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2020 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS

HONOREES PRESENTED

 

Allen Lee Hughes Receives the Ming Cho Lee
​​​​​​​Lifetime Achievement Award


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              

New York – October 15, 2020 - The 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2019–2020 theater season were presented yesterday at a virtual awards ceremony attended by more than 100 people.

Awards were presented in 6 different categories and Allen Lee Hughes was awarded the Ming Cho Lee Lifetime Achievement Award.

"It is a pleasure to honor these 13 artists for their wonderful work,” said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair of the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee. “It is especially gratifying to honor Allen Lee Hughes, whose nearly five decades of work in lighting design demonstrates the power of light and shadow to strengthen the dramaturgical core of every production on which he works.”

2020 Honorees:
Honors for the 2019–20 season were earned by twelve artists for their work. Scenic designer Paul Steinberg (Judgment Day, Park Avenue Armory), costume designer Anita Yavich (Soft Power, Public Theater), lighting designer Isabella Byrd (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons), sound designer Justin Ellington (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons), media designer Hannah Wasileski (Fires in the Mirror, Signature Theatre), and hair, wigs and make-up designer Nikiya Mathis (Stew, Page 73 at Walkerspace) will be honored with 2020 Henry Hewes Design Awards. Five of the six 2020 honorees are receiving their first award from the Hewes committee.

The committee also awarded a special citation to the design team for Fefu and Her Friends, for their collaborative work. Honored with these special citations are Adam Rigg, scenic design; Montana Levi Blanco, costume design; Jane Cox, lighting design; Palmer Hefferan, sound design; Cookie Jordan, hair and wig design; and Andrew Diaz, properties design.

These annual awards honor designers for work in venues on Broadway, off Broadway and off-off Broadway, recognizing the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Notable Effects. For 2020, the committee and the Hewes Foundation have created new categories of Sound Design and Media Design. 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 online award ceremony was produced by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Illinois Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Allen Lee Hughes:
Mr. Hughes has been honored with three Tony nominations, Audelco and Ovation Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award, Joseph Maharam Award, USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design, Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, two Helen Hayes awards and eight other Helen Hayes nominations. He was the recipient of the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design Award and is proud that The Fellows’ Program at Arena Stage bears his name.
Broadway designs include: A Soldier’s Play;Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Clybourne Park; Having Our Say; Mule Bone; Once on this Island; K2; Strange Interlude; Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Quilters.

Mr. Hughes was honored by the Hewes committee in 1983 for K2, and has been nominated numerous times for other productions.

Henry Hewes Design Awards:
Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later renamed the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing’s generous sponsorship. In 1999, they became the Henry Hewes Design Awards in honor of 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; Naveen Kumar; Helen Shaw; Michael Sommers; and Martha Wade Steketee. The awards are sponsored by the Henry Hewes Foundation for the Arts.

 

2020 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees

Scenic Design: Paul Steinberg (Judgment Day, Park Avenue Armory)
Costume Design: Anita Yavich (Soft Power, Public Theater)
Lighting Design: Isabella Byrd (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons)
Sound Design: Justin Ellington (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons)
Media Design: Hannah Wasileski (Fires in the Mirror, Soho Rep)
Notable Effects: (Hair, Wigs and make-up Design) Nikiya Mathis (Stew, Page 73/Walkerspace)

Special Citation:
Design Team (Fefu and Her Friends, Theatre for a New Audience)

Adam Rigg, Scenic Design
Montana Levi Blanco, Costume Design
Jane Cox, Lighting Design
Palmer Hefferan, Sound Design
Cookie Jordan, Hair and Wig Design
Andrew Diaz, Properties Design

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Allen Lee Hughes
Allen Lee Hughes holds up his "Ming" (the Lifetime Achievement Award named in honor of the scenic designer, Ming Cho Lee).

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ALLEN LEE HUGHES TO RECEIVE
MING CHO LEE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Henry Hewes Design Awards Ceremony Scheduled for October 14


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Jeffrey Eric Jenkins

New York - September 14, 2020 - Legendary lighting designer and teacher Allen Lee Hughes will be honored with the Ming Cho Lee Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the Henry Hewes Design Awards at the 56th annual event on October 14 in a livestream awards ceremony. 

"It is especially gratifying to honor Allen Lee Hughes, whose nearly five decades of work in lighting design demonstrates the power of light and shadow to strengthen the dramaturgical core of every production on which he works,” said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair of the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee. “We have only to think of last season's production of Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play, among many others, to recall how his design added meticulous detail that was understated but powerful while driven always by the demands of the text.
 
“In production after production, in dance and theater, on Broadway and off, and all around the United States he has lit a path for the next generation of designers as a professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and through the Fellowship at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, that bears his name. The Henry Hewes Design Awards committee is delighted to celebrate the career and accomplishments of Allen Lee Hughes."

The online award ceremony will be hosted on Wednesday, October 14 via Zoom webinar by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Illinois Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


About Allen Lee Hughes:
One of the world’s top lighting designers, Mr. Hughes’s work has been seen at major theaters including the McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater and Mark Taper Forum.  New York designs include work at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Lincoln Center Theater.  
Mr. Hughes has been honored with three Tony nominations, Audelco and Ovation Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award, Joseph Maharam Award, USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design, Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, two Helen Hayes awards and eight other Helen Hayes nominations. He was the recipient of the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design Award and is proud that The Fellows’ Program at Arena Stage bears his name. 
Broadway designs include: A Soldier’s Play; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Clybourne Park; Having Our Say; Mule Bone; Once on this Island; K2; Strange Interlude; Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Quilters.
Mr. Hughes was honored by the Hewes committee in 1983 for K2, and has been nominated numerous times for other productions.

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About Ming Cho Lee:
Legendary theatre designer Ming Cho Lee was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Henry Hewes Design Awards and the award was renamed for him at that presentation ceremony. Lee, who has designed more than 300 productions across the globe, won a Tony Award in 1983 for K2 and taught for 48 years at the Yale School of Drama. He was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2013.
Lee previously won three Henry Hewes Design Awards: the first for the 1964 production of Electra at Shakespeare in the Park, the second for Ergo in 1968 at the Public Theater, and the last for K2 in 1983, for which he also won Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Lee is also a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and holds five honorary degrees.

About Henry Hewes Design Awards:
These annual awards honor designers for work in venues on Broadway, off Broadway and off-off Broadway, recognizing the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Notable Effects. For 2020, the committee and the Hewes Foundation have created new categories of Sound Design and Media Design. All nominated designs must have originated in United States productions. The Hewes Awards Committee annually considers more than 200 productions when making its nominations. 
Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later renamed the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing’s generous sponsorship. In 1999, they became the Henry Hewes Design Awards in honor of 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; Naveen Kumar, Helen Shaw; Michael Sommers; and Martha Wade Steketee. The awards are sponsored by the Henry Hewes Foundation for Theater Arts.

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2020 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS HONOREES ANNOUNCED

  New Categories Added in Sound and Media Design

56th Annual Awards Scheduled for October 14


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jeffrey Eric Jenkins

New York – September 2, 2020 - The 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2019–2020 theater season were announced today and will be presented at a virtual awards ceremony on October 14. "During this extremely challenging moment in history, when longstanding concerns of equity and justice have intersected with a deadly pandemic and its attendant loss of jobs in the theater, the Henry Hewes Design Awards committee and the Hewes Foundation are especially grateful to be able to honor excellence in New York theater design for the 56th year,” said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Chair of the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee. “As theater design has evolved, the awards have also expanded their emphasis to include new categories in Sound Design and Media Design that will be permanent as we move forward.” The online award ceremony will be hosted on Wednesday, October 14 via Zoom webinar by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Illinois Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2020 Honorees:
Honors for the 2019–20 season were earned by twelve artists for their work. Scenic designer Paul Steinberg (Judgment Day, Park Avenue Armory), costume designer Anita Yavich (Soft Power, Public Theater), lighting designer Isabella Byrd (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons), sound designer Justin Ellington (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons), media designer Hannah Wasileski (Fires in the Mirror, Signature Theatre), and hair and wig designer Nikiya Mathis (Stew, Page 73 at Walkerspace) will be honored with 2020 Henry Hewes Design Awards. Five of the six 2020 honorees are receiving their first award from the Hewes committee.  

The committee also awarded a special citation to the design team for Fefu and Her Friends, for their collaborative work. Honored with these special citations are Adam Rigg, scenic design; Montana Levi Blanco, costume design; Jane Cox, lighting design; Palmer Hefferan, sound design; Cookie Jordan, hair and wig design; and Andrew Diaz, properties design.  

These annual awards honor designers for work in venues on Broadway, off Broadway and off-off Broadway, recognizing the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Notable Effects. For 2020, the committee and the Hewes Foundation have created new categories of Sound Design and Media Design. All nominated designs must have originated in United States productions. The Hewes Awards Committee annually considers more than 200 productions when making its nominations.  

Nominations:
For the 2020 honors, 95 theater artists were nominated for outstanding artistry in 61 productions presented during the 2019-2020 New York theater season on, off, and off-off Broadway.  

Amanda Villalobos and David Zinn led all artists with three nominations each for their design work. Twelve other designers received two nominations each for their work during the 2019-20 season. Twenty-four productions received multiple nominations, with Fefu and Her Friends at Theatre for a New Audience getting five nominations. Five productions each received four nominations. Eight productions each received three nominations and ten other productions each received two nominations. As of the 2020 awards, the Committee has bestowed 325 honors on 212 artists representing 279 productions.  

Henry Hewes Design Awards:
​​​​​​​Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later renamed the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing’s generous sponsorship. In 1999, they became the Henry Hewes Design Awards in honor of 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; Naveen Kumar; Helen Shaw; Michael Sommers; and Martha Wade Steketee. The awards are sponsored by the Henry Hewes Foundation for the Arts.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility, which contains four world-class stages along with numerous classrooms and rehearsal spaces. Illinois Theatre is a resident academic training and producing entity within Krannert Center and the College of Fine + Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Link to Website.    

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2020 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees:  

Scenic Design:
Paul Steinberg (Judgment Day, Park Avenue Armory)  

Costume Design:
Anita Yavich (Soft Power, Public Theater)  

Lighting Design:
Isabella Byrd (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons)  

Sound Design:
Justin Ellington (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons)  

Media Design:
Hannah Wasileski (Fires in the Mirror, Soho Rep)  

Notable Effects:
(Hair and Wig Design)
Nikiya Mathis (Stew, Page 73/Walkerspace)  

Special Citation:
Design Team (Fefu and Her Friends, Theatre for a New Audience)
Adam Rigg, Scenic Design
Montana Levi Blanco, Costume Design
Jane Cox, Lighting Design
Palmer Hefferan, Sound Design
Cookie Jordan, Hair and Wig Design
Andrew Diaz, Properties Design      

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2020 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS NOMINEES
(2020 Honorees in bold)

SCENIC DESIGNER
Adam Rigg
Arnulfo Maldonado
Arnulfo Maldonado
Beowulf Boritt
Beowulf Boritt
Christine Jones and Amy Rubin
Christopher and Justin Swader
Christopher and Justin Swader
Clint Ramos
David Zinn
David Zinn
David Zinn
Derek McLane
Jan Versweyveld
Jason Sherwood
John Lee Beatty
Julian Crouch
Kimie Nishikawa
Kristen Robinson
Laura Jellinek
Lawrence E. Moten III
Marsha Ginsberg
Narelle Sissons
Paul Steinberg
Riccardo Hernández
Tim Mackabee
Yu-Hsuan Chen  

COSTUME DESIGNER
Alexis Forte
An D'Huys
Anita Yavich
Antony McDonald
Asa Benally
Catherine Zuber
Emilio Sosa
Jeff Mahshie
Karen Perry
Kaye Voyce
Lex Liang
Linda Cho
Melissa Ng
Montana Levi Blanco
Montana Levi Blanco
Robert Perdziola
Sabrina Bianca Guillaume
Toni-Leslie James
Vanessa Leuck 

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Alan C. Edwards
Allen Lee Hughes
Ben Stanton
David Weiner
Heather Gilbert
Isabella Byrd
Jan Versweyveld
Jane Cox
Jeff Croiter
Justin Townsend
Les Dickert
Mark Barton
Mark Barton
Mimi Jordan Sherin
Oona Curley
Paul Toben
Rob Sinclair
Tuçe Yasak 

SOUND DESIGNER
Ben Williams
Ben Williams
Bray Poor
Christian Frederickson
Dan Moses Schreier
Daniel Kluger
Fitz Patton
John Gasper
Justin Ellington
Lee Kinney and Sanae Yamada
Leon Rothenberg
Mikhail Fiksel
Mikhail Fiksel
Nevin Steinberg
Nicholas Pope
Palmer Hefferan
Pete Keppler
Peter Hylenski
Peter Mills Weiss  

MEDIA DESIGNER 
Aaron Rhyne
Aaron Rhyne
Brad Peterson
CultureHub
Hannah Wasileski
Jeff Sugg Tina:
Johnny Moreno
Katherine Freer
Lucy Mackinnon
Luke Halls
Paul Toben
Ruey Horng Sun
Tyler Isaacon
Victoria Sagady  

NOTABLE EFFECTS SHOW
Amanda Villalobos (Puppet Design)
Amanda Villalobos (Puppet Design)
Amanda Villalobos (Puppet Design)
Andrew Diaz (Properties Design)
James Ortiz (Puppet Design)
Nikiya Mathis (Hair and Wig Design)
Raphael Mishler (Properties and Puppet Design)
Raphael Mishler (Properties Design)
Steve Cuiffo (Lip Sync Design)
Tom Watson (Hair and Wig Design)

SPECIAL CITATION
Design Team

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SHOW
Fefu and Her Friends
Fires in the Mirror
one in two
Coriolanus
Much Ado About Nothing
Cyrano
The Bacchae
The Invention of Tragedy
Soft Power
Make Believe
Paris
We're Gonna Die
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
West Side Story
Endlings
Long Lost

Little Shop of Horrors
The Headlands
In the Green
Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Stew
Felix Starro
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Judgment Day
Toni Stone
Seared
[Veil Widow Conspiracy]​​​​​​​

SHOW
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
West Side Story
Soft Power
Judgment Day
Blues for an Alabama Sky
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Much Ado About Nothing
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Mothers
Coriolanus
The Bacchae
Cambodian Rock Band
Dr. Ride's American Beach House
A Strange Loop
Fefu and Her Friends
Dracula
Black Exhibition
for colored girls . . .
Emojiland
 

SHOW
Fires in the Mirror
A Soldier's Play
Make Believe
Cambodian Rock Band
The Sound Inside
Heroes of the Fourth Turning
West Side Story
Fefu and Her Friends
Cyrano
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
The Crucible
The Headlands
The Thin Place
Judgment Day
Dr. Ride's American Beach House
Dana H.
American Utopia
SKiNFoLK: An American Show
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SHOW

Dr. Ride's American Beach House
Pathetic
Make Believe
The Thin Place
Cyrano

Judgment Day
The Rose Tattoo
House Plant
Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Is This A Room
Dracula
Cambodian Rock Band
Dana H.
The Wrong Man
In the Green
Fefu and Her Friends
American Utopia
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
The Headlands

SHOW
The Sound Inside
the way she spoke
Broadway Bounty Hunter
Fragments, Lists and Lacunae

Fires in the Mirror
The Tina Turner Musical
for all the women who thought they were mad
The Bacchae
Jagged Little Pill
West Side Story
Dana H.
The Headlands
The Straights
The Great Society

SHOW
In the Green
Is This A Room
The Riddle of the Trilobites
Fefu and Her Friends
Hercules
Stew
Tumacho
You Never Touched the Dirt
Dana H.
The Great Society
 



Fefu and Her Friends
Adam Rigg, Scenic Design
Montana Levi Blanco, Costume Design
Jane Cox, Lighting Design
Palmer Hefferan, Sound Design
Cookie Jordan, Hair and Wig Design
Andrew Diaz, Properties Design

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2019 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS

HONOREES PRESENTED

Jane Greenwood Receives the Ming Cho Lee Lifetime Achievement Award


New York – October 8, 2019 - The 2019 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2018–2019 theater season were presented yesterday at the 55th annual ceremony in New York. 

The 5 recipients were scenic designer Charlie Corcoran (The O’Casey Trilogy, Irish Repertory Theatre), costume designer Montana Levi Blanco (Ain’t No Mo’, Public Theater), lighting designers Amith Chandrashaker (Boesman and Lena, Signature Theatre) and Yi Zhao (The House That Will Not Stand, New York Theatre Workshop), and sound designer Mikaal Sulaiman (Fairview, Soho Rep).

The event was attended by the top designers in the theater community including William Ivey Long, Jules Fisher, Catherine Zuber, Scott Pask, John Gromada and many others.

"All five of the 2019 honorees are receiving their first award from the Hewes committee," said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chairman of the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee. "We are delighted to honor them for their brilliant work and superb contributions to the world of New York theater design." 

Jane Greenwood was awarded the Ming Cho Lee Lifetime Achievement Award.  “It is an honor to receive this award in Ming’s name and I am so grateful to see so many of my dear friends here today,” said Ms. Greenwood. “This has been a wonderful day but it is time to get to work on the next show”.

Photos from the event are available here.

2019 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS HONOREES

Scenic Design
Charlie Corcoran
The O’Casey Trilogy (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Costume Design
Montana Levi Blanco
Ain’t No Mo’ (Public Theater)

Lighting Design
Amith Chandrashaker 
Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre)

Lighting Design
Yi Zhao
The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop)

Notable Effects
Mikaal Sulaiman
Fairview (Soho Rep) (Sound Design)

The HHDA Committee named honorees in four categories: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Notable Effects. As of the 2019 awards, the Committee has bestowed 313 honors on 204 artists representing 273 productions.

About Henry Hewes Design Awards:
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.

Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later renamed the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing’s generous sponsorship. In 1999, they became the Henry Hewes Design Awards in honor of 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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JANE GREENWOOD TO RECEIVE
MING CHO LEE AWARD

Award Ceremony Scheduled for October 7


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
(New York - September 4, 2019) Legendary designer and teacher Jane Greenwood will be honored with the Ming Cho Lee Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by the Henry Hewes Design Awards at the 55th annual luncheon ceremony October 7 in New York.
 
"Jane has been a major influence in theatrical design on both sides of the Atlantic for 50 years," said Ming Cho Lee. "I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition for a lifetime of brilliant designs and dedication to the craft."
 
Greenwood was honored by the Hewes committee in 1965 for Tartuffe, in 1995 for The Heiress and Sylvia, and for Tartuffe again in 2003. She has been honored by Tony Awards twice for her extraordinary work and is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.
 
"It is a pleasure to bestow this honor on such a deserving and talented recipient," said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chairman of the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee. "We look forward to honoring her at our award ceremony in October."
 
About Ming Cho Lee:
 
Legendary theatre designer Ming Cho Lee was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Henry Hewes Design Awards and the award was renamed for him at that presentation ceremony. Lee, who has designed more than 300 productions across the globe, won a Tony Award in 1983 for K2 and taught for 48 years at the Yale School of Drama. He was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2013.
 
Lee previously won three Henry Hewes Design Awards: the first for the 1964 production of Electra at Shakespeare in the Park, the second for Ergo in 1968 at the Public Theater, and the last for K2 in 1983, for which he also won Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Lee is also a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and holds five honorary degrees.
 
About Henry Hewes Design Awards:
 
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.
 
Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later renamed the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing’s generous sponsorship. In 1999, they became the Henry Hewes Design Awards in honor of 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.

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2019 HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARDS

HONOREES ANNOUNCED

55th Annual Awards Scheduled for October 7

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               

New York – August 21, 2019 - The 2019 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2018–2019 theater season were announced today and will be presented at the awards ceremony on October 7 in New York. 

The 5 recipients are scenic designer Charlie Corcoran (The O’Casey Trilogy, Irish Repertory Theatre), costume designer Montana Levi Blanco (Ain’t No Mo’, Public Theater), lighting designers Amith Chandrashaker (Boesman and Lena, Signature Theatre) and Yi Zhao(The House That Will Not Stand, New York Theatre Workshop), and sound designer Mikaal Sulaiman (Fairview, Soho Rep).

"All five of the 2019 honorees are receiving their first award from the Hewes committee," said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chairman of the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee. "We are delighted to honor them for their brilliant work and superb contributions to the world of New York theater design." 

For the 2019 honors, 94 theater artists were nominated for outstanding artistry in 63 productions presented during the 2018-2019 New York theater season on, off, and off-off Broadway. (A complete list of 2019 nominees follows this awards announcement.)


2019 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees:


Scenic Design:

Charlie Corcoran (The O’Casey Trilogy, Irish Repertory Theatre)


Costume Design:

Montana Levi Blanco (Ain’t No Mo’, Public Theater)


Lighting Design:

Amith Chandrashaker (Boesman and Lena, Signature Theatre)

 

Lighting Design:

Yi Zhao (The House That Will Not Stand, New York Theatre Workshop)

 

Notable Effects (Sound Design)

Mikaal Sulaiman (Fairview, Soho Rep)


Nominations:

Montana Levi Blanco led all artists with four nominations for his design work. Dede M. Ayite and Laura Jellinek each received three nominations for their designs. Fourteen other designers received two nominations each for their work during the 2018-2019 season. Beetlejuice, the Broadway musical, received six nominations. Three productions (Head Over HeelsOklahoma! and Spaceman) each received four nominations. Seven productions each received three nominations and twenty other productions each received two nominations.


The HHDA Committee named honorees in four categories: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Notable Effects. As of the 2019 awards, the Committee has bestowed 313 honors on 204 artists representing 273 productions.

 

About Henry Hewes Design Awards:

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.

 

Known as the Maharam Awards at their inception in 1965, the Hewes Awards were later renamed the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing’s generous sponsorship. In 1999, they became the Henry Hewes Design Awards in honor of 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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For a complete list of the 2019 Hewes Awards (including nominees), please download this PDF document.

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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.