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SOFT POWER, HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING, and More Take Home 2020 Hewes Design Awards

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

SOFT POWER, HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING, and More Take Home 2020 Hewes Design Awards

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."

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.

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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