Best Of 2006

Best Director: Kerry Glamsch

In the theater, the buck always stops at the director. Who else is supposed to get the very best out of each performer and make us feel that a play is the work, not of many competing inspirations, but of one over-arching vision? In his version of Diana Son’s Stop Kiss (a co-production of Stageworks and Gorilla Theatre), Kerry Glamsch accomplished all of this and more. Under his inspired leadership, actors Aisha Duran and Brittany McLaughlin, set designer Scott Cooper and costumer Loren Shaw, joined with lighting designer John Burchett to produce a celebration of love and condemnation of bigotry that seemed the outpouring of a single enlightened soul. It probably didn’t hurt that Glamsch is also an actor, writer and professor of drama. One thing’s for sure: He knows his stuff.