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Jubilee Theatre Wins Big at Irma P. Hall Awards

The Fort Worth theater took 14 wins in the third annual Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards. Rudy and Marian Eastman honored for lifetime achievement.



published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Photo: Cheryl Gilbert
Major Attaway and Sheran Keyton at the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards

 

Dallas — DFW Black Arts, founded to highlight and celebrate excellence in the Dallas/Fort Worth Black Arts, presented the third annual Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at the Viva Event Center in Dallas. The awards ceremony honored 15 productions from seven theatre companies, and was hosted by Chester Gregory (Broadway’s Motown, Sister Act and Hairspray).

Leading the charge with a record 14 wins for the Irmas, Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre was nominated in almost every category. The Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s productions clipped in with three wins for the 2018 “Irma” Awards. Other theaters winning included African American Repertory Theater, WaterTower Theatre and Kitchen Dog Theater.

Fort Worth native Major Attaway, who has become a Broadway star as the current Genie in Aladdin, and has performed at local theaters such as Jubilee Theatre, Theatre Three, and Dallas Theater Center, received an Illumination recognition. The lifetime achievement award went to Jubilee founders Rudy and Marian Eastman. Margie Johnson-Reese was given the Arts Excellence award, and Guinea Bennett-Price, a co-founder of Soul Rep Theatre Company, took a mentorship award as a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The third annual Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards also honored four Dallas/Fort Worth based individuals for their commitment to the arts with the Irma P. Hall Medal of Recognition.

The awards went to:

 

IRMA P. HALL MEDAL HONOREES

 

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts 

Rudy and Marian Eastman, Co-founders, Jubilee Theatre

 

Dallas/Fort Worth Illumination  

Major Attaway, Broadway’s Aladdin

 

Arts Excellence  

Margie Johnson-Reese, National Arts Administrator  

 

Arts Mentorship  

Guinea Bennett-Price, Arts Educator, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

 

IRMA P. HALL WINNERS

 

Photo: Cheryl Gilbert
Regina Taylor, playwright of Bread, at the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards

Best Play

Detroit '67 | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Musical

A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Director of a Play

Regina Washington | Too Heavy For Your Pocket | African American Repertory Theater

 

Best Director of a Musical

vicki washington | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Musical Director

Clark Joseph | Gospel...Hallelujah! | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Choreography

Zebretta Johnson | Black Nativity | Bishop Arts Theatre Center

 

Lead Actor in Play

Elliot Marvin Sims | Bread | Watertower Theatre

 

Lead Actress in Play

Shundra Brown | Too Heavy for Your Pocket | African American Repertory Theater

 

Lead Actor in A Musical

Jamall Houston | Blues in the Night | Jubilee Theatre

 

Lead Actress in a Musical

Denise Baker | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Featured Actor in Play

Marcus Mauldin | The Royale | Kitchen Dog Theater

 

Featured Actress in Play

Kyndal Robertson | Stick Fly | Jubilee Theatre

 

Featured Actor in Musical

Joshua Blocker | Gospel...Hallelujah! | Jubilee Theatre

 

Featured Actress in Musical

Tiana Alexander | Gospel...Hallelujah! | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Amy Poe| Detroit '67 | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rhonda Gorman | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Costume Design of a Play

Bree Moore | Stick Fly | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Tina Washington | Black Nativity | Bishop Arts Theatre Center

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jordan Smith | Detroit '67 | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Nikki Deshea Smith | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Sound Design of a Play

David Lanza | Thurgood | Bishop Arts Theatre Center in partnership with Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Darrell Williams | It Ain't Nothing but the Blues | Jubilee Theatre Thanks For Reading





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