And the AUDELCO nomination goes to ...

Linda Armstrong | 11/5/2015, 1:56 p.m.
In 2014 and 2015, Black theater has shined so brightly.
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Several productions are nominated in one category. “Rasheeda Speaking” from the New Group has a nomination in the lead actress category for Tonya Pinkins. “R+J: An Uncivil Tale” from Rebel Theatre Co. is up for choreography, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. “Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. DuBois)” from the New Federal Theatre is up for costume design, Gail Cooper-Hecht. “Fences” from the Morningside Players is up for best revival. “Dancing on Eggshells” from the Billie Holiday Theatre is nominated for choreography, Traci Tolmaire. “Black Wall Street” from Shades of Truth Theatre and Voza Rivers New Heritage Theatre Group is nominated for set design, Chris Cumberbatch.

In addition to the nominations for these productions, AUDELCO will also be presenting awards. Pioneer Awards will go to Bernard March, Sandra Reeves Phillips and Rudolph Shaw. Board of Directors Awards will be presented to Darlene Gidney, Toni Peterson and Leon Pinkney. A Special Achievement Award will go to BAYO and Nia Productions (Les Ford), and I must humbly state that I will be receiving a special Lifetime Achievement Award for my 30 years and counting as a theater critic.

Honorary co-chairs for this year’s event are Ralph Carter, Erich McMillan-McCall and Petronia Paley. Honorary co-hosts are Kenny Seymour and Alyson Williams. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit