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Last month, several Emersonians were honored at the 30th Anniversary Elliot Norton Awards that took place at Emerson’s Paramount Center. Awards were presented to recognize excellence in Boston-area theater by the Boston Theater Critics Association.
This year’s winners included ArtsEmerson’s Mabou Mines Doll House for Outstanding Visiting Production and for Outstanding Performance by an Actress. The Andersen Project was also honored for Outstanding Design and for Outstanding Solo Performance. Also on the list of honorees was Emerson’s Performing Arts Chair Melia Bensussen for directing Twelfth Night for the Actor’s Shakespeare Project. The production was recognized for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Design.
A few alumni were also recognized at the awards showcase: Justin Paice ’10 and Darren Evans ’02. Paice was nominated for Oustanding Design for his work with The Rocky Horror Show and Evans was nominated for Outstanding Director for his work with Mojo (Theater on Fire).
The awards ceremony was followed by a celebratory reception held in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater for all nominees, winners, patrons, and fans. The Norton Awards are named after Elliot Norton, famed Boston theater critic who was a devoted supporter of both local and national drama. Prior to his passing in 2003 at age 100, Norton was a critic for several Boston newspapers and the moderator of Elliot Norton Reviews on WGBH television.