Header photo credit: Matt Kamimura
Since 2016, Theatre Unleashed has presented an award at the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival in memory of member Tracey Collins. Tracey was a longstanding member of the TU ensemble, a tremendously talented and funny improviser and comedian who passed away unexpectedly in late 2015.
The Tracey Collins Memorial Funny Girl Award honors female performers that exemplify the same fearless force on stage Tracey possessed. Someone who bravely takes risks and finds the funny in places we don’t expect. Someone who can carry a scene when needed, or deftly share an ensemble moment just as easily, all while connecting with audiences in a way that make them love her – and make them laugh.
Due to the sheer number of sponsored awards offered at Fringe every year, we were unable to honor our nominees or winner at the ceremony, but we are proud to share them with you here.
This year’s nominees for The Tracey Collins Memorial Funny Girl Award are:
- Emily Clark, Come On Down
- Emily Dorsett, The Mayor’s Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska
- Kate Hellen, The Mayor’s Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska
- Ember Everett, Public Domain: The Musical
- Spencer Harte, Ride or Die: The Hip-Hop Musical
And the Winner of The 2019 Tracey Collins Memorial Funny Girl Award…
Kate Hellen & Emily Dorsett for The Mayor’s Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska!
This year’s talent pool was absolutely incredible, so much so, we couldn’t pick just one from this very talented and deserving field. Kate & Emily, please contact us at [email protected] to collect your award.
Congratulations to Kate and Emily, to all of our nominees, and Funny Girls everywhere! Fringe on!