Scholarship Fund set up for son of Corky Boyd

by Michael Eddy
Disney Theatrical Productions honored Boyd with a tribute on the marquee of the New Amsterdam Theatre as the curtain went up on Aladdin. Photo courtesy of John Huntington.
Disney Theatrical Productions honored Boyd with a tribute on the marquee of the New Amsterdam Theatre as the curtain went up on Aladdin. Photo courtesy of John Huntington.
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A scholarship fund has been set up for the son of John “Corky” Boyd, a VP of Hudson Scenic, who died unexpectedly on May 7 at the age of 50. He left behind his wife Christine and a young son William. “The Boyd family is touched and grateful by the outpouring of generosity and desire to help them in the wake of the tragic passing of Corky Boyd,” says Hillary Blanken, of Juniper Street Productions, Inc. “For anybody who is interested in helping, we have established a scholarship fund for his son, Will Boyd. 

Please mail checks made out to William Boyd to:

“Anyone with questions or who needs further assistance can contact me,” concludes Blanken. You can reach Hillary Blanken at 212-977-1840 Office and Fax or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boyd was a co-owner in Hudson Scenic Studios along with Neil O’Connor and Neil Mazzella. He had been with the Hudson for over 24 years and had been instrumental in developing the Hudson Motion Control system that powers many shows on Broadway.

He managed the creation of scenery and automation for Broadway shows including Aladdin, Disney’s The Lion King, Hamilton, Matilda, and Billy Elliot as well as for the Times Square Ball. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale University School of Drama, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Technical Design and Production. Boyd had an undergraduate degree in Economics from Northwestern University and also loved sailing and the outdoors and was a former Commodore of the Cedarhurst Yacht Club. Boyd, who was born and raised in Portland, OR, is survived by his wife Christine, son William, his mother Bette, father Larry, and stepmother Linda, his brothers and their families.