Beverly Hills, California (September 30, 2013) – The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch’s Theatre Viewing Committee announces nominations for the 23rd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards include 32 categories, which encompass local and equity nominations. This year’s awards show will be held on Monday, November 11, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at the historical Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, formerly known as the Fox Wilshire Theatre.  


This year’s Equity Theatre nominations include an array of phenomenal productions including “Memphis”, securing seven nominations counting Christopher Ashley in the category of “Best Director of a Musical – Equity”.  Locking in second place with six nominations, Henry Miller leads an all-star cast in the provocative “Fraternity” whose cast includes Rocky Carroll and Roger Robinson both nominated in the category of “Best Leading Male – Equity” and Robert Gossett and Mel Winkler both nominated in the category of “Best Supporting Male – Equity”.  “Intimate Apparel” and “The Scottsboro Boys” tie for third place in the Equity category both with five nominations.  For “Intimate Apparel” Tony-award nominee Sheldon Epps is nominated in the category of Best Director-Equity and for “The Scottsboro BoysSusan Stroman receives a nomination in the category of Best Director of a Musical-Equity. In the category of  Local Theatre nominations “Anna Lucasta” by Best Playwright-Local nominee Phillip Yordan, takes the lead with 11 nominations including Ashlee Olivia as Best Lead Female-Local.  “In the Red & Brown Water receives eight nominations including a Best Director-Local to Shirley Jo Finney and Best Supporting Female-Local to Iona Morris. The critically-acclaimed “Camp Logan” rounds out the local category with six nominations recognizing the producing team of Ben Guillory, Academy Award nominee Viola DavisJulius Tennon, Juvee Productions, Vanessa Paul, Alex Morris and Sparkling Entertainment.


The Theatre Viewing Committee considers all candidates who submit their production from January 2012 through December 2012 for possible nomination. All productions must have a five consecutive week production run in Southern California (San Diego to Bakersfield included) to be considered. Productions who meet all eligibility requirements before the deadline are considered eligible for a 2013 NAACP Theatre Award. For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, please visit or call Premier Concepts for full nominee list at (310) 605-5472.


About The NAACP Theatre Awards:

The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrates a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and

share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.


Best Choreography – EquityMemphis – Sergio TrujilloFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf – Fernando Christopher

The Scottsboro Boys – Susan Stroman


Best Choreography – Local

Anna Lucasta – Kellie Dantzler

In The Red & Brown Water – Ameenah Kaplan

The Color Purple – Janet Roston


Best Costumes – Equity

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark – ESosa

Intimate Apparel – Leah Piehl

Memphis – Paul Tazewell


Best Costumes – Local

Anna Lucasta – Naila Aladdin Sanders

In The Red & Brown Water – Naila Aladdin Sanders

The Blue Iris – Naila Aladdin Sanders


Best Director – Equity

Jitney – Ron OJ Parson

Intimate Apparel – Sheldon Epps

Memphis – Christopher Ashley


Best Director – L ocal

CampLogan – Alex Morris.

In The Red & Brown Water – Shirley Jo Finney

Elimina’s Kitchen – Gregg T. Daniel


Best Director of a Musical – Equity

Memphis – Christopher Ashley

The Scottsboro Boys – Susan Stroman

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Saundra McClain


Best Director of a Musical – Local

Fellowship – Joel McCrary

Down Around BrownTown – Frit & Frat Fuller

The Merchant of Venice with music: Something of Silver – Tony Tanner


Best Ensemble Cast – Equity


By The Way, Meet Vera Stark

The Scottsboro Boys


Best Ensemble Cast – Local

Elimina’s Kitchen

Innocent Flesh

The Cell Block Seven


Best Lead Female – Equity

The Convert – Pascale Armand





Best Lead Female  – LocalAnna Lucasta – Ashlee OliviaIn The Red & Brown Water – Diarra Kilpatrick

The Color Purple – Cesili Williams


Best Lead Male – Equity

The Recommendation – Brandon Gill

Fraternity – Rocky Carroll

Fraternity – Roger Robinson


Best Lead Male – Local

Anna Lucasta – Nick Gillie

Anna Lucasta – Dwain A. Perry

Take Me Out – Sean Cameron – Young


Best Lighting – Equity

Memphis – Howell Binkley

Intimate Apparel – Brian L. Gale

The Recommendation – Philip S. Rosenberg


Best Lighting – Local

CampLogan – Sammie Wayne IV

In The Red & Brown Water – Jose Lopez

The Blue Iris – Jeff McLaughlin


Best Music Director – Equity

Memphis – Christopher Jahnke

The Scottsboro Boys – Eric Ebbenga

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Rahn Coleman


Best Music Director – Local

Hoodoo Love – Haskel Joseph

Elimina’s Kitchen – Leon Morenzie

The Color Purple – Gregory Nabours


Best One Person Show – Equity


Best One Person Show – Local

Uncle Jacques’ Symphony – Dominic Hoffman

The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Roberson – Stogie Kenyatta

Lovin’ Chocolate – Kelley Williams


Best Playwright – Equity

The Recommendation – Jonathan Caren

Memphis – Joe DiPietro & David Bryan

The Convert – Danai Gurira


Best Playwright – Local

CampLogan – Celeste Bedford Walker.

Anna Lucasta – Philip Yordan

Doubt, A Parable – John Patrick Shanley

Best Producer – EquityThe Convert – Center Theatre Group, McCarter Theatre Center  & Goodman TheatreThe Recommendation – The Old Globe

Fraternity – Ebony Repertory Theatre & Wren T. Brown


Best Producer – Local

Camp Logan – Ben Guillory – Robey Theatre Co., Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Juvee Productions, Vanessa Paul and Alex Morris, Sparkling City Entertainment

In The Red & Brown Water – Stephen Sachs & Deborah Lawlor

Doubt, A Parable – Calia Mintzer-Wolf & Linda Reinhardt


Best Set Design – Equity

Intimate Apparel – John Iacovelli

Jitney – Shaun Motley

The Scottsboror Boys – Beowulf Boritt


Best Set Design – Local

Anna Lucasta – Tom Meleck

CampLogan – Rodney Rincon & Phil Buono

Doubt, A Parable – Michael-Anthony Nozzi


Best Sound – Equity

Memphis – Ken Travis

Intimate Apparel – Steven Cahill

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark – John Gromada


Best Sound – Local

Anna Lucasta – Eric Butler

CampLogan – Eric Butler

Innocent Flesh – Pennix McGee, Ken Christianson & Jwyanza Hobson


Best Supporting Female – Equity

The Convert – Cheryl Lynn Bruce

The Convert – Zainab Jah

Dividing The Estate – Pat Bowie


Best Supporting Female – Local

Anna Lucasta – Cydney Wayne Davis

In The Red & Brown Water – Iona Morris

Doubt, A Parable – Jacquelin Schofield


Best Supporting Male – Equity

Fraternity – William Allen Young

Fraternity – Robert Gossett

Fraternity – Mel Winkler


Best Supporting Male – Local

Anna Lucasta – Sammie Wayne IV

In The Red & Brown Water – Gilbert Glenn Brown

Anna Lucasta – Carl Crudup