Technical Theatre Award Winners Announced

by Jacob Coakley
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The Technical Theatre Awards  announced their winners at a well-attended ceremony hosted by Kasper Holten. Photo by Alex Brenner.The UK’s Technical Theatre Awards took place Tuesday, Oct. 7, and honored the achievements of the backstage crew with awards in 18 categories across all disciplines of stagecraft, including lighting, sound, stage management and more. The "Douglas Turnbull" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management went to Sharon Hobden. Kate Griffiths won the "Pigs Might Fly South" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up and Wigs. Complete list of categories, nominees and winners after the jump.

The Technical Theatre Awards winners announced at PLASA ceremony

UK - The Technical Theatre Awards, which celebrate the achievements of people working behind the scenes, have announced their winners at a well-attended ceremony during PLASA London 2014 hosted by Kasper Holten.

Now in their second year, the Technical Theatre Awards (TTAs) were established to give due credit to the often unsung heroes and heroines that work backstage to make the theatre magic happen.

The winners are (all shortlisted nominees are listed, the winners are in bold):

The "Douglas Turnbull" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management (Supported by Opera Holland Park)
Phillip Turner
Sharon Hobden
Stephen Cowin

The "Philips Entertainment" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting
Tim Lutkin
Kevin Tweedy
Richard Rhys Thomas
Andrew Grant

The "PRG" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Management
Mark Sherwood
Ted Murphy
Paul Hennessy

The "Triple E" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flys & Rigging
Calum Willoughby
Karl Meier

The "Rigging Team" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation
Darren Williamson
Paul & Gary Hardy-Brown
Roberto Raskovsky

The "Total Solutions Group" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Construction
Will Jackson
Barry Ashwick
Hugo Sterk

The "Design Software Solutions" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education
Nina Dunn
Sarah Hunter
Stuart French

The "Rosco" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Artistry
Bunny Christie
Samantha Fellows
Ali Allen

The "GDS" Award for Venue Sustainability
The Palace Theatre - Redditch
Savoy Theatre - London
The Regent Theatre - Stoke

The "Pearce Hire" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew
Sid Taylor
Lincoln Smith
William Scott

The "Hawthorn" Receiving Venue of the Year Award
Grand Opera House - York
Grand Opera House - Belfast
Manchester Opera House
Mayflower Theatre - Southampton

The "Pigs Might Fly South" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up and Wigs
Kate Griffiths
Linda McKnight
Henrik Torp
Melanie Bouvet

The "Stage Sound Services" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Server Programming
Emily Harding
Jane Michelmore
Jonathon Lyle
Matthew Houstle
Salvador Bettencourt Avila
Sam Hunt

The "d&b Audiotechnik" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound
Adam Fisher
Andy Brown
Chris Mace
Dominic Bilkey
Ian Threlfall
Tom Marshall
The "Robe" Hire Company of the Year Award
DBS Solutions
Lux Technical
Pirate Crew
Southby Productions

The "IOGIG" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe
Caroline Hannam
Kathryn Turner
Britt Beale

The "AdVision TV" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Props
Antony Barnett
Maggie Nottage
Mandy Dymond

"The Fifth Estate" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performer Flying
Paul & Gary Hardy-Brown
Adam Bailey

With the guidance of TTAs' co-founders and organisers Ian Taylor and Olivia Dermot Walsh, the event has attracted support from some of the biggest names and companies in the industry.

The TTAs announced nominees for their 2014 awards as voting opened during the ABTT Theatre Show in London in June.

Sixty-three individuals and venues were nominated across 18 awards covering all disciplines of technical theatre.

According to organisers, more than 1000 people voted in the first 24hrs of voting going live.

"We're thrilled at the success of the second Technical Theatre Awards at PLASA London, and want to thank everyone who nominated and came to the ceremony to celebrate the incredible work of so many," says Ian Taylor. "Since their conception the TTAs have received a huge amount of support from both individuals and the industry as a whole. As we continue to develop and improve them we look to the industry to get involved in supporting and shaping the future of the awards. As we go forward we hope to develop relationships with industry associations and organisations to continue and improve the nomination process. These awards are for people working in the industry, created and operated by the industry, and we hope they will become an invaluable asset. We look forward to working with you all on next year's TTAs."

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 7 October at 5pm on The Theatres Trust Stage at PLASA London, ExCeL.