Bartlett Sher, artistic director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre, was a 2000 runner-up for the Joe A. Callaway Award, a distinction given annually by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for excellence in direction. In 2002, he takes home the honor, winning for his production of Cymbeline at Off-Broadway's Theatre for a New Audience. The 10 finalists were: Mark Clements for Speaking in Tongues, Howard Davies for Private Lives, Barry Edelstein for The Underpants, Richard Eyre for The Crucible, Arthur Penn for Fortune's Fool, Daniel Sullivan for Morning's at Seven, Christopher Wheeldon, the sole choreographer finalist, for Sweet Smell of Success, George C. Wolfe for Harlem Song and Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses.
Last year's Callaway winner was Jack O'Brien for his Broadway double-play, The Full Monty and The Invention of Love. Other recent winners include Gabriel Barre and Mark Dendy for The Wild Party (2000), Trevor Nunn for Not About Nightingales (1999), Frank Galati and Graciela Daniele for Ragtime (1998) and Moises Kaufman for Gross Indecency (1997).
— By Christine Ehren