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Emerson Theatre Community Earns Multiple IRNE Nominations

Karen Pittman, left, and Daniel Gerroll were both nominated for IRNE Awards for their performances in The White Card, which earned a total of three nods. File photo/Gretjen Helene Photography

Twelve Emerson faculty members and alumni, and six ArtsEmerson productions were nominated for dozens of Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards, which honors the casts and crews of small, mid-size, and large stage productions in the region.

The 23rd Annual IRNE Awards will be presented Monday, April 8, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, commissioned and presented by ArtsEmerson and produced and directed by American Repertory Theatre, had three nominations in the Large Stage category, including Best New Play, Best Actress for Karen Pittman, and Best Actor for Daniel Gerroll.

Born for This, a musical based on the life of BeBe Winans that premiered with Arts Emerson, was nominated for five awards, including Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Nita Whitaker and Kirsten Wyatt, Best Actor in a Musical for Donald Webber Jr., and Best Visiting Production.

Other nods for ArtsEmerson include: Best Solo Performance for Liza Jessie Peterson, writer/performer of The Peculiar Patriot; Best Visiting Production for WET: A DACAmented Journey and The Migration; and Best Visiting Actor for Ollie West of Hamnet.

Affiliated faculty members Spiro Veloudos and Courtney O’Connor, producing artistic director and associate artistic director, respectively, of Lyric Stage Company, can boast 19 nominations across 15 categories, including Best Musical, Best Play, and most acting categories for plays and musicals by mid-size companies.

Accompanist Dan Rodriguez has two Musical Director nominations, for Reagle Music Theatre’s Anything Goes and Moonbox Production’s Cabaret. Affiliated faculty member Rachel Bertone took two nominations – Choreography and Director of a Musical – for her work on Cabaret. And Mark Linehan ‘07 was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Anything Goes and Wheelock Family Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast.

Other nominations include:

Guy Ben-Aharon ‘12, Director of a Play, for The Last Act (Israeli Stage)

Arshan Gailus, affiliated faculty, Sound Design, for Death and the Maiden (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company)

Todd Gordon, affiliated faculty Musical Director, for 1776 (New Repertory Theatre)

Janie E. Howland, affiliated faculty, Set Design, for Anna Christie (Lyric Stage)

Tyler Kinney ‘11, Costume Design, for Wigout (Company One)

Matthew Stern, affiliated faculty, Musical Director, for Fun Home (SpeakEasy Stage)

The pre-Broadway premiere of Moulin Rouge!, produced by Global Creatures and presented by Ambassador Theatre Group at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, was nominated for nine IRNEs, including Best New Musical, Choreography, Actor, Actress, and Supporting Actor.





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