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27th Annual CSA Artios Awards® Announced in Los Angeles and New York


The Casting Society of America has announced winners of the 27th Annual Artios Awards®. The bi-coastal award ceremonies were held on Monday, September 26 in Los Angeles at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, and at the District 36 in New York.

Presented yearly for outstanding achievement in casting, awards are given on the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. The term “Artios” is from the ancient Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted.”

Each year, in addition to the awards presented to casting directors for their achievements in Theatre, Television and Film casting, the Casting Society of America also recognizes industry notables with a Career Achievement Award, given in recognition of the recipient’s contribution to the industry as a whole and their inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process; The New York Apple Award, given in recognition from the casting community to an individual who has made a special commitment to the New York entertainment industry through collaboration with casting directors; and bestows the Hoyt Bowers Award on one of its own, given for outstanding contribution to the casting profession. Hoyt Bowers was a brilliant casting director and a supportive mentor. He created an atmosphere in which creativity could flourish.

This year’s honorees are: in NY, Academy Award®-winner Whoopi Goldberg took home the New York Apple Award, and in LA, Dick Wolf received the Career Achievement Award, and Meg Liberman, the Hoyt Bowers Award,

The Los Angeles ceremony was hosted by Nicole Sullivan, and the award presenters were Jason Alexander, Bryan Cranston, Darren Criss, Freddy Rodriguez, Octavia Spencer, Hailee Steinfeld, and Olivia Wilde. Shaun Cassidy was on hand to present the Hoyt Bowers Award to Meg Liberman, and Alana de la Garza presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dick Wolf.

Hosted by Michael Urie, award presenters in New York were Bobby Cannavale, Alan Cumming, Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Lucy Liu, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Patina Miller, Hunter Parrish, Lily Rabe, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Brooke Shields, Michael Stuhlberg, Bernard Telsey, Ben Walker and Rutina Wesley. Mike Nichols was on hand to present The New York Apple Award to Whoopi Goldberg.

The Artios Awards® were first given in 1985 to honor excellence in casting and the ceremony was held in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel, and was attended by 500 industry leaders. The first New York awards were given in 1988.

The CSA is the premiere organization of theatrical casting directors in film, television, and theatre, and is passionately committed to establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the industry, enhancing the stature of the profession in the industry, freely exchanging information and ideas among members, providing the opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements of its – members, and providing members with professional support and resources. CSA members are a united professional society that consistently set the level of professionalism in casting on which the entertainment industry has come to rely. With more than 425 members, the CSA has representation not only in the United States, but also in Canada, England, and Australia. For more information, or to become a member, visit

2011 Artios Award Winners for Outstanding Achievement in Casting (Winners in red)

Big Budget Feature – Drama
“The Fighter,” Sheila Jaffe, Angela Peri (Location Casting)
“Inception,” John Papsidera
“The Social Network,” Laray Mayfield
“The Town,” Lora Kennedy, Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting)
“True Grit,” Ellen Chenoweth, Rachel Tenner, JoEdna Boldin (Location Casting)

Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“How Do You Know,” Francine Maisler, Lynn Kressel (Location Casting)
“Morning Glory,” Ellen Lewis *
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Francine Maisler *
“Red,” Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood, Craig Fincannon (Location Casting), Lisa Mae
Fincannon (Location Casting), Robin D. Cook (Location Casting)

“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” Jennifer Euston, Robin D. Cook *

Feature – Studio or Independent – Drama
“Animal Kingdom,” Kirsty McGregor
“Barney’s Version,” Pam Dixon, Nina Gold, Andrea Kenyon (Location Casting) *
“Black Swan,” Mary Vernieu
“The Conspirator,” Avy Kaufman, Jackie Burch (Location Casting)
“The King’s Speech,” Nina Gold

Feature – Studio or Independent – Comedy
“Easy A,” Lisa Miller Katz
“I Love You Phillip Morris,” Bernard Telsey
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” Cindy Tolan
“The Kids Are All Right,” Laura Rosenthal, Liz Dean (Los Angeles Casting)
“Soul Surfer,” Joey Paul Jensen *

Low Budget Feature – Drama/Comedy
“Blue Valentine,” Cindy Tolan, Richard Hicks (LA Casting Consultant), David Rubin (LA Casting
“Kaboom,” Johanna Ray, Jenny Jue
“Lovely, Still,” Eyde Belasco *
“Night Catches Us,” Lois Drabkin *
“Winter’s Bone,” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee *

Animation Feature
“Alpha and Omega,” Bernie Van De Yacht
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” Kristy Carlson *
“Rio,” Christian Kaplan
“Tangled,” Jamie Sparer Roberts
“Toy Story 3,” Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon

Daytime Drama Series
“All My Children,” Judy Blye Wilson
“Days of Our Lives,” Marnie Saitta
“General Hospital,” Mark Teschner

Television Pilot Drama
“Boardwalk Empire,” Ellen Lewis
“Game of Thrones,” Nina Gold *
“The Killing,” Junie Lowry Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Stuart Aikins (Location Casting), Sean Cossey
(Location Casting)
“Shameless,” John Frank Levey *
“The Walking Dead,” Sharon Bialy, Sherry Thomas, Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting), Craig
Fincannon (Location Casting)

Television Pilot Comedy
“The Big C,” Julie Tucker, Ross Meyerson
“Hot in Cleveland,” Collin Daniel, Brett Greenstein
“Mike & Molly,” Nikki Valko, Ken Miller
“Mr. Sunshine,” Francine Maisler
“Raising Hope,” Dava Waite Peaslee

Television Series Drama
“Dexter,” Shawn Dawson
“The Good Wife,” Mark Saks
“Mad Men,” Carrie Audino, Laura Schiff
“Game of Thrones,” Nina Gold *
“In Treatment,” Junie Lowry-Johnson, Libby Goldstein, Julie Tucker (NY Casting), Ross Meyerson
(NY Casting)

Television Series Comedy
“The Big C,” Julie Tucker, Ross Meyerson
“Community,” Dava Waite Peaslee
“Glee,” Robert J. Ulrich, Eric Dawson & Carol Kritzer
“Modern Family,” Jeff Greenberg
“Nurse Jackie,” Julie Tucker, Ross Meyerson

Television Movie / Mini Series
“Cinema Verite,” Randi Hiller
“God in America,” Paul Fouquet, Elissa Myers
“Mildred Pierce,” Laura Rosenthal
“Marry Me,” Gillian O’Neill, Mark Fincannon (Location Casting), Sharon Fincannon (Location
Casting) *
“Too Big To Fail,” Alexa L. Fogel, Christine Kromer

Children’s Series
“Hannah Montana,” Howard Meltzer, Carol Goldwasser
“iCarly,” Krisha Bullock
“The Suite Life on Deck,” Dana Gergely, Brandi Brice
“True Jackson, VP,” Harriet Greenspan
“Wizards of Waverly Place,” Ruth Lambert, Robert McGee

Television Animation
“The Backyardigans,” Leslie Zaslower *
“Bubble Guppies,” Leslie Zaslower *
“Go Diego Go,” Leslie Zaslower *
“The Penguins of Madagascar,” Sarah Noonan, Meredith Layne
“Spongebob Squarepants,” Sarah Noonan *

Short Film
“California Romanza,” Randi Hiller, Tamara-Lee Notcutt
“The Candy Shop,” Mark Fincannon
“Efrain,” Billy DaMota *
“Neighbors,” Robin Lippin
“Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis,” Alyssa Weisberg
“Sodales,” Randi Hiller, Tamara-Lee Notcutt
“The Thief,” Randi Hiller, Tamara-Lee Notcutt
“Yearbook,” James Calleri

New York Broadway Theatre – Drama
“Jerusalem,” Jim Carnahan *
“Lombardi,” Laura Stanczyk
“The Normal Heart,” Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler
“That Championship Season,” Cindy Tolan
“War Horse,” Daniel Swee

New York Broadway Theatre – Comedy
“A Free Man of Color,” Daniel Swee
“Arcadia,” Jim Carnahan
“Good People,” David Caparelliotis
“La Bete,” Jim Carnahan *
“Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” Jim Carnahan, Carrie Gardner

New York Broadway Theatre – Musical
“Anything Goes,” Jim Carnahan *
“The Book of Mormon,” Carrie Gardner
“Catch Me If You Can,” Bernard Telsey, Justin Huff, Craig Burns
“How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Tara Rubin, Merri Sugarman, Eric Woodall,
Laura Schutzel
“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” Bernard Telsey

New York Theatre – Comedy/Musical
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Rachel Hoffman
“By The Way, Meet Vera Stark,” Mele Nagler
“The Grand Manner,” Daniel Swee
“Hairspray,” Craig Burns
“School for Lies,” James Calleri
“Tigers Be Still,” Carrie Gardner
“Trust,” Mele Nagler

New York Theatre – Drama
“Angels in America,” Will Cantler
“The Hallway Trilogy,” James Calleri
“Other Desert Cities,” Daniel Swee
“The Other Place,” Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler
“Three Sisters,” James Calleri

Regional Theatre East
“A Delicate Balance,” Tara Rubin, Laura Schutzel, Eric Woodall, Merri Sugarman
“Antony and Cleopatra” Will Cantler
“Every Tongue Confess,” Alaine Alldaffer *
“Follies,” Laura Stanczyk
“Ruined,” Tara Rubin, Eric Woodall, Merri Sugarman, Laura Schutzel *

Regional Theatre West
“August: Osage County,” Samantha Barrie
“Circle Mirror Transformation,” Joanne DeNaut
“Leap of Faith,” Bernard Telsey, Justin Huff
“Little Miss Sunshine,” Bernard Telsey
“Tales of the City,” David Caparelliotis

Los Angeles Theatre
“The Cradle Will Rock,” Scott David, Erica Silverman
“Gigi,” Amy Lieberman
“Kiss Me, Kate,” Amy Lieberman
“Much Ado About Nothing,” Michael Donovan
“The Temperamentals,” Scott David, Erica Silverman


Dick Wolf

Meg Liberman

Whoopi Goldberg

*Shared Credit with Non-CSA Casting Director(s)



New York Press Contact:
Rick Miramontez/Philip Carrubba /
(212) 695-7400

Photographs: Love Sick

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Announcing: Karen Black Stars in “Moses Supposes” at Zephyr Theatre





Moses SupposesThe Zephyr Theatre has announced the world premiere production of Moses Supposes, a new comedy by Ellen Melaver, starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Karen Black, along with David Proval (The Sopranos, The Shawshank Redemption), and directed by Lee Sankowich. The cast will also feature Elijah Kranski and Sarah Sankowich. Moses Supposes will play four preview performances, on October 8, 9, 13, and 14, and opening night is set for Saturday, October 15 at 8:00. The limited engagement will run through Sunday, December 4, 2011.

In Moses Supposes, Cookie and Marvin Green’s adult children, Cece and Raymond, have returned to their Southern Jewish home to throw their parents a 35th wedding anniversary party. But everyone has chosen this same weekend to reveal their own surprises, and the ensuing mishegas turns the celebration upside down. There are non-stop laughs as the Green family discovers that after 35 years, maybe they don’t know each other quite as well as they thought they did. Just as “Moses Supposes his toeses are roses” … the entire Green family supposes erroneously.

Karen Black has appeared in over 150 films throughout her career. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and won the Golden Globe for her performance in Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson. She won another Golden Globe for her role in The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford, and was nominated for a third Golden Globe as Best Actress in John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust. Black has appeared in numerous other iconic films, including Easy Rider, Airport 1975, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Nashville, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot. She launched her stage career in The Playroom, earning a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, which she followed with the original Broadway production of Come Back to the Five and Dime… as well as The Vagina Monologues off Broadway and on tour. She has written two plays of her own, Mama at Midnight (La Mama in NYC), and Missouri Waltz (Blank Theatre, Los Angeles).

David Proval received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his Broadway debut in Requiem for a Heavyweight with John Lithgow. Other memorable stage performances include A Normal Heart (Long Wharf), Glengarry Glen Ross (Arena Stage), and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, directed by Jon Voight. Proval has many films to his credit, including Mean Streets, Romeo is Bleeding, Hollywood Dreams, Cinderella Liberty, and The Shawshank Redemption. On television, he has appeared on Picket Fences, The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, and perhaps most famously, as the menacing Richie Aprile on The Sopranos.

Director Lee Sankowich was the Artistic Director of the Marin Theatre Company for 16 years. His career began when he directed the now legendary One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, which ran in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Israel, for a combined total of more than 10 years. Sankowich has worked at regional theatres around the country, including Baltimore Center Stage, the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, Florida Stage, Geva, Jewish Repertory Theatre, City Theatre, Theatreworks, and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. He was also an Associate Professor of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University.

The design team for Moses Supposes includes set by Adam Hunter, lighting by Matt Richter, costumes by Joanna Leskow, and sound by Norman Kern. The stage manager is Elizabeth Hernández, and Margie Mintz is co-producer.

There will be four preview performances of Moses Supposes on Saturday, October 8 at 8pm, Sunday, October 9 at 3pm, and Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 at 8pm. Opening night is set for Saturday, October 15 at 8:00. The limited engagement will run through Sunday, December 4, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Admission for the preview performances is $15, and regular performances are $25. To purchase tickets, visit or, or call 800-838-3006. The Zephyr Theatre is located at 7456 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046.

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