DCTA 2023 Favorite Employees: Outstanding Creative Components (Professional)

Designers and directors

(Includes set, sound, lighting, projection and costumes, choreographers and music directors)

Agreste (dry lands) at Spooky Action Theater
Colin K. Bills, lighting design
Danilo Gambini, dir
Daniel Preston, costume design
Yorgos Tsapas, scenic design
Aria Veltz, sound design

Angel number nine in the Rorschach Theater
Nadir Bey, scenography
Kailos Brannon, video design
Ashlyn Ludwig, costume design
James Morrison, lighting design
Ian Vesperman, sound design

Angels in America on the Arena stage
Maruti Evans, scenography
Janos Sass, dir

The weapons and the man at the Washington Stage Guild
Cheryl Yancey, costume design

As you like it at the Shakespeare Theater Company
Carmen Alatorre, costume design

The cast of As You Like It. Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography..

Ben Butler at the Washington Stage Guild
Megan Holden, scenic design

Chinese lady in Everyman’s Theatre
Emma Dean, lighting design
Megan Raham, scenic design

Evita at Shakespeare Theater Company (in association with American Repertory Theatre)
Sammy Kannold, director
Bradley King, lighting design
Emily Maltby and Valeria Solomonov, choreography
Jason Sherwood, scenic design
Alejo Vietti, costume designer

Ghost/Writer on the Rep Stage
Andrew R. Cohen, scenic design

Hubba Hubba at the Baltimore Theater Project
Alex and Olmsted, dolls

Incendiary at the Woolly Mammoth Theater
Andrew Boyce, scenic design

Ink at Round House Theater (co-production with Olney Theater Center)
Tony Chisek, scenic design
Minjoo Kim, lighting design
Jason Lovitt, director
Matthew M. Nielsen, sound design and composer
Debra Kim Civini, costume design
Mike Tutai, Projection Design

Chris Gennebach (Ray Mills), Ryan Rylet (Frank Nicklin), Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Brian McConnell), Cody Nickell (Larry Lamb), Michael Glenn (Bernard Schrimsley), Sophia Early (Diana), Zion Zhang (Beverly Goodway) and Kate Eastwood Norris (Joyce Hopkirk) in Ink. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography.

Fiddler on the Roof at the Olney Theater Center
Max Doolittle, lighting design

Fitting at Arts on the Horizon
Emily Erickson (original music composition) and navi (music production)

Fun Home in the Studio Theater
David Muse, director

Harvey in Everyman’s Theatre
Daniel Ettinger and Emily Lotz, set design

There are blueberries here at the Shakespeare Theater Company
David Lander and David Bengali, lighting and projection design

How light enters in the 1st stage
Catherine Kavecki, stage design
Helen Garcia-Alton, lighting design

On the set of “How the Light Gets In” (from left): Joel Ashour as Tommy Z, Tonya Beckman as Ellen, Jacob Yeh as Haruki Sakamoto and Madeline Regina as Kat Lane. Photo by Cameron Whitman Photography.

King Lear at the Shakespeare Theater Company
Simon Godwin, director

Kinky boots at the Olney Theater Center
Jeanne Vallée, choreography
Milagros Ponce de Leon, scenography

Last match in the 1st stage
Jessica Alexandra Cancino, set design

Monarch in the Creative Cauldron
James Morrison, projection design

My Mother and the Full Scale Invasion at the Woolly Mammoth Theater
Misha Kachman, scenography
Venera Gulbranson, lighting design
Kelly Colburn, Projection Design
Michael Kiley, sound design

Holly Twyford as Mum and Sully Holm as Daughter in My Mum and the Full Scale Invasion. Photo by Misha Kachman.

Never in Our Image – ACT III – Gun Transformation Opera presented by CulturalDC at the Source Theatre
Stephanie Mercedes, created and directed

Orlando at the Constellation Theater
Sarah Beth Hall, scenic design
Kit Crescenzo, costume design
Venera Gulbranson, lighting design

Out of the Vineyard at Joe’s Movement Emporium
Luis Garcia, projection design

Pacific Overtures at the Signature Theatre
Ethan Hurd, director

POTUS: Or behind every big fool there are seven women trying to keep him alive on the Arena stage
Margot Bordelon, director

SISTER SHOUTS! at Ford’s Theatre
Sheila W. Walker, music direction

Snow White at the Synetic Theatre
Irina Tsikurishvili, director

Sonnets for an Old Century at Spooky Action Theater
Elizabeth Dinkova, dir

Strong wind in the Scena Theater
Dennis Rose, sound design

Swept away on the Arena stage
Rachel Hauck, set design
Michael Mayer, director

The cake at the Prologue Theater in association with NextStop Theatre
Jason Tamborini, set design
Aria Weltz, dir

The cake set. Design by Jason Tamborini. Photo by DJ Corey Photography.

The honey trap in New Light
Matt Thorney, director

The Jungle at Shakespeare Theater Company (co-production with Woolly Mammoth Theatre)
Miriam Buter, scenography
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, directed
Catherine Kodicek, costume design
John Clark, lighting design
Paul Arditi, sound design
John Pfumozena, composer
Tristan Shepherd and Duncan McLean, video design

The killing of Fovea Munson at the Kennedy Center
Jason Huertas, music and lyrics
Stephen Tran, arrangement and orchestration

The school of lies at the Constellation Theater
Frank Labovitz, costume design
Sarah Reed, scenic design
Brittany Shemuga, lighting design

Rhea Simpkins (Eliante), Dylan Arredondo (Philinte), Gwen Grastorf (Arsinoe), Matthew Pauli (DuBois), Natalie Kutcher (Selimena), Drew Kopas (Frank), Jamil Joseph (Clitander), Ryan Sellers (Acast) and Jacob Yeh (Oronte) in The School of Lies. Photo by DJ Corey Photography.

The Tell-Tale Heart at the Synetic Theatre
Eric Teague, costume design
Paata Tsikurishvili, director

The winter’s tale at the Folger Shakespeare Theater
Tamila Woodard, director


(Sorry Shakespeare, this category is only for recently written plays and plays making their regional or national debut in the DC region)

  • Bob Bartlett, love and vinyl in-house production at KA-CHUNK!! Records
  • Dane Figueroa Edidi, Ghost/Writer on the Rep Stage
  • Morgan Gould, Jennifer leaving at the Round House Theatre
  • Chisa Hutchinson, Redeemed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival
  • Joan Kane Almost 13 at the Capital Fringe Festival
  • E.M. Lewis, How light enters in the 1st stage,
  • John Logan, Swept away on the Arena stage
  • Patrick Lord and Megan Thrift, Fitting at Arts on the Horizon
  • Donya R. Love, one to two in the “Mosaic” theater.
  • Dominique Morrisseau, Confederates in the “Mosaic” theater.
  • Leo McGann, The honey trap in New Light
  • Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, The jungle at Shakespeare Theater Company (with Woolly Mammoth Theatre)
  • Asa Ogawa, Nosebleeds at the Woolly Mammoth Theater
  • Psalm 24, Monumental travesties in the “Mosaic” theater.
  • Jenny Rachel Weiner, The chameleon in the theater J
  • Lauren Yee, Cambodian rock band on the Arena stage

DCTA 2023 Staff Favorites: Outstanding professional productions
DCTA 2023 Staff Favorites: Outstanding professional performances

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