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The Inheritance in London, which earned a 2019 Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design by Jon Clark

Monday Musings: Awards & Applications

It’s awards season, and it’s great to see so many wonderful designers being honored for their work.

At LiveDesignOnline, we have covered the 2019 Olivier AwardsLA Drama Critics Circle Awards, and Thea Awards, and congratulate all the winners.

The 2019 Tony Awards, whose nominations will be announced on April 30, may have reinstated the sound design award, but they still seem to be grappling with projection! As a result the following has been decided by the committee (and we can only wonder how the projection designers feel...): 

-Peter England's projection design will be considered eligible along with his scenic design in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category, for his work on King Kong.

-Beowulf Boritt and Alex Basco Koch will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Be More Chill.

-Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations.

Recently awarded are the 2019 IRNE (Independent Reviewers Of New England) Awards, with one big winner the Broadway-bound (and highly anticipated I might add) production of Moulin Rouge, the stage adaptation of the Baz Lurhmann film, winning Best Musical and Best New Musical, as well as Best Set Design for Derek McLane, Best Costume Design for Catherine Zuber, and Best Sound Design for Peter Hylenski.

Check out the Moulin Rouge trailer here:

Additional IRNE design awards went to Ben Stanton for Best Lighting Design, and to Peter Nigrini and Dan Scully for Best Projection Design of Man In The Ring at the Huntington Theatre Company.

Check out the full list of IRNE Awards on their Facebook page.

As I mentioned a few Mondays ago, there are lots of things for students to apply for and get their foot firmly on the industry ladder. Here are a few more:

The Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program aims to encourage young talent, the future of the industry, by introducing them to mentors who will help elevate their careers. Since 1999, this program has given students an experience they can’t get anywhere else during an all-expense-paid trip to the LDI tradeshow, North America’s largest stage technology tradeshow. This is open to graduate students working toward a master’s degree or PhD, students in their final year of undergraduate courses at the university level at the time of the LDI tradeshow, students from outside of North America who are pursuing a university degree in lighting design, theatre technology, or a related field. I look forward to meeting this year’s ETC students at LDI2019.

The Vincent Lighting Systems Internship Program is designed to help build the network, skills, and professional development of aspiring professionals in the lighting and rigging industry. The company just celebrated its 40th anniversary and has offices in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and supply lighting for performing arts centers, educational and religious organizations, corporations, and special events. Interns are paid, and while it may be too late for 2019, this is a good one to keep in mind.

TCG is pleased to honor costume designer Willa Kim’s legacy and her life’s work as a pioneer, legend and inspiration for many of today’s theatre artists. Willa cared deeply about developing the next generation of artists, and The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship will provide exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement their fine arts training in drawing and painting. Recipients receive up to $7,500 to be used towards tuition, registration, and/or supplies over a one-year period between July 1, 2019—June 30, 2020. International study is allowable, but the scholarship will only cover tuition, registration, and supplies, outside of the recipients’ required curriculum at their university, college, or training program.

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