The best of Edmonton’s theater scene were celebrated at The Sterling Awards ceremony on June 27, 2016. The evening was a celebration of the very best of Edmonton’s theatre scene, and MacEwan University was well-represented with many nominations—and wins—for alumni and faculty.
Theatre Arts faculty member Dave Horak was awarded Outstanding Director for his work on Burning Bluebeard, a production of the Edmonton Actors Theatre. Burning Bluebeard was one of the night’s big winners as alumnus Scott Peters (Theatre Production ’90), took home prizes for Outstanding Set Design and Outstanding Lighting Design.
Scott’s fellow nominees for lighting design included Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull (Digital Arts and Media ’01) for Wish (Northern Light/ Good Women Dance) and Daniela Masellis (Fine Art ‘04) for The Supine Cobbler, produced by The Maggie Tree, a company run by Theatre Arts alumni Kristi Hansen (’01) and Vanessa Sabourin (’99).
Alumni Michelle Sabourin Rempel (Music ’04) and Keith Rempel (Music ’07) teamed up with Brennan Cameron to win Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical for their work on The Supine Cobbler.
Theatre Arts alumnus (and Sterling co-host) Garett Ross (’94), won for Outstanding Fringe Performance by an Actor for A New Brain (Plain Jane Theatre Company). His fellow nominees included Andrew MacDonald Smith (Theatre Arts ’03), for his work in Hey, Countess! (Teatro la Quindicina).
Ainsley Hillyard (Dance ’04), was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role in Wish (Northern Light/ Good Women Dance).
Other Theatre Arts alumni recognized with acting nominations were Byron Martin (’09) for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for The Bone Cage (Theatre Yes), and Jayce McKenzie (’10) for her supporting role in The Supine Cobbler.
Nominees for Outstanding New Play included alumna Megan Dart (Bachelor of Applied Communication in Professional Writing, '06) for Ursa Major (Workshop West in association with Catch the Keys Productions).
Two Theatre Arts faculty members received directing nominations. Jim Guedo (Outstanding Director for The Realistic Joneses (Wild Side Productions)) and Kate Ryan (Outstanding Fringe Director for A New Brain). In addition to directing duties, both Kate and Jim head up their respective theatre companies. Their fellow faculty member Farren Timoteo is artistic director of Alberta Opera whose production of The Steadfast Tin Soldier was nominated for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences.
On the Fringe
Joining Kate Ryan as a nominee in the Outstanding Fringe Director was alumnus Corben Kushneryk (Theatre Arts ’12), for his production of Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests. Another nominee was grad Dana Wylie (Theatre Arts ’99) who teamed up with Kristen Elliot and Lana Gilday to create The Second Line: Two Ladies and the Old-School Blues, which scored a nomination for Outstanding Fringe New Work.
Theatre Arts alumna Kristen Padayas’ performance in Concrete Theatre’s Under Cover earned her a nomination for Outstanding Artistic Achievement - Theatre for Young Audiences. And two alumni received nods in the Individual Achievement in Production category: production manager/technical director Tsuyoshi Turnbull (Digital Arts and Media ’01) and stage manager Sang Sang Lee (Theatre Production, ’08).
The complete list of winners can be found on the Edmonton Journal website.