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Faculty, Alums Nab Nominations from Boston Theater Critics

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Norwegian theatre company Plexus Polaire staged Moby Dick at ArtsEmerson in January 2024. File photo/Christophe Raynaud De Lage

Several Emerson faculty and alums are nominated for Eliot Norton Awards for Sustained Excellence by the Boston Theater Critics Association.

In addition, ArtsEmerson’s presentation of Plexus Polaire’s Moby Dick, won which this year’s Best Visiting Production. Moby Dick ran in January 2024, and told Herman Melville’s classic novel using seven actors, 50 puppets, video projections, a “drowned” orchestra, and a life-sized whale.

While Moby Dick is a lock, most Eliot Norton Awards winners will be announced at the May 20 ceremony, being held at the Huntington Theatre.

Performing Arts affiliated faculty member Jared Troilo was nominated for two awards: Outstanding Lead in a Musical for Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston’s Oklahoma! and Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for The Huntington and Speakeasy Stage Company’s The Band’s Visit.

And Senior Distinguished Artist-in-Residence P. Carl is nominated for Outstanding New Script for his stage adaptation of his memoir, Becoming a Man, produced by American Repertory Theatre.

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Senior Distinguished Artist-in-Residence P. Carl is nominated for Outstanding New Script for Becoming a Man. Photo/Ryan Pfluger

Other Emerson faculty nominees include:

Senior affiliated faculty member Courtney O’Connor, MA ’97, MFA’ 20 for Outstanding Director, Midsize Theater for Lyric Stage’s Assassins.

Affiliated faculty member Harold Steward for Outstanding Director, Midsize Theater for As You Like It, produced by Actors Shakespeare Project, in partnership with The Theater Offensive.

Associate Professor Luciana Stecconi for Outstanding Scenic Design, Large Theater for Fat Ham, produced by The Huntington in association with Alliance Theatre and Front Porch Arts

Affiliated faculty member Maria Servellon, MFA ’18 for Outstanding Scenic Design, Midsize or Small Theater for Compay One Theatre’s The Interrobangers.

Affiliated faculty member Baron Pugh for Outstanding Lighting Design, Midsize or Small Theater for Lyric Stage’s Assassins.

Affiliated faculty member Rachel Padula-Shufelt ’98 for Outstanding Costume Design, Midsize or Small Theater for Lyric Stage’s Assassins.

Alum nominees include:

Lois Roach ’83 for Outstanding Director, Small Theater for New Repertory Theatre’s A Raisin in the Sun.

Elmer Martinez ’19 for Outstanding Lighting Design, Midsize or Small Theater for Company One’s The Interrobangers.

Brendan F. Doyle ’10 for Outstanding Sound Design, Midsize or Small Theater for Arlekin Players Theatre’s The Gaaga.

Kai Bohlman ’22 for Outstanding Sound Design, Midsize or Small Theater for Central Square Theater/Bedlam’s Angels in America.

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