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Del Hughes Award

The Del Hughes Award

The Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management is the only national honor given annually that recognizes excellence in the field of Stage Management.

The Del Hughes Award ceremony 2020 Program

Del Hughes (1909-1985) was an American theater performer, stage manager and television director.  Hughes made his Broadway debut in 1941 as a replacement stage manager and performer in the original play Tobacco Road at the Forrest Theater.  Prior to establishing his career as a stage manager, Hughes performed in several Broadway productions, including Vickie (1942), Yours, A. Lincoln (1942) and Open House (1947).

Hughes managed dozens of Broadway productions, including the premiere of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman in 1949 at the Morosco Theater, as well as works by Lillian Hellman and Graham Greene.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hughes directed episodes of the television dramas “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.”

In 1970, Del Hughes was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Direction for a Daytime Drama Series for his work on “All My Children.”

The Del Hughes prompt books, archived in the Billy Rose Collection at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, date from 1943 to 1968 and represent twenty-four Broadway productions which played at various New York City theaters.

Upon his passing in 1985, his daughter, Julie Hughes, of the casting firm Hughes/Moss, consulted with the Stage Managers’ Association about how to keep her father’s legacy alive.  The result was the creation of the Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Art of Stage Management, given by the Stage Managers’ Association.

Nominate for an Award

Guidelines for consideration include:

  1. A career spanning 35 or more years.
  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 a factors but not a requirement.

The Del Hughes Honorees

The Del Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management is given to those who represent the finest qualities and artistic achievement in stage management throughout their lifelong career. From nominations submitted by the industry, the recipients are chosen by the Awards and Recognition Committee and confirmed by the Board of the SMA.

1986
Phil Friedman
1987
Anne Sullivan
1988
Fritz Holt
1989
Bill Dodds
1990
Ruth Mitchell
1991
Samuel "Biff" Liff
1992
Morty Halpern
1993
Jerry Adler
1995
Jose Véga
1999
Anne Keefe
2010
Susie Cordon
2010
Alan Hall
2010
Porter Van Zandt
2011
Joe Drummond
2011
Beverley Randolph
2011
Steven Zweigbaum
2013
Robert Bennett
2013
Peter Lawrence
2013
Perry Silvey
2014
Thomas A. Kelly
2014
Martha Knight
2014
Jimmie McDermott
2015
Frank Hartenstein
2015
Craig Jacobs
2015
Jill Rendall
2016
David Piel
2016
John Fennessy
2017
Buzz Cohen
2017
Malcolm Ewen
2017
Arturo E. Porazzi
2018
Roy Harris
2018
Maxine Glorsky
2018
Lyle Raper
2019
Richard Costabile
2019
Barbara Donner
2019
Mary K Klinger
2020
Patreshettarlini Adams
2020
Alden J. Vasquez