Lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes will serve as moderator for the 2007 Live Design Honors panel paying tribute to “The Design Aesthetic of Hal Prince” at a special benefit evening on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the Rosenthal Pavilion of the Kimmel Center at New York University. Director and producer Harold Prince and many of his design collaborators will be in attendance for the evening. Joining Mr. Prince for the panel discussion will be Lisa Aronson, Howell Binkley, Beowulf Boritt, Judith Dolan, Eugene Lee, Richard Pilbrow, and David Rockwell. The Live Design Honors panel discussion will be an opportunity to hear about some of their design challenges, as well as a few wonderful stories about the great theatre history they have made together over many decades.

Mr. Hughes’ Broadway credits include Having Our Say, Mule Bone, and Once on this Island (Tony nomination), K2 (Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award, Joseph Maharam Award) Strange Interlude (Tony nomination), Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and Quilters. Hughes has also worked in New York designing at the Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Lincoln Center Theatre, as well as Off-Broadway. He is the recipient of the 2003 USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design and the 1997 Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. Mr. Hughes is the recipient of two Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C. and has been nominated eight additional times. His work is seen at major theatres throughout the country, including the McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Intiman Theatre, Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, Denver Center, and Alliance Theatre. His dance designs include works for American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Tech, Hartford Ballet, and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Hughes is currently an associate artist at Arena Stage, where he has designed over sixty productions and the Fellows Program has been named in his honor. He is also on the lighting design faculty at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Live Design is pleased to be hosting this event as a special benefit for The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes charity. As a part of the Live Design Honors evening, there will also be a cocktail reception and silent auction to benefit the charity. There is no better way to honor the work of all these great designers than to support them and their colleagues should they find themselves in need.

For more information about this event please go to:
Honor Tony Award-Winning Director Hal Prince at the Live Design Honors.
The May 15 event takes place in conjunction with Live Design's annual Broadway Lighting Master Classes at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University. For information about the Broadway Lighting Master Classes (BLMC), the Broadway Projection Master Classes (BPMC), and Broadway Sound Master Classes (BSMC) see:
www.livedesignonline.com/broadwaymasterclasses.