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Awards & Legacy Project Nominations

Nominate a professional (can be a member or non-member) for recognition. From nominations submitted by the industry, the recipients are chosen by the Awards and Recognition Committee and confirmed by the Board of the SMA.

The Del Hughes honour is awarded to those who represent the finest qualities and artistic achievement in stage management throughout their lifelong career. 

Guidelines for consideration include:

  1. A lifetime career dedicated to and engaged in the practice of stage management.
  2. The depth or breadth of a career would be deemed a consideration (a factor) e.g. many years at one institution or with one production or, conversely, a broad range of experience across many types of productions, events and disciplines (e.g. dance, opera, events, etc.).
  3. Consistently pursuing stage management as opposed to moving on to producing, directing or other related careers.
  4. Ancillary activities such as volunteerism, mentoring and teaching would be factors but not a requirement.

Created in 2019, The Founders Award recognizes members of the theatre community who have distinguished themselves by contributing to the betterment of our profession and for embodying the values expressed by the Founders of the SMA. 

Guidelines for consideration include:

  1. Embodies the values expressed by the Founders of the Stage Managers’ Association.
  2. An individual who has a background in stage management.
  3. Deep commitment to serving the Stage Managers’ Association, or other organizations that impact the practice of stage management.
  4. A Stage Manager who may have transitioned to another position in the industry, such as full-time teaching in the performing arts.