Colman Domingo’s DOT Nominated for Six AUDELCOs Including Best Revival and Acting Nods for Denise Burse and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden; Full List of 2019 Nominees

DOT's Associate Director Jamil Jude, Amber A. Harris, Benedetto Robinson, Director Kenny Leon, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Rhyn McLemore Saver, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Lee Osorio and Billie Holiday Executive Director Indira Etwaroo. Photo by Lia Chang
DOT’s Associate Director Jamil Jude, Amber A. Harris, Benedetto Robinson, Director Kenny Leon, Gilbert Glenn Brown, Denise Burse, Rhyn McLemore Saver, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Lee Osorio and Billie Holiday Executive Director Indira Etwaroo. Photo by Lia Chang

The Billie Holiday Theatre’s production of Colman Domingo’s DOT has scored six AUDELCO nominations including Best Actress in a Play for Denise Burse, Best Featured Actress in a Play for Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Lighting Design (Andre C. Allen), Costume Design (Jarrod Barnes), Sound Design (Matthew Head) and Best Revival. Ms. Burse has also be nominated for a Suzi Bass Award in the category of Lead Actor- Female for her turn as Dotty in the True Color Theatre Company’s production of DOT in Atlanta.

Emmy Winner Denise Burse Stars in Kenny Leon Helmed DOT by Colman Domingo at Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART

AUDELCO Board members Ralph Carter, Bambi Jones, Linda Armstrong, 2019 Tony Winner Andre De Shields, Jackie Jeffries and Rome Neal attend The Theatermakers Fall Preview at Schomburg Center in New York on October 7, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

“The VIV” Awards, the annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community. AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) was established and incorporated in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson, to stimulate interest in, and support of performing arts in black communities. AUDELCO celebrates 47 years of Excellence in Black Theatre this year with the “THE LEGACY CONTINUES” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007 in New York on Monday, November 18, 2019. Doors open at 6:30P.M. Program  begins at 7:00P.M. Click here for more information.

Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Lynn Nottage’s The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater) received nominations in 13 categories, while The Public Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater) has been nominated for 11. Both are vying for Best Musical.

Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Margaret Odette, Jeremie Harris, Grantham Coleman, and Erik LaRay Harvey. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Margaret Odette, Jeremie Harris, Grantham Coleman, and Erik LaRay Harvey in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Photo by Joan Marcus

Best Play of the Year nominees Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater); Nambi Kelley’s Native Son (The Acting Company); and Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre) have received seven nods. Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre) and Rolling Stone (Lincoln Center Theater) are also vying for Best Play.

Galen Ryan Kane and Rosalyn Coleman. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Galen Ryan Kane and Rosalyn Coleman in Nambi E. Kelley’s NATIVE SON. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre Company); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre Company); Dot (Billie Holiday Theatre); Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company); Reunion in Bartersville (Black Spectrum Theatre Company) are nominated for Best Revival of a Play, while Caroline, or Change (Astoria Performing Arts Center) and The Bacchae (Classical Theatre of Harlem) are vying for Best Revival of a Musical.

Lead Actor in a Play nominees include Adrian Baidoo (Separate and Equal); Jason Bowen (Native Son); Marchant Davis (Ain’t No Mo’); Galen Ryan Kane (Native Son); Keith Randolph Smith (Lockdown).

Harvy Blanks, Jonathan Burke, Daniel J. Bryant, Ezra Knight, Toney Goins, Eric Berryman, Phillip James Brannon, April Matthis and Kenn E. Head. Photo: Joan Marcus
Harvy Blanks, Jonathan Burke, Daniel J. Bryant, Ezra Knight, Toney Goins, Eric Berryman, Phillip James Brannon, April Matthis and Kenn E. Head. Photo: Joan Marcus

Nominees for Lead Actress in a Play include Pamela Afesi (Separate and Equal); Cherise Boothe (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine); Denise Burse (Dot); Jessica Frances Dukes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark); Naomi Lorrain (Behind the Sheet); April Matthis (Toni Stone). 

Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jessica Frances Dukes and Heather Alicia Simms in BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK.. Photo by Joan Marcus

Featured Actor in a Play nominees include Harvy Blanks (Toni Stone); Teagle F. Bougere (Coriolanus); J. Bernard Calloway (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine); Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’); Robert Turner (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda).

Featured Actress in a Play nominees include Rosalyn Coleman (Native Son); Roz Fox (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda); Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Dot); Cristina Pitter (Behind the Sheet); Heather Alicia Simms (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark); Charlayne Woodard (Daddy).

Lead Actress in a Musical nominees include Jeannette Bayardelle (Girl from the North Country); Danielle Brooks (Much Ado About Nothing); LaDonna Burns (Caroline, or Change); LaChanze (The Secret Life of Bees); Saycon Sengbloh (The Secret Life of Bees). 

Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Photo by Joan Marcus
Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lead Actor in a Musical nominees include Jason B. Brown (The Bacchae); Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing); Sydney James Harcourt (Girl from the North Country); Larry Owens (A Strange Loop); Chris Stack (The Secret Life of Bees).

James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, and L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus
James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, and L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus

The solo performance nominees are Richarda Abrams (First by Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune); Helena D. Lewis (SHEnanigans); Dierdra McDowell (Down to Eartha); Bill Posey (The Day I Became Black); Brenda Pressley (Proof of Love); Malaika Uwamahoro (Miracle in Rwanda). 

The director for dramatic performance nominees are directors Kamilah Forbes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark); Petronia Paley (Looking for Leroy);  Colette Robert (Behind the Sheet); Seret Scott (Native Son);  Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain’t No Mo’) while Dev Bondarin (Caroline, or Change); Carl Cofield (The Bacchae); Sam Gold (The Secret Life of Bees); Kenny Leon (Much Ado About Nothing) have been nominated for their direction of musical productions.

In order to cast your vote, you must be a Friend of AUDELCO.  Join the voting membership by visiting www.AUDELCO.org. 

Below is a full list of the 2019 “The VIV” Nominees for the 2018-2019 Theatre season. Good luck to all of the nominees.

LIGHTING DESIGN
Andre C. Allen (Dot)
 Jane Cox (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Allen C. Edwards (Native Son)
 Adam Honoré (Ain’t No Mo’)
Allen Lee Hughes (Toni Stone)
Antoinette Tynes (Looking for Leroy)

SET DESIGN
 Chris Cumberbatch (Looking for Leroy)
 Riccardo Hernandez (Toni Stone)
 Kimie Nishikawa (The Light)
 Clint Ramos (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
 Matt Saunders (Daddy)

COSTUME DESIGN
 Carolyn Adams (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)
Carolyn Adams (The Savage Queen)
Dede M. Ayite (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
” Dede M. Ayite (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Jarrod Barnes (Dot)
 Emilio Sosa (Much Ado About Nothing)

SOUND DESIGN
 Emily Auciello (Ain’t No Mo’)
 Justin Ellington (Fireflies)
 Matthew Head (Dot)
 Dan Moses Schreier (The Secret Life of Bees)
 David Wright (The Savage Queen)

Lynn Nottage, Jessica Frances Dukes, Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
 Kamilah Forbes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
 Petronia Paley (Looking for Leroy)
 Colette Robert (Behind the Sheet)
Seret Scott (Native Son)
Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain’t No Mo’)

Brenda Pressley and Carl Cofield. Photo by Lia Chang
Brenda Pressley and Carl Cofield. Photo by Lia Chang

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
 Dev Bondarin (Caroline, or Change)
Carl Cofield (The Bacchae)
Sam Gold (The Secret Life of Bees)
Kenny Leon (Much Ado About Nothing)

PLAYWRIGHT
 Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’)
 Lydia Diamond (Toni Stone)
 Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview)
 Nambi E. Kelley (Native Son)
 Larry Muhammad (Looking for Leroy)
 Charly Evon Simpson (Behind the Sheet)

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
 Harvy Blanks (Toni Stone)
 Teagle F. Bougere (Coriolanus)
 J. Bernard Calloway (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine)
Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’)
Robert Turner (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)

Cherise Boothe, J. Bernard Calloway, Nikiya Mathis, and Marcus Callender in Fabulation, or The Re-education of Undine, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Monique Carboni
Cherise Boothe, J. Bernard Calloway, Nikiya Mathis, and Marcus Callender in Fabulation, or The Re-education of Undine, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Monique Carboni

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Rosalyn Coleman (Native Son)
Roz Fox (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)
Tinashe Kajese-Bolden (Dot)
Cristina Pitter (Behind the Sheet)
Heather Alicia Simms (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
Charlayne Woodard (Daddy)

Ronald Peet and Charlayne Woodard in Jeremy O. Harris’ DADDY. Photo-by-Monique Carboni

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Jason B. Brown (The Bacchae)
Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing)
Sydney James Harcourt (Girl from the North Country)
Larry Owens (A Strange Loop)
Chris Stack (The Secret Life of Bees)

LaDonna Burns and Nattalyee Randall. Photo by Michael R. Dekker
LaDonna Burns and Nattalyee Randall. Photo by Michael R. Dekker

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
 Jeannette Bayardelle (Girl from the North Country)
 Danielle Brooks (Much Ado About Nothing)
 LaDonna Burns (Caroline, or Change)
LaChanze (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Saycon Sengbloh (The Secret Life of Bees)

Chuck Cooper and Erik LaRay Harvey. Photo by Joan Marcus
Chuck Cooper and Erik LaRay Harvey. Photo by Joan Marcus

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Chuck Cooper (Much Ado About Nothing)
R. J. Foster (The Bacchae)
Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Much Ado About Nothing)
John-Andrew Morrison (A Strange Loop)
Tony Perry (Caroline, or Change)
Nathaniel Stampley (The Secret Life of Bees

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Eisa Davis (The Secret Life of Bees)
Sharae Moultrie (Caroline, or Change)
Margaret Odette (Much Ado About Nothing)
Nattalyee Randall (Caroline, or Change)
Elizabeth Teeter (The Secret Life of Bees)
Olivia Washington (Much Ado About Nothing)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Jason Hart (The Secret Life of Bees)
 Gareth Hobbs (The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons)
Frederick Kennedy (The Bacchae)
 Rona Siddiqui (A Strange Loop)
Jason Michael Webb (Much Ado About Nothing)

Special Tony Award recipient Jason Michael Webb with Lelund Durond Thompson at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang

CHOREOGRAPHY
 Camille A. Brown (Much Ado About Nothing)
 Camille A. Brown (Toni Stone)
 Lawrence M. Jackson (Separate and Equal)
 Tiffany Rea-Fisher (The Bacchae)
 Chris Walker (The Secret Life of Bees)

Tony nominee Camille A. Brown attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre Company)
Fireflies (Atlantic Theater Company)
Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre)
The Key Game (Banana Boat Productions/New Perspective Theatre Co.)
The Light (MCC Theater)
The Rolling Stone (Lincoln Center Theater)

Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Richarda Abrams (First by Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune)
Helena D. Lewis (SHEnanigans)
Dierdra McDowell (Down to Eartha)
Bill Posey (The Day I Became Black)
Brenda Pressley (Proof of Love)
Malaika Uwamahoro (Miracle in Rwanda)

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Adrian Baidoo (Separate and Equal)
Jason Bowen (Native Son)
Marchant Davis (Ain’t No Mo’)
Galen Ryan Kane (Native Son)
Keith Randolph Smith (Lockdown)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Pamela Afesi (Separate and Equal)
Cherise Boothe (Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine)
Denise Burse (Dot)
Jessica Frances Dukes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)
Naomi Lorrain (Behind the Sheet)
April Matthis (Toni Stone)

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Caroline, or Change (Astoria Performing Arts Center)
The Bacchae (Classical Theatre of Harlem)

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre Company)
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre Company)
Dot (Billie Holiday Theatre)
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company)
Reunion in Bartersville (Black Spectrum Theatre Company)

BEST MUSICAL
 Much Ado About Nothing (The Public Theater)
 The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company)

BEST PLAY
Ain’t No Mo’ (The Public Theater)
Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre)
Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre)
Native Son (The Acting Company)
The Rolling Stone (Lincoln Center Theater)
Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre)

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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