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

by Stage Directions

The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) presented its annual Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management to three stage managers from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Touring, Regional Theater, and Opera - Rich Costabile, Barbara Donner, and Mary K Klinger. In addition to the three Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA recognized Janet Friedman with The Founders Award, a special recognition for her many years of service to the SMA and for embodying the values expressed by the Founders of the SMA. Here's a slide show of photos from the evening:

The event was celebrated at Connelly’s Times Square on September 23rd, 2019. The SMA thanks Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids for their leading sponsorship of the event.

In the past few issues of Stage Directions magazine, we have been profiling the three Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management honorees. Here are links to these three profile stories:
Rich Costabile
Barbara Donner
Mary K Klinger

We at Stage Directions congratulate them on the receipt of their awards; they are all well-deserving of this honor.

Further information from the Stage Managers’ Association: www.stagemanagers.org   

All Photos: Robert Sutherland-Cohen

The 2019 SMA Founders Award and Del Hughes Awards