Barn Theatre Celebrates Wilde Award Winners and Several Nominations


Encore Michigan’s Wilde Awards—which rewards the best productions, actors, artists, designers, writers, and technicians in the region’s theatre community —were recently released and we’re pleased to say that two Barn actors received awards this year, and the Barn received 12 total nominations!


Barn Theatre Wilde Award Winners

Jamey Grisham, RENT—Best Performance, Supporting Actor, Musical

Samantha Rickard, RENT—Best Performance, Supporting Actress, Musical

Barn Theatre Wilde Award Nominees

Additional nominations of our actors and staff are listed below. Performing for our patrons and sharing the best theatre experience possible with you is why we exist. Recognition like this is very much appreciated and meaningful to all of us at the Barn. Thank you and congratulations to all of the nominees and award winners!

Best Musical

The Buddy Holly Story: The Barn Theatre–Director Brendan Ragotzy


Best Performance, Lead Actor – Musical

Andy Christopher: The Buddy Holly Story

Robert Newman: The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Best Performance, Supporting Actor

Byron Glenn Willis: Rent


Best Performance, Supporting Actress – Musical

Kasady Kwiatkowska: Newsies


Best Performance, Lead Actress – Musical

Samantha Rickard: We Will Rock You


Best Teamwork

Brendan Ragotzy and Jamey Grisham–We Will Rock You


Best Choreography

Jamey Grisham: Newsies


Best Design – Costumes

Michael Wilson Morgan: Rent


Best Music Direction

Matt Shabala: The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Having just wrapped up our 72nd summer season, we could not be prouder of our Barnie family for working so hard and putting on such talent-filled and entertaining performances and look forward to celebrating these nominations with everyone!

You still have a chance to see some of your favorite Barnies this holiday season. Join us for Christmas Cabaret, and get your tickets now!