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Villanova University’s Master of Theatre Program Shines in Local Theatre Awards

Faculty and alumni nominated for Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – Faculty and alumni of Villanova University’s Master of Theatre program, housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were well-represented during the recent announcement of the 2014 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre.

The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre have recognized Philadelphia artists for excellence and innovation since 1994 and are a nationally recognized symbol for professional theatre. The awards are given in 26 categories, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees were chosen from nearly 100 professional productions at 31 theatres featuring the work of more than 450 artists throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.          

Faculty members nominated include: James Ijames, MFA for Outstanding Direction of a Play and Outstanding Overall Production of a Play for “The Brothers Size,” as well as his play “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” for Outstanding New Play/Musical and the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award; Harriet Power, MFA’s production of “In A Dark Dark House nominated for Outstanding Overall Production of a Play; and, Dirk Durossette, MFA for Outstanding Set Design of “Skin and Bone.”             

The list of accolades continues with alumni. They include:

  • Kathryn MacMillan ’01 MA, Outstanding Direction of a Play, “I Am My Own Wife”
  • Charlie DelMarcelle ’96 MA, Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play, “I Am My Own Wife”; Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical, “Midsummer [a play with songs]”
  • John Zak ’94 MA, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, “The Pillowman”
  • K.O. DelMarcelle ’09 MA, Outstanding Choreography/Movement, “Emma”
  • Tom Reing ’96 MA and Jared Delaney ’01 MA, Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre Company, Inis Nua Theater Company
  • Carla Belver ’76 MA, Lifetime Achievement Award (winner)

While no longer eligible for Barrymore Awards nominations, the Master of Theatre program itself has a long history of honors from the former administrators of the awards – the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Between 1995 and 2012, Villanova Theatre earned 54 nominations and six wins from the Barrymore Awards.  In 2013, the Barrymore Awards administrators decided that university-affiliated organizations would no longer be considered.  Many graduates of Villanova’s Master of Theatre program are currently employed nationally and locally with theatres such as The Wilma Theater, The Arden Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Delaware Theater Company, Missouri Repertory Theater and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.