09.16.16Justin Anderson Named BEST STAGE DIRECTOR!

Reader's Choice for BEST STAGE DIRECTOR
Creative Loafing Atlanta's Best of 2016

09.13.162016 Suzi Bass Award Nominees Announced

Justin Anderson receives FOUR Outstanding Direction nominations for:
IN THE HEIGHTS
THE CITY OF CONVERSATION
INTO THE WOODS
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

09.02.15The Alliance, Theatrical Outfit, Actor’s Express lead field for 2014-15 Suzi Awards

The 2015 Suzi Bass Award Nominations were announced Monday, August 31st with 20 nominations for Aurora Theatre (my home-base), with 4 nominations for shows I directed (at Aurora and elsewhere in metro Atlanta):

Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences
The 3 Little Pigs at Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Design – Theatre for Young Audiences
The 3 Little Pigs at Aurora Theatre
Set & Costume Designers – Isabel and Mariah Curley-Clay, Lighting Designer – Mike Post, Sound Designer – Thom Jenkins, Props Designer – Suzanne Cooper Morris

Lyle the Crocodile at Synchronicity Theatre
Scenic & Properties Design – Ryan Bradburn, Costume & Puppet Design – Scottie Rowell, Lighting & Sound Design – Kevin Frazier

Outstanding Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences
Lyle the Crocodile at Synchronicity Theatre
Matt Baum as "Lyle"


Jim Farmer, local theatre critic, also includes his chagrin at the snubbing of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a co-production between Horizon Theatre Company and Aurora Theatre that I directed this past May (it will have a second run at Aurora Theatre October 1-25, visit www.auroratheatre.com for tickets and performance information):

"The beauty of awards shows is that they acknowledge the best of each year; the sad truth is that the law of averages dictates that not everything can fit cozily into five spots. Sadly, Horizon Theatre and Aurora Theatre’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — my favorite play of the season — was left out in all categories."

"The real heartbreak, though, is Bill Murphey’s omission. A talented and highly respected character actor, he was perfect in Vanya and Sonia and Mosha and Spike. His speech at the end of the play was a highlight of the entire theater season."

12.30.14Atlanta Theatre Year in Review Honors for 2014

EXCERPTS FROM ARTICLE BY JIM FARMER AND ANDREW ALEXANDER:

BEST MUSICAL
"7. Mary Poppins (Aurora Theatre)

Over the last three seasons, Aurora Theatre has staged some major musicals — such as Clyde ‘n Bonnie and Les Miserables — and this is the company in peak form. No 2014 offering gave me more pleasure than this robust production, directed by Justin Anderson, showing an amazing level of craft and confidence. It was technically almost flawless. Galen Crawley made a fine, chipper Mary and Andy Meeks (returning to acting after a lengthy absence) was her equal as chimney sweep Bert."


BEST CHILDREN'S PLAY
"Best Children’s Play: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Synchronicity Theatre"

HONORABLE MENTION
"Longtime Atlanta costume designer and slam poet Jonida Beqo gave a final performance of her autobiographical show Harabel at Theatrical Outfit and Theatre Emory before returning to her native Albania."

10.08.14"Our Hearts Beat for New Work Development"

08.06.14The next ‘Parks and Recreation’? Metro actors bite into mockumentary Web series about, well, actors playing actors

07.18.14Aurora Theatre opens 19th season with Disney classic "Mary Poppins"

04.25.14Atlanta-Based Web Series THAT'S EDUCATIONAL to Launch May 13

12.23.13Justin Anderson Joins Aurora Theatre as Associate Artistic Director

12.15.13Best of Atlanta: Aurora Theatre and Director Justin Anderson

11.09.13Aurora Theatre Wins 7 Suzis

11.05.13"Les Misérables," "Time Stands Still," and Topher Payne Stand Out in 2013 Suzi Bass Awards

09.09.13Aurora, Alliance again top Suzi Award Nominations

07.21.13Aurora offers intimate 'Les Mis'

07.19.13Aurora Theatre moved fast to acquire 'Les Miserables'

04.29.13Announcing The 2nd Annual Atlanta OMPF In Partnership With Actor’s Express

The One-Minute Play Festival & Actor’s Express Present

The Second Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival

Monday, June 10th at 8PM and Tuesday, June 11th at 8PM

03.29.13Dead-On Harmonies in "Lipitones"

When you think of barbershop quartets in theater, that wholesome wholesome 1957 Broadway hit THE MUSIC MAN might come to mind.

Now, Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit is playing with the genre’s nostalgic appeal in its new show, THE FABULOUS LIPITONES. Host John Lemley sat down with the play’s director, Justin Anderson, and its two playwrights, Mark St. Germain and John Markus, to ask: Why barbershop quartets?

Justin Anderson began the discussion, talking about the characteristic barbershop sound.

03.29.13Playwrights Mark St. Germain and John Markus and Director Justin Anderson Discuss Their New Show, THE FABULOUS LIPITONES

02.13.13World Premiere ANGRY FAGS asks "Is Anyone Really Afraid of Gays?"

01.22.13Youngsters Get "Strong4Life" Lessons

Over a year and nearly 40,000 kids later, TellTale Theatre's & Kohl's Cares Production of Strong4Life (which I directed) is stilling going...well...STRONG!

01.02.13ASSASSINS Named Best Production of 2012 by ArtsATL.com

12.05.12Stage Door Players Prove "It's A Wonderful Live Radio Play"

Frank Capra’s 1946 film, It’s a Wonderful Life, is one of the great holiday movies of our time. The classic story has inspired numerous versions for the page, the stage, and the radio. It’s even inspired a stage production about a radio adaptation. In Dunwoody, the Stage Door Players are currently staging It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Produced in 1997, the story goes that creator Joe Landry had intended for the show to be a fully-realized production with a large cast and full sets - but the money just wasn’t there. Thus was born this unique take on the timeless story. Justin Anderson is directing the Stage Door Players’ production, and he told us more.

12.04.12Stage Door’s ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Will Take You Back In Time

08.04.12Time Between Us - An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

“While writing about friendship isn’t an entirely new ground to plow, Serenbe Playhouse’s regional premiere production of Time Between Us feels fresh and presents a thought-provoking and heart-tugging journey of two friends."

“Time Between Us is much more than the sitcom based on the friendship between a gay male and his female best friend. Underneath the surface, the musical explores the depth of any friendship and the cruel grip that time and life can have on it. Gone are the stereotypical characters seen in popular culture. In their place are two characters anyone can relate to."

“…the musical presentation [is] stunning…."

“Under the direction of Justin Anderson, the two-person cast of [Laura] Floyd and [Brian] Clowdus deliver strong performances as the two friends."

“One of the best new works to grace an Atlanta stage this season…."

07.30.12STAGE TUBE: Video Teaser of Serenbe's TIME BETWEEN US

07.26.12A Conversation with the Cast and Writers of Time Between Us at Serenbe Playhouse

Get a deeper look at Serenbe Playhouse’s production of Time Between Us in this latest video interview. Join the cast (Brian Clowdus and Laura Floyd) and the writers (Tess Barker and Brett Schrier) as they discuss the inspiration of the story and the universal themes it explores. The new musical follows best friends Morgan and Matthew across the span of thirty years while irresistible opportunities and heart-breaking choices propel each of the friends toward a surprising and inescapable destiny.

Directed by Justin Anderson, Time Between Us runs July 26 to August 18 at Serenbe Playhouse. For tickets and more information, please visit www.synchrotheatre.com.

07.25.12Photo Flash: First Look at Brian Clowdus and Laura Floyd in Serenbe's TIME BETWEEN US

07.20.12Searching for Balance in TIME BETWEEN US

07.15.122012 Atlanta Theater Fan Award Nominations Announced

Congratulations to all the nominees! A special nod to PETITE ROUGE: A CAJUN RED RIDING HOOD, nominated for Best Family Show, and Pat Bell, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for the role of "Rose" in THE LAST ROMANCE. Both shows were directed by Justin Anderson.

04.25.12Encore Atlanta ArtsScene Snapshot: JUSTIN ANDERSON

08.12.11From Script to Stage: Justin Anderson Realizes Body Awareness