12 Barrymore Nominations for University of the Arts Theater Alumni, Faculty

Double Honors for Alumnus John V. Bellomo BFA '94 and Faculty Member Aaron Cromie

September 9, 2011

Faculty and alumni from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts took home a dozen nominations from the 17th annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater when the slate for the annual event honoring Philadelphia’s best stage productions was announced. The winners will be named at a ceremony at the Walnut Street Theater on October 3.

UArts dominated the Outstanding Choreography/Movement category with alumnus John V. Bellomo BFA '94 (Theater) receiving two nominations for his work in the Arden Theater Company’s production of “Superior Donuts” (pictured above) and (with Jenny Jacobs) for Villanova Theater’s “The Beaux Strategem.”  

UArts Brind School professor Aaron Cromie also received two nods: one in Outstanding Choreography/Movement (with Waldo Warshaw) in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” (Theater Exile), the other as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance in “The Flea and the Professor” (Arden Theater Company).

Honors went to faculty member and alumna Jennifer Childs BFA '90 (Theater), whose 1812 Productions’ “Our Show of Shows” received a nomination for the Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play. Other alumni nominees include Megan Nicole O’Brien BFA '05 (Applied Theater Arts), nominated for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” (11th Hour Theater Company and Montgomery Theater), and Ryan Touhey BFA '09 (Musical Theater) and Alex Bechtel BFA '08 (Musical Theater) for Outstanding Musical Direction for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Theater Horizon) and “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” at the Walnut Street Theater, respectively. Both Carl Clemons-Hopkins BFA '09 (Musical Theater) and Michael Doherty BFA '10 (Musical Theater) were nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for performances in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” 

An Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination went to Alex Keiper BFA '07 (Musical Theater) for her performance as the Cannibal Princess in “The Flea and the Professor,” and Sarah Van Auken BFA '11 (Acting) was a member of the nominated Outstanding Ensemble in a Play for Dublin by Lamplight (Inis Nua Theater Company).

Created in 1994, the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater are the Greater Philadelphia region's only comprehensive theater awards program, recognizing artists for excellence and innovation while serving to increase awareness of the richness of the local theater community. The Barrymore Awards are a nationally recognized symbol of excellence for theater in this region, raising the bar for the work produced by local theaters and individual artists, and generating significant coverage in all the local newspapers and in national trade publications. Each year, over 120 shows produced by the region's professional theaters are reviewed by the Barrymore voters. At the annual awards presentation each fall, the Barrymore Awards are presented to honor the community’s collective achievement.

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