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HELEN SHAW PRESENTED WITH
GEORGE JEAN NATHAN AWARD


​​​​​​​January 20, 2019 - Committee member, Helen Shaw has received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. In awarding Ms. Shaw, the George Jean Nathan Award, they cited her “penetrating insight into the strategies of the contemporary theater’s most daring artists. Shaw's particular gift is to acknowledge, and linger in, her own uncertainty—to write with muscular ambivalence about works that don’t always realize their ambitions, and that are all the more invigorating as a result.”

Here’s a link to the announcement:
https://english.cornell.edu/news/winners-2017-18-george-jean-nathan-award-dramatic-criticism-announced

Congratulations, Helen Shaw!

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2018 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS

PRESENTED IN NEW YORK


54th Annual Awards Ceremony Also Honors Ming Cho Lee For Lifetime Achievement


Henry Hewes Design Award for Lifetime Achievement Is Renamed the Ming Cho Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement In Design


October 23, 2018 - The Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee honored the four 2018 honorees of the 54th annual Henry Hewes Design Awards at a luncheon in New York yesterday which was attended by some of the top theater designers in the country.  The 2017-18 honorees were David Zinn, Emily Rebholz, Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew and Palmer Hefferan.

Ming Cho Lee, the legendary set designer was also presented with the first Henry Hewes Design Award for Lifetime Achievement which has been renamed for its first recipient, and will now be called, The Ming Cho Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design.

"This event has always been a wonderful, annual meeting place for theater designers," said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chairman of the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee. "There is no better place to announce that we have renamed the lifetime achievement award after the legendary Ming Cho Lee".

Also in attendance were Michael Yeargan, Riccardo Hernández, Catherine Zuber, William Ivey Long, Christopher Akerlind, Nevin Steinberg, Meredith Ries, Natasha Katz, Jules Fisher, Linda Cho and many others.

Photos are available: /awards-ceremony-photos.shtml

Honors for the 2017-2018 awards were earned by artists working on, off and off-off Broadway. 

2018 Hewes Design Award Honorees:

Scenic Design:
David Zinn (SpongeBob SquarePants, Broadway)
Accepted by Meredith Ries
Presented by Riccardo Hernández

Costume Design:
Emily Rebholz (The Low Road, Public Theater)
Presented by Catherine Zuber

Lighting Design:
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (KPOP, Ars Nova)
Presented by Christopher Akerlind

Notable Effects (Sound Design):
Palmer Hefferan (Today Is My Birthday, Page 73 Productions)
Presented by Nevin Steinberg

Ming Cho Lee's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Michael Yeargan.

All four of the 2018 honorees are receiving their first award from the Hewes committee. For the 2018 honors, 87 theater artists were nominated for outstanding artistry in 55 productions presented during the 2017-2018 New York theater season.

These annual awards honor designers for work in venues on Broadway, off Broadway and off-off Broadway, recognizing not only the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design, but also Notable Effects,which encompass sound, music, video, projections, puppetry, and other creative elements. All nominated designs must have originated in United States productions. The Hewes Awards Committee annually considers more than 200 productions when making its nominations.

Palmer Hefferan and Riccardo Hernández led all artists with three nominations each for their design work. Thirteen other designers received two nominations each for their work during the 2016-2017 season. The Disney musical, Frozen, received five nominations and twenty-three other productions each received multiple nominations.

The HHDA Committee named honorees in four categories: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Notable Effects. As of the 2018 awards, the Committee has bestowed 308 honors on 199 artists representing 216 productions.

Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later known as the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wings generous sponsorship. They were renamed in 1999 for noted critic Henry Hewes, who created the awards and served as a board member of the American Theatre Wing until his death in 2006 at age 89.

The Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee includes theater critics Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair; David Barbour; David Cote; Glenda Frank; Helen Shaw; Michael Sommers; and Martha Wade Steketee. The awards are sponsored by the Henry Hewes Foundation for the Theater Arts.
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Ming Cho Lee Honored 
With Lifetime Achievement Award From 
The Henry Hewes Design Awards


54th Annual Awards Scheduled for October 22


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 2, 2018

Legendary designer and teacher Ming Cho Lee will be honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Henry Hewes Design Awards at the 54th annual luncheon ceremony in New York on October 22. 

"Ming Cho Lee has been one of the most creative and inspirational set designers in the theater world for more than 50 years," said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chairman of the Henry Hewes Design Awards. "It is an honor to bestow upon him the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Henry Hewes Design Awards." 

Lee has been honored with three Henry Hewes Design Awards. The first was in 1965 for his designs of Electra in the 1964 Shakespeare in the Park production directed by Gerald Freedman. He was also honored for the 1968 production of Ergo by Jakov Lind at the Public Theater and for the 1983 production of K2 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. 

"I worked very closely with Henry for many years and I am delighted to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award in his name," said Mr. Lee. 

About Ming Cho Lee:

Ming Cho Lee is one of the foremost theater designers of the past 50 years. He taught full-time at the Yale School of Drama for 48 years and served as chair or co-chair of the design department for 34 years. He is the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts. In addition to his three Henry Hewes Design Awards, he has won two Tony Awards, an Outer Critics Circle award, Drama Desk Awards, and the TCG Practitioner Award. He holds five honorary degrees, and is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame. 

Lee has designed more than 300 shows worldwide, including Broadway and Off-Broadway, and dance and opera productions. His designs have been shown in retrospectives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Yale School of Architecture. In 2014, TCG published "Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design" featuring his work.

About the Henry Hewes Design Awards:

Founded in 1964, these annual awards honor designers for work in venues on Broadway, off Broadway and off-off Broadway, recognizing not only the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design, but also "Notable Effects," which encompass sound, music, video, projections, puppetry, and other creative elements. All nominated designs must have originated in United States productions. The Hewes Awards Committee annually considers more than 200 productions when making its nominations.

The Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee includes theater critics Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair; David Barbour; David Cote; Glenda Frank; Helen Shaw; Michael Sommers; and Martha Wade Steketee. The awards are sponsored by the Henry Hewes Foundation for Theater Arts.

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2018 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS
HONOREES ANNOUNCED

54th Annual Awards Scheduled for October 22




SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 - The Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee today announced the four 2018 honorees of the 54th annual Henry Hewes Design Awards. The four artists will be honored at a ceremony in New York on October 22. Honors for the 2017-2018 awards were earned by artists working on, off and off-off Broadway.

2018 Hewes Design Award Honorees:

Scenic Design:
David Zinn (SpongeBob SquarePants, Broadway)

Costume Design:
Emily Rebholz (The Low Road, Public Theater)

Lighting Design:
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (KPOP, Ars Nova)

Notable Effects (Sound Design):
Palmer Hefferan (Today Is My Birthday, Page 73 Productions)

All four of the 2018 honorees are receiving their first award from the Hewes committee. For the 2018 honors, 87 theater artists were nominated for outstanding artistry in 55 productions presented during the 2017-2018 New York theater season. (A complete list of 2018 nominees follows this awards announcement.)

These annual awards honor designers for work in venues on Broadway, off Broadway and off-off Broadway, recognizing not only the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design, but also "Notable Effects," which encompass sound, music, video, projections, puppetry, and other creative elements. All nominated designs must have originated in United States productions. The Hewes Awards Committee annually considers more than 200 productions when making its nominations.

Palmer Hefferan and Riccardo Hernandez led all artists with three nominations each for their design work. Thirteen other designers received two nominations each for their work during the 2016-2017 season. The Disney musical, Frozen, received five nominations and twenty-three other productions each received multiple nominations.

The HHDA Committee named honorees in four categories: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Notable Effects. As of the 2018 awards, the Committee has bestowed 308 honors on 199 artists representing 268 productions.

Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later known as the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing’s generous sponsorship. They were renamed in 1999 for noted critic Henry Hewes, who created the awards and served as a board member of the American Theatre Wing until his death in 2006 at age 89.

The Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee includes theater critics Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair; David Barbour; David Cote; Glenda Frank; Helen Shaw; Michael Sommers; and Martha Wade Steketee. The awards are sponsored by the Henry Hewes Foundation for Theater Arts.



2018 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS NOMINEES

(2018 Honorees in bold)
SCENIC DESIGN NOMINEES
Andrew Lieberman
At Home at the Zoo
Arnulfo Maldonado
The Rape of the Sabine Women
Christopher Oram
Frozen
Dane Laffrey
Once on this Island
Dane Laffrey
Summer and Smoke
David Zinn
SpongeBob SquarePants
John Lee Beatty
Junk
John Lee Beatty
The Portuguese Kid
Laura Jellinek
Mary Jane
Louisa Thompson
In the Blood
Marsha Ginsberg
and Wardell Milan
Master
Maruti Evans
Kill Move Paradise
Michael Yeargan
My Fair Lady
Miriam Buether
Three Tall Women
Myung Hee Cho
In the Body of the World
Neil Patel
Time and the Conways
Neil Patel
Paradise Blue
Riccardo Hernandez
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
Riccardo Hernandez
Oedipus El Rey
Riccardo Hernandez
Mlima's Tale
Scott Pask
Mean Girls
Tim Mackabee
Describe the Night

COSTUME DESIGN NOMINEES

Ann Roth
Three Tall Women
Ann Roth
Carousel
Asta Bennie Hostetter
Dance Nation
Catherine Zuber
My Fair Lady
Catherine Zuber
Junk
Christopher Oram
Frozen
Claudia Brown
Syncing Ink
Clint Ramos
Once on this Island
David Zinn
SpongeBob SquarePants
Dede M. Ayite
School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
Dede M. Ayite
Bella: An American Tall Tale
Emily Rebholz
The Low Road
Gregg Barnes
Mean Girls
Montana Levi Blanco
In the Blood
Montana Levi Blanco
Is God Is
Murell Horton
The Metromaniacs
Normandy Sherwood and Chelsea Collins
Tiny Hornets, or, It Didn’t Have to Come to This
Oana Botez
Jomama Jones Black Light
Paloma Young
Time and the Conways
Paul Tazewell
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Sarah Laux
Jerry Springer – The Opera
Suzanne Bocanegra
12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens
Tilly Grimes
The Government Inspector
Toni-Leslie James
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Tracy Christensen
Pride and Prejudice
Tricia Barsamian
KPOP

LIGHTING DESIGN NOMINEES

Alan C. Edwards
Kill Move Paradise
Barbara Samuels
Raw Bacon from Poland
Barbara Samuels
Dance Nation
Ben Stanton
Junk
Ben Stanton
The Low Road
Brian MacDevitt
Carousel
Christopher Akerlind
Time and the Conways
Howell Binkley
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Isabella Byrd
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Japhy Weideman
Lobby Hero
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
KPOP
Jeff Croiter
Good for Otto
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
Once on this Island
Justin Townsend
A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds
Kenneth Posner
Mean Girls
Kevin Adams
SpongeBob SquarePants
Kevin Rigdon
Syncing Ink
Lap Chi Chu
Mlima's Tale
Matt Frey
queens
Natasha Katz
Frozen
Paul Gallo
Three Tall Women
Peter West
The Government Inspector
R. Lee Kennedy
Summer and Smoke

NOTABLE EFFECTS NOMINEES

59 Productions (Projection Design)
Junk
Austin Switser (Media Design)
He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box
Ben Williams (Sound Design)
This Is the Color Described by the Time
Brendan Aanes (Sound Design)
Balls
Caite Hevner (Video Design)
Diaspora
Christopher Barreca (Scenic Design), Montana Levi Blanco (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Austin Switser (Media Design), Justin Ellington (Sound Design)
He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box
Claire Nolan (Video Design)
Unexploded Ordinances (UXO)
David Bengali (Projection Design)
Van Gogh's Ear
Eva von Schweinitz (Projection Design)
Measure for Measure
Fabian Obispo (Sound Design)
Oedipus El Rey
Finn Ross and Adam Young (Video Design)
Mean Girls
Jeremy Chernick (Special Effect Design)
Frozen
Jorge Cousineau (Projection Design)
We Shall Not Be Moved
Maruti Evans (Scenic Design), Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene (Costume Design), Alan C. Edwards (Lighting Design), Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design)
Kill Move Paradise
Michael Curry (Puppet Design)
Frozen
Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design)
Today Is My Birthday
Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design)
School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play
Paul Carbonara (Sound Design)
High Noon
Peter Nigrini (Projection Design)
SpongeBob SquarePants
Scott Lehrer (Sound Design)
Carousel
Woodshed Collective (Production Design)
KPOP
Yael Pardess and Brad Peterson (Collaborative Design)
The Stone Witch
The Henry Hewes Design Awards are sponsored by The Henry Hewes Foundation for the Theater Arts.