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The Portland Drammy Awards

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 15 June 2011

Last night, several Portland Center Stage staff members attended the 32nd Annual Drammy Awards at the Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland. Portland’s version of the Tony Awards – organized by The Portland Civic Theatre Guild – the event recognizes the outstanding work of all of the local actors, directors, designers, songwriters, choreographers, playwrights and everyone else who creates theater in Portland.
The ceremony was hosted by one of our favorite Portland actors, Darius Pierce. He’s most recently been seen here at PCS in A Christmas Story, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The 39 Steps and Frost/Nixon. He even won a Drammy Award himself in 2008 after playing Shakespeare in our production of The Beard of Avon!
PCS was honored to take home five awards last night:
One of the awards for Outstanding Achievement by an Actress in a Lead Role went to Gretchen Corbett, who played Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
One of the awards for Outstanding Achievement by a Musical Performer in a Supporting Role was given to Sara Catherine Wheatley, who was our Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design was awarded to Tony Cisek for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest also received awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design (awarded to Sam Kusnetz) and Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design (awarded to Diane Ferry Williams).
Toward the end of the evening, PCS received a Special Achievement Award for our annual summer playwrights festival, JAW. The award was presented by Drammy Committee Member Matt Zrebski, who has had several of his own plays workshopped at JAW. He is also an instructor in our Visions & Voices program.
         Matt Zrebski presents PCS with the Special Achievement Award
He had these incredibly kind words to say about JAW:
I cannot think of a more important mission for a theatre organization or artist than the commitment to progress the art form, to keep innovating the ways we tell stories, to actively engage audiences in our process, [and] to ensure that what we do is relevant, present, of the world we live in. And there’s certainly no better way to do that than to invest in new plays. It’s no exaggeration that one of the most vital and vibrant events each year in the Portland theatre season is indeed: Jaw: A Playwrights Festival.”
    Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan accepts the award for PCS
Click here for a full list of the night’s winners. A big "congratulations" to all of the theater companies that were honored. We’re so lucky that Portland is home to such a rich, vibrant and diverse theater scene!
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