Actors Manny and Melissa
Fernandes. Manny is a past honoree and Melissa was
nominated this year for Outstanding Featured Performance
in a Musical for her role as the Baker's Wife in New
Village Arts' "Into the Woods."
Steve Gunderson, right,
with his partner Kaore (pronounced "Kory") Bonell.
Gunderson was honored as Actor of the Year for his
performances in Cygnet's "Sweeney Todd," New Village
Arts' "Into the Woods," The Old Globe's "Dr. Seuss' How
the Grinch Stole Christmas" and San Diego Repertory
Theatre's "Hairspray," for which he also won Outstanding
Featured Performance in a Musical.
La Jolla Playhouse
managing director Michael Rosenberg with Las Vegas-based
stage manager Debbie Luce, who served as volunteer stage
manager for the evening's awards.
Starlight Theatre artistic
director Carlos Mendoza and Starlight marketing director
Theatre critic Pat Launer
with Scripps Ranch Theatre artistic director Jill
Drexler, who created the Critics Circle's Sandra
Ellis-Troy Memorial Fund, a program to honor young
theater artists in the name of the late Vista actress,
who died Dec. 4 at age 68.
Newlyweds Sean Cox and
Christy Yael, the co-founders of Intrepid Shakespeare
Scott Paulson, a nominee
in the category of Outstanding Original Score for his
eerie soundscape in New Village Arts' "The Man Who,"
with his guest Miriam Manning.
Mark Christopher Lawrence,
his wife Rebecca Lawrence and Laurence Brown. Lawrence
was nominated for his lead role in Cygnet Theatre's "The
Piano Lesson," and the show's cast, which included
Brown, was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble.
Critics Circle member
Carol Davis with director Jeff Calhoun, who was in town
helming the Old Globe's "Jane Austen's Emma" musical.
Sound designer Joe Huppert
with Ion Theatre producing artistic director Glenn