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Outstanding performance by a theatre department at a leading university

The Suzi Bass Awards, celebrating professional theatre in Atlanta, announced its nominations for 2015 and UGA department of theatre and films studies faculty and alumni are well represented:

Outstanding Featured Actor in Play---Dane Troy, My Children My Africa, Theatrical Outfit

Outstanding Theatre for Young Audience Performance-- Ensemble---(featured JL Reed)---Courage, Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical  ---(featured Ben Davis)--Hands on a Hardbody, Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble of a Play  (featured George Contini)--The Explorer's Club, Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble of a Play ( featured Joe Sykes)---Clybourne Park, Aurora Theatre, 

Outstanding New Play  (featured Tiffany Hobbs)--The CA Lyons Project. Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical (featured Shelli Delgado)  Rent,  Actors Express

Outstanding Production of a Musical (featured Edward McCreary)--Memphis, Aurora

Outstanding World premiere---(featured Hayley Platt)  Edward Foote, Alliance

In addition to this great news, our alums continue to shine elsewhere on stage and screen:

Jamie Hyder (BA Theatre, 2007) is playing a leading role in the TV crime drama Graceland. Tiffany Hobbs ('09) has recently gone on tour with the hit Broadway musical, The Lion King. And Matt Zuk ('10) has a role in Sony's upcoming feature, The Fifth Wave.

Outstanding accomplishments for these hard-working graduates, our wonderful theatre program and the university. Preparing these actors and creative back stage artists for success in this hypercompetitive profession is something we don't recognize often enough. But UGA is represented far beyond proportion in the dramatic entertainment fields and that is directly due to the people teaching here and the students coming here to learn from them. Let everybody know. And get your tickets for this year's season today - who knows what future stars you might see. 

Image: From one of our favorite (and most hilarious) University Theatre productions from 2011, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.


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