50TH ANNUAL VIVIAN ROBINSON AUDELCO RECOGNITION AWARDS “THE VIV” for Excellence in Black Theatre; Full List of Winners
The 50TH Annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Recognition Awards, “THE VIV” for Excellence in Black Theatre celebrated 50 years of AUDELCO Excellence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on November 28.
Madison Theatre at Molloy College’s production of Ella: First Lady of Song, written and directed by Lee Summers and conceived by Maurice Hines, won five 2022 AUDELCO ”Viv” Awards including Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical for Lee Summers, Best Lead Actress in a Musical for Freda Payne, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Harriett D. Foy, and Outstanding Musical Director for Dionne Hendricks.
The Public Theater’s production of Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s cullud wattah and New Federal Theatre’s world premiere of Charles L. White’s Gong Lum’s Legacy were both named Best Play. Theatre for a New Audience’s revival of Alice Childress’ Wedding Band garnered Best Revival and Featured Actress in a Play for Elizabeth Van Dyke, who was also honored with a 2022 Graces Jones Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Black Theatre.
Congratulations to all of the winners and honorees.
Stacey Derosier [Fat Ham]
Maruti Evans [Fat Ham]
Dede Ayite [Richard III]
Curtis Craig & Jimmy Keys [Confederates]
DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Carl Cofield [Twelfth Night]
DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Lee Summers [Ella: First Lady of Song]
Dyane Harvey Salaam [Oya]
Jimmy Keys and Dominique Morisseau. Photo by Lia Chang
Nadijah Abdul Khaliq and Robert Greene play Winnie and Nelson Mandela in the new play MANDELA. Photo courtesy of East Harlem Repertory Theater
Dominique Morisseau [Confederates]
FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
James Garrett [Mandela]
FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Elizabeth Van Dyke [Wedding Band]
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Dionne Hendricks [Ella: First Lady of Song]
FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Ephraim Sykes [Black No More]
Harriett D. Foy in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG. Photo by Jeff Wilson
From left: Ephraim Sykes, Tamika Lawrence, and Lillias White in Black No More. Photo by Monique Carboni
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, activist, documentarian and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, an Arts and Entertainment and Lifestyle program that airs on Sundays at 6:30pm on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996.
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. Her short film, When the World Was Young garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. 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. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.