"This year, EncoreMichigan renamed its Rising Star Award, sponsored by Kerr-Russell the Terry Heck Rising Star Award, named for the late Terry Heck, who was tragically killed in a motor-car accident earlier this year. Heck, winner of last year’s Best Actress in a Play Award, was a beloved theater professor at Eastern Michigan University in addition to having decades of top acting and directing credits. The winner of the award was Christian Perez, who performed an incredibly challenging role in What A Do Theatre’s production of Angels in America. What A Do Theatre is based in Springfield, Michigan." - EncoreMichigan.com August 28, 2018
Read the entire list of winners here.