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The 31st Artie Awards, presented by Buffalo Toronto Public Media, will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 at Shea's 710 Main Theater. The red carpet begins at 7, and the show begins at 8 p.m. The hosts are Anthony Chase, Charmagne Chi, and Amy Jakiel with music direction by Philip Farugia. For tickets: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

The Artie Awards Archives, created and maintained by Doug Weyand, have been updated. For fun Artie facts, stats, and just a trip down memory lane, check it out at

Buying your tickets in advance will make the entry process much faster, and do remember, attendees are strongly urged to wear masks, in consideration of those who are rehearsing shows and those who are trying to keep their shows open!

Musical numbers will be performed from nominated musicals: "All is Calm" (MusicalFare), "Beauty and the Beast" (Theatre of Youth), "From Honky Tonk to Protest" (D'Youville's Kavinoky Theatre), "The Other Josh Cohen" (MusicalFare), and "Songs for a New World" (Second Generation Theatre).

This year's Blossom Cohan Awards for excellence by performers new to Buffalo theater will go to Tracie Lane for "Stage Kiss" at the Irish Classical Theatre, and Dave Wantuck for "Tribes" at Road Less Traveled Theater.

Katharine Cornell Awards for excellence by visiting artists during the season go to Dewayne Barrett for his direction of "A Chorus Line" at O'Connell & Company; Heather Gervasi for her performance in "Little Women ... Now" at Road Less Traveled Theatre; Tanika Holmes, for her performance in "American Son" at Ujima Theatre Company; Aaron Mays, for his direction of "American Son,"; and Dwayne Stephenson for his performance in "American Rhapsody" at MusicalFare.

The final award of the evening will be presented by this year's Career Achievement Award winner, Tom Loughlin, respected actor and former chair of the theater department at SUNY Fredonia.

Matinee Bar at 700 Main Street will be open on Artie night, as will Hearth + Press (Stone Pizza and Cafe) at 665 Main. There will also be food trucks on Main Street.

For a list of all the nominees, see ARTIE NOMINATIONS.


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