On Apr. 20, Theatre Development Fund will bestow lifetime achievement honors on 12-time Tony nominee Jane Greenwood, via the annual TDF Irene Sharaff Award for excellence in costume design. Martin Pakledinaz will also be honored with The Young Master Award.
Greenwood's work can be seen in four current Broadway shows: High Society, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Honour and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Other credits include The Heiress, The Little Foxes, Passion and Plenty.
Pakledinaz designed the costumes for The Life and Golden Child, as well as the Roundabout's The Father and fpr various opera companies around the world.
Sharaff's credits include 1945's Billion Dollar Baby, 1963's Jennie, 1948's Magdalena and 1951's The King and I.
The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a designer whose work embodies the excellence found in Sharaff's craft: "a keen sense of color, a feeling for material and texture, an eye for shape and form." Designers need not necessarily work only in the theatre; dance, opera and film creations are also considered. The Young Master Award rewards a designer early in his career. Previous Lifetime winners include Patricia Zipprodt (1997) Desmond Heeley and Miles Colt; previous Young Masters are Paul Tazewell (1997), Gregg Barnes and Toni-Leslie James. TDF is known for its TKTS half-price tickets booth and discount tickets by-mail program, but the organization's interest in costume design doesn't stop with this annual award. Theatre Development Fund houses more than 75,000 costumes and accessories, which are rented at low cost to nearly 700 not-for-profit theatres and arts groups around the country. Last year the Fund even began the TDF Tutu Registry, which brings quality costumes to dance companies nationwide.
The 1998 Irene Sharaff Awards will take place Apr. 20, 5:30 PM, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel ballroom in Manhattan.
-- By David Lefkowitz