2nd Annual OC Theatre Guild award winners get their rewards
Updated: Apr 19
April 17, 2023 – Costa Mesa, California – Live theater was celebrated again on Monday night during the second OC Theatre Guild Awards ceremony at the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which was again nearly filled to the rafters with artists from all over the county.
Awards were given for 18 categories this year (two more than last year), with again four gender-neutral acting categories honoring two recipients each for a grand total of 22 OCTG Awards handed out during the evening.
Broken down by theater company, Chance Theater took home fourteen awards (Cry It Out, Next To Normal, American Idiot), Costa Mesa Playhouse took home three awards (The Whale), Maverick Theater took home two awards (Clue and King Kong), The Wayward Artist took home two awards (The Toxic Avenger) and Laguna Playhouse took home one award (Kim’s Convenience).
The ceremony was directed again this year by Michael Serna and hosted by Brooke Aston Harper, with Kim Le as Musical Director and pianist for the show. The evening included musical numbers from the nominated musicals American Idiot (Chance Theater), The Marvelous Wonderettes (American Coast Theater Company), Little Women (Chance Theater), Next To Normal (Chance Theater) and The Toxic Avenger (The Wayward Artist). Projection design was by Kristin Campbell. Production stage manager was Wade Williamson.
Presenters and speakers for the evening were made up of OCTG board members, last year’s award recipients and new theatre companies to the guild including Jennifer Walquist and Mark Coyan, Madelyn Vaazquez Heywood, Celestina Hudson, Maddi Deckard, Victoria Serra, Lex Leigh, Kelsi Blackwell, Bob Chesney, Katie Chidester and Kristin Campbell, Steve Endicott, Nathan Baesel, Ron Hastings, Ella Wyatt, Marya Mazor, Lizzy McCabe, Laura Lejuwaan and Jim Katapodis, Michael Lopez and Amanda DeMaio.
The OC Theatre Guild was founded in 2015 and officially organized in 2019 as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 to serve Orange County’s vital artistic community with a mission to nurture, support and promote live theatre in greater Orange County. That stated goal is supported by the long-held beliefs of the guild’s founders and leaders that theatre and the performing arts are an essential part of what creates a healthy, passionate, and multicultural society that enriches communities while providing opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. Through the last several years, the guild has made a commitment to answer the question “What can we do together that we cannot do on our own?
2023 OC Theatre Guild award recipients are:
Outstanding Production of a Play
Cry It Out, Chance Theater
Outstanding Production of a Musical
Next To Normal, Chance Theater
Outstanding Direction of a Play
Elina De Santos, Cry It Out, Chance Theater
Outstanding Direction of a Musical
James Michael McHale, American Idiot, Chance Theater
Outstanding Ensemble of a Play
The Whale, Costa Mesa Playhouse
Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical
American Idiot, Chance Theater
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play (two recipients)
Amanda Zarr, Cry It Out, Chance Theater
Yong Kim, Kim’s Convenience, Laguna Playhouse
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical (two recipients)
Jocelyn A. Brown, Next To Normal, Chance Theater
Natalie Giannosa, The Toxic Avenger, The Wayward Artist
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play (two recipients)
Mia Anderson, The Whale, Costa Mesa Playhouse
Jack Whitaker, The Whale, Costa Mesa Playhouse
Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical (two recipients)
Dagmar Marshall-Michelson, American Idiot, Chance Theater
Ron Hastings, Next To Normal, Chance Theater
Miguel Cardenas, American Idiot, Chance Theater
Outstanding Music Direction
Stephen Hulsey, The Toxic Avenger, The Wayward Artist
Outstanding Scenic Design
Brian Newell, Jon Gaw, Alex Conway, Clue, Maverick Theater
Outstanding Costume Design
Adriana Lambarri, Cry It Out, Chance Theater
Outstanding Lighting Design
Matt Schleicher, Next To Normal, Chance Theater
Outstanding Sound Design
Hunter Moody, American Idiot, Chance Theater
Outstanding Projection Design
Nick Santiago, American Idiot, Chance Theater
Outstanding Visual Effects
Brian Newell, King Kong, Maverick Theater