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Casting directors of ‘Merrily,’ ‘Leopoldstadt’ and ‘Into the Woods’ win 2024 Artios Awards

The Casting Society’s 39th awards ceremony was held on March 7.

(L-R) Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez in “Merrily We Roll Along,” 2023 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

Casting directors from a trio of Broadway productions were named winners of the Casting Society’s Artios Awards on March 7, at ceremonies held in New York, Los Angeles and London. The New York ceremony was hosted by Alex Edelman at the Edison Ballroom; Niecy Nash-Betts emceed the Los Angeles ceremony at the Beverly Hilton; and the London ceremony was led by Samantha Morton at the White City House. The Artios Awards honor casting professionals across theater, television, film and commercials.

Broadway winners included Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger for their casting of the current “Merrily We Roll Along” revival. Carnahan and Maureen Kelleher were also honored for casting the 2023 Tony Award-winning Best Play “Leopoldstadt.” And Craig Burns, Geoff Josselson and Bernard Telsey won an Artios Award for casting the 2023 Tony-nominated revival of “Into the Woods.”

Also of note on the theater front is a special honor, the Marion Dougherty New York Apple Award, which was presented to the Drama Book Shop. The annual recognition is to individuals or organizations that have made a special commitment to the New York entertainment industry through their collaboration with casting professionals.

A select list of theater-related winners can be found below in bold. A comprehensive list is available here.

New York Broadway Theater — Comedy or Drama
“A Doll’s House”: Jim Carnahan and Alexandre Bleau
“Death of a Salesman”: Erica A. Hart and Daniel Swee
“Good Night, Oscar”: Stephen Kopel
“Leopoldstadt”: Jim Carnahan and Maureen Kelleher
“Topdog/Underdog”: Erica Jensen and Paul Davis
New York Broadway Theater — Musical
“& Juliet”: Stephen Kopel, Carrie Gardner, Jillian Cimini and Stephanie Gorin (location casting); Sujotta Pace (associate casting director)
“Into the Woods”: Craig Burns, Geoff Josselson and Bernard Telsey
“Kimberly Akimbo”: Craig Burns and Ally Kiley (associate casting director)
“Parade”: Craig Burns and Ally Kiley (associate casting director)
“Shucked”: Stephen Kopel
“Some Like It Hot”: Bethany Knox
New York Theater — Comedy or Drama
“A Bright New Boise”: David Caparelliotis
“Becky Nurse of Salem”: Daniel Swee
“Downstate”: Alaine Alldaffer and JC Clementz
“The Seagull/Woodstock, NY”: Judy Henderson
“Soft”: Destiny Lilly

New York Theater — Musical
“A Man of No Importance”: Craig Burns
“Kinky Boots”: Geoff Josselson
“Merrily We Roll Along”: Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger
“Titanique”: Rachel Hoffman, Henry Russell Bergstein and Andrew Fem
“White Girl in Danger”: Henry Russell Bergstein and Destiny Lilly
Theater Tours
“Beetlejuice”: Rachel Hoffman
“Into the Woods”: Craig Burns and Geoff Josselson
“Jagged Little Pill”: Jillian Cimini and Sujotta Pace (associate casting director)
“SIX” (Boleyn tour): Tara Rubin, Peter Van Dam and Kevin Metzger-Timson
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”: Patrick Goodwin
The Casting Society was founded in February of 1982 with the intention of establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the casting field and providing its members with a support organization to further their goals and protect their common interests. For more information, click here.