Communication Studies and Theatre Professor Kathryn O’Sullivan (MA) will be traveling to Los Angeles, California, in April for the 6th Annual Indie Series Awards ceremony. “Thurston,” the web series O’Sullivan co-produces and writes with her husband, Paul Awad, has received 11 Indie Series Awards nominations, the most of any show. The nominations are for best drama, writing, directing, ensemble, costumes, cinematography, production design and four for the actors. Four actors in the show have NOVA ties: Professor Lisa Nanni-Messegee (LO) plays Jo Maxwell, adjunct professor Todd Messegee plays District Attorney Stewart and former students Garry Westcott and Garrett Brennan (nominated for best supporting actor) play Marshal Robinson and Owen Snead respectively.
“We are thrilled and honored by the nominations and so proud that the hard work of the entire Thurston team has been recognized in this lovely way,” said O’Sullivan. “The Indie Series Awards was the first organization to notice and recognize our show so the event is quite special for us.”
O’Sullivan is a two-time Indie Series Award winner for her costume design work on “Thurston.” For more information about the 6th Indie Series Awards nominations, go online.
In addition, “Thurston” has been chosen as an official selection of the HollyWeb Festival in Los Angeles. Created in 2012, HollyWeb gives creators an opportunity to see their work projected on a cinema size screen in a professional theater, as well as receive trophies and cash prizes at an awards ceremony.
O’Sullivan is also receiving much well-deserved attention for her mystery novel series featuring Fire Chief Colleen McCabe and set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. On March 19, she was featured speaker at the spring 2015 Literary Luncheon sponsored by Friends of the Montgomery County Library.
On March 20, she went to Charlottesville, Virginia, to speak on a panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Her panel, “Crime Wave: Cozy Up to Murder,” discussed contemporary murder mysteries.
On May 2, she will speak on the panel “Let There Be Lighthouses: Murder at the Seaside” at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland.
The third book in O’Sullivan’s mystery series, “Neighing with Fire,” will be released May 5, with a launch party scheduled for May 14 at 7:00 p.m. at One More Page Books in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more about “Neighing with Fire” and the series at http://www.kathrynosullivan.com/book/neighing-with-fire/.