TDF To Present Annual Irene Sharaff Awards

Xanadu star Kerry Butler and Costume Designers Suzy Benzinger, Alvin Colt, Linda Fisher, Jane Greenald, Desmond Heeley, Willa Kim, Eugene Lee, Kitty Leech, William Ivey Long, Jeff Mahshie, Martin Pakladinaz, Sally Ann Parsons, Robert Perziola, Jose Varona, and David Zinn, among others will be celebrating the  Theatre Development Fund's Irene Sharaff Awards  given for outstanding achievement in costume design. The awards are presented through TDF's Costume Collection.

This Year's TDF Irene Sharaff Awards are:

TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Robert Fletcher the legendary costume designer whose 3 Tony Award nominations were for Little Me in 1963, High Spirits (1964), and Hadrian VII (1969). He also received a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for Othello in 1982. Mr. Fletcher's award will be presented to him by April Ferry .

The Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design, presented to John Conklin, the internationally reknown scenic and costume designer of theatre, opera and ballet.  Mr. Conklin's award will be presented to him by costume designer, Susan Hilferty .

TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award presented to Fabio Toblini, whose award will be presented by Xanadu star, Kerry Butler who wore his costumes in the musical, Bat Boy.

TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award will be presented to Bessie Nelson, one of the premier beading designers in the country who currently finished costumes for the national tour of A Chorus Line.  Her award will be presented his award by Werner Kulowitz of Euro Co. Costumes

Tanya Moiseiwitsch will be remembered with a short film produced by Suzy Benzinger.

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