Dwayne Nitz Wins Helen Hayes Award for TFA

Posted: May 17, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sarah McGurk

Dwayne Nitz won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical for his performance in Theater of the First Amendment’s (TFA) production of Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales. The announcement was made last week at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Sing Down the Moon was also nominated for the following Helen Hayes Awards: Outstanding Resident Musical, the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Director of a Resident Musical (Mary Hall Surface), and Outstanding Musical Director of a Resident Play or Musical (David Maddox).

TFA has won a total of 10 Helen Hayes Awards in the past, including the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for last season’s The Sins of Sor Juana. The 1995 production of Dream of a Common Language won awards for Outstanding Resident Production, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Outstanding Set Design, and Outstanding Costume Design.

The Helen Hayes awards, named for the first lady of the American theater, honor achievement in the professional theater. For more information, contact Ellen Acconcia at x38794.

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