Photo Best Actress Claire Ganshert, Among The Furies
64 plays and 22 shorts were selected to perform in the NYSummerfest 2017 Award ceremony this year. Each brought a unique story, perspective, and design that inspired and captivated its audiences. And each was required to enlist the bravery and inventiveness of live theatre that doesn’t rely on special effects, Hollywood stars and huge budgets. It’s been refreshing.
Tonight is a special night, with a night filled with several ties. 7 nominees competed for the Best Play or Musical Award of $3,500.
5 performers out of 320 were nominated for Best Actress, with the winner receiving $500. 5 out of 280 for Best Actor, with the winner also being awarded $500. 4 individuals out of 86 have been nominated for Best Director, with the winner receiving $500. 6 singers were nominated in the Best Singer category awarded $500, with additional prizes bestowed upon Most Creative Play or Musical $200, Best Stage Manager $200, Best Set Designer $200, Best Lighting design $200, Best Choreography $200 and Best Music Score $300. Three Short Plays were nominated in the best Short category with the best prize set to $300.
3-minute presentations from each play and actor nominee, 5 songs from the 5 singers were all presented before the winners were announced.
Best Stage Manager – a tie
Rebecca Werner from the play Anderson Lena and the Things That Don’t Matter – by Ayden Skye
Adam Carpenter from the Play A Word Of Love
Best Set Designer: Andrew McCourt from the play Among The Furies by David Scala
Best Choreography: Allison Scott from the Musical Social Studies by Ryan Pifher and Jon Provan
Best Lighting Designer: Zach Pizza from the musical Social Studies by Ryan Pifher and Jon Provan
Best Music Score: Jon Provan from the musical Social Studies by Ryan Pifher and Jon Provan
Best Singer: A tie of 4 –
Sam Brady, Edie Crowley and Ginger May from the musical Social Studies by Ryan Pifher and Jon Provan
Katie Hutch from the play A Word Of Love by Michael Gurevitch
Best Actor: Thomas Leverton from the play My Swollen Feet by Carrie Robbins
Best Actress: Claire Ganshert from the play Among The Furies
Best Director: A tie
Rachel Tuggle Whorton from the play My Other Job
Ryan Pifher from the musical Social Studies
Most Creative Play or Musical: A tie
Gynx by Alicen Grey
A Word Of Love by Michael Gurevitch
Best play or musical in the Short Category: A tie
The Trapped language of Love – by Ronan Colfer
Bystander – by Ed Levy and Eric Grunin
Best Play or Musical of the Summerfest 2017: A tie
Among The Furies – by David Scala
Social Studies – by Ryan Pifher and Jon Provan