Nominees Announced for Clive Barnes Awards

by Jacob Coakley

Eight performers have been nominated for the 2014 edition of the Clive Barnes Awards, which honor the memory of the longtime critic by recognizing and supporting two talented young professionals.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL CLIVE BARNES AWARDS MONDAY, JANUARY 26 at 3PM TO TAKE PLACE AT THE WALTER READE THEATRE AT LINCOLN CENTER
PRESENTERS INCLUDE A.B.T. PRINCIPAL DANCER JULIE KENT

This year's nominees for dance are Harrison Ball of New York City Ballet, Christopher Bloom of Ballet Hispanico, Russell Janzen of New York City Ballet, and Bevon Teuscher of American Ballet Theatre. 

This year's nominees for theatre are Jay Armstrong Johnson for his performance in On the TownWill Pullen for his performance in The Wayside Motor InnAlex Sharp for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and Collin Kelly-Sordelet for his performance in The Last Ship. 

One recipient from each category will be chosen and the winners announced on Monday, January 26 2015 at 3pm at The Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Center. All finalists will receive a cash prize, with the winners in each category receiving an award of $5,000 furnished by the Clive Barnes Foundation.

This year's Dance Award will be presented by Julie Kent, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Past presenters have included Wendy Whelan, Susan Stroman, Frederic Franklin CBE, Cherry Jones, Paloma Hererra, and Nina Arianda. Previous winners are Chase Finlay (2010, now Principal with New York City Balle), Nina Arianda (2010, Venus in Fur, Tony Award Winner), MJ Rodriguez (2011, RENT), IIsabella Boylston (2011, now Principal with American Ballet Theatre), Rob McClure (2012, Chaplin, Tony Award Nominee), Lauren Lovette (2012, now Soloist with New York City Ballet), Jonny Orsini (2013, The Nance), and Lloyd Mayor (2013, Martha Graham Dance Company).

Throughout his professional life, Clive Barnes was caring and generous to his colleagues and friends; always ready to advise and listen. After his death, many condolence letters spoke of his generosity and practical help, especially to young people. In this spirit, The Clive Barnes Foundation was formed in 2009 to create Annual Awards giving recognition, encouragement, and financial support to two talented young professionals and, thus, honoring the memory of the many years of critical work and the warm personal generosity of Clive Barnes.

The Foundation gives an Annual Award to two talented young professionals in the artistic fields of dance and theatre. The finalists are nominated by the Selection Committee, which is comprised of a panel of critics and performers in each field.

The Selection Committee for the Clive Barnes Award includes William H. Ausman, Siobhan Burns, Diana Byer, Frank DiLella, Barbara Hoffman, Arthur Mitchell, Patrick Pacheco, James Sutton, Valerie Taylor-Barnes, and Craig Wright.

The Clive Barnes Foundation Board of Directors includes Valerie Taylor-Barnes (Preisdent), William H. Ausman (Vice President), Brenda Anderson, Charles Askegard, Paloma Herrera, Jann Leeming, Arthur Mitchell, Michael Riedel, Spring Sirkin, Damian Woetzel, and Craig Wright