On June 5, Buffalo's theater community gathered in the 710 Main Theatre to celebrate the annual Artie Awards.
The event, created by theater writer Anthony Chase, is designed to highlight local productions of extraordinary merit and to raise money for local charities.
For most of its life, the Artie Awards gala was sponsored by the alt-weekly publication Artvoice, but due to concerns about that publication's shifting politics, Chase moved it under the umbrella of WBFO and WNED, the public media outlet that broadcasts Chase's popular "Theater Talk" program every Friday morning.
Here are the awardees, with links to Buffalo News reviews of the winning productions and related coverage:
Production of a play: "Jitney," Paul Robeson Theatre
Production of a musical: "Urinetown," Subversive Theatre Collective
Direction of a play: Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola, "The Collection"
Direction of a musical: Jeffrey Coyle, "Urinetown"
Ensemble of a play: "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest," Subversive Theatre Collective
Ensemble of a musical: "American Idiot," American Repertory Theatre of Western New York
Actor in a play: Anthony Alcocer, "The (Expletive) with the Hat," Road Less Traveled Productions
Supporting actor in a play: Tom Makar, "After the Revolution," Jewish Repertory Theatre
Supporting actress in a play: Lisa Vitrano, "The Winter's Tale," Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Actor in a musical: Marc Sacco, "Evita," MusicalFare Theatre
Actress in a musical: Michele Marie Roberts, "Evita," MusicalFare Theatre
Supporting actor in a musical: Joseph Donohue III, "Million Dollar Quartet," MusicalFare Theatre
Supporting actress in a musical: Sara Kow-Falcone, "American Idiot," American Repertory Theatre of Western New York.
Set design: Paul Bostaph, "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," New Phoenix Theatre
Costume design: Jimmy Janowski and Todd Warfield, "Cleopatra," Buffalo United Artists
Emanuel Fried Award for new play: Neal Radice, "I'm Fine," Alleyway Theatre
Career Achievement Award: Jimmy Janowski