And the Chesley Award Winners Are!

And the winners are;


2022 Chesley Award Recipients


Leading Actress in a Musical

Jori Gonzales as Esmeralda

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Supporting Actress in a Musical

Patricia Glass as Lina LaMont

Singin’ in the Rain


Youth Performer in a Leading Role

Kate Kasten as Kim MacAfee

 Bye, Bye Birdie


Youth Performer in a Supporting/Feature Role

Kate Loscutoff as Olaf 


Leading Actor in a Musical

Eddie Voyce as Quasimodo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Supporting Actor in a Musical

Darryl Strohl-DeHerrera as Mr. MacAfee  

Bye, Bye Birdie


Leading Actress in a Play

Ania Mieszkowska as the Stage Manager 

Our Town


Supporting Actress in a Play

Emily Delk as Mrs. Gibbs 

Our Town


Featured Performance in a Play

Alyssa Marie Mathews as The Girl 

Our Town


Featured Performance in a Musical

Gil Sebastian as Roscoe Dexter

Singin’ in the Rain


Best Ensemble

Hunchback of Notre Dame



Favorite Production

Hunchback of Notre Dame


Nadine Salonites Board of Trustees Award

Doyle Tuman & James Glica-Hernandez


James Glica-Hernandez Memorial Scholarship Award

Journey Ostlind


Hershey Award of Excellence for Youth Theatre

Sammy Rosendale


Guild Award

Brady Thomas


Lou Anderson Tech (Tekkie) Crew Award

Josh Hilliard



Gene A. Chesley (1935-1981) was a highly regarded scenic designer, theatre historian and teacher. Chesley taught in the Dramatic Art Department at the University of California, Davis, from 1963 until his death at the age of 46 in 1981.  As a UCD faculty member, Chesley began an eleven-year project to identify and document extant historic theatres,  opera houses and performance halls in all fifty states.  He became a renowned authority on American theatres built between 1800 and 1914, and a strong advocate for the renovation and preservation of theatres.

Gene Chesley’s interest in documenting America’s historic theatres began in 1964 when he noticed a dilapidated local opera house.  “When I first came to the Davis campus, I lived in Woodland for six months.  I realized that the Woodland Opera House was there and the scenery was there too.  Later on, some colleagues and myself made an effort to save the scenery and create some interest.” The Woodland Opera House renovation inspired Chesley’s search for other old theatres in California and then nationwide.