Brooks wins first MAT Award
by Marie Nesmith
Oct 10, 2013 | 1200 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After two Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award nominations, Morgan Brooks captured her first victory with her set design for “Foxfire.” For StageWorks Inc.’s production in January, the Cartersville resident created a realistic, yet rundown home for the character of Annie Nations.

“Because the other nominees are other semi-professionals in very accomplished theaters … it was really nice to be in the company of such talented nominees and to win, that really meant a lot to me,” Brooks said. “The set for ‘Foxfire,’ because the play took place in the mountains of north Georgia, that’s a place that’s very close to my heart. So it was a set design that I really put a lot of thought and feeling into. So it was very nice to have that particular one win.”

Presented Sept. 29 at The Roswell Cultural Arts Center in Roswell, MAT Awards recognize plays and individual performances in community and non-union professional theater.

According to, “The Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards were founded in 1994 by Russ Ivey to recognize the hard-working actors, directors, designers, and theaters for their contributions to the performing arts in metro Atlanta. Each year the MATs celebrate these hard-working artists with a formal ceremony, presenting awards in 18 different categories of theater work.”

For StageWorks Co-founder Leslie McCrary, who also is Brooks’ mother, the win impacted her on a personal and creative level.

“I was, of course, especially proud that Morgan won,” McCrary said. “She is multi-talented and can do it all. She was also nominated in 2011 for a best acting award for a lead role in ‘Not About Nightingales.’ Everyone who works with us is talented, from the set builders to the stage managers. It’s always a labor of love. And, it is always fun. Theater people are some of the best people in the world and I am fortunate to have them as my second family.

“Since we had been nominated for seven awards in the past three years, it was great to receive the award for Morgan’s set design for ‘Foxfire.’ It was a fabulous set for a wonderful play. Our nominations have been across the board and have covered lighting, sound, acting and set design. With this win, it affirms that we are doing things right.”

For more information about StageWorks and its upcoming productions, visit