Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2019

FAU Theatre Lab Recognized with Two Carbonell Awards

Boca Raton, FL – Theatre Lab, the professional resident theater company of Florida Atlantic University, recently was recognized with two Carbonell Awards at the 43rd  annual Carbonell Award Ceremony. Dawn C Shamburger, Theatre Lab’s resident costume designer who has designed the costumes for every full production at Theatre Lab since its opening in 2016, received Best Costume Design for her work on “The Revolutionists,” by Lauren Gunderson. Additionally, Niki Fridh took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in “Tar Beach,” by Tammy Ryan.

“We are incredibly proud of our Carbonell Awards winners,” said Matt Stabile, artistic director for Theatre Lab. “And we are so very grateful to all of our FAU family for the support in making the Theatre Lab dream a reality.”

The Carbonells honor the best of South Florida theater from the previous calendar year, and include work by theaters from Jupiter to south Miami. Out of these hundreds of productions, approximately 97 were “recommended” for potential awards, with Theatre Lab nominated for six.  Besides Shamburger and Fridh, the nominees included Desmond Gallant for Best Actor in “Be Here Now”; Mia Matthews, Best Supporting Actress in “The Revolutionists”; Matt Stabile, Best Director for “The Revolutionists”; and Michael McClain for Best Scenic Design in “Be Here Now.”

Theatre Lab presents three main stage productions each season, along with playwright master classes, play festivals and readings on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. For more information, visit

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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