By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
New Plays or Musicals: Black Butterfly in Chloroform (Teatro Dallas); Cinderella (Lyric Stage).
Touring Production: Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Majestic Theatre).
Directors:Andi Allen, Ruthless!(Uptown Players); Phyllis Cicero, Blues for an Alabama Sky(Soul Rep Theatre Company and Stage West); Jim Covault, A Skull in Connemara(Stage West); Scott Eckert, musical direction, Titanic (Lyric); Richard Hamburger, Of Mice and Men(Dallas Theater Center); Rene Moreno, Copenhagen (Theatre Three); Artie Olaisen, Grimm Tales (Dallas Children's Theater); Katherine Owens, Silence (Undermain).
Actors:Robert Brewer, Bat Boy: The Musical(Theatre Three); Kieran Connolly, King Lear(Kitchen Dog Theater); Coy Covington, Ruthless! (Uptown); Justin Flowers, A Skull in Connemaraand Lobby Hero (both Stage West); Tom Lenaghen, A Man's Best Friend(Undermain); Keith Price, Noxide Square(Soul Rep); Matthew Stephen Tompkins, Monster(Stage West).
Actresses: Tippi Hunter, The Old Settler(WaterTower Theatre); Andra Laine (formerly Andra Buschmann), Be My Baby(Theatre Quorum); Denise Lee, The Old Settler(WaterTower); Katie MacNichol, The Real Thing (DTC); Dana Schultes, Comic Potential(Theatre Three); Darcie Roberts, Thoroughly Modern Millie(Dallas Summer Musicals); Shelley Tharp-Payton, Happy Days (Kitchen Dog); Midge Verhein, Close Ties(Contemporary Theatre of Dallas).
Ensemble Casts:Cloud Nine (Echo Theatre); Copenhagen (Theatre Three); The Late Henry Moss (Undermain); Of Mice and Men(DTC); Titanic (Lyric).
Designers:John Dyer's original music and Lake Simons' puppetry, Alice in Wonderland(Hip Pocket Theatre); Gwen Ward's costumes, Be My Baby(Theatre Quorum); Randel Wright's set design, A Girl's Guide to Chaos (CTD); Zak Herring's set, Grimm Tales(DCT); design team for The Old Settler (WaterTower); design team for Of Mice and Men (DTC).
Special Awards: To the Trinity River Arts Center for providing performance space to many small companies (Uptown Players, Theatre Britain, Classical Acting Company); and to Junior Players for staging imaginative and diversely cast productions that encourage young artists, including PUP Fest, a playwriting program co-produced with Kitchen Dog Theater.