• Anthony Chase

Tickets On Sale for 30th Artie Awards

Arties to take place at D'Youville on Monday, November 1st

Tickets to the 30th Annual Artie Awards, sponsored by Buffalo Toronto Public Media, are now on sale at eventbrite.com or at wned.org/artieawards. The event, honoring excellence in Buffalo theater during the 2019-2021 season, was postponed because of the pandemic. Moving the celebration from 710 Main to the far more intimate Kavinoky Theatre has reduced the number of available tickets by more than half, so the event will also be streamed live. Patrons can purchase $25 tickets to attend in person, or $10 tickets to view online. No tickets will be available at the door.


Proof of vaccination and identification will be required, as will masks, except while eating or drinking. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The show will begin at 8 p.m. The bar will be open before and after the show.

Charmagne Chi and Amy Jakiel will return to host the 30th Annual Arties with Anthony Chase, this time with music director Philip Farugia.


The pandemic may have delayed it by almost 18 months, but few things about the night have changed. The event, which began in 1991, seeks to recognize the best in our community’s theaters with an evening that includes a red carpet, a lively cocktail hour, and performances scattered among awards presentations. To be eligible for an Artie, an artist must live and work in the Buffalo area, and a theater must produce work locally, primarily with local artists.


The event is also an opportunity to raise funds for the HIV/AIDS & Immunodeficiency Clinic at ECMC. Over the years, through contributions from theatre audiences and proceeds from red ribbon sales, the Arties has raised over $500,000 for AIDS-related charities.


2020 NOMINEES


OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

Kiss of the Spider Woman, New Phoenix Theatre

Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Pipeline, Ujima Theatre Company

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Irish Classical Theatre Company

To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre


OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

Fun Home, MusicalFare Theatre

Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Nine, Second Generation Theatre

Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company

Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre


OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE OF A PLAY

Antipodes, Road Less Traveled Productions

El Coqui Espectacular, Raíces Theatre Company

Mercury Fur, Subversive Theatre

She Kills Monsters, Subversive Theatre

Two Trains Running, Paul Robeson Theatre


OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL

Fun Home, MusicalFare Theatre

Izzy!, New Phoenix Theatre

Miss Nelson is Missing, Theatre of Youth

Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company

The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre


OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Susan Drozd, Fun Home, MusicalFare Theatre

Lorna C. Hill, Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company

Carlos Jones, Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Loraine O’Donnell, TheBridges of Madison County, Kavinoky Theatre

Victoria Perez, Nine, Second Generation Theatre

Doug Weyand, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre


OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Michael Doben, Mercury Fur, Subversive Theatre

Lorna C. Hill, Pipeline, Ujima Theatre Company

Kyle LoConti, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre

Victoria Perez, Kiss of the Spider Woman, New Phoenix Theatre

Fortunato Pezzimenti, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Irish Classical Theatre Company

Carly Weiser, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, Buffalo United Artists


OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Naila Ansari, Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company

Bobby Cooke & Nancy Hughes, West Side Story, MusicalFare Theatre

Carlos Jones, Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Michael Walline, Elf: The Musical, MusicalFare Theatre

Doug Weyand, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre


OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Brian Brown, Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company

Steve Copps, The Bridges of Madison County, Kavinoky Theatre

Preach Freedom, Passing Strange, Ujima Theatre Company

Chris Handley, Fun Home, MusicalFare Theatre

Ben Michael Moran, Nine, Second Generation Theatre


OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Chris Avery, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre

James Cichocki, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, Buffalo United Artists

Rick Lattimer, Kiss of the Spider Woman, New Phoenix Theatre

Roosevelt Tidwell III, Two Trains Running, Paul Robeson Theatre

Dan Urtz, Hand to God, Road Less Traveled Productions


OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Bethany Burrows, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre

Robyn Lee Horn, Fun Home, MusicalFare Theatre

Maeghan McDonald, Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Michele Marie Roberts, The Bridges of Madison County, Kavinoky Theatre

Zoe Scruggs, Cookin’ at the Cookery, MusicalFare Theatre


OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Kelli Bocock-Natale, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Irish Classical Theatre Company

Lisette DeJesus, El Coqui Espectacular, Raíces Theatre Company

Diane DiBernardo, Lost in Yonkers, Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre

Josie DiVincenzo, What I Thought I Knew, Jewish Repertory Theatre

Shantinna Moore, Pipeline, Ujima Theatre Company


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Jacob Albarella, Miss Nelson is Missing, Theatre of Youth

Alejandro Gabriél Gómez, West Side Story, MusicalFare Theatre

John Kreuzer, Young Frankenstein, O’ Connell & Company

Nick Lama, Elf the Musical, MusicalFare Theatre

Raphael A. Santos, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre

Dylan Zalikowski, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Lucas Colon, Mercury Fur, Subversive Theatre

Rolando Martin Gómez, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Irish Classical Theatre Company

Patrick Moltane, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre

Ricky Needham, The Boys Upstairs, Buffalo United Artists

Tom Owen, The Navigators, Alleyway Theatre

Johnny Rowe, Pipeline, Ujima Theatre Company


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Jenn Stafford, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre

Pamela Rose Mangus, Young Frankenstein, O’ Connell & Company

Blaise Mercedes, West Side Story, MusicalFare Theatre

Ember Tate, Cookin’ at the Cookery, MusicalFare Theatre

Kelly Copps, Nine, Second Generation Theatre

Renee Landrigan, Izzy!, New Phoenix Theatre


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Cassie Cameron, The Antipodes, Road Less Traveled Productions

Ellen Horst, Lost in Yonkers, Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre

Kristen Tripp Kelley, The Antipodes, Road Less Traveled Productions

Aleks Malejs, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Irish Classical Theatre Company

Shantinna Moore, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre

Emily Yancey, Factory for Murderers, Alleyway Theatre


OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURED ROLE

Ann DeFazio, Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Chris J. Handley, The Tempest, Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Peter Horn, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Lorenzo Shawn Parnell, Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Marc Sacco, Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Norm Sham, The Tempest, Shakespeare in Delaware Park


OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

Paul Bostaph, Hairspray, Kavinoky Theatre

Dyan Burlingame, The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, Road Less Traveled Productions

Chris Cavanagh, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre

David King, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kavinoky Theatre

Neal Radice, The Navigators, Alleyway Theatre


OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Chris Cavanagh, Lighting Design, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre

Adam Kreutinger, Puppet Design, Hand to God, Road Less Traveled Productions

Tom Makar, Sound Design/Score, The Tempest, Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Katie Menke, Sound Design, The Antipodes, Road Less Traveled Productions

John Rickus, Lighting Design, The Antipodes, Road Less Traveled Productions

Roy Walker, Properties, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Irish Classical Theatre Company


OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

Jenna Damberger, The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, Road Less Traveled Productions

Kari Drozd, Elf: The Musical, MusicalFare Theatre

Lindsay Salamone, The Toxic Avenger, Second Generation Theatre

Kenneth Shaw, The Tempest, Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Jessica Wegrzyn, Indecent, Kavinoky Theatre


CAREER ACHIEVEMENT

Neal Radice