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Alumni, faculty win big theater awards


Bonnie Comley, MA '94, won an Olivier Award for Top Hat, which she produced for London's Aldwych Theatre. 

Emerson’s theater alumni and faculty are making big news this week by winning, or receiving nominations for, prestigious awards.

Bonnie Comley, MA ’94, won an Olivier Award for Best New Musical for Top Hat, which she co-produced for London’s Aldwych Theatre. Comley has previously won Tony Awards. The Olivier Award is the British equivalent of a Tony.

Andrea Martin ’69 was nominated this week for a Tony Award for Best Performance by An Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Pippin.

Jason E. Grossman ’02 is co-producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which stars actors Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce and received six Tony nominations.

Professor Robbie McCauley, of the Department of Performing Arts, has won an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Solo Performance for her one-woman play, Sugar, produced by ArtsEmerson. McCauley received a surprise party this week for her award as well as her impending retirement. She has worked for Emerson since 2001 and spent several decades in theater and higher education.

In addition, Benny Sato Ambush, senior distinguished producing director-in-residence in Performing Arts, was awarded an IRNE for Best Director of a Play for Master Harold and the Boys.

Spiro Veloudos ’74 won Best Director of a Musical for Avenue Q, produced by Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

John Cuff ’05 won Best Lighting Design for a Small Company for The Fakus: A Noir, which was produced by Centastage.

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