Every year at the Benefit, several notable alumni are recognized for their contributions to the organization or as great ambassadors after their years in CYPT.
Two award recipients are being announced in advance of the Party and two – the Hall of Fame voting winners – will be announced at the event.
It is with great pleasure that we honor the following:
CYPT Founder’s Award
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the success and long term development of Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre and Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Jen Martin was CYPT’s choreographer for 7 summers. Her tremendous work was featured in Children of Eden, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Godspell, Crazy for You, and more. Plus, she choreographed multiple CLP shows at the Showboat Majestic and Covedale seasons. As a CYPT performer, Jen danced in Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph… Dreamcoat, as well as performing in multiple shows in CLP season shows.
Previous honorees: Mark Mueller, Tony Hungler, Steve Papin, Doug Ridenour, Nicola Burgun, Greg Dastillung, Joe Bunke, Mayor John Cranley.
The Matt Gunnels Memorial Award for Distinguished Alumni – Performing Arts
This award recognizes notable achievements in the performing arts after one’s participation in CYPT. Kevin Frisch played the bumbling leading man Axel Magee in CYPT’s 1986 production of Don’t Drink the Water. He is being honored for his theatrical achievements in his professional life – the creation of the Frisch Marionette Company. After 1986, Kevin moved to New York City and joined Nicolas Coppola and The Puppetworks, developing the craft and skills of a puppeteer and artist. He spent 9 years touring and performing in The Puppetworks theaters in Brooklyn and Macy’s Herald Square. In 1995, Kevin moved back to Cincinnati to found The Frisch Marionette Company. Today, the Company thrives as an exceptional entertainment and educational experience for children and adults alike.
Previous honorees: Richard Oberacker, Allen Kendall, Eric Bricking, Aaron LaVigne, Brandy Rice Bailey, Amy Miller, Matt Wilson and Steven G. Kennedy.
Congratulations to the recipients and to all nominated!