Columbia College Chicago Theatre Alumni and Faculty Nominated for 2022 Black Theatre Alliance Awards

The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department proudly congratulates the Columbia College Chicago alumni and faculty who have been nominated for 2022 Black Theatre Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards honoring the work of Chicago-area theatre artists during the 2021-2022 theatre season. The nominations were announced Wednesday, August 3. The winners will be announced at the 28th Annual Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 4, at Columbia College Chicago’s Conaway Center, located at 1104 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago’s South Loop.

The nominees include these alumni and faculty of Columbia College:

Columbia College alum A.C. Smith ’86, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Theatre, nominated for the Sidney Poitier Award for Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in Court Theatre’s production of August Wilson‘s drama Two Trains Running;

Shantel Cribbs

Columbia College alum Shantel Cribbs ’17, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BFA Program in Musical Theatre Performance, nominated for the Eartha Kitt Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Pump Boys and Dinettes;

MJ Rawls

former Columbia College student MJ Rawls, nominated for the Eartha Kitt Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for Black Ensemble Theatre’s It’s Just Like Coming To Church (Welcome To The Church Of You);

Terrell Armstrong

Columbia College alum Terrell Armstrong ’19, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre, nominated for the Bill Bojangles Robinson Award for Featured Actor in a Musical for Porchlight Music Theatre’s Blues in the Night;

Bethany Thomas

former Columbia College Theatre Department student Bethany Thomas, nominated for the Bert Williams Award for Solo Performance in a Play for Northlight Theatre’s Songs for Nobodies;

Andrea J. Dymond

Columbia College Theatre Department faculty member Andrea J. Dymond, nominated for the Lloyd Richards Award for Direction of a Play for Paramount Theatre‘s Copley Theatre production of Sweat;

Kenny Ingram

Kenny Ingram, former teacher of Musical Theatre Dance in the Columbia College Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre Program, nominated for the Oscar Brown Jr. Award for Direction of a Musical and the Katherine Dunham Award for Choreography in a Play, both for his work on Porchlight Music Theatre’s Blues in the Night;

David Fiorello

Columbia College faculty member David Fiorello, nominated for the Duke Ellington Award for Musical Direction for Porchlight Music Theatre’s Blues in the Night;

Robert Reddrick

former Columbia College Chicago Music Department student Robert Reddrick, nominated for the Duke Ellington Award for Musical Direction for Porchlight Music Theatre’s Porchlight Music Theatre’s Pump Boys and Dinettes;

D.J. Douglass

D.J. Douglass

Columbia College alum D.J. Douglass ’12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre, nominated for the Mike Sargent Award for Sound Design for Black Ensemble Theatre’s Grandma’s Jukebox;

Tyla Abercrumbie

Columbia College alum Tyla Abercrumbie ’98, nominated for the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Writing of a Play, for TimeLine Theatre’s world premiere of her drama Relentless – which was also nominated for the Target Community Relations Award for Best Ensemble.

In addition to these nominated individuals, many nominated productions included the participation of Columbia alumni and faculty. Congratulations to all!

 

Vincent Williams

The Black Theatre Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards were established in 1995 by Columbia College Chicago alumnus Vincent Williams ’03, a graduate of the BA Program in Performing Arts Management from what is now the Columbia College Chicago Business and Entrepreneurship Department. The awards were founded to honor African Americans who achieve excellence in theatre, dance, and all areas of the performing arts in the Chicagoland area. The awards also pay homage to Ira Aldridge (1807-1867), an African American actor famed for his performances in Shakespearean roles in Europe. The 2022 awards recognize Chicago-area stage productions produced and presented between August 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022.

The 28th Annual Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Columbia College Chicago’s Conaway Center, located at 1104 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago’s South Loop. The business-attire event begins with a 7 PM reception, followed by the awards presentation from 8 to 10 PM. Tickets to attend the event are priced at $30 for BTAA nominees and $50 for guests. The deadline to purchase ticket is Monday, September 26th, 2022. BTAA tickets or donations can only be purchased by check or money order payable to The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc., and mailed to Vincent Williams, The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc., 412 E. 43rd St. #305, Chicago, IL 60653.