The 15th Annual Column Awards Gala was held Monday night at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas. Brad Stephens received the trophy for Best Actor in a Play, Equity for his performance as Alan Raleigh in Circle Theatre’s 2013 production of God of Carnage. This is Stephens’ third Column Award victory.
Hosted by Executive Director/Producer and Founder John Garcia with guest hostess and Broadway star Rachel York, the event brought together the entire DFW theater community to honor excellence and celebrate the theatrical arts.
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.