For theatre lovers in Washington state — whether they’re performers or regular audience members — the end of summer and the beginning of fall is an exciting time of year: Gregory Award nominations are released, followed by an award ceremony and celebration in October.
The Gregory Awards are presented by Theatre Puget Sound and were created to honor outstanding achievements of local theatre artists and to raise awareness of regional theatre talent. Since 1998 when they began in honor of Gregory A. Falls — who is credited with creating the vibrant theatre scene in Seattle — the awards have grown to be recognized as the most significant theatre awards in the Northwest. Today, the awards include 18 categories and honor everyone from volunteers and board members to backstage crews and administrators.
Nomination categories include theatre of the year, best play or musical, best performance in a play or musical, best choreography, best costume design, and much more. The Eastside’s own Village Theatre has two shows nominated for best musical — Matilda the Musical and Million Dollar Quartet — as well one in the new play category for The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (among multiple other nominations).
The 11th annual Gregory Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, Oct. 28 at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets are offered on a sliding scale from $15 to $65 to ensure inclusivity; VIP tickets are available as well.