Art in Prague, New Orleans International Fringe, FringeWilmington, Virginia Stage Company, Fresh Fruit Festival – Wild Project in NYC, Tarptautinis Universitetų Teatrų Forumas International Theatre Festival in Lithuania and ODURep, as well as being part of the Kress Project at the Georgia Museum of Art. She and her partner, Lee Smith, were the 2017 professional winners of the Tupac Martir – USITT Lux Festival collaboration. Hammond is an Associate Professor at Old Dominion University.
He has worked in the arts for the past 30 years professionally and academically; directing, designing, acting and coaching more than 300 productions throughout the U.S. He is a graduate of Lindenwood Univ. (M.F.A.), Univ. of Maine (M.A.) and Franklin Pierce Univ. (B.A.). He is Co-Creator of I Hear America Singing & History Alive touring productions. He is a past president of LTN, a member of PCT’s board of directors and a current Arts Commissioner for Norfolk Commission of the Arts & humanities.
RYAN Q. MCINTIRE
He is an educator, actor, and stunt performer. Ryan holds a BFA in performance from the University of Central Missouri, as well as an MFA in performance. He has choreographed fights and stunts for television and at universities across the country. His productions of Tartuffe and Antigone have met with acclaim, and he has published articles on stage combat & training. Here at Old Dominion, He enjoys teaching classes such as The Theatre Experience, Public Speaking, History of Asian Theatre and The Work of Hayao Miyazaki. He is also proud to be the advisor for ODUOUT, the university’s student LGBTQ organization.
He is the Resident Lighting Designer and Master Electrician at Regent University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Speech from The College of William & Mary. He has been working in lighting design since 1996.
She is very excited to be on the AltDaily judging panel. She is coming off her directorial debut of Once on This Island at PCT which opened to rave reviews. She was Asst. Director at LTN (History Boys) & at Williamsburg Player (Joseph). She been performing for many years and singing is a great pastime of hers. She is an active member of the board of directors at Peninsula Community theatre and greatly enjoys being a part of the theatre community here in Hampton Roads.
He has worked as Technical Director for the California Shakespeare Theatre and as a Set Designer and TD for the Utah Festival Opera. He was an associate professor for the College of Santa Fe and The University of Colorado. He has worked with the Central City (CO) Opera and the Colorado and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. He has designed sets, lights, or sound for over 100 productions .He teaches Introduction to Production Technology and Introduction to Design. He lives in Norfolk with his wife, Helene Clehr, his daughter Grace, and two annoying dogs.
He is a professional actor and director who holds memberships and affiliations with Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. Since his arrival at Norfolk State University, the University has enjoyed national acclaim in drama & theatre, record-breaking attendance and historic partnerships with the areas leading arts organizations. He has received numerous honors and awards for his artistic efforts. He has also received multiple honors in education and service. Stockard is a native of Toledo, Ohio and received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Alabama State University and his M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University.
She is a Theatre Professor and the Head of Acting at the College of
William & Mary where she teaches a range of performance-related courses, as well as directing W&M Theatre productions and serving as voice & dialect coach. In addition, Professor Wiley is also an award-winning audiobook narrator working out of her home studio in Williamsburg (see www.wileyvoice.com).
ALTDAILY WRITING TEAM
The team is comprised of a variety of performers, directors and customers. They all have experience in the world of theatre combined.
What an impressive list. I’d like to thank them for all their hard work. This can’t be done without you. Stay tuned for more information regarding the awards.
- Celia Burnett
- Nina Martin
- Aliki Pantas Semones
- Garney Johnson
- BA Ciccolella
- Frank Connelly
- Jeffery Seneca
- Chris Bernhardt
- Raven Hudson
- Rebecca Edwards
- Rico Robinson
- Katelyn Jackson
- Jimmy Dragas
- Jeff Seneca