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Hy on the Fringe: Your Personal Guide to the

2011 New York International Fringe Festival

This Page Was Most Recently Updated: Tuesday August 30th 2011

FringeNYC 2011 Award Winners

COBU - Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like DancingPigPen Presents The Mountain Song


FringeNYC 2011 Award Winners


FringeNYC Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy normally presents the Overall Excellence Awards at the festival's closing night party. Because of Hurricane Irene, all events for the festival's final weekend had to be canceled—including the awards ceremony. Therefore, the winners were announced via email and the Web on Sunday August 28th. They were selected based on the votes of FringeNYC volunteers who, between them, saw every show at the festival.


Each year I strongly agree with some awards and enormously disagree with others. You can make pretty good guesses about both based on my list of rated & ranked shows and my show reviews. But either way, receiving a FringeNYC Award is a genuine honor. (And, for that matter, so is being selected for the FringeNYC Encore Series.)


Please note that multiple awards were given in most of the categories, so every production listed below is a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner. Within each category, the winners are listed in alphabetical order. If a show is underlined, you can click it to read my review.


Outstanding Musical (2 winners)

Pearl's Gone Blue

Yeast Nation


Outstanding Play (2 winners)

The More Loving One

PigPen Presents: The Mountain Song


Outstanding Solo Show (5 winners)

Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!

The Day the Sky Turned Black


Heroes and Other Strangers 

Paper Cut


Outstanding Dance (2 winners)


When the Sky Breaks 3D


Outstanding Playwriting (3 winners)

Dennis Flanagan for Bella and the Pool Boy

Nicholas Billon for Greenland

A.D. Penedo for The Three Times She Knocked


Outstanding Music Composition (2 winners)

Chris Rael for Araby

Dusty Brown for The Ballad of Rusty and Roy


Outstanding Performance (7 winners)

Lauren Hennessy for Ampersand: A Love Story
Miles Cooper for Elysian Fields
Ryan Barry for In the Summer Pavilion
Jennifer Barnhart for The Legend of Julie Taymor or The Musical That Killed Everybody!
Casey McClellan for My Name Is Billy
Patrick Byas for Sammy Gets Mugged
Brian Charles Rooney for Winner Takes All


Outstanding Ensemble (4 winners)

The Bardy Bunch
Crawling with Monsters
Jersey Shoresical

Outstanding Direction (3 winners)

Alaska Reece Vance for The Disorientation of Butterflies
Joshua Kahan Brody for Fourteen Flights
Greg Foro for Hamlet


Outstanding Video Design (1 winner)

Cinty Ionescu for Nils' Fucked Up Day


Outstanding Costume Design (3 winners)

Stephanie Alexander for Le Gourmand, or Gluttony
Mark Richard Caswell for Parker and Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow
Tara DeVincenzo for Technodulia Dot Com


Also worth noting is the annual FringeNYC Audience Choice Award, which goes to the show garnering the most audience ballets (included in each production's program booklet). The winner this year was the amazing percussion show COBU: Dance like Drumming, Drum like Dancing.


If you missed some of these award winners, please note that nine of them are included in September's FringeNYC 2011 Encore Series. For comprehensive coverage of the Encores, please click here.


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