Last night, Asian Pacific Islander theatre artists were featured prominently (along with many other artists at color) at Seattle’s Gregory Awards, presented by Theatre Puget Sound for excellence in theatre for the Seattle area.
Headlined by special guest host Sara Porkalob, API artists joined a spectrum of other theatre artists representing a wide array of ethnicities, sexual orientations, theatre sizes and subject matters, to make their mark in multiple categories.
First, the People’s Choice Awards were generated from the general theatre audience, recognizing artists by acclamation for their excellence. API artists included
- Keiko Green, for Supporting Actress in Water by the Spoonful.
- Seayoung Yim, for Outstanding New Play, for her Do It For Umma
- The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Outstanding Production, featuring many API artists in featured roles (including the title role).
In the awards ceremony, Asian American artists and groups claimed multiple awards, including
- Ray Tagavilla, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Last Days of Judas Iscariot)
- Bryan Marina Mallare Kinder, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical (Billy Elliott)
- Desdemona Chiang, Outstanding Director (Constellations)
- Outstanding Costume Design (Jocelyne Fowler for A Hand of Talons for Pork Filled Productions)
Bravo to all the recipients as they lead a transformation of American theatre in the 21st Century!