Visual and Performing Arts Alumni, Staff Nominated for Barrymore Awards

By Caitlin Burns | November 9, 2018
By Richard Lefler ’19

On Nov. 5, Arcadia alumni, faculty, and staff from the Visual and Performing Arts Department were recognized at the annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The awards honor local artists and theater companies in Philadelphia’s thriving theater community.

Robin Stamey ’10, was nominated for the Outstanding Lighting Design award for her work on Fishtown: A Hipster Noir, which follows a private eye who discovers a conspiracy for a new app that allows users to live out their wildest fantasies. Produced by Tribe of Fools, Fishtown was performed during the Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival in September.  

Taysha Canales ’11, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical for her work in Passing Strange at The Wilma Theater. This revival of Passing Strange explores a young black man’s journey to Europe in search of something “real.” Canales also won the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, which includes a $15,000 cash prize.

Kevin Glaccum, adjunct professor of Visual and Performing Arts, was nominated for three awards for his work on The Gap. Glaccum was nominated for the Outstanding Production of a Play award and the Temple University Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play. At the end of the night, Glaccum took home the Independence Foundation Award for Outstanding New Play/Musical. Presented at the Azuka Theatre, The Gap is a dark comedy about family secrets, performing, and sisterhood.

Quintessence Theatre Group members and guest directors of the University Ken Marini and Rebecca Wright were both nominated for Outstanding Direction of a Play. Marini’s work on Waiting for Godot is a retelling of Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name. Wright directed The Wild Duck, which tells a story about the son of a wealthy businessman who seeks to destroy his father’s reputation by exposing his extramarital affair.