Best Emerging Actor
For young performers, finding a high-profile starring role can be a challenge. That's particularly tough in the Twin Cities, with an ever-increasing cadre of talent that fights for the best parts. Kevin Fanshaw has quietly moved up the local chain, with character and featured roles on a variety of stages. Last fall, he got the chance to star in Theatre Coup d'Etat's Equus, and he didn't drop the ball. As crazed teenager Alan, Fanshaw exposed not just his full body in the play's famous nude scenes, but dug so deep into his character's broken psyche that it nearly hurt to watch. Yet it was impossible to turn away from any moment of the performance. That's how to make yourself known.