STOOGED Theatre artistic director Carl Young claimed top prize at the Newcastle drama awards last night.
Mr Young, who started the production company more than 10 years ago while in high school, claimed the CONDA for outstanding achievement in Newcastle theatre at Civic Theatre.
CONDA judges Michelle Gosper, Sue Leask, Ken Longworth and Pamela Whalan pointed to the 22 nominations Stooged Theatre’s four productions received this year, including three for best professional production.
‘‘Carl continues to seek out plays that are new, exciting, challenging and significant so that Newcastle is treated to the best of modern drama,’’ Mr Longworth said.
‘‘He is the driving force behind the company and his efforts have helped it prosper.
‘‘As well as the administrator he was a talented actor and director and he had fostered the talent of members of the city’s theatre community by providing opportunities that challenge and reward actors, directors and technicians.’’
Actress Rachelle Schmidt won CONDA awards for best professional and best non-professional actress for her roles in Breathing Corpses and Into the Woods respectively.
Young People’s Theatre production of Twelfth Night received the award for best non-professional dramatic production and three other individual awards.
There were 22 CONDA categories spread among 14 productions and 13 groups.
The 2012 CONDA award winners:
Newcastle City Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Newcastle Theatre: Carl Young.
Production: The Pillowman, Stooged Theatre
Actor: Timothy Blundell, The Elephant Man
Actress: Rachelle Schmidt, Breathing Corpses
Director: Daniel Stoddart, Spring Awakening
Achievement in music, sound and movement: Silvia Martinez, choreography, Fiddler on the Roof
Achievement in set, costume, make-up and lighting: Don W. McEwen, set design, The Elephant Man
Best new play written for a Newcastle company: Water Child, Emma Wood
Best special theatrical event: Inside the Mind of Edward Tulip, Circus Avalon.
Dramatic production: Twelfth Night, Young People’s Theatre
Musical production: Oliver!, Metropolitan Players
Actor in a leading role in a drama or comedy: Matt Graham, Greek
Actress in a leading role in a drama or comedy: Anna Lambert, Twelfth Night
Actor in a leading role in a musical: Chris Maxfield, Oliver!
Actress in a leading role in a musical: Rachelle Schmidt, Into the Woods
Actor in a supporting role: Jack Gow, Twelfth Night
Actress in a supporting role: Lynda Rennie, Water Child
Ensemble acting: Creche and Burn, Theatre on Brunker and Blank Page Theatre
Director: Amy Hill and Leilani Smith, Twelfth Night
Achievement in music and movement: Chris Vidler, musical director, Oliver!
Achievements in costume design and make-up: Lia Bundy, costume design, Into the Woods
Achievement in set design: Charlotte De Wit, The Twits
Achievement in lighting and sound design: David Murray and David Fitzgerald, lighting design, The Women of Lockerbie