East End’s Teen Talent Recognized at Teeny Awards


Hours before “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” took home the Tony Award for best musical on Sunday night, high school students across the East End and beyond cleaned up at the 12th annual Teeny Awards, recognizing shining stars in local stage productions. The event took place at Longwood High School in Middle Island.

The winners included:

Lead Actor in a Drama—Patrick O’Brien, from McGann-Mercy for his role in “Death of a Salesman.”

Lead Actress in a Drama—Rebecca Dwoskin from Pierson for her role in “A Murderer Among Us.”

Supporting Actor in a Drama—Ioannis “Yanni” Giannakopoulos from The Ross School for his role in “Median.”

Supporting Actress in a Drama—Amili Targownik from The Ross School for her role in “The One-and-a-Half-Year Silent Girl.”

Lead Actor in a Comedy—John Coyne from Longwood for his role in “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Lead Actress in a Comedy—Amanda Mullin from Eastport-South Manor for her role in “Blithe Spirit.”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy—Connor Vaccariello from Greenport/Southold Drama for his role in “The 39 Steps.”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy—tie between Daniela Herman and Naomi Tankel from The Ross School for their roles in “The Grand Scheme.”

Lead Actor in a Musical—tie between Drew Garrison from Shelter Island for his role in “Young Frankenstein” and Ramsey Pack from Longwood for his role in “Damn Yankees.”

Lead Actress in a Musical—Shannon Mannix from Shoreham Wading River for her role in “Carousel.”

Supporting Actor in a Musical—Sean Mannix from Shoreham Wading River for his role in “Carousel.”

Supporting Actress in a Musical—Maura Sitzmann from Westhampton Beach for her role in “Urinetown.”

David Letteriello from Longwood was awarded Outstanding Performer in a Play for his role in “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Meg Pickerell from Southold was awarded Outstanding Performer in a Musical for her role in “Rent.”

The cast of Pierson’s “The Fantasticks” received the Judges’ Choice Award for their work as a student-run and directed production.

Ryan Schaefer of Center Moriches received the choreography award for “Fame.”

The cast of Pierson’s “A Chorus Line” won the Outstanding Ensemble award.

Stage manager recognition was given to Jesse Buchter from Westhampton Beach for “Urinetown” and “And Then There Were None”; Inga Cordts-Gorcoff from The Ross School for “One Acts”; Shelley Matthers from Pierson for “A Chorus Line”; Joe Newman from Eastport-South Manor for “Blithe Spirit” and “The Sound of Music”; and Kevin O’Brien and Zac Wund from Center Moriches for “Fame.”

Also receiving stage manager recognition were Savannah Calderale from Southold for “Rent” and “The 39 Steps”; Quinn Carey from McGann-Mercy for “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Aida”; Helen Chen from Mattituck for “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview,” “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse” and “High School Musical”; Mayra Gonzalez and Melissa Hickox from Mattituck for “High School Musical”; Julie Lindell from Shoreham-Wading River for “You Can’t Take It With You”; Christina Sepala from Longwood for “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Damn Yankees”; Jerilyn Toole from Riverhead for “It’s A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play” and “The Wiz”; and Sean Walden from Greenport for “Bye Bye Birdie” and “The 39 Steps.”

Patrick Spellman from Eastport-South Manor won the Audio Design award for “The Sound of Music.”

Emily Selyukova from Pierson won the Set Design and Student Director award for “The Fantasticks.”

Shane Hennessy from Pierson won the Lighting Design award for “A Murderer Among Us,” “A Chorus Line” and “The Fantasticks,” alongside Preston Horan from Center Moriches for “Fame.”

Abigail Langer from Shoreham-Wading River received the Student Director award for “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Nina Lentini from Mattituck won the Set Design award for “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview” and “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.”

For more information about the Teeny Awards, contact Anita Boyer at teenyawards@eastendarts.org.

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