Jenn Thompson, John Tiffany, Charlotte Moore, Steven Hoggett and More Named Callaway Award Finalists
By Kenneth Jones
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) announced seven finalists for the Joe A. Callaway Awards, for excellence in New York City directing and choreography. The winner will be announced and presented with the award in a private reception on Nov. 15.
The 2011-12 Callaway Award recognizes excellence in the craft of directing and choreography during the New York City theatre season Sept. 1, 2011, through Aug. 31, 2012, and is the only award given by professional directors and choreographers to their peers for work on a specific production.
Rachel Dickstein, Septimus & Clarissa
Charlotte Moore, Dancing at Lughnasa
Jenn Thompson, Lost in Yonkers
John Tiffany, Once
Steven Hoggett, Once
Mimi Lieber, As You Like It
Kurt Stamm, Closer Than Ever
To be eligible, directors and choreographers must be SDC members in good standing. The production must take place within the five boroughs of New York City under an Actors' Equity Association contract other than the Showcase code and Broadway contract.
The Callaway Committee, comprised of current longstanding SDC members, selected finalists from more than 300 productions considered this season.
Joe A. Callaway dedicated more than 50 years to the theatre as an actor, director, lecturer and critic. He was a founding member and director of San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, the first recipient of a masters degree from the Goodman School of Theatre, an associate professor at Michigan State University, a noted radio and television reviewer, and an actor Off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Since his death in 1991, his legacy lives on in awards he endowed for direction and choreography (through SDCF), for acting (through Actors' Equity Association), for playwriting (through Young Playwrights Inc.) and for theatre scholarships (through NYU).
SDCF's Joe A. Callaway Award was first presented in 1989. Previous winners include Gabriel Barre, Andy Blankenbuehler, Carolyn Cantor, Martha Clarke, Graciela Daniele, Frank Galati, Christopher Gattelli, Gerald Gutierrez, Doug Hughes, Garry Hynes, Bill T. Jones, Thomas Kail, Moises Kaufman, Larry Keigwin, Joe Mantello, Trevor Nunn, Jack O'Brien, Ciarán O'Reilly, Harold Prince, Bartlett Sher, Susan Stroman, Daniel Sullivan and George C. Wolfe.
Founded in 1965 by Members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers, the SDCF is the nation's premier organization "that exists to foster, train, support and promote the craft of theatre directors and choreographers."
SDCF aims to provide opportunities to practice the crafts of direction and choreography; promote emerging talent; grant access to career paths for emerging artists and young professionals; gather and disseminate craft and career information; provide forums for exchange of knowledge; and increase the awareness of the value of directors and choreographers' work.
For more information, visit SDCF at SDCweb.org.
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