DCTA 2022 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Creative Components (Community)

These designers, directors, and playwrights made an indelible impression on our writers this year. Did we overlook a favorite of yours? Let us know in a comment!

As 2022 drew to a close, we asked DCTA writers to think back on the shows that left an indelible impression on them. In this category, Outstanding Creative Components (Community), we recognize:

  • Designers (including set, sound, lighting, and costume)
  • Directors (including choreographers and music directors)
  • Playwrights

A round of applause to everyone who works hard to make our theater community a great place!

Bowie Community Theatre
Daniel Lavanga, Set Design, Fences
Nicole Mullins, Direction, Fences

Louis B. Murray (Troy), Ryan Willis (Lyons), Tillmon Figgs (Bono) and JoAn Monplaisir (Rose) in ‘Fences.’ Photo by Reed Sigmon.

Caged Bird Productions at Anacostia Arts Center
Anthony Green, Playwright, When Boys Exhale

City of Fairfax Theatre Company
Mary-Francis Dini, Makeup Design, Shrek the Musical
Casey Kaleba, Stage Combat, True West
Luke Rahman, props, True West
Stacey Yvonne Claytor, Choreography, Shrek the Musical

Shrek (Peter Marsh) and Donkey (Andy Shaw) performing musical number ‘Who I’d Be’ in ‘Shrek the Musical.’ Photo by Heather Regan Photography.

Colonial Players of Annapolis
Eric Hufford, Lighting Design, Agnes of God
Edd Miller, Set Design, The Lifespan of a Fact
Jeff Sprague, Direction, Agnes of God

Dominion Stage
Maria Littlefield, Special Effects, Firebringer
Rikki Howie Lacewell, Direction, King Hedley II

Mack Leamon as King Hedley II and Denzell Massenburg as Mister in ‘King Hedley II.’ Photo by Nate Jackson.

Fauquier Community Theatre
Harry Kantrovich, Playwright, SHOAH

Little Theatre of Alexandria
Jeffrey Scott Auerbach and Kimberly Crago, Lighting Design, Bright Star
Robert S. Barr Jr., Set Design, Something Rotten!
Ken & Patti Crowley, Lighting Design, Something Rotten!
David Correia, Sound Design, Something Rotten! 
Jean Schlichting and Kit Sibley, Costume Design, Something Rotten!
Jean Schlicting & Kit Sibley, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Frank D. Shutts II, Direction, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Frank D. Shutts II, Direction, Something Rotten!
Stefan Sittig, Choreography, Something Rotten!
Christopher A. Tomasino, Music Direction, Something Rotten!
Christopher A. Tomasino, Music Direction, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Scene from ‘Something Rotten!’ Photo by Matthew Randall.

Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre
Kristina Marie Martin, Costume Design, Little Women

Montgomery Playhouse
Matt Bannister, Direction, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

Reston Community Players
Franklin Coleman, Lighting Design, Bright Star
Rich Farella, Set Design, Bright Star
Richard Farella, Direction, Bright Star
Lucia LaNave, Music Direction, A Little Night Music
Joan Lawrence, Costume Design, A Little Night Music
Andrew JM Regiec, Direction, A Little Night Music
Philip Smith-Cobbs, Choreography, A Little Night Music

The cast of ‘A Little Night Music.’ Photo by Heather Regan Photography.

Rockville Musical Theatre
Hayley North, Choreography, Legally Blonde

Sandy Spring Theatre Group
Robert Leembruggen, Direction, Godspell

Silver Spring Stage
Spencer Knoll & Leigh K. Rawls, Set Design, Perfect Arrangement
Katherine Offutt, Properties Design, Native Gardens
Leigh K. Rawls, Set Design, Native Gardens
Leigh K. Rawls, Direction, Perfect Arrangement
Leigh K. Rawls, Costume Design, Perfect Arrangement

Alexandra Bailey (Tania Del Valle), Chris Galindo (Pablo Del Valle), Scott Holden (Frank Butley), and Sarah Holt (Virginia Butley) in ‘Native Gardens.’ Photo by Ira Levine.

Sterling Playmakers
Kathy Dunlap and Kati Andresen, Costume Design, Ragtime
Bill Fry and Set Construction Crew (Bill Fry, Kimberly Fry, Laura Garofolo, Stacy Marsh, Scott Ruegg, and Mylo Schmidt), Set Design, Ragtime

The Arlington Players
Ken & Patti Crowley, Lighting Design, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Justin DeLong, Music Direction, Newsies
Brianna Galligan, Choreography, Newsies
Emily “EJ” Jonas, Direction, Newsies


  1. Do you ever cross over to Prince William County/Manassas? Prince William Little Theatres production of The Sound of Music with full Manassas Symphony Orchestra was incredible as was their production of Sister Act. The western countries seem to be left out when they all do excellent productions

    • Hi Georgia,

      A very good question! Since theaters re-opened after Covid, we have restricted the geographical area that we cover. This is due to bandwidth issues and because we have had a hard time finding reviewers who can cover the further outskirts of the Washington, DC metro area. So we cover theaters that are within a 30-mile radius of Washington, DC. We welcome qualified reviewers of community theater productions in the outer DMV area to contact us if they are interested in reviewing shows at those theaters.


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