Here are the nominees for Theatre Tampa Bay's 2018 awards

Want to know who won? Head to the awards to find out!

2018 Theatre Tampa Bay Awards Gala

St. Pete Opera Central, 2145 1St. Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Oct. 14: 6:30 p.m. $25; members, free.

Hosted by Matthew McGee; entertainment from PCCA Gibbs students. Find tickets on Eventbrite.

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Every year, Theatre Tampa Bay honors the best in local theater and, well, this year’s no different. What is different? This year, we’re pleased to announce the nominees in every category. Below you’ll find the nominees in every category, chosen by the Theatre Tampa Bay judges. Want to know who wins? They’re throwing one hell of a party on Oct. 14 at St. Pete Opera Central, and everyone’s invited, so if you — like us — are dying to know who's the best of the best, well, we’ll see you there. 

And so, without further ado, the nominees are... 

Outstanding Musical

Daddy Long Legs, freeFall Theatre

La Traviata, St. Pete Opera

The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

The Musical of Musicals, freeFall

The Producers, American Stage

Outstanding Play

A View from the Bridge, Tampa Rep

Bad Jews, American Stage

Dancing at Lughnasa, Jobsite Theater

Keely & Du, Innovocative Theatre

The Glass Menagerie, freeFall

The Royale, American Stage

The Year of Magical Thinking, Stageworks

Outstanding Director of a Play

Amy Resnick, Bad Jews, American Stage

David M. Jenkins, HIR, Jobsite

Eric Davis, The Glass Menagerie, freeFall

Karla Hartley, The Year of Magical Thinking, Stageworks

Lisa Tricomi, The Royale, American Stage

Stephanie Gularte, Marjorie Prime, American Stage

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Deanna Dys, The Music Man, St. Pete Opera

Douglas S Hall, Daddy Long Legs, freeFall

Eric Davis, The Musical of Musicals, freeFall

Michael Unger, The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

Rye Mullis, The Producers, American Stage

David M. Jenkins, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Music Direction

Jeremy Douglass, The Tempest, Jobsite

Mark Sforzini, La Traviata, St. Pete Opera

Mark Sforzini, The Music Man, St. Pete Opera

Mark Sforzini, The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

Matt Cowley/Igor Santos, Gnit, Tampa Rep

Michael Raabe, Daddy Long Legs, freeFall

Outstanding Choreography/Fight Direction

Alison Burns, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Caroline Esparza, La Traviata, St. Pete Opera

Caroline Esparza, The Royale, American Stage

Giles Davis, 1984, Jobsite

Juliana Davis, Much Ado About Nothing, American Stage

Deanna Dys, The Music Man, St. Pete Opera

Megan Morgan, The Machine Stops, freeFall

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play

Aygemang Clay, Jay “The Sport” Jackson, The Royale, American Stage

DeQuan Mitchell, Ferdinand, The Tempest, Jobsite

Giles Davies, Caliban, The Tempest, Jobsite

Giles Davies, Winston, 1984, Jobsite

Jackson Goldberg, Liam Huber, Bad Jews, American Stage

Ned Averill-Snell, Eddie, A View from the Bridge, Tampa Rep

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical

James La Rosa, Leo Bloom, The Producers, American Stage

Jonathan Harrison, JJ Peachum, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Keith Harris, Papageno, The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

Matthew McGee, Jitter, The Musical of Musicals, freeFall

Nick Lerew, Jervis Pendleton, Daddy Long Legs, freeFall

Todd Willander, Tamino, The Magic Flute,, St. Pete Opera

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play

Chelsea Hooker, Steele, A Piece of My Heart, Powerstories Theatre

Janis Stevens, Marjorie, Marjorie Prime, America Stage

Jenny Lester, Daphna Feygenbaum, Bad Jews, American Stage

Katrina Stevenson, Ariel, The Tempest, Jobsite

Roxanne Fay, Prospero, The Tempest, Jobsite

Vickie Daignault, Cast, The Year of Magical Thinking, Stageworks

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical

Britta Ollman, Jerusha Abbott, Daddy Long Legs, freeFall

Fo’I Meleah, Celia Peachum, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Giselle Muise, Polly, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Jennifer Byrne, June, The Musical of Musicals, freeFall

Kelli Butler, Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

Leslie Paradelo, Lucy Harris, Jekyll & Hyde, Aeon Life Theatre

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor in Play

Kim Sullivan, Wynton, The Royale, American Stage

Logan Wolfe, The Men in the Planets, The Little Prince, freeFall

Patrick A. Jackson, Joseph Asagai, A Raisin in the Sun, American Stage

Rich Lowe, Fish, The Royale, American Stage

Richard B. Watson, Max, The Royale, American Stage

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Alex Ringler, Carmen Ghia, The Producers, American Stage

Jackson Orchard, Winthrop, The Music Man, St. Pete Opera

Jim Sorensen, Franz Liebkind, The Producers, American Stage

Lucas Levy, Marcellus, The Music Man, American Stage

Scott Daniel, Roger Debris, The Producers, American Stage

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Ali Foley, Laura, The Glass Menagerie, freeFall

Dee Selmore, Mrs. Johnson, The Royale, American Stage

Jonell Meyer, Stranger, Gnit, TampaRep

Lauren Buglioli, Solvay, Gnit, TampaRep

Rokia Shearin, Nina, The Royale, American Stage

Trenell Mooring, Rose, The Little Prince, freeFall

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Becca McCoy, Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, The Music Man, St. Pete Opera

Colleen Cherry, Streetsinger/Dolly, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Jen Casler, Bob/Ensemble, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Maggie Mularz, Lucy/Ensemble, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Olivia Sargent, Zanetta, The Music Man, St. Pete Opera

Paula Broadwater, Mrs. Paroo, The Music Man, St. Pete Opera

Stephanie Jabre, Papagena, The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

Outstanding Lighting Design >$500K

Chris Baldwin, Marjorie Prime, American Stage

Cody Basham, The Little Prince, freeFall

Joseph P Oshry, The Royale, American Stage

Keith Arsenault, La Traviata, St. Pete Opera

Tom Hansen, The Glass Menagerie, freeFall

Outstanding Lighting Design <$500K

Anthony Vito, Gnit, TampaRep

Brian Smallheer, 1984, Jobsite

Cody Basham, The Year of Magical Thinking, Stageworks

Joseph P. Oshry, In the Time of the Butterflies, Stageworks

Matthew Ray, Blithe Spirit, Stageworks

Ryan E. Finzelber, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Outstanding Costume Design >$500K

Eric Davis, Daddy Long Legs, freeFall

Frank Chavez, Much Ado About Nothing, American Stage

Glenn Breed, La Traviata, St. Pete Opera

Glenn Breed, The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

Trish Kelly, The Royale, American Stage

Outstanding Costume Design <$500k

Beth Tepe-Robertson, 5300 Bluebird Lane, Lab Theatre Project

Frank Chavez, In the Time of the Butterflies, Stageworks

Frank Chavez, Blithe Spirit, Stageworks

Frank Chavez, The Year of Magical Thinking, Stageworks

Katrina Stevenson, The Tempest, Jobsite

Katrina Stevenson, Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

Outstanding Set Design >$500K

Eric Davis, Daddy Long Legs, freeFall

Jerid Fox, Marjorie Prime, American Stage

Jerid Fox, The Royale, American Stage

Nickolas Hamilton, The Little Prince, freeFall

Steven K. Mitchell, A Raisin in the Sun, American Stage

Steven K. Mitchell, The Glass Menagerie, freeFall

Outstanding Set Design <$500K

Amanda Bearss, Blithe Spirit, Stageworks

Brian Smallheer, 1984, Jobsite

Frank Chavez, In the Time of the Butterflies, Stageworks

Frank Chavez, The Year of Magical Thinking, Stageworks

Owen Robertson, So Long Life, Lab

Tammy Modica, Jekyll & Hyde, Aeon Life

Outstanding Sound Design >$500K

Benjamin T. Ismail, The Royale, American Stage

Eric Davis, The Glass Menagerie, freeFall

Eric Davis, The Machine Stops, freeFall

Jethro Compton and Eric Davis, White Fang, freeFall

Rachel Harrison, A Raisin in the Sun, American Stage

Outstanding Sound Design <$500K

David M. Jenkins, Dancing at Lughnasa, Jobsite

David M. Jenkins, The Tempest, Jobsite

Maggie Council DiPietra, In the Time of the Butterflies, Stageworks

Matt Cowley, A View from the Bridge, TampaRep

Shawn Paonessa, 1984, Jobsite

Outstanding Ensemble

Bad Jews, American Stage

Blithe Spirit, Stageworks Theatre

Marjorie Prime, American Stage

The Magic Flute, St. Pete Opera

The Royale, American Stage

The Tempest, Jobsite

Three Penny Opera, Jobsite

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