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.

ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG 2022 AUDELCO winners Dionne Hendricks, Lee Summers, Harriet D. Foy. Photo by Benjamin Smith

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.

Broadwayworld: Review: Freda Payne and her ‘Band’ of Gold Marvel in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG at The Madison Theatre At Molloy College

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.

The company of The Public Theater’s production of FAT HAM. Photo by Joan Marcus

LIGHTING DESIGN

Stacey Derosier [Fat Ham]
SET DESIGN
Maruti Evans [Fat Ham]
Ali Stroker, Michael Potts, Danai Gurira, Sanjit De Silva, and Xavier Pacheco in the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Richard III, directed by Robert O’Hara, running at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. © Joan Marcus

COSTUME DESIGN

Dede Ayite [Richard III]
SOUND DESIGN
Curtis Craig & Jimmy Keys [Confederates]
Carl Cofield and Kara Young. Photo by Lia Chang

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Carl Cofield [Twelfth Night]
DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Lee Summers [Ella: First Lady of Song]
CHOREOGRAPHER
Dyane Harvey Salaam [Oya]
PLAYWRIGHT
Dominique Morisseau [Confederates]

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

James Garrett [Mandela]
Sofie Nesanelis, Phoenix Noelle and Elizabeth Van Dyke in Wedding Band. Photo by Hollis King

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Elizabeth Van Dyke [Wedding Band]
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Dionne Hendricks [Ella: First Lady of Song]
Ephraim Sykes and Ensemble in “Black No More.” Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Ephraim Sykes [Black No More]

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

.. Harriett D. Foy [Ella: First Lady of Song]
.. Lillias White [Black No More]
CONFEDERATES cast members Elijah Jones, Kenzie Ross, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michelle Wilson, Andrea Patterson. Photo by Lia Chang

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

Confederates [Elijah Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Andrea Patterson, Kenzie Ross, Michelle Wilson]
Ronald “Smokey” Stevens’ in his autographical show, “I Just Want to Tell Somebody,” with a photo of him in the Broadway musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar” presented by Theater for the New City. Photo credit: Jonathan Slaff

BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE

Ronald “Smokey” Stevens [I Just Want to Tell Somebody]
Leanne Antonio, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tariq Trotter, Oneika Phillips, in Black No More. Photo credit: Monique Carboni.

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Brandon Victor Dixon [Black No More]
Dionne Hendricks, Gerald Lindsey, Greg Bufford, Freda Payne in ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG. Photo Credit: Jeff Wilson

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Freda Payne [Ella: First Lady of Song]
Stephanie Berry, Lizan Mitchell, Adeola Role, KiKi Layne, Billy Eugene Jones, and Caleb Eberhardt in On Sugarland. Photo: Joan Marcus

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

Billy Eugene Jones [On Sugarland]
J’Laney Allen, Kara Young, William DeMeritt and Israel Erron Ford in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s TWELFTH NIGHT. Photo by Lia Chang

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Kara Young [Twelfth Night]

BEST MUSICAL

Ella: First Lady of Song [The Madison Theatre]
Brittany Bradford and Thomas Sadoski in TFANA’s revival of Alice Childress’ WEDDING BAND. Photo by Henry Grossman

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

Alice Childress’ Wedding Band [Theatre for a New Audience]
Andrea Patterson, Lizan Mitchell and Crystal Dickinson in a scene from the world premiere of Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s “Cullud Wattah” at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

BEST PLAY

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s cullud wattah [The Public Theater]
Charles L. White’s Gong Lum’s Legacy (New Federal Theatre)
Standing: Lighting Designer Victor En Yu Tan, DeShawn White, Henry Yuk, Alinca Hamilton, Eric Yang, Anthony T. Goss; seated: Director Elizabeth Van Dyke and Playwright Charles L. White on the set of GONG LUM’s LEGACY at Theatre @ St. Clements in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
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HONOREES
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HUMANITARIAN – CIVIL RIGHT AWARD
• Sidney Portier
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREES
• Richard Wesley
• Count Stovall
• Elizabeth Van Dyke
• Rome Neal
PIONEER AWARD
• Peggy Alston
• LaZette McCants
• Ben Carney
• Jamal Joseph
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
• Harry Lennix
• Leon
• Carla Brothers
• Tico Wells
• Michael Wright
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD
• Hon. Inez Dickens
• Marcia Pendelton
• Don Thomas
• Jeanne Parnell
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
• Anthony Wayne
• Linda Stewart
• Eric Lockley

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s TWELFTH NIGHT Star Kara Young and Director Carl Cofield Win 2022 AUDELCO Awards

Multimedia: Inside Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Opening Night of TWELFTH NIGHT with Kara Young, William DeMeritt, Christina Sajous, Allen Gilmore and More

Lia Chang

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.

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