The Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) Costume Collection will honor Ann Roth, Robert Perdziola, Woody Shelp and Lucinda Ballard with Irene Sharaff awards for excellence in costume design on March 31 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. All four honorees will be feted at a special reception in the hotel's 9th floor Marquis Ballroom.
TDF's four award recipients will receive the following awards: the Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design award will go to Ann Roth; the Young Master award will go to Robert Perdziola; the Artisan award to Woody Shelp; and the Posthumous Award To Lucinda Ballard, who won the first Tony Award for costume design in 1947.
As reported earlier, three-time Tony award and Oscar nominee, Ann Roth won the Best Costume Oscar in 1996 for "The English Patient." She was also up for an Oscar for "The Talented Mr. Ripley," in 1999. Her award, the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, is presented to a designer whose work "embodies those qualities of excellence represented in the life work of Irene Sharaff: a keen sense of color, a feeling for material and texture, an eye for shape and form and a sure command of the craft."
Irene Sharaff Young Master Award winner Robert Perdziola's award is presented to a designer who is on the way to "fully acknowledged success and excellence in the field."
One of Broadway's major milliners, Woody Shelp will receive the Irene Sharaff Artisan Award, which recognizes an individual or company for making an outstanding supportive contribution in the field of costume technology. Previous winners of the TDF Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award are Desmond Heeley (1994), Miles White (1996), Alvin Colt (1996), Patricia Zipprodt (1997), Jane Greenwood (1998) and Willa Kim (1999). TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Awards have been bestowed upon Gregg Barnes (1994), Toni Leslie James (1996), Paul Tazewell (1997), Martin Pakledinaz (1998), and Suzy Benzinger (1999).
The 2000 Irene Sharaff Awardee advisory committee who selected this year's recipients are: Gregg Barnes, Suzy Benzinger, Lana Fritz, Jane Greenwood, Rodney Gordon, Willa Kim, Gary Jones, Kitty Leech, Carol Luiken, Martin Pakledinaz, Patrick Wiley, Sally Ann Parsons, Gregory Poplyk, Philip Rinaldi, Carrie Robbins, and Scott Traugott.
-- By Murdoch McBride