2013 Adelaide Critics Circle Award Nominees



The Adelaide Critics Circle has announced the shortlist for its 2013 annual awards. Shortlisted from a field of more than fifty nominees for awards in the performing arts are:


Individual Award
- Paul Blackwell, actor, Vere (State Theatre)
- Douglas McNicol, singer, Salome (State Opera of SA)
- David Mealor, director, The Dark Room (Flying Penguin/State Theatre)
- Rosemary Myers, director, Windmill Performing Arts (Big Bad Wolf; School Dance)


Group Award
- Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, cond. Arvo Volmer, Salome
- Flamenco Areti (AFCT Summer Sessions)
- One for the Ugly Girls
- Soundstream Collective, Crowd Theory Adelaide


Emerging Artist of the Year
- Miranda Pike, actor, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl (Bakehouse Theatre)
- Annie Siegmann, singer/songwriter, Girl on the Drink (Cabaret Fringe Festival)
- Jordan Cowan, actor, The Dark Room (Flying Penguin/State Theatre)


Independent Arts Foundation Award for Innovation
- Cindi Drennan, projection design, Ode to Nonsense (Slingsby/State Opera)
- Emma Beech, actor/writer, Homage To Uncertainty (Adelaide Fringe)
- Jason Sweeney, Stereopublic (Adelaide Festival)


In recognition of the importance of amateur theatre in the community, the Adelaide Critics Circle continues its long-standing support of unpaid workers in the performing arts with the Awards for Amateur Theatre. Shortlisted in 2013 are:


Individual Award – Amateur Theatre
- Bronwyn Ruciak, actor, The Magnificent Ambersons, Independent Theatre
- Megan Dansie, Director, Richard III, University of Adelaide Theatre Guild


Group Award – Amateur Theatre
- AJZ Productions, The Migration Project (Come Out Festival)
- Hills Musical Society, The Producers
- University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, Richard III


The Award for Visual Arts will also be announced. There are no finalists, with a single winner, decided by the Visual Arts critics.


Finally, the ceremony will also see the announcement of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. The identity of the recipient is a closely guarded secret - revealed only on the night.

The 2013 Awards Ceremony, which is a free event, open to the public, will be held at the AC Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide, on Monday 2 December at 6 pm.


Award winners receive a cash prize and a trophy featuring the ACC’s unique design. The ACColades are unique in Australia for including a cash prize. The main funding for the awards is from Arts SA, and the Independent Arts Foundation funds a special Innovation award which recognises and encourages ground-breaking developments and exciting experimentation.


The Adelaide Critics Circle awards are South Australia’s leading annual awards for achievement in the performing and visual arts, and are the only awards of their type in Australia to include a cash prize that directly benefits the winners, their careers, and their reputations.


The ACColades, now in their 16th year, are the annual awards of the Adelaide Critics Circle, a group of 25 Adelaide-based critics, writing for the mainstream and alternative print and electronic media.