Finalists Announced for 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award for Emerging L.A. Theatre Artists

by Michael Eddy
L-R: Hana Kim, Marsian De Lellis and Gina Young, finalists in Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
L-R: Hana Kim, Marsian De Lellis and Gina Young, finalists in Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Three finalists have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award: Hana Kim, Marsian De Lellis, and Gina Young. Center Theatre Group recognizes and celebrates this year’s finalists for their exceptional contributions to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and their work as innovative and adventurous artists.

Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award aims to cultivate emerging theatre artists working in Los Angeles who push the formal and aesthetic boundaries and demonstrate dedication to improving their respective artistic fields. The winner of the $10,000 award will be announced at the 2018 Ovation Awards. The two additional finalists will receive a $2,000 honorarium. Originally created in 1996, the Sherwood Award has met a vital need in the theatre landscape to support emerging artists.

Hana Kim is a live performance set and projection designer with a background in film design. She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and recipient of Princess Grace Award in Theatre Design. Her designs have received Stage Raw Awards, StageSceneLA Awards, and Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, as well as nominations for the Ovation Awards and Theatre Bay Area Awards. Recently, Kim has designed scenic projections for Next to Normal directed by Nancy Keystone for East West Players, Wonderful Town directed by David Lee at the Los Angeles Opera, Dogeaters directed by Loretta Greco for the Magic Theatre and Collective Rage directed by Lindsay Allbaugh for Boston Court.

Gina Young is a writer, director, songwriter, and performer, who has toured nationally and internationally with original performance work. Recent plays include sSISTERSs, Femmes: A Tragedy, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo. She is also the creator of conceptual projects including SORORITY, a queer performance salon, and the exploratory Feminist Acting Class. Young studied drama at NYU/Tisch and is a member of the Dramatist Guild. In Los Angeles, her work has been presented by REDCAT, Highways, USC’s Visions & Voices Series, The Hammer Museum and the Women’s Center for Creative Work. She is a winner of the Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting and a second-time semi-finalist for the Sherwood Award.

Marsian De Lellis is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who constructs installations and time-based visual narratives that memorialize obsessional lives. His practice combines dolls, artificial figures, performing objects, and elaborate costumes to investigate contemporary forms of animism, death, sexuality, and addiction. A graduate from CalArts, his work has been presented in REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival, the 2016 C.O.L.A. Fellowship Exhibition, and at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as an artist in residence. Currently, he is fine-tuning Object of Her Affection, a performance centered on a woman who develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects, which was a recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Project Grant.

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