59th Annual Henry Hewes Design Awards announced, celebration scheduled for October 23, 2023
NEW YORK — The Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee has announced the 2023 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees who will be recognized at the 59th annual ceremony on October 23 in New York.
The 2023 Awards recognize artistry on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway stages for the 2022–2023 season, Scenic design team dots (a collaboration of Santiago Orjuela-Laverde, Andrew Moerdyk, and Kimie Nishikawa, for Public Obscenities, Soho Rep/National Asian American Theatre Company), costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo (for The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Broadway), lighting designer Barbara Samuels (for Public Obscenities, Soho Rep/National Asian American Theatre Company), sound designer Tei Blow (Public Obscenities, Soho Rep/National Asian American Theatre Company), media designer Kameron Neal (Dark Disabled Stories, Public Theater), and puppetry designer James Ortiz (Into the Woods, Broadway) will be honored with 2023 Henry Hewes Design Awards.
Seven of the eight 2023 honorees are receiving their first award from the Hewes committee. For the 2023 honors, 98 theater artists were nominated for outstanding artistry in 58 productions presented during the 2022–23 New York theater season on, Off, and Off-Off Broadway. (See the Lighting & Sound America article, listed below, for the full list of 2023 Henry Hewes Design Award nominees and honorees.)
The Ming Cho Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement honoree, announced September 27, 2023, is Abe Jacob, for his career in theater sound design.
“We are delighted that the Henry Hewes Design Awards will once again bring the entire design community together in-person for the first time since 2019,” said Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chairman of the committee. “We continue to recognize the outstanding contribution that designers make to the creative process in all theater productions and we congratulate the 2023 Honorees for their excellent work.”
The Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee includes theater critics Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair; David Barbour; David Cote; Naveen Kumar; Brittani Samuel, Helen Shaw; and Martha Wade Steketee. The awards are sponsored by the Henry Hewes Foundation for the Theater Arts.
September 19, 2023 Playbill (Meg Masseron)
September 19. 2023 Lighting & Sound America
September 19, 2023 Broadway World (Stephi Wild)
September 22, 2023 American Theatre
September 27, 2023 American Theatre [Ming Cho Lee Award announcement]
– Submitted by Martha Wade Steketee, edits and additions 9/22/23 and 9/27/23.