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CAT AWARDS

2016

Ash Girl

Best original Work (Music) - Jeremy Boulton

Legally Blonde

Best Youth Actor in a Featured Role - Matthew Hearne as Warner

Best Actor in a Lead Role - Jeremy Boulton as Emmett

Best Actress in a Lead Role - Talia Sigsworth as Elle

Best Musical Director - Ruth Ellevsen

Best Production

Gold Cat Award - Janet Cunningham

2015

Alchemy

Best Lighting Design

Best original Work - Chris Richards & Nadina bampton

Best Dance Production

Hairspray

Best Orchestra

Best Actor in a Featured Role - Matthew Hajner as Edna Turnblad

Blood Wedding

Best Actress in a Featured Role - Annalivia Keaveny as Death

2014

Pirates of Penzance

Best Actress in a Lead Role - Annalivia Keaveny as Mabel

Best Musical Director - Ruth Ellevsen

Best Production

2013

The King and I

Best Youth Actor in Lead Role - Bryson Grenfell as the King

Away

Best Youth Actress in a Lead Role - Charlotte Smee as Meg

2012

Servant of 2 Masters

Best Actor in a Lead Role - Bryson Grenfell as Truffaldino

Judges Choice Award - Bryson Grenfell

Grease

Best Musical Director - Ruth Ellevsen

2011

Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Musical Director - Ruth Ellevsen

Best Musical Director - Ruth Ellevsen

2010

Beauty and the Beast

Best Set Design - Saxon Reynolds

Best Costume Design - Louise Little

Best Lighting Design - Adam Loughlin

Best Actor in a Featured Role - Corey Pickett as Cogsworth

Best Lead Actress in a Lead Role - Chloe Dobbs as Belle

Best Musical Director - Ruth Ellevsen

Best Production

 

 

About the CAT Awards

Aims of the CAT Awards

The aims of the CAT Awards are to:

  • provide recognition of the enormous contribution made by non-professional groups to the artistic life of Australia and, in particular, of Canberra and the region
  • encourage individuals in the performing arts.

These aims are pursued by making public awards that recognise and reward the standout achievements during the year in performances put forward by our regional theatre companies for consideration by our judging panel.

Many companies, performers and production personnel in the region have found that the CAT Awards bring the satisfaction and enjoyment of having their talent recognised, but they also:

  • build a higher profile for their theatre company locally
  • create advertising and public relations opportunities
  • help funding applications.

A brief history

The CAT Awards were founded by Coralie Wood and Kate Peters in 1994 and are now run by Coralie Wood. Theatre groups and schools in Canberra and the region were first invited to particpate in 1995.

Initially the Awards were self-funded but in recent years they have been successful in attracting some government and corporate support. We are particularly grateful for the support given by ActewAGL, our major sponsor since 2009.

In 2005 the CAT Awards underwent a change in structure to reflect the size of the organisation and the importance of the awards to the local arts community, with the appointment of a Board of Directors and an Executive Steering Committee.

As the scope of the Awards has increased, the Judging Panel has grown from 6 in 1995 to 17 in 2013.

All board members and judges are volunteers and donate their time and skills.

Information taken from the CAT Awards website - for more information see the website: CAT Awards