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A 1998 West Chester University theatre graduate has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award, one of the country's most prestigious cultural honors. Kimberly Gilbert garnered an "Outstanding Supporting Actress" nomination for her performance in Aaron Posner's Stupid F---ing Bird, a free-spirited rewrite of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. In a short ceremony onstage at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. on January 27, Bird claimed eight Helen Hayes Award nominations, leading the field.
A Woolly Mammoth company member since 2006, Gilbert was previously nominated in 2007 for "Outstanding Lead Actress" for her work in Martha, Josie, and The Chinese Elvis, also produced by Woolly Mammoth.
After completing studies at West Chester, Gilbert went on to earn an M.F.A. in Classical Acting at George Washington University in 2001. A member of the Actors' Equity Association, she has performed in close to three dozen theatre productions.
The Helen Hayes Awards celebrates outstanding achievement in over eighty professional theatres throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Named for the legendary First Lady of the American Theatre, nominated artists and companies exemplify the excellence found on all Washington stages, bringing national and international recognition to Washington's theatre community.