Rich Costabile
Rich Costabile

Master of His Craft: 2019 Del Hughes Honoree Rich Costabile

Lisa Mulcahy

Rich Costabile has built a career on determination, wisdom and observation--and has earned industry-wide respect and admiration. In fact, this year the Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) will present Costabile with a Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management Award. A prized honor in a stage manager’s career, the Del Hughes Award goes to those who personify the finest qualities of stage management: patience, diplomacy, organization, and a sense of humor. The award was established in 1986 and named for master SM Del Hughes, who had an inspirational career as a Broadway and television stage manager and a TV director from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Among Costabile’s credentials is his touring with Hal Holbrook in the wildly popular production Mark Twain Tonight! for over 17 years. Additionally, his work has encompassed scores of productions, multiple tours, one-person shows, workshops, and full productions of original works. His Broadway credits include The Odd Couple, Anna In The Tropics, A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, and The School For Scandal. He’s applied his talents to the Big Apple Circus, numerous special events, off-Broadway and regional theaters, including extensive work with with Gerald Freedman at Great Lakes Theater Festival. As chair emeritus of the Stage Managers’ Association after serving over 20 years on its board, Costabile contributed his energies and skills to the job of chairman for six terms. Incredibly generous with his advice earned from navigating the business, and its rewards and challenges, for over 35 years, Costabile relishes the opportunity to work with stage managers starting their own careers.

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