FIU Theatre Alumnae Nominated for Prestigious Carbonell Award


Department of Theatre alumnae Stefanie Howard (Class of ’12) has been nominated for a Carbonell Award in the category of Best Lighting Design for Stephen Dolginoff’s two-man musical Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story, produced by Outre Theatre. Stefanie began her career with Outre Theatre over two years ago as a Light Board Operator and was later offered the position of Resident Lighting Designer. She also works at Guitar Center as a Lighting Specialist, where she has the flexibility and platform to do freelance jobs related to her area of interest.

The Carbonell Awards is a not-for-profit charitable corporation. It is considered a volunteer organization that does not compensate board members or panelists. Carbonell Awards Inc. is governed by a board of directors. To be considered eligible for a nomination, performances and producing theatres must meet the organizations’ requirements. These awards are looked upon as the most prestigious in South Florida. The Carbonell nomination, although a great honor, did not come as a major surprise to Stefanie since she won a BroadwayWorld Miami Award for Best Lighting Design, for the same show, in January 2014. “I am very excited and grateful to be considered for this award and I always said that I would only leave Florida after I won a Carbonell.”

Since earning her BFA in Lighting Design almost three years ago, Stefanie has worked on over thirty shows for various theatres in South Florida such as Thinking Cap Theatre, The Plaza Theatre and Empire Stage. She has established a solid reputation for herself in her field and attributes much of her success to taking advantage of all the opportunities she has been given. She hopes to relocate to LA in the future. Stefanie is thankful to her design professors Jesse Dreikosen and Tony Galaska for giving her the strong foundation she needed and to Michael Yawney for his on-going encouragement and support.

It is also noteworthy that Margaret M. Ledford, the guest director of the Theatre Department’s 2013 production of Sleeping Beauty, has been nominated in the categories of Best Director for a play and Best Director for a musical.

The 39th annual Carbonell Awards Ceremony will be held on March 30, 2015 and we are keeping our fingers crossed for Stefanie! Congratulations, we are proud of you and your accomplishments.

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