The 2012 Column Awards Gala was held last night at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas. Hosted by Executive Director/Producer and Founder John Garcia with guest hostess and Broadway legend Chita Rivera, the event brought together the entire DFW theater community to honor excellence and celebrate the theatrical arts.
Brad Stephens received the trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a Play, Equity for his performance as The Scarlet Pimpernel in Circle Theatre’s production of Seven in One Blow. This is Stephens’ second Column Award, previously winning Best Supporting Actor in a (non-Equity) Play for his performance as George Deever in ICT MainStage’s 2009 production of All My Sons.
“Unbelievable,” Stephens commented. “I was amazed simply to be nominated among some exceptional talent; but to be honored with this award is beyond my expectations.”
The Column Awards honors excellence in theater throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth theater community, both in Equity and Non-Equity theater companies. This marks their 13th year uniting and celebrating the accomplishments of all artists who bring to life the art of theater.
Nominations are made by the over 22,000 readers who subscribe to The Column. Practically everyone and anyone who is involved in DFW theater is a subscriber as well as those who love to attend and support this beautiful art. Thus, those nominated have been chosen not only by the very peers with whom they work but also the very audiences for whom they perform.
The Column Awards is also a major fundraiser gala for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, a charity they have supported since year one. They have raised & donated close to $70,000.00 to BC/EFA to date. The Column Awards is the only awards organization in the entire United States that donates all money raised (after expenses) from ticket sales of the gala to BC/EFA. The Column Awards has been very honored to have been acknowledged by the national media, BC/EFA, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Broadway community for their fundraising efforts.