Last fall, Encore Michigan Magazine recognized FIM Flint Repertory Theatre with 16 prestigious Wilde Awards – another record for one of the best repertory theatres in the state. Known as Michigan’s Professional Theatre Awards, the groundbreaking Flint Rep has now amassed an impressive 42 honors!

Best Musical: The Fantasticks
Best Drama: Wrong River
Best Comedy: Happy Days
Best Musical Director: Producing Artistic Director Michael Lluberes, The Fantasticks
Best Drama Director:
Jeremiah Davidson, Wrong River
Best Lead Actor – Musical:
Ben Cherry and Neil McCaffrey,
The Fantasticks
Best Lead Actor:
Rico Bruce Wade, Happy Days
Best Lead Actress:
Janet Haley, Happy Days and Madelyn Porter, Wrong River
Best Supporting Actor – Musical: Jason Briggs, The Fantasticks
Best Supporting Actor:
Henri Franklin, The Fantasticks
Best Supporting Actress:
Nikyla Boxley and Jade Redford, Wrong River
Best Music Direction:
Brian Buckner, The Fantasticks

An especially significant award is the Jim Posante Award for LGBT Community Pride for the Flint Repertory Theatre’s “dynamic reimagining” of The Fantasticks. Rewritten by original book writer and lyricist Tom Jones, in collaboration with Flint Rep Producing Artistic Director Michael Lluberes, the longest-running musical in history was re-imagined with two young gay men in the leading roles. It was met with critical acclaim.

Wrong River was a world premiere production written by playwright Josh Wilder and directed by Flint-native Jeremiah Davison. It was selected from the Flint Rep’s 2020 New Works Festival. Two more world premieres are slated for the 2022-23 season: The Future is Female… and Magnificent Seven, also from New Works Festivals.

“FIM Flint Repertory Theatre, under Michael Lluberes’ leadership, has vaulted into being one of the top regional theatres in the country. Every aspect of the Flint Rep’s productions–from the choice of play, the artists he attracts, the set, light and sound design–is always exceptional. Flint Rep is truly a jewel and a fountain of excellence in a city that deserves to have such an organization producing such superior work,” said David Kiley of EncoreMichigan

FIM is exceptionally proud of the theatre’s visionary staff, artists, writers, directors and all the other professionals who make these productions possible.