Joseph Drummond, Goodman Theatre Production Stage Manager To Receive 2016 Corona Award
Eclipse Theatre Company announces its Eighth Annual Corona Award, to be presented to Joseph Drummond, Goodman Theatre Production Stage Manager. The Corona Award honors an individual who has played an important role in supporting and nurturing the growth of the Chicago theater community as well as small- to medium-sized ensembles such as Eclipse Theatre. The Corona Award derives its name from the Latin word, meaning crown, as well as outer atmosphere of the sun most easily seen during a total eclipse.
The 2016 Corona Award event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. (appetizers and cash bar), followed by a silent auction and the award ceremony at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Athenaeum Theatre, located, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.eclipsetheatre.com Information available at 312-869-4870.
Past Corona Award Recipients have included Chicago casting director Jane Alderman, Timeline Theatre Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman, Former Steppenwolf Associate Artistic Director Erica Daniels, Goodman Theatre Associate Producer Steve Scott, Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith, League of Chicago Theatres Executive Director Deb Clapp, and Mary-Arrchie Artistic Director Richard Cotovsky.
Joseph Drummond recently retired as a Production Stage Manager with The Goodman Theatre after 42 seasons. His credits include 133 Goodman Productions, among them The Iceman Cometh, Race and Red. He stage-managed House and Garden during the new Goodman's inaugural season, and previously stage-managed Robert Falls' Tony Award-winning production of Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman at the Goodman, on Broadway and at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Other Goodman productions include Candide, Turn of the Century, Desire Under the Elms, Rock 'n' Roll, Animal Crackers, Passion Play, King Lear, The Clean House, Finishing the Picture, The Rose Tattoo, The Beard of Avon, Drowning Crow, The Visit, The Odyssey, All the Rage, Arcadia, Another Midsummer Night, The Night of the Iguana, On the Open Road, Book of the Night, Landscape of the Body, The Gospel at Colonus and twelve productions of A Christmas Carol.
In December 2011, Drummond received the Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Stage Managers' Association in New York City. He is included in the 2012 edition of Marquis' Who's Who in America. He has taught stage management at Roosevelt University and is the recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement after 25 years of stage management at the Goodman. He is an over 40-year member of Actors' Equity Association.
Steve Scott is the Producer of Goodman Theatre, where he has overseen more than 200 productions and is also a member of the Goodman's Artistic Collective. Goodman directing credits include Horton Foote's Blind Date; Rabbit Hole; Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock and No One Will Be Immune for the David Mamet Festival; Dinner With Friends; Wit; the world premiere of Tom Mula's adaption of A Christmas Carol; A Midsummer Night's Dream (co-directed with Michael Maggio) and the 2011 and 2012 editions of A Christmas Carol. Other recent directing credits include Yellow Face, The DNA Trail and Yohen (Silk Road Rising); American Myth (American Blues Theater); The Mandrake (A Red Orchid Theatre); Clybourne Park, Elemeno Pea, Elling, A Delicate Balance, Lettice and Lovage and Shadowlands (Redtwist Theatre); Souvenir and Black Pearl Sings (Northlight Theatre); The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Buried Child and Dealer's Choice (Shattered Globe Theatre); Frozen (Next Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (St. Lawrence, Ontario Shakespeare Festival); The Teapot Scandals of 1923 and Falsettos (Porchlight Theatre); The Grapes of Wrath, A Streetcar Named Desire, Execution of Justice, Ah, Wilderness!, God's Country and Judgment at Nuremberg (Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University's College of Performing Arts, where he is a faculty member); and a number of productions for Eclipse, where he is an ensemble member, including Alan Ayckbourn's Woman in Mind, Arthur Miller's After the Fall, John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl, Keith Reddin's Big Time, Neil Simon's Plaza Suite and Lanford Wilson's The Moonshot Tapes. He was one of six resident directors for WBEZ's series Stories on Stage, and has contributed articles to a variety of publications including the Encyclopedia of Chicago. Scott is the recipient of five Jeff Award nominations, an After Dark Award, the Illinois Theatre Association's Award of Honor and Eclipse's Corona Award.