AMERICAN THEATRE | Lorna Courtney, Victor Abreu Win Clive Barnes Awards

Lorna Courtney (picture by Jaap Deinum), and Victor Abreu (picture by Erin Baiano and Kina Poon)

NEW YORK CITY: The Clive and Valerie Barnes Basis has introduced the winners of the thirteenth Annual Clive Barnes Award for Dance and Theatre. This 12 months’s recipients are main woman Lorna Courtney of Broadway’s & Juliet and New York Metropolis Ballet member Victor Abreu. The winners every acquired an unrestricted award of $5,000 at an awards ceremony on Might 22 at Florence Gould Corridor, hosted by NY1’s Patrick Pacheco.

“Lorna and Victor symbolize excellent younger expertise of their disciplines,” mentioned Holly Jones and Lloyd Mayor, co-presidents of the Clive & Valerie Barnes Basis, in an announcement. “Their success has been a results of devoted work and love of their artwork kind. The Basis is proud to acknowledge and assist their skills and all of the nominees in every class.”

Annually since 2009, the muse has given annual awards to 2 proficient younger professionals within the inventive fields of dance and theatre. The finalists are nominated by the choice committee, which consists of a panel of critics and completed professionals in every area. Courtney and Abreu have been amongst eight nominees chosen by the committee primarily based on stay performances given in New York Metropolis between January and December of 2022. The extra Dance Award finalists have been Christian Burse, Devon Louis, and Andrew Robare. The Theatre Award finalists have been Kennedy Kanagawa, Julia Lester, and Solea Pfeiffer.

Lorna Courtney is a multidisciplinary artist of stage and display screen, at the moment starring within the title position of the brand new Broadway musical & Juliet, for which she acquired a Tony Award nomination for Greatest Actress in a Musical. Earlier Broadway credit embrace Pricey Evan Hansen and the 2020 revival of West Facet Story. Courtney acquired her BFA from the College of Michigan and is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia Excessive College.

Victor Abreu is a member of New York Metropolis Ballet’s corps de ballet. Born in New York Metropolis, he started his coaching on the age of 10 at New York Theatre Ballet below Diana Byer. He attended the summer season programs at College of American Ballet, NYCB’s official faculty, in 2014 and 2015 earlier than coming into SAB full-time for the 2015 winter time period. In January 2019, Mr. Abreu was named an apprentice with NYCB and in Might 2019 he joined the corporate as a member of the corps de ballet. With NYCB, he has danced featured roles within the works of George Balanchine, Justin Peck, and Jamar Roberts.

The The Clive and Valerie Barnes Basis is called after longtime dance, theatre, and opera critic Clive Barnes, and his spouse, Valerie Barnes, who was a Royal Ballet dancer and teacher on the Royal Academy of Dance. The muse seeks to assist younger artists via recognition, encouragement, and monetary assist.

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