A Standing Ovation for Ostrander Award Winners from Rhodes


Publication Date: 8/26/2008

John Rone

On August 24, the Memphis theatre community gathered for The Ostranders, Memphis′ annual theater awards. This is the 25th year for the event presented by ArtsMemphis and Contemporary Media. The awards, called "Ossies," were presented to the best for the 2007-2008 season.

Among the standouts was Theatre Memphis′ production of  "Pride and Prejudice" directed by John Rone, Director of College Events at Rhodes. The production received four awards in the community theatre category for top drama, direction, ensemble acting, and supporting actress.
"Pride and Prejudice" ran February 22-March 9, 2008, and was staged again by popular demand in July.

Rhodes alumnus Matt Reed won best "supporting actor in a drama" for his role in  Theatre Memphis′ "Seascape."

In college theater, Rhodes received five Ossies:

  • Leading actor in a drama (tie): Greg Krosnes, "How I Learned to Drive"
  • Leading actress in a drama: Shannon King, "How I Learned to Drive"
  • Supporting actress in a drama: Katie Preston, "How I Learned to Drive"
  • Cameo: Andrew Whaley, "The Rocky Horror Show"
  • Sound design: Eric Sefton, "How I Learned to Drive"

Dorothy Orgill Kirsch, an avid supporter of the Memphis arts community, received this year’s Eugart Yerian Award for Lifetime Service to Memphis Theatre. Previous winners of the award include Rhodes’ Julia “Cookie” Ewing and Bill Short.