Rhodes’ Bill Short Wins Top Prize at Annual Ostrander Awards

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Publication Date: 9/1/2006

Bill Short
Bill Short, Coordinator of Public Services in the Barret Library

The 23rd annual Ostrander Awards Ceremony for excellence in Memphis theatre was held August 27 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Nominated for 20 Ostrander Awards, also called “Ossies,” the Rhodes Theatre Department was well-represented at the ceremony.

Bill Short, Coordinator of Public Services, won the prestigious Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Service to Memphis Theatre. Short, a skilled designer sought after for his ingenuity and precision, has worked in the Memphis theatre community for over thirty years. Nominated for four Ossies, this year, Short took home best set dressing and best props for his work with the Germantown Community Theatre’s production of “I Am a Camera.” He is currently working on six separate productions in the greater Memphis area.

Amy Gray ’06 won best supporting actress in a drama for her role in the McCoy Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Other nominations for “The Tempest” include Chris Roberts and Kate Mashburn for choreography, Liam “Nate” Smith ’08 and Jim Short ’08 for best supporting actor, and Erin McGhee ’06 for leading actress.

The McCoy’s production of “Tongue of a Bird” won two Ostrander Awards and was nominated for best production. Michelle Lyn Cook-Brown and Hank Neuhoff ’08 won best sound design and Erin McGhee ’06 took home best leading actress.

The McCoy’s final show of their 25th anniversary year, Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi,” was nominated for ten Ostranders. David Jilg ’79  won best costume design and Chris Davis ’89 won best props. The entire cast was presented an Ossie for best ensemble acting. Nominations included Sara Rutherford ’07 for set design, Michelle Lyn Cook-Brown and Hank Neuhoff ’08 for sound design, Amy Gray ’06 for best leading actress, Jim Short ’08 for best leading actor, John Gregory Willard ’07 for best cameo role, and Chris Davis ’89 for best direction. “Ubu Roi” also was  nominated for best production.