Just some of the 100% Equity casts in 2015
Congratulations to all the Equity members who took home awards in the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards, particularly Equity member George Henare (CNZM, OBE) who won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other Equity award winners are as follows:
The judge's award for excellence: The Playground Collective (featuring Equity member Victoria Abbott)
The people's choice Hackman cup for most original production: All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever by The Playground Collective, (featuring Equity member Victoria Abbott).
Achieving excellence across all aspects of the production: The Book of Everything, a 100% Equity cast (Silo Theatre).
Mangere Arts Centre Award for Best Ensemble: The company of The Book of Everything, a 100% Equity cast.
The TAPAC Award for Best Entrance: Kate McGill and Frith Horan in The Best Possible Album Party that Anybody has Ever Been To (a 100% Equity cast).
The Equity New Zealand Award for Best show by Emerging Artists: Equity member Alice Canton in Orangutan.
The Johnson & Laird Management Award for Best Accent: Equity member Luci Hare in Lysistrata.
The Actors Program Award for Best Nudity: Equity member Edwin Beats in Not Psycho.
The Tour-Makers Award for Travelling Hero: A Boy Wonder, created by Equity member Ryan Richards.
Equity congratulates all members who have been nominated in the Dunedin Theatre Awards, to be held on 7 December 2015:
Male Performer of the Year: Hamish Annan (Punk Rock), Simon O'Connor (The War Play), and Taylor Barrett (Punk Rock).
Female Performer of the Year: Jacque Drew (Time Stands Still) and Torum Heng (Time Stands Still).
Production of the Year: Time Stands Still and Punk Rock.
The Actors' Program class of 2015 have made a 100% Equity film - The Engagement Party - starring an all Equity cast of Frank Borrell, Joe Nathan, Albertine Jonas, Mel Odedra, Anna Baird, Emily Campbell, James Russell, Ruby Lyon, Paul Trimmer, Chelsea Belle, Cally Castell, Holly Hudson, Timmie Cameron, Dion Greenstreet, and Brie Hill. Associate producers are Equity board members Natalie Beran and Grae Burton and the film was directed by Equity member Kathy McRae.
The Wellington Theatre Awards are on 6 December 2015. Congratulations to all the Equity members nominated:
Best Actor - Rob Mokaraka (All Our Sons)
Best Director - Maiava Nathaniel Lees (All Our Sons), Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (Ache)
Production of the Year - All Our Sons
Most Original Production - All Our Sons
Most Promising Male Newcomer - Jack Buchanan (Long Ago, Long Ago)
Best Supporting Male Actor - Jack Buchanan (A Servant To Two Masters), Simon O'Connor (Gifted)
Most Promising Female Newcomer - Carrie Green (Conversations With My Penis) and Harriet Prebble (Gifted)
Best Supporting Actress - Harriet Prebble (Gifted) and Susie Berry (2080)
Most Promising New Director - Miriama McDowell
Outstanding New Playwright - Jess Sayer (of the Equity national performers' committee)
Outstanding Performance of the Year - Kathleen Burns (A Servant To Two Masters), Andrew Laing (Gifted), Renee Lyons (Ache)