The Fourteeners Awards 2020
Thank you to all who attended the 2020 Fourteeners, we had a wonderful turnout. If you missed the event, you can watch below and see the list of winners here:
GAY GADDIS: FOUNDER. AUTHOR. ARTIST. TRAILBLAZER.
Gay Gaddis is the founder of T3, an innovative digital and marketing agency that rose to national prominence under her leadership for over 30 years, acquired by LRW Group in 2019. An active spokesperson, artist and writer, Gaddis is the celebrated author of Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business & Life and is a regular contributor to Forbes and part of Fortune’s Powerful Women Insider Network. She has received numerous awards including Fast Company’s “Top 25 Women Business Builders,” Inc. Magazine’s “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year” and C200’s Luminary Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Gaddis is the first female Chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council, former Chairman of The Committee of 200 (C200), immediate past board member for Monotype Imaging Holdings, Inc. and is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Cultural Trust and The University of Texas’ alumni association Texas Exes. As an artist, Gaddis’ bold and vibrant paintings have been shown in several prestigious galleries around the country including a solo show at The Curator Gallery in New York City, featured in Paper Magazine and by Texas Monthly magazine naming Gaddis as one of the “Top Ten Artists to Collect Now.” Gaddis and her husband own and operate the Double Heart Ranch in the Texas Hill Country which houses their most recent endeavor, Fossil Ridge Creative Center, a retreat venue for thinking, creativity and collaboration.
Broadway Musical Performance featuring:
Benjamin Nissen has spent several years working in producing, marketing, and publicity in the entertainment industry. Originally from Howell, New Jersey, he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University. Recent Broadway/National Tour credits: Come From Away, Diana, Harry Connick Jr - A Celebration of Cole Porter, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Prom.
Caitlin Belcik is a NYC based performer originally from Edmond, OK and has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University. Her most recent credits include Seesaw (Off Broadway, Choreographer), The Worst People You Know (Web Series, Dancer), Disney's The Little Mermaid (MTW, Mersister).
Samantha Littleford is a New York based actor originally from San Diego, CA. She was most recently seen in Billy Elliot at The Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. Sam is a proud graduate of Penn State’s Musical Theatre program and member of Actor’s Equity.
Maria Wirries is a Penn State Alum who has spent the last two years working with the Broadway & National Tour Companies of Dear Evan Hansen. She is so glad for the opportunity to get her class back together to sing for you this evening!
Talia Suskauer graduated in 2018 from Penn State with her BFA in Musical Theatre. Since graduation, she has made her Broadway debut in Be More Chill and is currently Elphaba on the Wicked National Tour.
JT was recently seen performing in Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. Other credits: American Idiot (Penn State) and choreographer for Judge Jackie Justice: Disorder in the Court (Sharon Playhouse) Penn State BFA Musical Theatre grad.
Morgan graduated from Penn State with her BFA in musical theatre and is now living in NYC. She last performed in Off-Broadway’s Seesaw at Theatre Row this winter.
Joseph Frederick Allen is a New York based actor originally from Oregon. He is a graduate of Penn State University and most recently played Peter Pan at Fulton Theater in Pennsylvania.
Allsun is an NYC based actor who hails from Winchester, MA. In 2018, she graduated from Penn State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Recent credits: Paper Mill Playhouse’s Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz (Young Mary Jane Gumm, u/s Deanna Durbin), North Shore Music Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Belle), and Theatre By The Sea’s Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden).
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Kevin recently debarked the Disney Fantasy, performing with the casts of Frozen, Aladdin, and Believe. Other credits include Grease (Pioneer Theatre Company), A Charlie Brown Christmas (2nd National Tour), Shrek, West Side Story, and 42nd Street (New London Barn Playhouse). BFA Penn State Musical Theatre.
Julia Hemp is a Louisville, Colorado native and graduated from Denver School of the Arts. Now based in NYC, her recent credits include Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina) and as lead production singer for Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas. BFA Penn State Musical Theatre. WE ARE!
Jonathan Savage, a New York based artist, graduated from Penn State with a BFA in Musical Theatre in 2018. Recent credits include Off-Broadway’s Seesaw and Footloose at The Kennedy Center.