The SMA Announces 2019 Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Awards in the Art of Stage Management

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On Monday, September 23, 2019, 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, Off-Broadway, Touring, Regional Theatre, and Opera—Rich Costabile, Barbara Donner, and Mary K Klinger. In addition to the three Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA will recognize Janet Friedman with the Founders Award, being given on behalf of the SMA Founders, is a special recognition for her many years of service to the SMA and for embodying the values expressed by the Founders of the SMA.

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Jessica Paz, Tony Award Winning Sound Designer
Jessica Paz, Tony Award Winning Sound Designer

Backstage Video: Jessica Paz: Tony-Winning Sound Designer

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We join Meyer Sound in sending big congratulations to Sound Designer Jessica Paz for her Tony Award victory alongside Nevin Steinberg for Best Sound Design in a Broadway Musical for their work on Hadestown. She is the first female to be recognized in this category in the history of the Tony Awards!
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Jacob Williams accepting the 2019 Special Tony Award for Sonny Tilders and the Creature Technology Company
Jacob Williams accepting the 2019 Special Tony Award for Sonny Tilders and the Creature Technology Company

2019 Tony Awards: Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company Acceptance Speech

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Sonny Tilders is an Australian animatronics artist, known for his work as creative director of the Creature Technology Company. Tilders and the Creature Technology Company was the creator of the King Kong puppet in the musical of the same name. They received a 2019 Special Tony Award for their work. Here’s a video of Jacob Williams, one of the Voodoo Puppeteers on King Kong accepting the award on behalf of Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company:
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Madeline Michel Named 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award Winner

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The Tony Awards presented Theater Director Madeline Michel from Monticello High School in Charlottesville, VA, the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Excellence in Theatre Education Award was co-founded in 2014 by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to recognize top K-12 drama teachers and to celebrate arts education. Here’s the video of her being presented the award at The Tony Awards ceremony:
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