Student Achievements

The 22nd Annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

Grand Canyon University won one AriZoni Award!  Congratulations to:

  • Lynette Kidman Nunez, Best Choreography, The Boyfriend 2011-2012

Grand Canyon University has been honored with six nominations for 2011-2012 Ethington Theatre productions.  Congratulations to:

  • Christina Cullers, Supporting Actress, "The Boy Friend"
  • Juan Hernandez (Assistant Dean), Musical Direction, "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
  • Lynette Kidman Nunez, Choreography, "The Boy Friend"
  • Bill Symington (Assistant Dean) Scenic Design, "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
  • Dan Cocca, Sound Design, "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
  • Michael Kary and Brad Beamon, Original Writing: Instructor, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Kary also was nominated as Guest Actor in "The Wallace and Ladmo Show" by the Desert Foothills Theatre)

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Senior Christina Cullers has gained entrance to OperaWorks, an intensive and distinguished performance training program for young, talented performers which is held in the summer. 

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Voice students recently sang at the National Association of Teachers of Singing classical auditions on the campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College.  Five GCU students received outstanding scores of 90 or above from all of the judges!

The 21st Annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

Grand Canyon University won two AriZoni Awards!  Congratulations to:

  • Michael Kary, Best Guest Actor in a Musical, The Pirates of Penzance 2010-2011
  • Nola Yergen, Best Costume Design, The Pirates of Penzance 2010-2011

Grand Canyon University has been honored with 11 nominations. Congratulations to:

  • Amy Runte-Wyatt, Actress in a Major Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Scott Campbell, Actor in a Major Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Mitchell Wyatt, Actor in a Supporting Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Michael Kary, Guest Actor in a Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • GCU, Overall Production/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Joe Flowers, Director/Play, "The Comedy of Errors"
  • Claude Pensis, Director/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance" (also nominated for his lighting of "The Drowsy Chaperone" for AZ Broadway Theatre)
  • Juan Hernandez, Music Director, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Susannah Keita, Choreographer, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Nola Yergen, Costume Design, "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Comedy of Errors"

Alumni Achievements

Grand Canyon University has received numerous awards for the outstanding work from our College of Fine Arts and Production. 

The 21st Annual AriZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence 

Grand Canyon University won two AriZoni Awards. Congratulations to:

  • Best Guest Actor in a Musical: Michael Kary, The Pirates of Penzance 2010-2011
  • Best Costume Design, Nola Yergen, The Pirates of Penzance 2010-2011

Grand Canyon University was honored with 11 nominations. Congratulations to:

  • Amy Runte-Wyatt, Actress in a Major Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Scott Campbell, Actor in a Major Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Mitchell Wyatt, Actor in a Supporting Role/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Michael Kary, Guest Actor in a Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • GCU, Overall Production/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Joe Flowers, Director/Play, "The Comedy of Errors"
  • Claude Pensis, Director/Musical, "The Pirates of Penzance" (also nominated for his lighting of "The Drowsy Chaperone" for AZ Broadway Theatre)
  • Juan Hernandez, Music Director, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Susannah Keita, Choreographer, "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Nola Yergen, Costume Design, "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Comedy of Errors"
AriZoni Awards:
  • Best Light Design: Claude Pensis, Turn of the Screw 2009-2010
  • Best Light Design: Claude Pensis, Don Pasquale 2008-2009
  • Best Light Design: Claude Pensis, Electro 2001-2002
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lori Winzeler, Twelfth Night 2001-2002
  • Choreography: Irene Stojanov, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2001-2002
  • Best Scenic Design: Paul Bridgeman, Two Gentleman of Verona 1999-2000
  • Best Scenic Design: Paul Bridgeman, Playboy of the Western World 1999-2000
  • Best Direction: Claude Pensis, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1999-2000
  • Best Direction: Claude Pensis, Cosi Fan Tutte 1999-2000
  • Best Supporting Actress: Meridith Kaelin, Cosi Fan Tutte 1999-2000
  • Best Supporting Actress: Holly Sheridan, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1999-2000
  • Best Supporting Actress: Gina Addink, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1999-2000
  • Best Costume Design: Nola Yergen-Jennings, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1999-2000
  • Best Make-up & Hair Design: Kay Gray, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1999-2000
  • Best Make-up & Hair Design: Wendy Hayes, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1999-2000
  • Best Supporting Actor: Philip Dawkins, The Memorandum 1997-1998
  • Best Direction: Claude Pensis, The Memorandum 1997-1998
  • Best Supporting Actor: Phil Morgan, The Tempest 1995-1996
  • Best Scenic Design: Paul Bridgeman, The Tempest 1995-1996
  • Best Light Design: Claude Pensis, The Tempest 1995-1996
  • Best Light Design: Claude Pensis, Gas One 1994-1995

The East Valley Tribune Maxie Awards:

  • Honorable Mention, Best Actress in a Musical: Kathleen Bowman, Little Women 2002 - 2003.
  • Honorable Mention, Best College Production: Little Women 2002- 2003
  • Best College Production:  An Enemy of the People 2001-2002
  • Honorable Mention, Best Actor:  JonMark Shillington, An Enemy of the People 2001-2002
  • Honorable Mention, Best Costume Design: Nola Yergen-Jennings, An Enemy of the People 2001-2002
  • Best Supporting Actress: Gina Addink, Two Gentlemen of Verona 1999-2000
  • Honorable Mention, Best College Production: Who Will Carry the Word? 1998-1999
  • Honorable Mention, Best Light Design: Claude Pensis, Who Will Carry the Word? 1998-1999

New Times Best of Phoenix:

  • Best Best-Kept Theatrical Secret 1993
  • Best College Theatre 1994

The Greater Phoenix Theater Critics Circle Award:

  • Best Production 1918 1993-1994