2012 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awardees Announced


Two-time Tony Award nominated costume designer Carrie Robbins, and scenic, lighting, costume designer and educator Lloyd Burlingame are among the 2012 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards recipients. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, May 4, at 6:30pm, at the Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th Street). Ms. Robbins was selected to receive the 2012 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for costume design, and Mr. Burlingame will receive the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design.

Additionally, costume designer Mathew LeFebvre will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, and famed author and designer Lynn Pecktal, will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award.

During the ceremony, as a special memorial tribute to legendary designers, the husband and wife team of WILLIAM and Jean Eckart, there will be a screening of an original 15-minute film on their lives, created by designer Suzy Benzinger.

TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards were selected by the TDF Costume Collection's Advisory Committee and are presented through Theatre Development Fund's Costume Collection.

Throughout her long and distinguished career, elegance and an attention to detail were the trademarks of costume designer Irene Sharaff. Miss Sharaff was revered as a designer of enormous depth and intelligence, equally secure with both contemporary and period costumes. Her work exemplified the best of costume design. Such excellence is demonstrated by the winners of the 2012 TDF/Irene Sharaff awardees.


Carrie Robbins (TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award). In a career spanning over 40 years as a costume designer, Carrie Robbins has designed the costumes for over 30 Broadway productions and received Tony Award nominations for her work on Grease and Over Here! Her other Broadway productions include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, A Class Act, The Shadow Box (revival 1994), Agnes of God, Yentl, Octette Bridgeclub, Sweet Bird of Youth, The First, Frankenstein, Happy End, Boys of Winter, Cyrano and Secret Affairs of Mildred Wilde, among others. She has designed many shows for Lincoln Center Rep, Chelsea Theatre Center, Acting Co. and New York Shakespeare Festival. Regional credits include: M. Butterfly (Arena Stage), Tempest (FIT Surface Design Award) and A Flea in Her Ear (LA Dramalogue Award) for the Mark Taper Forum; The Guthrie; Williamstown; Berkshire Theatre; Paper Mill; Seattle Rep; and others. Her opera credits include Death in Venice for Glimmerglass (’08 Prague International Design Exhibit), Samson et Dalila (SF Opera), Houston Grand Opera, Sarah Caldwell's Opera Co. of Boston, and Hamburg Staatsoper. Film and television credits include In the Spirit, Saturday Night Live and PBS' Arts-in-America.

Known for her drawing ability, Ms. Robbins’ work is featured in the Time-Life Series Collectibles (between Telephones & Trivets). She has been profiled in: Costume Design, Techniques of Modern Masters (Pecktal, Watson-Guptil), Contemporary Designers (Editor: Colin Naylor, St. James Press, London) & LPTW/CUNY-TV’s Women in Theatre Series.

In addition to her two Tony Award nominations she has received five Drama Desk Awards, a Maharam Award, and two juried international awards. Other design work includes illustrations for children's books on Mozart and uniforms for The Rainbow Room and Windows on the World.

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