TDF Announces 2018 Irene Sharaff Awards for Costume Design

Dance-focused designers Holly Hynes, Zach Brown, Travis Halsey, and Fritz Masten will be lauded this spring.

NEW YORK CITY: Theater Development Fund (TDF) has announced the winners of the 2018 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards honoring excellence in theatrical costume design. TDF’s Costume Collection will honor the recipients at an awards ceremony in New York City on April 20, which will feature a memorial tribute to the designer Karinska.

“During this year’s selection process, a majority of the nominees for the awards in each category had a very strong presence in the world of dance,” said TDF’s Costume Collection director Stephen Cabral in a statement. “This is the first year in the awards’ 24-year history that designers of magnificent ballets from Balanchine to Wheeldon have won all of the awards.”

Holly Hynes.

Costume designer Holly Hynes will receive the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award; scenic designer Zach Brown will be awarded the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design; costume designer Travis Halsey will receive the TDF/Kitty Leech Young Master Award; and Fritz Masten will be honored with the TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award.

This year’s voting committee included Cabral, Gregg Barnes, Suzy Benzinger, Dean Brown, Traci DiGesu, Linda Fisher, Lana Fritz, Rodney Gordon, Allen Lee Hughes, Holly Hynes, Carolyn Kostopoulous, Anna Louizos, Mimi Maxmen, David Murin, Sally Ann Parsons, Robert Perdziola, Gregory Poplyk, Carrie Robbins, Tony Walton, Patrick Wiley, and David Zinn.

Established in 1993, the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards were named in honor of costume designer Irene Sharaff.