Friday, February 22, 2019

Semi-finalists: STAGE DIRECTORS, 2018-19: The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize

CNR in "The Life of Reilly"
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Lazaar Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2018-19—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize. Congratulations!

There are two divisions this year—one for opera directors, a second for theater and music theater directors. 

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

Charles Nelson Reilly was a Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway stage director, and an acclaimed opera director and teacher. Far more than the zany television personality by which he was most often identified, Reilly nurtured the creation of a whole series of unique one-person stage plays. Most famously, he directed Julie Harris in her Tony Award-winning star turn in "The Belle of Amherst", on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Among Reilly's many Broadway directing credits were Ira Levinʼs "Break a Leg", Larry Shueʼs "The Nerd", and the revival of "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, for which Mr. Reilly was the sole American director to be nominated for a Tony in 1997. Mr. Reillyʼs career as an opera director included productions for Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Toledo Opera, Milwaukee Opera and Opera Pacific. Charles Nelson Reilly and The American Prize chief judge David Katz were friends for three decades, first meeting through their mutual Hartford voice teacher, Mrs. Friedrich Schorr. Mr. Reilly served as honorary chairperson of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice from the competition's founding in 1990, until his death. To read more about the career of Charles Nelson Reilly, .

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.
 

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2018-19, opera division

Marc Callahan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC  
Massenet: Cinderella

Tracelyn Gesteland
University of South Dakota Opera
Vermillion SD 
Die Fledermaus
  
Lisa Grevlos Augustana University
Sioux Falls SD 
Callie D. Stadem: The Ransom of Sophia
  
Andreas Hager
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati OH  
Gianni Schicchi
  
Rachel M. Harris
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond LA 
Dan Shore: Works of Mercy
  
Melanie Helton
Michigan State University Opera Theatre
East Lansing MI 
Hansel & Gretel
  
Melanie Helton
Michigan State University Opera Theatre
East Lansing MI 
Street Scene
  
Melanie Helton
Michigan State University Opera Theatre
East Lansing MI 
Nelson: A Room With a View
  
David Holley
University of NC - Greensboro
Greensboro NC  
Die Zauberflote   

Paul Houghtaling
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa AL 
Semele
  
Paul Houghtaling
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa AL  
Jeremy Gill: Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain
  
David Lefkowich
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Bloomington IN 
Don Giovanni
  
Dugg McDonough
LSU Opera/Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge LA  
David T. Little: Dog Days
  
Dugg McDonough
LSU Opera/Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge LA  
The Cunning Little Vixen
   
Justin John Moniz
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Waimea HI
The Mikado
  
Nicholas Muni
UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
Winston-Salem NC 
Debussy/Constant: Impressions de Pelleas
   
Isai Jess Munoz
University of Delaware Opera Workshop Ensemble
Newark DE  
various: Waulking in the Glen
  
David Ronis
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison WI 
La Boheme    

Jeffrey Stegall
Bob Jones University
Greenville SC  
Lucia di Lammermoor   

Copeland Woodruff
Lawrence University
Appleton WI 
Le Comte Ory
  
Copeland Woodruff
Red River Lyric Opera
Wichita Falls TX
The Turn of the Screw


NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2018-19, theater and musical theater division 

Kristina Keener
Ivy Top Billing Entertainment
Glendora CA
Peter Pan
  
Belinda Andrews-Smith
Denison University
Granville OH
Spring Awakening
  
Geoffrey Arndt
Saint Patrick High School
Chicago IL
Dracula
  
Geoffrey Arndt
Saint Patrick Summer Theatre
Chicago IL
Into the Woods
   
Julie Lyn Barber
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green KY
Guys & Dolls
  
Paul Rugg
The Pope St. John Paul II Theater Troupe of Saint Augustine Academy
Ventura CA
My Fair Lady


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We invite semi-finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a semi-finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

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