Helen Hayes 2012 Award Recipients

The 28th Annual Helen Hayes Awards were announced, April 23, 2012 at the Warner Theatre.

Signature Theatre’s production of Hairspray brought home 5 awards, including Outstanding Resident Musical.

Film and stage legend, Kevin Spacey was honored with the Helen Hayes Tribute Award.

Photo by David "Ace" Livingston.

Outstanding Resident Play:  Ruined, Arena Stage

Outstanding Resident Musical: Hairspray, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences: Charlotte’s Web, Adventure Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play: Erica Sullivan, Venus in Fur, Studio Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play: Rena Brown, Wit, Bay Theatre Company

The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play: Mitchell Hebert, After the Fall, Theatre J

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical: Carolyn Cole, Hairspray, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical: Euan Morton, Parade, Ford’s Theatre and Theatre J

Outstanding Non-Resident Production: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arena Stage

Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play: King Lear, Synetic Theater

Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical: Hairspray, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play: Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, After the Fall, Theater J

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play: Ted van Griethuysen, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production: Sahr Ngaujah, FELA!, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production: Cate Blanchett, Uncle Vanya, Kennedy Center

The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company: Faction of Fools Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical: Nova Payton, Hairspray, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production: Hugo Weaving, Uncle Vanya, Kennedy Center

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical: Matthew Delorenzo, Pop!, Studio Theatre 2ndStage

Outstanding Costume Design, Resident Production: Kendra Rai, Green Bird, Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production: Ben Cunis and Irina Tsikurishvili, King Lear, Synetic Theater

Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production: Jon Kalbfleisch, Hairspray, Signature Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production: Konstantine Lortkipanidze and Irakli Kavsadze , King Lear, Synetic Theater

Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production: Chris Baine, A Bright New Boise, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production: Andrew Griffin, King Lear, Synetic Theater

Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production: Lee Savage, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding Director, Resident Play: Aaron Posner, Cyrano, Folger Theatre

Outstanding Director, Resident Musical: Michael Baron, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre

The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical: Marc Acito, Birds of a Feather, Hub Theatre

The Helen Hayes Tribute:  Kevin Spacey

About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.