VDL Awards Nominations 2019

BEST ACTOR in a COMEDY

Gold award: The Max Grant Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Mitcham Theatre Group

Nominee Play & Company Details
Stephen Shinkfield “Dr John Watson” Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Nigel Leslie “Sherlock Holmes” Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
James Antonas “Simon” The Beast
Powderkeg Players
Author: Eddie Perfect
Director: Terese Maurici
Agent: David Spicer Productions
Michael Hogan “David Horton” The Vicar of Dibley
F.A.M.D.A. Inc.
Author: Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter (adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer)
Director: Noel Stringer & Tania Pell
Agent:

BEST ACTOR in a DRAMA

Gold award: The David Perkins Perpetual Trophy
Donated by David Perkins

Nominee Play & Company Details
Adam Gehling “Juror 8” Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Liam Gillespie “Guy Haines” STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Craig Warner
Director: Horrie Leek
Agent: 42 MP Productions
Darren Gregor “Juror 3” Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Craig Lenaine-Smith “Juror 4” Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

BEST ACTOR IN A MINOR ROLE IN A COMEDY

Nominee Play & Company Details
Ben Mitchell “Skipper”, “Farmer” & Others The Beast
Powderkeg Players
Author: Eddie Perfect
Director: Terese Maurici
Agent: David Spicer Productions
Tony Clayton “Luther Bradley” Neighbourhood Watch
Sherbrooke Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Director: Stephen Barber
Agent: ORiGiN (TM) THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Michael Redmond “Jeremy Burnham” Yes, Prime Minister
Frankston Theatre Group Inc.
Author: Antony Jay & Jonathon Lynn
Director: David McCall
Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd
Emmanuell Aroney “Alex” Outside Edge
Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group Inc.
Author: Richard Harris
Director: Robert Harsley
Agent: BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH LTD

BEST ACTOR IN A MINOR ROLE IN A DRAMA

Nominee Play & Company Details
Jarrod Catt “Juror 5” Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Michael Fenemore “Robert Treacher” STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Craig Warner
Director: Horrie Leek
Agent: 42 MP Productions
Alan Ashby “Ballested” The Lady from the Sea
Warrandyte Theatre Company
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Director: Grant Purdy
Agent:
Scott Hasse “Juror 2” Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

BEST ACTRESS in a COMEDY

Gold award: The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Waverley Theatre Company

Nominee Play & Company Details
Christine Skicko “Geraldine Grainger” The Vicar of Dibley
F.A.M.D.A. Inc.
Author: Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter (adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer)
Director: Noel Stringer & Tania Pell
Agent:
Kylie Ryan “Sue” The Beast
Powderkeg Players
Author: Eddie Perfect
Director: Terese Maurici
Agent: David Spicer Productions
Alicia Patzer “Kate” Seminar
Beaumaris Theatre Inc.
Author: Debbie Keyt
Director: Kirsten Page
Agent: ORiGiN
Frankie Swithinbank “Teresa” The Memory of Water
Torquay Theatre Troupe Inc.
Author: Shelagh Stephenson
Director: Sandra Fairthorne
Agent: Origin Theatrical

BEST ACTRESS in a DRAMA

Gold award: The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Waverley Theatre Company

Nominee Play & Company Details
Melissa Shinkfield “Miss Julie” After Miss Julie
Brighton Theatre Co.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Loretta Bishop
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Madeleine Swain “Lear” Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Donna Cleverley “Ellida” The Lady from the Sea
Warrandyte Theatre Company
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Director: Grant Purdy
Agent:
Freya Magee “Babe Bottrelle” Crimes of the Heart
Peridot Theatre Inc.
Author: Beth Henley
Director: Michelle Swann
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINOR ROLE IN A COMEDY

Nominee Play & Company Details
Peta Owen “Amy Janner” Neighbourhood Watch
Sherbrooke Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Director: Stephen Barber
Agent: ORiGiN (TM) THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Caitlyn Yolland “Gen” The Beast
Powderkeg Players
Author: Eddie Perfect
Director: Terese Maurici
Agent: David Spicer Productions
Erin Jessep “Dorothy” 'Anti-biotic!'
MOARTZ Inc.Theatre
Author: Keith Passmore
Director: Annette O'Shea
Agent: Off the Wall Plays
Diana Stathis “Glory” Almost, Maine
Encore Theatre Inc.
Author: John Cariani
Director: Laura Bradley
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd.

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINOR ROLE IN A DRAMA

Nominee Play & Company Details
Isobel Connor-Smithyman “Edgar” Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Cat Jardine “Gert” Lost In Yonkers
Heidelberg Theatre Co.
Author: Neil Simon
Director: Gayle Poor
Agent: Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Limited
Val Mitchelmore “Marta” Murder by Natural Causes
The Basin Theatre Group Inc.
Author: Adapted by Tim Kelly from the play by Richard Levinson & William Link
Director: Bob Bramble
Agent: Origin Theatrical on behalf of Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois
Ella Tough “Laura Wishart” Jasper Jones
Leongatha Lyric Theatre Inc.
Author: Kate Mulvaney
Director: Sue Lindsay
Agent: Currency Press

BEST COMEDY PRODUCTION

Gold award: The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Nominee Play & Company Details
The 1812 Theatre Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
FAMDA The Vicar of Dibley
F.A.M.D.A. Inc.
Author: Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter (adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer)
Director: Noel Stringer & Tania Pell
Agent:
Powderkeg Players The Beast
Powderkeg Players
Author: Eddie Perfect
Director: Terese Maurici
Agent: David Spicer Productions
Encore Theatre Almost, Maine
Encore Theatre Inc.
Author: John Cariani
Director: Laura Bradley
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN in a COMEDY or a DRAMA

Gold award: The Russell Johnson Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Sonja and Eddy Jager

Silver award: The Bonnie Rothwell Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Eltham Little Theatre

Nominee Play & Company Details
Emma Watson Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Christine Hibberd & Jayne Ruddick Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Judy Barnard The Vicar of Dibley
F.A.M.D.A. Inc.
Author: Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter (adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer)
Director: Noel Stringer & Tania Pell
Agent:
Deborah Fabbro After Miss Julie
Brighton Theatre Co.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Loretta Bishop
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Wendy Drowley Lost In Yonkers
Heidelberg Theatre Co.
Author: Neil Simon
Director: Gayle Poor
Agent: Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Limited
Denise Farran & Anita Sigmund The Lady from the Sea
Warrandyte Theatre Company
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Director: Grant Purdy
Agent:

BEST DIRECTOR of a COMEDY Production

Gold award: The Edna (Jones) Bartlett Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Gordon Bartlett

Nominee Play & Company Details
Justin Stephens Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Laura Bradley Almost, Maine
Encore Theatre Inc.
Author: John Cariani
Director: Laura Bradley
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd.
Terese Maurici The Beast
Powderkeg Players
Author: Eddie Perfect
Director: Terese Maurici
Agent: David Spicer Productions
Peter Newling Buying the Moose
Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Michael Wilmot
Director: Peter Newling
Agent:

BEST DIRECTOR of a DRAMA Production

Gold award: The Edna Chandler Perpetual Trophy
Donated by The Basin Theatre Group

Nominee Play & Company Details
Frank Harvey & Leo Vandervalk Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Steven Georgiadis Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Loretta Bishop After Miss Julie
Brighton Theatre Co.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Loretta Bishop
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Dan West Speaking In Tongues
Ballarat National Theatre Inc.
Author: Andrew Bovell
Director: Daniel West
Agent:

BEST DRAMA PRODUCTION

Gold award: The Nicky McFarlane Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Nicky McFarlane

Nominee Play & Company Details
The Mount Players Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Skin of Our Teeth Productions Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Brighton Theatre Company After Miss Julie
Brighton Theatre Co.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Loretta Bishop
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Heidelberg Theatre Company Lost In Yonkers
Heidelberg Theatre Co.
Author: Neil Simon
Director: Gayle Poor
Agent: Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Limited

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN in a COMEDY or a DRAMA

Gold award: The Frank Donahue Perpetual Trophy
Donated by The 1812 Theatre

Silver award: The Alan Crispin Perpeptual Trophy
Donated by Beaumaris Theatre Company

Nominee Play & Company Details
Matt Henderson Speaking In Tongues
Ballarat National Theatre Inc.
Author: Andrew Bovell
Director: Daniel West
Agent:
Michael Rowe Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Brad Akers & Jimmy Jones Ellis Nightshades
Off The Leash Theatre Inc
Author: Jeannie Haughton
Director: Kellie Bray
Agent: Jeannie Haughton
Andrew Olyroyd The Vicar of Dibley
F.A.M.D.A. Inc.
Author: Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter (adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer)
Director: Noel Stringer & Tania Pell
Agent:
David Brown Picnic at Hanging Rock
Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co.Inc.
Author: Book by Joan Lindsay. Adapted by Tom Wright
Director: Helen Ellis
Agent: Dominie Pty Ltd
Geoff Peterkin Almost, Maine
Encore Theatre Inc.
Author: John Cariani
Director: Laura Bradley
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd.

BEST PROPERTIES DESIGN in a COMEDY or a DRAMA

Gold award: The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy
Donated by V F Trainor Trophies

Nominee Play & Company Details
Stephanie King Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Carol Owen & Terese Maurici The Beast
Powderkeg Players
Author: Eddie Perfect
Director: Terese Maurici
Agent: David Spicer Productions
Deborah Fabbro After Miss Julie
Brighton Theatre Co.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Loretta Bishop
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Emma Watson Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Melanie Belcher & Maureen McInerney Lost In Yonkers
Heidelberg Theatre Co.
Author: Neil Simon
Director: Gayle Poor
Agent: Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Limited
Sue Lindsay & Debbie McPherson Jasper Jones
Leongatha Lyric Theatre Inc.
Author: Kate Mulvaney
Director: Sue Lindsay
Agent: Currency Press

BEST SET DESIGN in a COMEDY or a DRAMA

Gold award: The Neil Barnett and Chris Churchward Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Beaumaris Theatre Company

Nominee Play & Company Details
Katrina Hill & Dan West Speaking In Tongues
Ballarat National Theatre Inc.
Author: Andrew Bovell
Director: Daniel West
Agent:
Merinda Backway Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
David & Carol McCall Yes, Prime Minister
Frankston Theatre Group Inc.
Author: Antony Jay & Jonathon Lynn
Director: David McCall
Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd
Mike Pullar 'Anti-biotic!'
MOARTZ Inc.Theatre
Author: Keith Passmore
Director: Annette O'Shea
Agent: Off the Wall Plays
Neil Barnett After Miss Julie
Brighton Theatre Co.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Loretta Bishop
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Alison Dudon Twelve Angry Men
The Mount Players
Author: Reginald Rose
Director: Leo Vandervalk and Frank Harvey
Agent: An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORIGIN TM THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

BEST SOUND DESIGN in a COMEDY or a DRAMA

Gold award: The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy
Donated by V F Trainor Trophies

Nominee Play & Company Details
Justin Stephens Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Kirstin Honey Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Annette O'Shea 'Anti-biotic!'
MOARTZ Inc.Theatre
Author: Keith Passmore
Director: Annette O'Shea
Agent: Off the Wall Plays
Heather McColl Nightshades
Off The Leash Theatre Inc
Author: Jeannie Haughton
Director: Kellie Bray
Agent: Jeannie Haughton
Dan West Speaking In Tongues
Ballarat National Theatre Inc.
Author: Andrew Bovell
Director: Daniel West
Agent:
Loretta Bishop After Miss Julie
Brighton Theatre Co.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Loretta Bishop
Agent: Origin Theatrical

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a COMEDY

Gold award: The Victorian Drama League Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Eltham Little Theatre

Nominee Play & Company Details
Adrian Darakai “Hugo Horton” The Vicar of Dibley
F.A.M.D.A. Inc.
Author: Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter (adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer)
Director: Noel Stringer & Tania Pell
Agent:
Stephen Shinkfield “Greg” Buying the Moose
Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Michael Wilmot
Director: Peter Newling
Agent:
Miles Thompson “Jimmy”, “Phil”, “Dave” Almost, Maine
Encore Theatre Inc.
Author: John Cariani
Director: Laura Bradley
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd.
Tony Burge “Actor 2” Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a DRAMA

Gold award: The Margaret and Annesly Keown Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Richard Keown

Nominee Play & Company Details
Liam Gillespie “Louis” Lost In Yonkers
Heidelberg Theatre Co.
Author: Neil Simon
Director: Gayle Poor
Agent: Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Limited
Todd Miller “McMillan”, “Latrobe” Nightshades
Off The Leash Theatre Inc
Author: Jeannie Haughton
Director: Kellie Bray
Agent: Jeannie Haughton
James Edwards “Abel Klopper” The Book of Everything
Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Adapted by Richard Tulloch from the novel by Guus Kuijer
Director: Ryan Bentley
Agent: The Cameron Creswell Agency Pty. Ltd.
Frank Schrever “Frank Meyers” STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Craig Warner
Director: Horrie Leek
Agent: 42 MP Productions

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS in a COMEDY

Gold award: The Eileen Bentley Perpeptual Trophy
Donated by Essendon Theatre Company

Nominee Play & Company Details
Rhiannon Leach “Actress 1” Baskerville Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The 1812 Theatre Ltd.
Author: Ken Ludwig
Director: Justin Stephens
Agent: Origin Theatrical
Amanda Mahomed “Alice Tinker” The Vicar of Dibley
F.A.M.D.A. Inc.
Author: Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter (adapted from the original TV series by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer)
Director: Noel Stringer & Tania Pell
Agent:
Janine Evans “Betty” Buying the Moose
Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
Author: Michael Wilmot
Director: Peter Newling
Agent:
Claire Abagia “Waitress”, “Gayle”, “Marci” Almost, Maine
Encore Theatre Inc.
Author: John Cariani
Director: Laura Bradley
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS in a DRAMA

Gold award: The Yvonne Manley Perpetual Trophy
Donated by Sherbrooke Theatre Company

Nominee Play & Company Details
Lindy Yeates “Grandma” Lost In Yonkers
Heidelberg Theatre Co.
Author: Neil Simon
Director: Gayle Poor
Agent: Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Limited
Christine Davey “Gloucester” Lear
Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
Author: William shakespeare
Director: Steven Georgiadis
Agent:
Reschelle O'Connor “Sara”, “Edith”, “Arielle” Picnic at Hanging Rock
Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co.Inc.
Author: Book by Joan Lindsay. Adapted by Tom Wright
Director: Helen Ellis
Agent: Dominie Pty Ltd
Genevieve Brott “Chick Boyle” Crimes of the Heart
Peridot Theatre Inc.
Author: Beth Henley
Director: Michelle Swann
Agent: Hal Leonard Australia
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