Basie Awards Honor Joe Russo with Life Time Achievement Award --- RBR Scores Three BASIES
Basie Awards Honor Joe Russo with Life Time Achievement Award ---
RBR Scores Three BASIES
Little Silver: Joe
Russo, Red Bank Regional’s (RBR) drama teacher and theatre director was honored
at the 2015 Basie Awards with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Education.
The Basie Awards was held at the Count Basie Theatre on May 20. Sharing the spotlight for the evening were
four RBR students who were also recognized with Basies. Patrick Monaghan,
Little Silver, and Katherine Kennedy, Avon-by-the-Sea, won Outstanding Actor
and Actress in a Drama, respectively, for Much
Ado About Nothing. Noah Beller and
Matt Suszka, both from Little Silver, won the Basie award for Outstanding
Lighting Design in a Drama, also for Much
Ado About Nothing.
RBR received a total of eight nominations.
Other nominees included: Justin Giegerich, Brielle, Best Supporting Actor in a
Drama; Eliana Swartz, Little Silver, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical; RBR
teachers Claudia O’Connor and Carl Grillo for Outstanding Set /Scenic Design in
a Drama; and Joe Russo, nominated twice, for Outstanding Direction in a Drama
and Outstanding Overall Production.
retires this year from the RBR, following a distinguished 32-year career with
RBR’s Visual & Performing Arts Academy. In fact, Joe Russo was its first
and only drama teacher and theatre director. He enjoyed a long and distinguished
career for which he won many awards and accolades including past Basies.
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