2018 – 2019 Theatre Season
“The VIV” WINNERS and HONOREES

LIGHTING DESIGN 
Antoinette Tynes (Looking for Leroy)

SET DESIGN
Chris Cumberbatch (Looking for Leroy)

COSTUME DESIGN
Carolyn Adams (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)

SOUND DESIGN (TIE)
Justin Ellington (Fireflies)
David Wright (The Savage Queen)

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Petronia Paley (Looking for Leroy)

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Kenny Leon (Much Ado About Nothing)

PLAYWRIGHT
Larry Muhammad (Looking for Leroy)

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Robert Turner (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Roz Fox (The Haunting of Lin Manuel Miranda)

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (TIE) 
Danielle Brooks (Much Ado About Nothing)
LaChanze (The Secret Life of Bees)

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Chuck Cooper (Much Ado About Nothing)

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL 
Eisa Davis (The Secret Life of Bees)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR 
Jason Hart (The Secret Life of Bees)

CHOREOGRAPHY
Camille A. Brown (Much Ado About Nothing)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre)

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Richarda Abrams (First by Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune)

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Keith Randolph Smith (Lockdown)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jessica Frances Dukes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Caroline, or Change (Astoria Performing Arts Center)

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Reunion in Bartersville (Black Spectrum Theatre Company)

BEST MUSICAL
The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company)

BEST PLAY (TIE)
Looking for Leroy (New Federal Theatre/Castillo Theatre)
Native Son (The Acting Company)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Kenny Leon

LEGACY AWARD
Micki Grant

SPECIAL PIONEER AWARD
Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD
David D. Wright
Ntozake Shange

GRACE JONES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Barbara Montgomery
Woodie King, Jr.

RISING STAR AWARD
Raif-Henok

#SneakPeek 

Audience Responses to First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune

#Listen to Maxamoo Podcast

WBAI Radio Interview "Untitled"

#SoInspired

I had such a wonderful interview with WBAI's Malika Lee Whitney on "Untitled" July 26, 2019 before I performed First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune to SOLDOUT audiences at the Thirtieth Anniversary of  the National Black Theatre Festival, Winston Salem, North Carolina in August. Now I am so excited to return to the Tenth
Anniversary of the United Solo Theatre Festival in the Best Of Category September 26, 2019, 7:30 pm on Theatre Row, where I world premiered last year and won the "Best Education Show Award".

#SoHonored #SoloArtist #ThankingGodForTheBlessings

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#ThenThisHappened #MyFirstPodcast with Maxamoo’s David Levy with United Solo’s artistic director Omar Sangare, two fellow United Solo Artists Noah Diamond and Lillie Colon and myself.  I talk about First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune returning to United Solo Theatre Festival where we World Premiered last year, winning the Best Educational Show Award and was invited back this year in the Best Of Solo theatre category!    It feels like coming home!

© 2019 Richarda Abrams
 

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First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
 
First By Faith: The Life of Mary McLeod Bethune is a fiscally sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts.