Shakespeare Award Nominees 2016

The 18th Annual Shakespeare Awards for Excellence in Acting will be on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7 PM. The location is different this year. The ceremony will be held at the Friends Select School’s theatre, 1651 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students.
Get your tickets HERE.
The event is formal. Ladies in evening dresses and gentlemen in suits.

We will have video presentations and live performances from our productions over the year. The ceremony concludes with MacGuffin’s highest honor, The MacGuffin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting. Following the event will be a dessert reception in the lobby.


MacGuffin’s Shakespeare Award Nominees 2016

Best Performance in a Musical or Film
Jessica Boyle – More Than Anything
Isabel Ginsberg – More Than Anything
Isabel Ginsberg – Rent
Max Mester – More Than Anything

Best Supporting Performance in a Musical or Film
Molly McQuoid – More Than Anything
Molly McQuoid – Rent
Gabe Riccardi – More Than Anything
Rosie Taranta – The Jungle Book

Best Performance in a Play
Nell Amari – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Lily Cohen – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Isabel Ginsberg – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Max Mester –  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Best Supporting Performance in a Play
Jack Cohen – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Alex Giganti –  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Nate Nagvajara – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Kayla Warren – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Best Character Development
Evie Flander – More Than Anything
Alex Giganti – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Vinit Joshi – Rent
Rosie Taranta – More Than Anything

Best Emerging Performer
This award honors a youth and a teen who show great promise in acting (announced at the ceremony)

The Hitchcock Award for Youth Leadership
Nat Buskirk
Scarlett Schneider
Lucy Shaw
Rosie Taranta

Best Comedy Improv Performance
Brenden Dahl
Nate Nagvajara
Julian Shapiro-Barnum
Charles Watson

Best Comedic Performance
Sophie Borgenicht – More Than Anything
Rachel Burnett – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Isabella Martorano – Hamlet Cubed
Mazie Wolf – More Than Anything

Best Cabaret Performance
Nell Amari
Isabel Ginsberg
Mariana Leone
Kayla Warren

Rising Star Award
Meredith Drasnin
Josie Guttman
Olivia McKenna
Charles Watson

Best Cameo
Meredith Drasnin – Annie
Elena Eisenstadt – More Than Anything
Elah Perelman – Annie
Isabella Salvi – More Than Anything

Best Ensemble
Chicken Little
The Jungle Book
Really Rosie
Hamlet Cubed
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
More Than Anything

The MacGuffin Award for Lifetime Achievement

Senior Recognition and Farewell
Nell Amari, Jessica Boyle, Alex Giganti, Julian Shapiro-Barnum and Kayla Warren


The glass Shakespeare Awards hand made by Taylor-Backes glass blowers in Boyertown, PA


2012 Shakespeare Award winners