Professional theater at Howard college wins 2 Helen Hayes Awards

2 professors honored for lighting and set design for `Ambrosio'

Howard Live

June 08, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Rep Stage, the professional Equity theater in residence at Howard Community College, has won two Helen Hayes Awards.

They were presented last month at the 16th awards ceremony in Washington. Jay A. Herzog,a professor of theater at Towson University, won for Outstanding Lighting Design, and Daniel Conway, a professor of theater at the University of Maryland, College Park, won forOutstanding Set Design, Resident Productionfor last year's play "Ambrosio."

KasiCampbell, director of "Ambrosio," said Rep Stage has been nominated 17 times and these were its first wins.

"It's out of 218 productions [that they compete against], so when we get nominated we consider it an honor," she said. "It's like a David and Goliath situation."

More than 200 productions at 60 professional theaters in the Washington area were eligible for consideration for the awards. Winners were determined by five judges chosen by a committee of several dozen people nominated.

Campbell said the awards send a strong message about Rep Stage, in its seventh season.

"We are happy because some people out here in Howard County might not realize that we are in the same league as some of the Washington, D.C., theaters," she said. "It says that Rep Stage has sort of arrived and is a player in the Washington, D.C., area."

The Helen Hayes Awards are named for the first lady of the American theater and Washington native Helen Hayes, who was also a film actress.

The awards operate under the auspices of the Washington Theater Awards Society.

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