2022 Performing Arts WA Awards winners announced
The WA performing arts industry celebrated the outstanding achievements of actors, directors, producers, theater and dance creators last night WA Performing Arts Awards 2022.
The host – WA Artist Relief Fund – presented 46 awards in theatre, dance, musicals and opera, to a packed house at the State Theater Center in WA.
Blue Room Theater’s Angus Cerini fairy tale Revenge The Bleeding Tree and Ian Michael led the charge with four awards, including Best Independent Production and Outstanding Ensemble, with director Ian Michael picking up the award for Outstanding Direction of an Independent Production and Composer Rachael Dease winner of Best Sound Design.
Spare Parts Puppet Theater’s Beanstalk – a Jack and the Beanstalk tale written and starring Sam Longley – won Best Stage Production; Luke Hewitt (Every shiny thing, BLACK SWAN State Theater Company of WA) and Alison van Reeken (Ian Sinclair’s Nocturna, The Kabuki Drop) both won awards for Outstanding Performers in Leading Roles; and Tobias Muhafidin won Best Newcomer and Outstanding Performer in a Supporting Role for his performance in Minneapolis from Performing Lines WA.
Co3 Contemporary Dance’s empowering new dance work Archives of Humanity received three awards in the dance category, including Best Main Stage Production and Outstanding Ensemble, with Artistic Director Raewyn Hill, Design Associate Bruce McKinven and sculptural artist Naoko Yoshimoto winning the Outstanding Stage Award together. Design. JULIA by Steamworks Art won the award for best independent production.
Performing Lines WA’s fascinating dance presentation Slow Burn, Together for the Perth Festival won Outstanding New Work with lead performer Francesca Fenton winning Outstanding Newcomer.
In the Musical & Opera category, Angels & Devils – a reimagining of Suor Angelica of Freeze Frame Opera – won Best Production with soprano Harriet Marshall winning Outstanding Performer in a Leading Role and Director Rachel McDonald who won Outstanding Direction, Direction of Movement or Choreography.
A heavily nominated ET-inspired musical, The Summer of Our Lives by Blue Room Theater & Western Sky Projects also won four awards, including Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding New Work, actor/singer Nick Maclaine winning the award for Outstanding Performer in a Supporting Role. Role.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chrissie Parrott AO for her extensive work in the creative industries as a dancer, speaker, choreographer, arts festival director, director for theatre, television and film; scenographer and costume designer, multimedia and animation teacher and creator of large-scale digital works of art.
Artist Relief Fund WA Secretary Nick Maclaine congratulated the nominees and winners, saying that each year the Performing Arts WA Awards seem to get bigger.
“Thank you to everyone who made 2021 a year worth celebrating,” he said. “These awards are powered by volunteers and reflect thousands of hours of commitment and creativity by professionals across the arts sector.
“We congratulate the winners, salute the nominees and thank our generous sponsors and volunteer judges for making this essential event possible.”
Other presentations during the evening included the Artist Relief Fund student endowment funds supported by the Minderoo Foundation, which support promising second-year students at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The winners were Lucy Arnall (Aboriginal Performance), Ruby Henaway (Actor), Tegan Carter (Dance), Mia Guglielmi (Music Theatre), Harrison Lorenz-Daniel (Performing Arts) and Elouise Greenwell (Production & Design).
Many individual winners received cash prizes during the evening thanks to the generous sponsorship of CircuitWest, Sandy Anghie, North Perth Community Bank Branch of Bendigo, Harlequin Floors, Media Super/Cbus, MEAA, Artist Management Australia, Moore Creative Artists and Minderoo Foundation.