Outstanding People and Products Win 2001 EDDY Awards

The 10th annual EDDY Awards, presented by Entertainment Designmagazine on Friday, December 7, 2001, in New York City, honored excellence in the fields of innovative design, technical achievement, and professional sound and lighting product development. A large crowd was on hand to applaud the winners and celebrate the great diversity of talent working in this industry today.

Kitty Kavanaugh (master scenic artist) and Michael Moore (scenic studio manager) of Seattle Opera flank Jackie Tien

"We had people fly in from across the country to attend," notes Jacqueline Tien, the publisher of Entertainment Design and Lighting Dimensions magazines. "This was a very special occasion for our magazines and the EDDY Awards, and we are extremely pleased that the industry was there in full force to support the winners. After the success of LDI 2001 in Orlando, this was a great way to celebrate the strength of our industry. " CEO Tom Rogers and Dave Ferm were also in attendance, representing Primedia and Primedia Business Magazines & Media.

Primedia CEO Tom Rogers and Entertainment Design editor David Johnson

The EDDY Awards also reflect the international nature of our industry, and the international scope of Entertainment Design and Lighting Dimensions. International guests included David Higgins and Mary Lou Higgins from Pathway Connectivity, and Bob Doyle of Klark Teknik Group PLC, representatives of EDDY Award-winning product manufacturers. Other international representatives came from as far away as Martin Professional in Denmark and from Great Britain, including Catherine Owens, who accepted the 2001 EDDY Award for Willie Williams, who appeared via video from England.

Abe Jacob with Ellen Lampert-Gréaux and Bob Coviello of Meyer Sound

Entertainment Design editor David Johnson served as master of ceremonies for the evening, which featured keynotes by Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jules Fisher and by Abe Jacob, the "godfather" of theatrical sound design. "It was great having such dignitaries as Jules and Abe on hand to frame this special EDDY anniversary celebration," Johnson notes. "We had an incredible group of winners, both people and products, representing many facets of our industry from sound, projection, and lighting to makeup, costumes, and technical wizardry for film, Broadway, concerts, and opera. What a year."

Jules Fisher and his magical light board

Denise O'Brien (hair and makeup designer) and Lise Schellman (costume shop manager) of Seattle Opera

The 2001 EDDY Award Presenters and Awardees Were:

Legendary sound designer Abe Jacob presented a 2001 EDDY Award to Acme Sound Partners, whose principals are Tom Clark, Mark Menard, and Nevin Steinberg;

Abe Jacob, EDDY crystal in hand, gives Nevin Steinberg a congratulatory hug while Tom Clark and Mark Menard look on

Acme Sound Partners principals Mark Menard, Nevin Steinberg, and Tom Clark

General director of the Seattle Opera Speight Jenkins presented a 2001 EDDY Award to the design and technical team for the Seattle Opera production of the Ring Cycle;

Speight Jenkins and the Seattle Opera design and technical team for the Ring Cycle

John Cameron Mitchell, award-winning creator and star of both the stage and screen versions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, presented a 2001 EDDY Award to the film's costume designer Arianne Phillips and hair/makeup designer Mike Potter;

Mike Potter, John Cameron Mitchell, and Arianne Phillips

Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, artistic director of the New York Shakespeare Festival/Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York City, presented a 2001 EDDY Award to video/projection designers Batwin + Robin, AKA Linda Batwin and Robin Silvestri;

George C. Wolfe

Linda Batwin and Robin Silvestri

Architect/scenic designer David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group and designer of the sets for the current revival of The Rocky Horror Show, presented a 2001 EDDY Award to the scenic construction company ShowMotion and company president Bill Mensching;

Bill Mensching and David Rockwell

A special video presentation by The Edge of rock band U2 was shown as part of the 2001 EDDY Award to Willie Williams, designer and creative director of U2's current Elevation tour.

Willie Williams appeared via the magic of video

Here are a few more photos from the EDDY festivities

Keny Whitwright and industry pioneer George Izenour

Robin Silvestri, far left, and Linda Batwin, far right, with friends, including Rachel Scharff, Peter Scharff, and Gene O'Donovan

Tom Lynch, scenic designer of the Seattle Opera Ring Cycle, David Rockwell, and Bill Mensching

John Cameron Mitchell breeches the gap for the EDDY Award audience

All photos: © Andrew French

Entertainment Design would also like to thank and recognize the 2001-2002 EDDY Awards Corporate Sponsors:

See other EDDY news:

EDDY Article: November 2, 2001
EDDY Article: November 13, 2001
EDDY Article: November 16, 2001
EDDY Article: November 21, 2001

The 2001 EDDY Awards are produced by:
Entertainment Design Magazine
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