Awards & Honors
Our friends and fans along with local publications, reviewers, and award competitions have honored ASGT with numerous local and regional awards—and we are so grateful for their support. Click the sections below to learn about these recent honors.
Thank you for everything you do for ASGT, and for the visual and performing arts communities in our region!
Beginning in 2019, ASGT is excited to be participating in the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH).
WATCH is an organization founded for the adjudication and presentation of annual awards recognizing artistic and technical excellence in community theater throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. These honors:
- Foster and encourage the growth of community theatre;
- Promote and enhance the image of community theatre; and
- Educate and inform the general public about the theatrical opportunities provided by the member theatres.
Click here to learn more about WATCH. And a big thank you to all the WATCH judges who travel to Annapolis to see and review our shows!
Top Award for All Round Production Excellence—2016 production of The Producers
Outstanding Achievement in a Musical (Runner Up)—2015 production of Catch Me If You Can
Outstanding Achievement in a Musical (Runner Up)—2014 production of Monty Python’s Spamalot
Outstanding Achievement in a Musical (Winner)—2012 production of Avenue Q
Outstanding Achievement in a Musical (Runner Up)—2011 production of Hairspray
Outstanding Achievement in a Musical (Runner Up)—2010 production of …Spelling Bee
Top Award for All Round Production Excellence—2006 production of Urinetown: The Musical
The British Players’ prestigious Ruby Griffith Award competition is designed to elevate the quality of local amateur theatre and reward excellence and outstanding achievement. ASGT is deeply honored to have received 2017’s top award for All Round Production Excellence for our 2016 production of The Producers, which capped off our 50th anniversary season, as well as several other nods in recent years. Thanks to The British Players for this honor. This recognition means a lot to our volunteer Board and artistic community!
Best Theatre Company (Winner)—2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Best Theatre Company (Finalist)—2012, 2013, 2019
The Capital Gazette‘s annual Readers Choice Awards provide recognition to local establishments, giving readers the opportunity to spread the word about their favorite places. A huge “thank you!” to our friends and fans for voting for ASGT. We’re grateful to have the support of our local community and hometown newspaper.
2016 Best Actress in a Musical or Review (Non-Equity)—Athena Blackwood in RENT and Erica Miller in The Producers
We’re so proud that ASGT and our 2016 artists were nominated in numerous categories of the 2016 BroadwayWorld Baltimore Awards! Congratulations to Athena and Erica—two of our volunteer performers—for their wins in the acting categories. And respect to The Milburn Stone Theatre, who raced with us neck-in-neck to the voting finish, ultimately winning in several categories.
Big thanks to all who voted! Click here to see a list of all the winners.
2016 Best Musicals in Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA—RENT
2016 Best Direction & Musical Direction in Musicals in Community Theatres in DC/MD/VA—Director Andy Scott & Music Director Paige Austin Rammelkamp for RENT
2016 Best Performances/Ensembles in Musicals in Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA—Loghan Bazan, Andrea Greenwald, and Nicholas Edward Carter in RENT
2015 Best Musicals in Community Theaters—The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2015 Best Featured Actor in a Musical—David Merrill as John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2015 Best Featured Actress in a Musical—Emily Lentz as Edwin Drood/Dick Datchery in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2015 Best Featured Actress in a Musical—Paige Miller as Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2015 Best Featured Actress in a Musical—Maribeth Vogel as Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2014 Best Actor in a Musical—Steven Baird as Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot
2014 Best Actress in a Musical—Allison Erskine as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street
2014 Best Featured Actor in a Musical—Fred Fletcher-Jackson as Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot
2014 Best Featured Actress in a Musical—Alice Goldberg as The Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot
2014 Best Featured Actress in a Musical—Ginny White as Gwendolyn Holmes in SHOUT! The Mod Musical
2014 Best Musicals in Community Theatre—Monty Python’s Spamalot
2012 Best Director of a Musical—Darnell Morris for Avenue Q
The “Best Of” lists reflect the opinions of members of the writing staff of DC Metro Theater Arts. Thank you DCMTA!
Best Theater Company—2018, 2017, 2016
Best Theatre Production—2017 productions of The Full Monty and In The Heights (tie)
Best Theatrical Production (Winner)—2016 productions of RENT and The Producers (tie)
Best Theatrical Production (Winner)—2012 production of Avenue Q
Thank you, Bay Weekly readers, for choosing ASGT and select ASGT productions as some of your favorite things in Chesapeake Country.
Maryland Theatre Guide‘s Readers’ Choice Awards are designed to honor local performing arts, entertainment, and education organizations for their creativity, talents, and contributions. Over 3,000 votes were cast for the 2013 awards, and ASGT and the cast and crew of 2013’s Into the Woods were proud to be honored in several categories. Thank you friends and fans!
- 1st place – Best Musical
- 1st place – Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical (Sarah Treanor as Cinderella)
- 1st place – Best Musical Direction (Trent Goldsmith)
- 1st place – Best Choreography (Darnell Morris)
- 2nd place – Best Costume Design (Linda Swann)
- 3rd place – Best Scenic Design (Darnell Morris)
In July 2016, ASGT President Carolyn Kirby was recognized in What’s Up? Magazine for her many years of volunteer service to the theatre.
“In 1988, while working full time, Kirby was introduced to the nonprofit…Kirby found not a hobby, but an avocation—a fitting description of her unwavering support of the organization over the last 28 years.”
You can read the full article here.
In 2015, ASGT was nominated for Nonprofit of the Year in the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce‘s Annual Business Awards. We were honored to be recognized with this nomination during our 50th performance season. We send our thanks to the Chamber for their support of local businesses, business leaders, and nonprofit organizations.
2009 Winner—ASGT President Carolyn Kirby
After tallying more than 5,000 votes cast for 42 candidates in its November 2009 contest, the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) announced 12 winners, including ASGT President Carolyn Kirby.
AAACCVB President & CEO Connie Del Signore said, “There’s no doubt about it, these caring individuals make our beautiful destination even more attractive. Their efforts and commitment enhance the quality of life for all who live, work, and visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. We are grateful that they have chosen to share their gifts with us.”
Carolyn’s nomination read as follows:
“I have the privilege of knowing Carolyn though the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, where she is the current President. Residents and visitors to our fair city either know her from the theater, or recognize her as an historic tour guide for Watermark. I admire her passion for the rich history of Annapolis. Since her retirement, I think she might actually work more. She is the heart and soul of ASGT, and her volunteer position has her spending almost every day working on making the theatre an attraction in downtown Annapolis. Carolyn is one of the kindest and most elegant ladies in the city. She embodies grace and we are all better people for knowing her.”
In celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Annapolis City Charter in 2008, the Annapolis Charter 300 Committee honored citizens of Annapolis whose vision enriched our community. Seven bronze plaques were made to remember the “Visionaries of the 1960s.”
One of those plaques hangs in our lobby. Mayor Ellen Moyer honored the tireless efforts of ASGT founder Joan Baldwin to bring new life to Annapolis historic district in the 1960s. On September 10, 2008 Mayor Moyer, ASGT President Carolyn Kirby, and Joan’s children Jim Baldwin and Meg Baldwin Grasso formally unveiled the plaque honoring Joan and proudly hung it in our lobby. The full text of the plaque appears below.
During the Annapolis 300 Celebration, kiosks and other markers were installed throughout the city to help us remember the rich history of the neighborhoods and the people who made Annapolis special.
Blue Ribbon—2015, 2012
People’s Choice Award Winner—2011
This annual competition asks residents and businesses in Annapolis’ Historic District and parts of Murray Hill to make May Baskets and display them outside their homes or businesses. Thanks to the creative stylings of Melissa Huston of Studio H Floral & Event Design, ASGT has been awarded blue ribbons and a People’s Choice Award in this festive local event. Thank you Melissa!
Below is our “Addams Family”-inspired blue ribbon winner from 2015. The card read: “Dear Annapolis, Have a happy May Day, if you must. See you on August 6th. We’ll leave the lights off for you. – The Addams Family”