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Best Female Actor

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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Amber Nash AND Alison Hastings

Amber Nash


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Alison Hastings

Best female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Randi Garza

Best actress BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Emily Kleypas

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Marlinda Phillips

Best actress BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Danielle Deadwyler
Holding a theater full of kids in rapt attention isn't easy. But it's one of the reasons we have such mad respect for Atlanta actress Danielle Deadwyler and her performances this year as Charlotte in Charlotte's Web and as August March in The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: Final Assembly, both at the Alliancemore...
Holding a theater full of kids in rapt attention isn't easy. But it's one of the reasons we have such mad respect for Atlanta actress Danielle Deadwyler and her performances this year as Charlotte in Charlotte's Web and as August March in The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: Final Assembly, both at the Alliance Theatre. Her energy, humor, and charisma radiated off the stage. When Deadwyler, as Charlotte, explained to Wilbur that she kills flies "because it's in her nature," the line became a plainspoken bit of broad philosophical wisdom. Deadwyler sprained her ribs in a school matinee performance during preview week of Charlotte's Web, and the central planned stunt, Charlotte on aerial silks, had to be removed on opening night. Still, the actress brought out Charlotte's determination, honesty, and self-sacrificing kindness despite her bruised ribs, proving that Deadwyler is a special effect in and of herself. less...

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
AC Smallwood

Best actress BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Bethany Anne Lind

Local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alison Hastings

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alison Hastings
Runner-up: Lauren Kraselsky

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Shelby Hofer
In recent years, Atlantans have been short-changed the charms of PushPush Theater co-founder SHELBY HOFER, primarily due to her having a child. Hofer renewed her credentials as one of Atlanta's best comic actresses with PushPush's one-woman show 101 Humiliating Stories by Lisa Kron. A tour-de-force ofmore...
In recent years, Atlantans have been short-changed the charms of PushPush Theater co-founder SHELBY HOFER, primarily due to her having a child. Hofer renewed her credentials as one of Atlanta's best comic actresses with PushPush's one-woman show 101 Humiliating Stories by Lisa Kron. A tour-de-force of shameful admissions and self-conscious behavior, Stories provided a showcase of Hofer's spot-on timing, from mortifying anecdotes to asides to the audience to such awkward episodes as falling asleep on stage. PushPush extended Stories several times, but really, could continue to show it every week without it getting old. www.pushpushtheater.com less...

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Runner-up Jessie Dean

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
With a one-line role in last year’s Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Atlanta actress KATE DONADIO signaled that she’s poised...

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Courtney Patterson

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alison Hastings

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alison Hastings

Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Nine-performer ensemble of Women + War
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historicalmore...
No single actress delivered a performance so wrenching, surprising and even humorous as the NINE-PERFORMER ENSEMBLE OF WOMEN + WAR, from Synchronicity Performance Group. The original script featured a nearly impossibly ambitious premise, spanning the female perspective of armed conflicts, from historical warriors to protester-moms to victimized refugee. The cast brought Women + War down to earth and featured such local theater leaders as Synchronicity co-founder Hope Mirlis, playwright Suehyla El-Attar and Savage Tree Arts Center co-founder Kristi Casey. Like a highly trained platoon, the excellent ensemble proved so tightly knit that it’s impossible to single out any one performer. less...

Best Local Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Alison Hastings

Best Actress other than Julia Roberts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Dakota Fanning

Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Carolyn Cook

Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Jill Hames
Hames has asserted her irrepressible talent across the city in the past year, offering hilarious turns in musicals at such playhouses as Horizon, Theatre Gael, Georgia Ensemble and Jewish Theatre of the South. A physical comedienne worthy of Carol Burnett in her prime, Hames displays a delightful graspmore...
Hames has asserted her irrepressible talent across the city in the past year, offering hilarious turns in musicals at such playhouses as Horizon, Theatre Gael, Georgia Ensemble and Jewish Theatre of the South. A physical comedienne worthy of Carol Burnett in her prime, Hames displays a delightful grasp of accents, dance steps and comic timing, while possessed of a singing voice and a sensitivity in performance that proves she's more than simply a "funny gal." less...

Best Female Actor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
She's not to be trifled with, having played the toughest of tough cookies, including a sunbathing mantrap in Psycho Beach Party and the two-fisted, green-wigged Cyborg Woman in Action Movie: The Play at Dad's Garage. But Stacy Melich is equally credible as vulnerable, realistic young women in romancesmore...
She's not to be trifled with, having played the toughest of tough cookies, including a sunbathing mantrap in Psycho Beach Party and the two-fisted, green-wigged Cyborg Woman in Action Movie: The Play at Dad's Garage. But Stacy Melich is equally credible as vulnerable, realistic young women in romances like The Moon Howler Chronicles and Stop Kiss, with the latter casting her slightly against type, to provide her most shaded and affecting performance to date. less...

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