Brind School Faculty, Alumni Top List of Barrymore Nominees

Jackie Goldfinger, Rosemary McKelvey, Eric Ebbenga, Forrest McClendon, Justin Jain BFA '04 and Pete Pryor BFA '90 up for awards

August 17, 2012

Faculty and alumni from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts topped the list of nominees for the 2012 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, announced August 16 by the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia. Winners will be announced in October.

Scene from "Slip/Shot."

Senior Lecturer Jacqueline Goldfinger took home three nominations for her Flashpoint Theatre Company production "Slip/Shot." In addition to an Outstanding New Play nod, she's also up for the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Artist and the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award, a $25,000 prize for a production that shows how theater can illuminate the meaning of diversity.

Goldfinger will compete against The Berserker Residents co-creator Justin Jain BFA '04 (Acting) for the $10,000 Haas Award.

New faculty member Rosemary McKelvey also earned three nominations, all in the Outstanding Costume Design category for "Shipwrecked!" and "Treasure Island: A Musical Panto," both at Peoples Light & Theatre Company, and Wilma Theater's "Body Awareness."

Scene from "Treasure Island."

Also receiving a nod for "Treasure Island" was Brind School alum Pete Pryor BFA '90 (Theater) for the coveted Outstanding Direction of a Musical award.

Two Outstanding Music Direction Barrymore nominations went to Senior Lecturer Eric Ebbenga for "The Scottsboro Boys" and "Ordinary Days," while faculty member Forrest McClendon is up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his Tony-nominated role in "The Scottsboro Boys."

Scene from "The Scottsboro Boys" starring Forrest McClendon (right).

Other nominees included Outstanding Direction of a Play for "The Whipping Man" by Matt Pfeiffer, director of this fall's Brind School production of "A Free Man of Color."

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