Congratulations to our own Kate Garber, Mia Gentile and Adam Moser for being recognized as three of this year’s Acclaim Awards Rising Stars!

The Acclaim Awards, an initiative of Enquirer Media, has named six 2011 Rising Stars, artists and technicians under the age of 25 who have made extraordinary contributions to the local theatre scene. Each Rising Star will receive a $1,000 grant towards future endeavors, and all will be applauded at the annual Acclaim Awards celebration at 7 p.m. on May 23 at The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Admission is free. Learn more about this year’s winners after the jump!

Kate Garber, from Somerset, Ky., is in her senior year at CCM, where she played Olga in The Three Sisters and Alice in You Can’t Take It With You, among other memorable roles. She has also appeared with New Edgecliff in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and with Know Theatre in Sideways Stories from Wayside School. You can catch her in two original Cincinnati Fringe Festival shows the first two weeks of June. “Kate is an authentic talent, equally at home in classics and new works, in comedies and serious dramas,” says Richard Hess, head of CCM Drama.

Mia Gentile, also in this year’s CCM graduating class, “is simply a remarkable talent,” says Terrell Finney, the conservatory’s Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. “She has amazing vocal technique, has a huge heart that she is always willing to share in her work, possesses a dazzling imagination and is smart, smart, smart.” An Acclaim Award winner as supporting actress in a musical (university) as Trina in Falsettos, Gentile is one of Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati’s Marvelous Wonderettes, for which she also won Acclaim. She returns to ETC this summer in Winter Wonderettes. “Mia is a continual surprise to me, like a wonderful present which appears unexpectedly at your front door and fills your life with joy,” director Lynn D. Meyers says. “Her ability to toss a note or a line out into the audience and get a perfect response is priceless. She is as smart as she is beautiful and plays well with others.”

Adam Moser, a Louisville native in his third year as a stage management student at CCM, was assistant director to Robin Guarino for The Marriage of Figaro and assistant stage manager for Evita, directed by Aubrey Berg. He’ll spend the summer at the MUNY Opera House in St. Louis, and in the fall he’ll be an intern for Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere. Michele Kay, professor of stage management at CCM, says Moser “has a subtle yet infectious enthusiasm. He is a leader among his peers.”

Garber, Gentile and Moser join fellow Rising Stars Kieran Cronin, a senior at Northern Kentucky University; Cary Davenport, a 2008 NKU graduate and member of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; and Brooke Rucidlo, a junior at Northern Kentucky University. The Acclaim Awards congratulates these six gifted young people and wish them the very best as they enter the next stage of their careers.

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