Congrats to all of the members of the theatre, film and artistic communities for all of their incredible work this year. The Chronicle has just posted its Best Of List, and we are proud to recognize some individuals for outstanding contributions to the Austin Arts Scene!
Make sure to give em some love!
Best Performance Space –Long Center for the Performing Arts
The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts (The Long Center) is a world-class, sustainably built cultural centerpiece located along Lady Bird Lake with spectacular views of Austin’s downtown skyline. The Long Center showcases multiple technologically advanced performance and event spaces, including the 2,400-seat Michael & Susan Dell Hall and the multi-functional Debra and Kevin Rollins Studio Theatre. Dell Hall’s stellar acoustics and intimate seating arrangement showcase The Long Center’s Founding Resident Companies, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin, plus a variety of locally and nationally acclaimed artists and groups. Rollins Theatre resonates with community arts groups seeking comfortable, flexible space. They also have some incredible opportunities for smaller groups through their BOOST program. Additional performance space is planned in future phases. For more information, please visit http://www.TheLongCenter.org.
Best Theatre Director – Bonnie Cullum, The Vortex
Bonnie has been honored twice as Best Director by the Austin Chronicle and received B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Director for her productions of Moby Dick and Despair’s Book of Dreams and the Sometimes Radio, which toured to HERE Performing Arts Complex in New York and to McNeese State University in Louisana. She has received hundreds of nominations and more than 50 awards for her productions, as well as awards for The VORTEX venue. She was recently nominated for the prestigious Primus Prize.
Best Creative Takeover of a Downtown Performance Venue – The Hideout Theatre
The Hideout Theatre, under new ownership, is hard at work as a creative venue! Plus– They blog. Check out their stuff at http://www.hideouttheatre.com/blog
Many performances at the Hideout fall under the realm of the Austin Improv Collective, one of Austin Circle of Theaters fabulous sponsored projects!
Friendliest Haunt for Weird Noise – Church of the Friendly Ghost (sponsored by SVT)
Church of the Friendly Ghost is a growing community organization dedicated to the proliferation of creative musics, future-minded expressions, experiments in sound, and cutting edge jazz.
Best Nonprofit Upstart – Da! Theatre Collective ( A sponsored project of Hyde Park theatre)
DA! further contributes to the community by:
- producing art (both original and revisited) that is challenging and invigorating
- serving as innovators and leaders in our field
- raising the level of education in our artistic community
- supporting those sectors of the community who are in need by donating a portion of performances to local non-profit organizations and economically less advantaged schools
- paying local artists a decent wage for their work.
Best Friend to Fluffy Dreams – Geppetto Dreams Puppet Company
We just found this interview posted on Austin Live Theatre.com about the closing of Geppetto Dreams.Make sure to read it, as they have a final few events that need some support. Lets thank them for all the creativity they have brought to the Austin Puppetry Scene.
Best Film Resource – Bryan Poyser (Director of Artist Services, Austin Film Society)
Bryan Poyser co-wrote and produced the 2006 Burnt Orange production The Cassidy Kids and wrote and directed Dear Pillow, which was nominated for at 2005 Independent Spirit Award. He currently serves as the Director of Artist Services for the Austin Film Society. For some reason, he has maintained his own personal blog, Back to Me, for over 4 years now.
Congrats to all of these talented folk!