Last night was the awards ceremony at Short & Sweet Theatre Penang. I have been involved in all five years, and I was delighted to win the Festival Director’s Award last night for directing and writing the play “The Runaway Slave: A Christmas Story.”
This will be my last S&S festival, at least in Penang. It’s been a lot of fun, especially working with my talented students over the year and to see them excel on the community stage. We’ve won a lot of awards of the year, and it’s been fun to reflect upon them during this last festival. I’m most proud of the remarkable string of Newcomer Awards my students have won over the years.
Kimberly Horton, most deservedly, won the award last night for her wonderful performance as Beatrice, a widow who stands up to defend a runaway slave girl. But look at these wins, all my students:
2016 Kimberly Horton
2014 Aaron Chand
2013 Ysabel Loh
2012 Jackie Ashkin
You’ll notice that 2015 is missing in the list. Well, that’s because the newcomer I had in my play last year, Lexi Zimbulis, actually went on to win the Best Actor Female award.
Yes, I’ve been fortunate to work with some talented young stars. Other awards my students have won over the years:
2014 Tesa Sasse – Best supporting Actor Female
2015 Ysabel Loh – Best Supporting Actor Female
2014 Ysabel Loh – Festival Director’s Award – Script – Best Performance
2015 Best Overall Performance – Lexi and Ysabel “Words to Say at the End of the World.”
2012 Audience Choice Award
On top of all of that, I pitch in 3 best script awards (2013, 2014, 2015) and 1 best director award (2015).
It’s a great festival for building and showcasing talent as well as for networking with other crazy theatre folks.
I’ll always look fondly upon Short & Sweet Theatre Penang and wish it the best as it moves forward and as I move on.