Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Awards

by Stage Directions

On Monday, September 17, 2018, the Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) will present its annual Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management Awards to three stage managers from the worlds of Broadway, regional theatre, and dance: Roy Harris, Lyle Raper, and Maxine Glorsky. In addition to the three Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA will recognize Peter Sargent of Webster University with a special award for Achievement in Stage Management Education for his work as an educator. 

Considered the crowning achievement in a stage manager’s career, the Del Hughes Award is awarded to those who represent the finest qualities of stage management: patience, diplomacy, organization, and a sense of humor. The awards were named for Del Hughes, who had an illustrious career as a Broadway and television stage manager as well as a TV director from 1933 to the 1970’s. 

Roy Harris has stage managed 26 shows on Broadway, 14 of which were directed by Daniel Sullivan, including The Little Foxes, Good People, Morning’s at Seven, and The Heidi Chronicles. He has stage managed 15 shows for Lincoln Center Theater, as well as several at the Roundabout Theatre. His credits also include 38 productions off-Broadway and he is the author of four books including Recipes & Reminiscence

Lyle Raper served as production stage manager for 27 seasons at the Denver Center Theatre Company (DCTC), until 2010. She has worked at theaters across the country including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Lone Tree Arts Center. She’s taught at Denver University and Southwestern University and served on the advisory board of Georgetown Festival of the Arts in Texas.

Maxine Glorsky is a dance stage manager for many important companies, including Lar Lubovitch since 1970, as well as the Juilliard Dance Repertory since 1998. Her credits include the Martha Graham Dance Company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Maria Benitez Spanish Dance Company, and numerous other dance companies extending to modern, ballet, and ethnic disciplines. She has also worked in opera with the Dallas Civic Opera, among others.

Peter Sargent has been at Webster University since 1966 and is the founding dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts and heads the lighting design and stage management programs. He is celebrating his 49th season with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis as a resident lighting designer. His regional work includes productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, and The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and The National Theatre Conference. He is a recipient of a special citation for education from USITT.

In it’s 37th year, the Stage Managers’ Association is a pivotal resource for stage managers nationwide in all areas of live performance. With a growing national membership, the SMA promotes networking opportunities through its many initiatives such as Operation Observation. SMA members include top Broadway, Off Broadway, Corporate, Regional, Dance, and Opera stage managers as well as students and those just beginning their careers. 

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