Theatre Development Fund Announces 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards

The awards, presented by the TDF Costume Collection, recognize excellence in theatrical design.

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Development Fund has announced the recipients of the 2017 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. TDF Costume Collection will present the awards at a ceremony on April 28 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Catherine Zuber

The TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for costume design will be presented to Catherine Zuber. She has designed costumes for 48 Broadway productions and has received 6 Tony Awards for Best Costume Design. Her work can be seen on Broadway this season in Oslo and War Paint.

Scenic designer Tony Straiges will receive the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design, given to a distinguished designer in honor of Robert Tobin. Straiges has designed sets for 17 Broadway musicals, and received a Tony Award for the 1984 Broadway production of Sunday in the Park with George.

Costume designer Paloma Young, whose work is currently represented on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, will receive the TDF/Kitty Leech Young Master Award, given in honor of the late Kitty Leech to an early career designer. Young won a Tony Award for her costumes for Peter and the Starcatcher.

Ernest Young, president of the embroidery company Penn & Fletcher, is the recipient of the TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award, which recognizes an artist or company that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of costume technology.

In addition, a memorial tribute to the design team called Motley will be presented at the ceremony. Designers within the team included Margaret Harris, Sophie Harris, and Elizabeth Montgomery Wilmot.

Recipients were selected by a committee of members within the theatrical design community, including Stephen Cabral, Gregg Barnes, Suzy Benzinger, Dean Brown, Traci DiGesu, Linda Fisher, Lana Fritz, Rodney Gordon, Allen Lee Hughes, Holly Hynes, Carolyn Kostopoulos, Anna Louizos, Mimi Maxmen, David Murin, Sally Ann Parsons, Robert Perdziola, Gregory Poplyk, Carrie Robbins, Tony Walton, Patrick Wiley, and David Zinn.

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