Nov. 30: André De Shields, Voza Rivers, Vivian Reed, Oz Scott, Blair Underwood, Tina Fabrique, Robert Hooks, Vinie Burrows and Kara Young to Receive Special AUDELCO Awards 

The 48th Annual AUDELCO Awards will be VIRTUAL this year on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 7pm, and will be hosted by Roger Guenveur Smith, AUDELCO award winning actor, best known for his The Huey P. Newton Story and as Smiley in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing.

The AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) is an organization that acknowledges and honors Black Theatre and its artists in New York City. It was established and incorporated in 1973 by Vivian Robinson (1926-1996), to stimulate interest in and support of performing arts in black communities. The annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, “The VIV”Awards are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community. Every third Monday in November the nominees are awarded in various categories. Due to the pandemic, this year’s virtual celebration has been scheduled for November 30, 2020.

Vinie Burrows with André De Shields, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Hadestown,” at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

In addition to numerous nominated shows from the Billie Holiday Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, and New Federal Theatre as well as The Public Theater, this year’s special AUDELCO Awards include Lifetime Achievement Awards for André De Shields and Voza Rivers; Pioneer Awards for Vivian Reed and Oz Scott; Outstanding Achievement Awards for Blair Underwood and Tina Fabrique;  Legacy Awards for Robert Hooks and Vinie Burrows; and a Special Achievement Award to Kara Young.

SPECIAL AUDELCO AWARDS

This free event will be streamed via Zoom and Facebook Live. To book your virtual seat and receive your link, click here to RSVP.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

Melissa Victor, Zuri Washington, Katelyn Bowman, Kimberlee Murray in The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker. Photo by Carlos Cardona

Best Musical

Broadbend, Arkansas (Transport Group) The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker (Sharon Fallon Productions) The Wrong Man (MCC Theater)

Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Wanda Wheels), Elizabeth Canavan (Rockaway Rosie), Benja Kay Thomas (Queen Sugar), Pernell Walker (Munchies), Victor Almanzar (Joey Fresco), Liza Colón-Zayas (Sarge), Andrea Syglowski (Bella), Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Mr. Mobo), Wilemina Olivia-Garcia (Happy Meal Sonia), Sean Carvajal (Mateo), Kara Young (Little Melba Diaz), Viviana Valeria (Taina), and Esteban Andres Cruz (Venus) star in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, directed by John Ortiz, at Atlantic Theater Company. © Monique Carboni

Best Play

Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven (Atlantic Theater Company) Leaving The Blues (Tosos (The Other Side Of Silence)) One In Two (The New Group) Reparations (Billie Holiday Theatre) Stew (Page 73) The New Englanders (Manhattan Theatre Club)

Toni Lachelle Pollitt, Portia, Kristin Dodson, and Nikkole Salter perform STEW. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Best Revival of a Play

American Moor (Red Bull Theater) A Photograph / Lovers In Motion (Negro Ensemble Company) Blues For An Alabama Sky (Keen Company) For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf (The Public Theater) Sassy Mamas (Black Spectrum Theatre Company)

Alexandria Wailes and cast of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lead Actor in a Musical

Justin Cunningham (Broadbend, Arkansas) Joshua Henry (The Wrong Man)

Joshua Henry (center) and the cast of MCC Theater’s ‘The Wrong Man.’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Lead Actress in a Musical

Iris Beaumier (The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker) Danyel Fulton (Broadbend, Arkansas) Taylor Iman Jones (Scotland, PA)

Iris Beaumier in The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker. Photo by Carlos Cardona

Lead Actor in a Play

Obi Abili (Fear) Kamal Bolden (Reparations) Teagle F. Bougere (The New Englanders) Chike Johnson (Run Boy Run & In Old Age) John-Andrew Morrison (Blues For An Alabama Sky)

Liza Colón-Zayas, Andrea Syglowski in "Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." Photo: T. Charles Erickson.
Liza Colón-Zayas, Andrea Syglowski in “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” Photo: T. Charles Erickson.

Lead Actress in a Play

Rosalind Brown (Leaving The Blues) Liza Colon-Zayas (Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven) Alfie Fuller (Blues For An Alabama Sky) Portia (Stew) Kara Young (The New Englanders)

Kara Young, Teagle F. Bougere and Patrick Breen in The New Englanders. Photo by Joan Marcus

Featured Actor in a Musical

James A. Pierce III (The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker) Ryan Vasquez (The Wrong Man)

Eric T. Miller, P.J. Sosko, Charlie Hudson III, and Spencer Hamp hang out in a scene from Jaymes Jorsling’s new play (A)loft Modulation. (© Joan Marcus)

Featured Actor in a Play

W. Tre Davis (Seared) Charlie Hudson III ((A)Loft Modulation) Elisha Lawson ((A)Loft Modulation) Benjamin Mapp (Leaving The Blues) Khiry Walker (Blues For An Alabama Sky) Sheldon Woodley (Blues For An Alabama Sky)

Sheldon Woodley, Jasminn Johnson, John-Andrew Morrison, Khiry Walker, and Alfie Fuller in a scene from Keen Company’s New York premiere of Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, directed by L.A. Williams. (© Carol Rosegg)

Featured Actress in a Play

Patrice Johnson Chevannes. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrice Johnson Chevannes. Photo by Lia Chang

Lisa Arrindell (Reparations) Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven) Harriett D. Foy (The Young Man From Atlanta) Toni Lachelle Pollitt (Stew) Nikkole Salter (Stew)

Kristine Nielsen and Harriet D. Foy in The Young Man From Atlanta. Photo by Monique Carboni

Solo Performance

Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Where We Stand) Douglas Wade (Thurgood) Michael Benjamin Washington (Fires In The Mirror)

Michael Benjamin Washington in Fires in the Mirror. Photo: Joan Marcus

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

A Photograph / Lovers In Motion (Negro Ensemble Company) Bars And Measures (Urban Stages) One In Two (The New Group) Sassy Mamas (Black Spectrum Theatre Company)

Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler, Edward Malwere in one in two. Photo by Monique Carboni

Playwright

Jeff Augustin (The New Englanders) Idris Goodwin (Bars And Measures) Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Where We Stand) Zora Howard (Stew) Donja R. Love (One In Two)

Director of a Musical

Jack Cummings, III (Broadbend, Arkansas) Thomas Kail (The Wrong Man) Tai Thompson (The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker)

Director of a Play

Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang
Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang

Saheem Ali (The New Englanders) Colette Robert (Stew) Michele Shay (Reparations) Stevie Walker-Webb (One In Two) La Williams (Blues For An Alabama Sky) Tamilla Woodard (Where We Stand)

Outstanding Musical Director

Mario E. Sprouse (The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker) Alex Lacamoire (The Wrong Man) Deah Love Harriott (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf)

Outstanding Musical Composer

Justin Ellington (Bars And Measures) David Murray (A Photograph /Lovers In Motion) Martha Redbone (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf)

Choreographer

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

Camille A. Brown (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf) Leslie Dockery (A Photograph / Lovers In Motion) Kim Grier-Martinez (The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker) Candace Taylor (Tj Loves Sally 4 Ever) Travis Wall (The Wrong Man)

Costume Design

Asa Benally (Blues For An Alabama Sky) Niiamar Felder (Reparations) Dominique Fawn Hill (Stew) Toni-Leslie James (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf) Ben Phillipp (Leaving The Blues) Raymond Pizarro (The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker)

Lighting Design

Stacey Derosier (Stew) Alan C. Edwards (Fires In The Mirror) Alan C. Edwards (The New Englanders) David Moodey (Reparations) Cha See (One In Two)

Set Design

D’Vaughn Agu (The Black History Museum…According To The United States Of America) Isabel Curley-Clay & Moriah Curley-Clay (Reparations) Troy Hourie ((A)Loft Modulation) Lawrence E. Moton Iii (Stew) Joshua Warner (The Dark Star From Harlem: The Spectacular Rise Of Josephine Baker)

Sound Design

Andy Evan Cohen ((A)Loft Modulation) Palmer Hefferan (The New Englanders) David Lawson (Bars And Measures) Mikaal Sulaiman (Fires In The Mirror) David Wright (Reparations

Nov. 30: André De Shields, Voza Rivers, Vivian Reed, Oz Scott, Blair Underwood, Tina Fabrique, Robert Hooks, Vinie Burrows and Kara Young to Receive Special AUDELCO Awards 

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. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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