The work of costume designer Susan Hilferty and scenic designer John Lee Beatty will be celebrated at the 25th annual TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. The two have been named the 2019 recipients of the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award and Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design, respectively.
Hilferty, a Tony winner for her work on Wicked, has contributed to over 300 productions, including the original production of Spring Awakening, the 2017 revival of Present Laughter, and the 2013 Broadway revival of Into the Woods. Beatty, who earned Tonys for Talley's Folly and The Nance, was represented in the last Broadway season with Junk and John Lithgow: Stories By Heart.
Meanwhile, costume designer Mio Guberinic, who recently created costumes for Dragus Maximus at Roulette and Morphium Kabarett at Met-Breuer, will receive the TDF/Kitty Leech Young Master Award. The TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award will be given to milliner Rodney Gordon, whose work can currently be seen on the Broadway stage in My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera and Aladdin.
The awards will be presented through the TDF Costume Collection in an April 26 ceremony at the Edison Ballroom. The Costume Collection celebrates and preserves the wardrobes donated by Broadway, Off-Broadway, opera, film, and regional productions, with over 80,000 costumes and accessories. The clothing is available for rental to non-profit theatres, universities, schools, and more. The collection also serves as a resource for those studying costume design.