Scenic Designer Daniel Conway Awarded an Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts

by Michael Eddy
Scenic Designer Daniel Conway, part of the 2017 Inaugural class of the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts
Scenic Designer Daniel Conway, part of the 2017 Inaugural class of the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts
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The inaugural Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts were awarded on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. The recipients included Scenic Designer, Daniel Conway, along with Actors Naomi Jacobson, Nancy Robinette, and Holly Twyford, and Musical Director Jon Kalbfleisch. We send our congratulations to the 2017 Recipients.

Established in 2017, the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts is given to established artists in the DC theater community who have during their career enriched the Washington, DC Theater with their contributions over the years with the anticipation that they will continue to enrich audience in the years to come.

The Award comes with an unrestricted check for $5,000 with the hope that recipients will continue to enrich Washington audiences in years to come. With this award, Anderson-Hopkins acknowledge and recognize the profound impact the recipient has had in shaping the theater community and to honor their legacy through the recognition of the extraordinary individuals who are transforming the local arts landscape with their unique and creative work. The award was established in 2017 with an anticipated life of at least 20 years.

The award is named for two of Washington D.C.'s long time theatergoers and supporters; the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts recognizes actors and other members of the DC theater community whose creative lives demonstrate great accomplishment to date and promise for the future. Original subscribers to the Kennedy Center when it opened in September 1971, Bill and Richard were avid DC theater goers, subscribers, and donors to numerous theaters over the years. Bill was involved with the Helen Hayes Awards in the beginning. Richard passed away in 2014, and Bill continues to support and attend theater, creating this foundation to recognize and award the individuals that continue to enrich the Washington, DC theater scene.

Selection Criteria
The Award is made annually to one or more recipients, at the discretion of the donor, to individuals who have been performing in the Washington area for a minimum of ten years with at least two performances in the last two years.  During their career, they have demonstrated excellence by critical acclaim in reviews, Helen Hayes nominations, or other tangible acknowledgement. The award is not usually intended to honor life achievement nor outstanding success in a single performance, although both may be considered, but is to reward those artists who have been recognized for their success over time and who have made a long-term commitment to creating theater in Washington.

Further information from the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts: https://andersonhopkinsaward.org/
The Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts