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2013 Teeny Awards

John Mitty Monday, June 10, 2013

(RIVERHEAD, NY, June 9, 2013) – East End Arts is thrilled to announce the 2013 Teeny Awards winners, presented during the formal awards ceremony held at Southold Junior-Senior High School on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Nominees, decked out in their formal attire, decorated the pre-show red carpet, and at the commencement of the awards ceremony, were presented individually to the audience as they filed into the spotlight onstage one at a time to thunderous applause. Arts supporters, theatre professionals, and prominent community members presented the winning awards, and each winner received a glass trophy. The Teeny Awards, conceived from the idea of the Antoinette Perry Awards – The Tony Awards – for Broadway shows, has been celebrating excellence in high school theatre across the East End of Long Island since 2002, and is presented and coordinated by East End Arts.

The audience was treated to scenes from some outstanding performances from this year’s productions from the 17 participating high schools in the region, and celebrated the best of the best in East End high school theatre.Performances included: “Summer Nights” from Grease by Southold High School; “Brotherhood of Man” from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Longwood High School; “The Tornado Ballet” from The Wiz byCenter Moriches High School.

Bonnie Grice, award-winning broadcaster, producer, host and interviewer, returned once again to serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and honored guests and sponsors presenting awards, including:

Thomas Joseph FarrellProducer, Investor, Board Member of Several Non-for-Profit Organizations; Anita BoyerTeacher, Choreographer, Incoming Teeny Awards CoordinatorWilliam Westbrook BurfordArtistic Director, Bloodstone TheatricalLinda CarlsonBranch Manager, Bridgehampton National Bank, SoutholdWill ChandlerProgram Director, Young American Writers ProjectVincent CinqueBFA Drama Student, NYU Tisch School of the ArtsCindy CliffordRadio Host of “The WALK Breakfast Club with Mark and Cindy”David GambergSuperintendent of Schools, Southold UFSDBarbara Jo HowardDirector of Marketing & Communications at John Drew Theatre of Guild Hall, the Center for Visual and Performing ArtsAl KrupskiSuffolk County Legislator, 1st DistrictToni MunnaFounding Teeny Awards CoordinatorAnita NigrelSenior Vice President, Suffolk County National BankColin PalmerTeeny Award Winner 2009 Riverhead, Director of Henry V with Northeast StageJulienne PenzaManaging Director of Arts Education, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts CenterAnnika ShapiroPresident, East End ArtsWally SmithPresident of Peconic Public Broadcasting and General Manager of 88.3 WPPB-FMFred W. Thiele, Jr.New York State AssemblymanWalker VreelandHost of BAZ in the Afternoon, 102.5 WBAZ-FM, Long Island Radio Broadcasting, LLC.; Lisbeth WhitneyRocky Point Branch Manager and Vice President, Banking Division, Astoria Federal Savings.


Morgan Vaughan, Teeny Awards Coordinator comments about this year’s program: “I've loved being part of the 10th and 11th years! As an East Hampton native, and a professional singer, actress and teacher for the past 15 years all over the United States, I am very blessed to have come back home to find such a wealth of talent and promise. And I think the performances today really showed that – these kids are not only incredibly talented, they are skilled. As for arts education, it’s much more valuable than many give it credit. Hard work, commitment, community, support, and never settling for just okay are only the beginning of the values a theatrical production instills in its players. Although I am leaving as Teeny Award Coordinator to work on my own career and theatre company, it has been my pleasure to join the East End Arts team and the Teeny Awards promoting excellence in arts education. I really believe that together, we can make the East End of Long Island the home of the best high school theatre in the United States!”

The 11th Annual Teeny Awards is made possible by the generous support of sponsors. We extend our thanks to lead sponsors, Suffolk County National Bank and Riverhead Toyota, as well as Astoria Federal Savings Bank, New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Mary Ann and Joseph Martorano, Tanger Outlet Center, and Bridgehampton National Bank, and media sponsors WPPB 88.3 FM, MyLITV.com and Hamptons Magazine.

The 2013 Teeny Awards winners are:


Lead Actor in a Drama

Brian Rocha, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

Lead Actress in a Drama

Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Patrick O’Brien, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Danielle Allen, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Lead Actor in a Comedy

Sean Mannix, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Rachel Rienecker, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Jack Vicari, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Gwyn Foley, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?


Lead Actor in a Musical

John Coyne, Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Lead Actress in a Musical

Emily Hinz, Pierson, Funny Girl

Supporting Actor in a Musical

Matthew Drinkwater, Greenport, Guys & Dolls

Supporting Actress in a Musical

Lea Giambruno, Shelter Island, Legally Blonde


This category was created to recognize a student who shines brightly in a role that is not eligible for adjudication in the leading or supporting categories.

Rebecca Dwoskin, Pierson, Funny Girl


This award is for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant special recognition. This year, the recipient is The Greek Chorus from ShelterIsland’s Legally Blonde.


Megan McGuinness and Jennifer Navarrete, Eastport-South Manor, The Music Man

Ryan Schaefer, Center Moriches, The Wiz


Longwood, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


Amanda Tomasello, Eastport-South Manor, Inherit the Wind

STAGE MANAGEMENT RECOGNITION – The following students are all recognized for their invaluable contributions as STAGE MANAGERS:

Mariah Brengel, Shoreham-Wading River

Jesse Buchter, Westhampton Beach

Ian Byrne, McGann-Mercy

Quinn Carey, McGann-Mercy

Helen Chen, Mattituck

Jaclyn Conway, Southold-Greenport Co-Production

Jaclyn Conway, Southold

Emily Fey, Center Moriches

Mayra Gonzalez, Mattituck

Jennifer Hall, Pierson

Melissa Hickox, Mattituck

Julie Lindell, Shoreham-Wading River

Kyra McAlary, Eastport-South Manor

Rae LaBorne, Pierson

Shelly Matthers, Pierson

Scott McVetty, Center Moriches

Kevin O’Brien, Center Moriches

Anne O’Rourke, Mattituck

Solomon Polshek, Ross

Christine Seppala, Longwood

Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River

Jerilyn Toole, Riverhead

Zoë Vatash, PIerson

Kerrie Vila, Pierson

Sean Walden, Greenport

Rachel Williams, Riverhead

TECHNICAL DESIGN RECOGNITION – The following students are all recognized for their invaluable contribution in TECHNICAL DESIGN:


Savannah Calderale, Southold, Grease - Set Design

Denis Hartnett, Pierson, Funny Girl - Set Design

Shane Hennessey, Pierson, Funny Girl - Lighting Design

Catherine Penn, Westhampton Beach, Arsenic and Old Lace and Footloose - Costume Design

Daniel Lilley, Longwood, M*A*S*H* - Lighting Design


This award recognizes the efforts of a school that goes above and beyond to support exceptional theatre arts education. This year, Bridgehampton High School is being recognized for its production of A Night on Broadway: A Musical Revue, which was a non-book musical written, performed and produced by its students and volunteer staff.  This is the first theatrical production in the school, and, we hope, will be the first of many.

For more information about the Teeny Awards, contact Morgan Vaughan at teenyawards@eastendarts.org310-600-4296, or visit http://www.eastendarts.org/programs/events/teeny-ceremony.html.


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