UCCS Theatreworks was recently nominated for 12 2017 Henry Awards in nine categories by The Colorado Theatre Guild for work from the 2016–2017 season.
The nominations mark the first time Theatreworks has competed in the Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company, an award recognizing consistent excellence. This year’s dozen nominations represent the most for the professional theater group in at least 10 years.
Named for longtime Denver theatre producer Henry Lowenstein, the Henry Awards recognize outstanding achievements in Colorado theatre. More than 45 statewide theater reporters, educators and assigned judges oversee the nomination process.
Two productions from the 2016–2017 Theatreworks season were selected for additional recognition. “Game of Love and Chance” received nominations for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Play (Murray Ross, director), Outstanding Actor in a Play (Sammie Joe Kinnett), Outstanding Actress in a Play (Caitlin Wise), Outstanding Ensemble Performance, and Outstanding Costume Design Tier 1 (Stephanie Bradley).
“Constellations” received nominations for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Play (Joye Cook-Levy), Outstanding Actress in a Play (Carley Cornelius), Outstanding Lighting Design Tier 1 (Mike Wood), and Outstanding Sound Design Tier 1 (Jason Ducat).
“Theatreworks is thrilled to be honored and in such good company along with other extraordinary Colorado artists and companies,” Drew Martorella, executive director, UCCS Presents, said. “We are especially touched because this was founding artistic director, Murray Ross’ final season. We know he would have been thrilled.”
Ross died in January at age 74. He was founder and artistic director of Theatreworks.
Winners will be announced at the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 12th annual gala, July 17, at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker.
— Michelle Winchell, Theatreworks