Alumnus Stephen Hyland has been named one of 2018’s Best Actors in the Washington, D.C., area, according to an official announcement from Broadway World. Hyland, who starred in Upper Room Theatre Ministry’s production of Hello, Dolly!, was voted on by theatergoers in the D.C. area, and joins acclaimed Broadway actors Vanessa Hudgens, Anthony Ramos, and Michael Urie as 2018’s best actors.
Hyland, who starred in productions of Nicholas Nickleby, The Moonstone, and Room Service at Christendom, graduated from the college in 2015. He also co-wrote and co-directed the college’s 2015 Mystery Dinner Theater, an experience that eventually led him to return to Christendom as a director later. During his time as director for the Christendom Players, Hyland successfully brought Damn Yankees and The Drowsy Chaperone to life, wowing audiences with the same choreography, humor, and charm that he brought to each of his performances as a student.
Hyland was cast in Upper Ministry Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly! this past summer as Barnaby Tucker — a role that was so acclaimed during the show’s run that it stayed on voters’ minds all the way through the end of the year.
Hyland was named Best Actor in a Community Theatre Production, as part of the Broadway World Regional Awards. Voted on by readers and local theatregoers, Hyland’s performance stood proudly alongside performances from actors at the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Ford’s Theatre.
View a highlight reel from Hyland’s show below.