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Posted: 12:48 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winners of the 2012-2013 Austin Critics' Table Awards 

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

A crowd of several hundred cheered winners of the Austin Critics' Table Awards Monday night at the  Cap City Comedy Club Monday.

The awards -- given by an informal group of arts writers from the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle -- celebrate outstanding achievement in a variety of categories across the arts disciplines.

Critics who chose this year's awards were the American-Statesman's freelancers Cate Blouke, Claire Canavan, Luke Quinton and Claire Spera  and American-Statesman arts critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin along with Chronicle  arts editor Robert Faires and freelancers Elizabeth Cobbe, Jillian Owens, Adam Roberts, Jonelle Seitz, Dan Solomon and Natalie Zeldin.

The winners of the 2012-2013 Austin Critics' Table Awards are:


Museum Exhibition

“I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America,” Donald Albrecht, curator; Ransom Center


Solo Gallery Exhibition

“Kevin McNamee-Tweed: Rocks,” Big Medium


Group Gallery Exhibition

“Collection Selections: De-Luxe,” Kimberli Gant, curator; AMOA-Arthouse


Work of Art: Independent or Public Project

TRANSfiguration, Rino Pizzi, et al.


Work of Art: One of a Kind

A Survey of Open Space, Peat Duggins, Fusebox Festival


Work of Art: Installation (tie)

“Beili Liu: Amass,” Texas State University Galleries

“W. Tucker: to stand in a boat that floats,” Texas State University Galleries



W. Tucker


Touring Show, Art

“Arnold Newman: Masterclass,” Ransom Center




Production, Drama (tie)

All My Sons, Palindrome Theatre

Rose Rage, The Hidden Room Theatre


Production, Comedy

Slip River, UT/David Mark Cohen New Works Festival


Production, Musical

Legally Blonde the Musical, Summer Stock Austin


Theatrical Event

Now Now Oh Now, Rude Mechanicals



Beth Burns, Rose Rage/Invisible, Inc.


Acting in a Leading Role

Barbara Chisholm, The Importance of Being Earnest

Brock England, Rose Rage

Noel Gaulin, Accidental Death of an Anarchist/The Bear/Vodka, Fucking, and Television

Joey Hood, "I Am the Machine Gunner"


Acting in a Supporting Role

Joey Banks, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Fran Dorn, The Edge of Peace

Robert Matney, Rose Rage

Laurence Pears, Rose Rage/Invisible, Inc.

Sydney Roberts, Urinetown: The Musical


Ensemble Performance

The Poison Squad, The Duplicates


Music Direction

Allen Robertson, Xanadu/Ragtime/Goodnight Moon



Cassie Abate, Urinetown: The Musical


David Mark Cohen New Play Award (tie)

The Edge of Peace, Suzan Zeder

The Women of Juarez, Isaac Gomez and Bianca Sulaica


Touring Show, Theatre

Watch Me Fall, Action Hero/Fusebox Festival



Dance Concert

As Holy Sites Go/duet, Deborah Hay


Short Work

"Requiem for a Rose," Ballet Austin



Allison Orr, Solo Symphony



Olivia Chacon, "The Red Shoes"

Travis Knights, Time

Jamie Lynn Witts, The Taming of the Shrew



Chris Hannon & Gina Patterson, "Ida"



Ballet Austin, The Taming of the Shrew

Blue Lapis Light, Heaven-Earth-One


Touring Show, Dance

The Rite of Spring, Joffrey Ballet, Texas Performing Arts



Scenic Design

Thomas Graves, Michelle Marchesseault, Leilah Stewart, et al. (?) Now Now Oh Now


Costume Design

Susan Branch Towne, The Sound of Music/Xanadu/Ragtime


Lighting Design

The Duplicates, The Poison Squad


Sound Design

Buzz Moran, All My Sons/Under Construction/spacestation 1985


Video Design

Lowell Bartholomee, Vodka, Fucking, and Television



Symphonic Performance

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, Austin Symphony with Conspirare


Chamber Performance (tie)

All Beethoven Recital, Miró Quartet, Butler School of Music

String Quartet Smackdown, Golden Hornet Project


Choral Performance

Vessel, Convergence



The Marriage of Figaro, Austin Lyric Opera



Sasha Cooke, Miró Quartet recital

Glenn Miller, The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Icy Simpson, I, Too

Hyung Yun, Faust


Original Composition/Score

Concerto Laguna, Travis Weller



Rick Rowley, Schumann: Fantasie in C Major



line upon line percussion


Touring, Classical

Daniel Hope & Friends: Music from Terezín, Texas Performing Arts





Special Citations

John Bustin Award for Exceptional Versatility: Jill Blackwood

W.H. "Deacon" Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work: Isaac Gomez, UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance; Will Davis, UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance; Sophia Franzella, St. Edward's University; Lindsley Howard, St. Edward's University; Hannah Fonder, St. Edward's University


Visionary Vivifier Award: Caroline Reck and Glass Half Full Theatre

More Perfect Union Award: Thomas Graves and Hannah Kenah in Alfred and Agnes

Dress for Excess Award: Pam Friday, Seven Wonders of the World (Plus One)

Intimo et Luminoso Award: Peter Bay, Solo Symphony

Mt. Everest Award: "Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Cage," Austin Chamber Music Center, New Music Co-op, line upon line percussion, and Texas Choral Consort

Sehr Mutig Award: Ballet Austin II cast of "Snow White"

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999.

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