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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

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


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

SCENIC DESIGNER
Adam Rigg: Fefu and Her Friends
Arnulfo Maldonado: Fires in the Mirror
Arnulfo Maldonado: one in two
Beowulf Boritt: Coriolanus
Beowulf Boritt: Much Ado About Nothing
Christine Jones and Amy Rubin: Cyrano
Christopher and Justin Swader: The Bacchae
Christopher and Justin Swader: The Invention of Tragedy
Clint Ramos: Soft Power
David Zinn: Make Believe
David Zinn: Paris
David Zinn: We're Gonna Die
Derek McLane: Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Jan Versweyveld: West Side Story
Jason Sherwood: Endlings
John Lee Beatty: Long Lost
Julian Crouch: Little Shop of Horrors
Kimie Nishikawa: The Headlands
Kristen Robinson: In the Green
Laura Jellinek: Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Lawrence E. Moten III: Stew
Marsha Ginsberg: Felix Starro
Narelle Sissons: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Paul Steinberg: Judgment Day
Riccardo Hernández: Toni Stone
Tim Mackabee: Seared
Yu-Hsuan Chen: Veil Widow Conspiracy


COSTUME DESIGNER:
Alexis Forte: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
An D'Huys: West Side Story
Anita Yavich: Soft Power
Antony McDonald: Judgment Day
Asa Benally: Blues for an Alabama Sky
Catherine Zuber: Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Emilio Sosa: Much Ado About Nothing
Jeff Mahshie: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Karen Perry: Mothers
Kaye Voyce: Coriolanus
Lex Liang: The Bacchae
Linda Cho: Cambodian Rock Band
Melissa Ng: Dr. Ride's American Beach House
Montana Levi Blanco: A Strange Loop
Montana Levi Blanco: Fefu and Her Friends
Robert Perdziola: Dracula
Sabrina Bianca Guillaume: Black Exhibition
Toni-Leslie James: for colored girls . . .
Vanessa Leuck: Emojiland

LIGHTING DESIGNER:
Alan C. Edwards: Fires in the Mirror
Allen Lee Hughes: A Soldier's Play
Ben Stanton: Make Believe
David Weiner: Cambodian Rock Band
Heather Gilbert: The Sound Inside
Isabella Byrd: Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Jan Versweyveld: West Side Story
Jane Cox: Fefu and Her Friends
Jeff Croiter: Cyrano
Justin Townsend: Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Les Dickert: The Crucible
Mark Barton: The Headlands
Mark Barton: The Thin Place
Mimi Jordan Sherin: Judgment Day
Oona Curley: Dr. Ride's American Beach House
Paul Toben: Dana H.
Rob Sinclair: American Utopia
Tuçe Yasak: SKiNFoLK: An American Show


SOUND DESIGNER:
Ben Williams: Dr. Ride's American Beach House
Ben Williams: Pathetic
Bray Poor: Make Believe
Christian Frederickson: The Thin Place
Dan Moses Schreier: Cyrano
Daniel Kluger: Judgment Day
Fitz Patton: The Rose Tattoo
John Gasper: House Plant
Justin Ellington: Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Lee Kinney and Sanae Yamada: Is This A Room
Leon Rothenberg: Dracula
Mikhail Fiksel: Cambodian Rock Band
Mikhail Fiksel: Dana H.
Nevin Steinberg: The Wrong Man
Nicholas Pope: In the Green
Palmer Hefferan: Fefu and Her Friends
Pete Keppler: American Utopia
Peter Hylenski: Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Peter Mills Weiss: The Headlands


MEDIA DESIGNER:
Aaron Rhyne: The Sound Inside
Aaron Rhyne: the way she spoke
Brad Peterson: Broadway Bounty Hunter
CultureHub: Fragments, Lists and Lacunae
Hannah Wasileski: Fires in the Mirror
Jeff Sugg: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Johnny Moreno: for all the women who thought they were mad
Katherine Freer: The Bacchae
Lucy Mackinnon: Jagged Little Pill
Luke Halls: West Side Story
Paul Toben: Dana H.
Ruey Horng Sun: The Headlands
Tyler Isaacon: The Straights
Victoria Sagady: The Great Society


NOTABLE EFFECTS

Amanda Villalobos
(Puppet Design)
In the Green

Amanda Villalobos
(Puppet Design)
Is This A Room

Amanda Villalobos
(Puppet Design)
The Riddle of the Trilobites

Andrew Diaz
(Properties Design)
Fefu and Her Friends

James Ortiz
(Puppet Design)
Hercules

Nikiya Mathis
(Hair and Wig Design)
Stew


Raphael Mishler
(Properties and Puppet Design)
Tumacho

Raphael Mishler
(Properties Design)
You Never Touched the Dirt

Steve Cuiffo
(Lip Sync Design)
Dana H.

Tom Watson
(Hair and Wig Design)
The Great Society


SPECIAL CITATION

Design Team
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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