The Henry Hewes Design Awards, recognizing the achievements of theatrical designers working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, have named the four artists honored this year in the categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and "Notable Effects."
The 2018 honorees are Tony Award-winning SpongeBob SquarePants production designer David Zinn (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design for The Low Road at the Public Theater), Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Design for KPOP at Ars Nova), and Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design for Today Is My Birthday, Page 73 Productions).
The 54th Annual Henry Hewes Design Awards will be presented October 22 in New York.
Founded in 1965, the Henry Hewes Design Awards present honors each season in scenic, costume, and lighting design, as well as "notable effects," encompassing artists working in the fields of sound, music, video, projections, puppetry, and other creative elements.
Originally known as the Maharam Awards at their inception, the Hewes Awards were later known as the American Theatre Wing Design Awards in honor of the Wing's sponsorship. They were renamed in 1999 for critic Henry Hewes, who created the awards and served as a board member of the American Theatre Wing until his death in 2006 at age 89.
The 2018 Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee includes theatre critics Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, chair; David Barbour, David Cote, Glenda Frank, Helen Shaw, Michael Sommers, and Martha Wade Steketee. The Hewes Awards Committee annually considers more than 200 productions when making its nominations.