06 Dec 2011
Theatre excellence in Wellington was celebrated in the 20th annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Award’s 2011 ceremony, which was held at the Opera House on Sunday 4th December.
I, George Nepia was the major winner on the night, taking two directing awards for newcomer Jason Te Kare, The Pro Actors and Gail Cowan Management Award for Actor of the Year for Jarrod Rawiri and The Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year.
The Critic’s Wild Card was recognition for the stellar advancements of Johann Nortje’s in AV Design. His work in shows Wake Less, Hear to See and When the Rain Stops Falling were consistently exciting and a sign of great theatrical developments to come with this medium.
Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade Brown, presented the Mayor’s Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre to actor and director Jim Moriarty. Jim was honoured not only for his work in theatre and film over the last 40 years, but also his outstanding commitment to training his Te Rakau boys, a performing arts organisation that works with at-risk communities, creating and performing theatre in schools, marae and prisons, as well as professional theatres. His honour was recognised by a resounding and stunning haka.
A real delight of the ceremony was the Shoreline Cabaret Singers: THE CAB SAVS, featuring talented Wellington theatre community members Martyn Wood, Jessica Robinson, Bryony Skillington, Nick Dunbar, Carmel McGlone, Gareth Farr/Lilith, and Michael Nicholas Williams.
The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards wish to sincerely thank all the sponsors, the theatres, the theatre community and the wonderful audiences continuing to make Wellington such an exciting Cultural Capital!
The Award Winners for 2011 are:
The Mayor’s Award for Significant Contribution to the Theatre
Critics Wild Card
Johann Nortje for outstanding AV design (Wake Less, Hear to See, When the Rain Stops Falling)
The Absolutely Positively Wellington Award for Most Original Production of the Year
Hear to See - Capital E National Theatre for Children
Downstage Theatre Award for the Most Promising Male Newcomer of the Year
Simon K Leary - Mates & Lovers
Circa Award Donated by TACT for the Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year
Lauren Gibson - August: Osage County
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School & Victoria University of Wellington Award for Most Promising Director of the Year
Jason Te Kare - I, George Nepia
Brancott Estate Award for Costume Designer of the Year
Gillie Coxill - The Spy Who Wouldn't Die Again
Grouse Lighting Award for Lighting Designer of the Year
Marcus McShane - When the Rain Stops Falling
Weta Workshop Award for Set Designer of the Year
Andrew Foster - The Lead Wait
Park Road Post Production Sound Designer of the Year
Chris Ward - The Lead Wait
Constance Scott Kirkcaldie Award for Outstanding Composer of Music
Richard Nunns - Hear to See
Peter Harcourt Award for Outstanding New Playwright of the Year
Sponsored by Bats Theatre & Taki Rua Productions
Ralph McCubbin Howell - The Engine Room
The Playmarket/ Capital E – National Theatre for Children – Outstanding New New Zealand Play of the Year
Slouching Toward Bethlehem - Dean Parker
The Orbit Corporate Travel Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Erin Banks - The Engine Room
The Whitireia Performing Arts and Chapman Tripp Award for Supporting Actor of the Year
Christopher Brougham - When the Rain Stops Falling
The Proactors and Gail Cowan Management Award for Actor of the Year
Jarod Rawiri - I, George Nepia
Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Actress of the Year
Jennifer Ludlam - August: Osage County
Emerging Artist Trust Wellington Accolade for Outstanding Performance
Michelle Amas - August: Osage County
eCaster Accolade for Outstanding Performance
Phil Grieve - Slouching Toward Bethlehem
The Museum Hotel Award for Director of the Year
Jason Te Kare - I, George Nepia
Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year
I, George Nepia - Tawata Productions
Our sincere thanks to our much beloved event sponsors – E Caster, Phantom Billstickers Ltd, Shoreline Partners, WETA Workshop, Grouse Lighting, BATS Theatre, Circa Theatre, Downstage Theatre, Taki Rua, Museum Hotel, Toi Whakaari, Victoria University, Wellington City Council, Orbit Corporate Travel, Montana Wines, Gail Cowan Management, Whitireia Performing Arts,Emerging Artist Trust Wellington, The ProActors, Capital E, Playmarket and Chapman Tripp, without whom these Awards would not be possible.