NEW YORK: The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) has named director Danya Taymor and choreographer Travis Wall the recipients of the 2020 Joe A. Callaway Awards. The peer-given awards will be presented in a free virtual ceremony on Feb. 8. Taymor will be recognized for directing Heroes of the Fourth Turning at Playwrights Horizons, while Wall will be recognized for choreographing The Wrong Man at MCC Theater.
Additionally, finalists include Knud Adams for directing The Headlands at Lincoln Center Theater and Les Waters for directing The Thin Place at Playwrights Horizons.
“The Callaway Awards are unique in being the only awards granted to directors and choreographers by a committee of their peers,” committee chair Pamela Berlin said in a statement. “We were excited and inspired by the dynamic and original work of all of the recipients.”
Taymor is an Obie-winning director, writer, and translator whose credits include Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over at Lincoln Center and Steppenwolf Theatre, Danai Gurira’s Familiar at Steppenwolf, and Jeremy O. Harris’s “Daddy” at the Almeida Theatre in London, among others. She is the recipient of Lincoln Center’s Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity and New York Theatre Workshop‘s 2050 Fellowship, among many other accolades.
Wall is the recipient of 10 consecutive Emmy Award nominations, including two wins for his work on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. He produced and starred in the documentary-reality series All the Right Moves on Oxygen, profiling his company Shaping Sound. His New York work includes Bare: The Musical Off-Broadway.
SDCF is a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society theatrical union.
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