Cantey Awards Night 2021 – Volunteer and Youth Awards
RLT’s annual Cantey Awards night was held on Wednesday, June 30, in the Stephenson Amphitheatre. Instead of handing out individual performance awards like in years past, we invited volunteers, actors, directors, and more to share their unique experiences with each of the shows presented throughout our reimagined 2020-21 season. We celebrated the work of all the folks who joined us in creating theatre in new ways during an unprecedented year!
The event featured performances by John Langley and Aya Wallace, accompanied by Michael Santangelo.
Special congratulations goes to the winners of this year’s volunteer awards and youth initiative awards:
Haskell Fitz-Simons Distinguished Performer Award:
- Brian Westbrook
Charles V. York Theatre Service Award:
- Michael Dunavan
Glenn Amos Miller Technical Service Award:
- Cailen Waddell
Ed Bodell Rookie of the Year Award:
- Ariel Gray
Al D. Wolfheimer Volunteer Awards:
- Morgan Harris
- Todd Housekenecht
- Russ & Heather Owen
Linda O’Day Young Youth Achievement Award:
- Elikya Mwanda
Youth Initiative Awards:
- Camille Clark
- Emily Freer
The only “outstanding performance” Cantey Award given out during the night was a surprise from the staff to RLT’s executive director Heather Strickland. The award was given as a token of the staff’s appreciation for her guidance throughout a difficult year. Heather joined the RLT team a few months into the pandemic, and we are forever grateful to her for helping us keep the theatre afloat without missing a beat.