About The Judges
The Judges
Judge Selection:  Judges are chosen from a large pool of applicants each fall.  Applicants must fill out an application that outlines their theatrical training/experience/expertise, potential perceived conflicts of interest, and fill out a mock ballot to demonstrate analytical and critical abilities.  Applicants typically include theatre professionals, academics, highly informed audience members, and anyone else who may be interested.  Applications are…
Gary Wayne Barker is Professor of Acting and Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Saint Louis University.  Prof. Barker is an active performer in Saint Louis professional theatre, and has performed, directed, and taught internationally.  He was awarded the 2005 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play as "Boolie" in Driving Miss Daisy at The New…
Nancy Bell just moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles in the summer of 2010 to join the local theatre community and to take a job as an assistant professor of theatre at SLU.  She has been a professional actress for more than 20 years, and has played leading roles at many Off-Broadway and regional theatres, including Manhattan Theatre Club,…
Carl Bender is the Wilfred R. and Ann Lee Konneker Distinguished Professor of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his AB from Cornell and his PhD from Harvard. Before coming to Washington University, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and an Assistant and Associate Professor at MIT. His research is supported by a continuing grant from…
Melaine Bennett is Director of Development at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.  A lifelong theatre lover, Melaine Bennett joined Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in August 2011 with 15 years of experience in arts administration and fundraising at major theatres around the country, including South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse and Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Most recently, Bennett served as the Director of Development and Acting Managing…
Since moving to St Louis in 2007 Peggy has had the pleasure of appearing onstage with St Louis Repertory Theatre, New Jewish Theatre, Avalon Theatre, Muddy Waters, STAGES St Louis, Orange Girls, Ozark Actors Theatre, The Arrow Rock Lyceum, and Mustard Seed Theatre where she is currently a Resident Artist. Prior to St Louis Peggy lived and worked in Los…
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Originally from Atlanta, Chuck graduated with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Georgia, and an MFA from Western Illinois University. Additionally, he certified in stage combat.  An avid theatre goer, Chuck also performs with several companies around town.
Jeffrey Richard Carter is Chair of the Department of Music at Webster University and Artistic Director of the St. Louis Gateway Men's Chorus, positions that commenced in 2008. A native of Kansas City, he is a versatile conductor and teacher whose performance experience and training ranges through nearly 1000 years of western musical tradition, and who has gained success with…
Dean Christopher is a member of Actor’s Equity, AFTRA, and SAG and has over 35 years experience performing as an actor, singer, comedian, and impressionist. Dean has been a Kevin Kline awards judge (with mandatory time off) since it’s inception. He is proud to call St. Louis his home.
Phillip Allen Coan graduated from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a BA in directing.  After graduating he moved to New Hampshire where he directed for The Acting Loft, and Yellow Taxi Productions. Since moving back to ST Louis he has worked with Citilites and First Run Theater.  Phillip currently serves as a member of the planing…

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