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Helen Hayes Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards were announced February 5. The winners will be announced May 14. The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. In the Heights, seen in two separate productions, at GALA Hispanic Theatre and a co-production of Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre, leads the design categories with five nominations: Robert Croghan for outstanding costume design - Helen; Cory Pattak for outstanding lighting design - Hayes; Christopher Annas-Lee for outstanding lighting design - Helen; Milagros Ponce de León for outstanding set design - Hayes, and Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden for Outstanding Set Design- Helen.

The Helen Group of Awards for non-Equity productions defined to be those that have no more than three equity actors or the equity actors make up less than 51-percent of the cast. The Hayes Group of Awards is for productions employing too many equity actors to qualify for the Helen Group.

The full list of design nominees is:

Outstanding Costume Design - Hayes
Murell Horton, The School for Lies, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Helen Q. Huang, Fickle: A Fancy French Farce, Olney Theatre Center
Jennifer Moeller, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Kendra Rai, Or,, Round House Theatre
Alejo Vietti, The Pajama Game Arena Stage

Outstanding Costume Design - Helen
Robert Crogan, In the Heights, GALA Hispanic Theatre
Kendra Rai, The Adventures of Peter Pan, Synetic Theatre
Debra Kim Sivigny, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 1st Stage
Erik Teague, The Wild Party, Constellation Theatre Company
Erik Teague, The Arabian Nights, Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Lighting Design - Hayes
Colin K. Bills, A Little Night Music, Signature Theatre
Colin K. Bills, Macbeth, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Jason Lyons (lighting designer) and Zachary G. Borovay (projection designer), Jesus Christ Superstar, Signature Theatre
Cory Pattak, In the Heights, Olney Theatre and Round House Theatre
Scott Zielinski, Twelfth Night

Outstanding Lighting Design - Helen
Christopher Annas-Lee, Don Juan Tenorio, GALA Hispanic Theatre
Christopher Annas-Lee, In the Heights, GALA Hispanic Theatre
William K. D'Eugenio, Lela & Co, Factory 449
William K. D'Eugenio, (lighting designer) and Patrick W. Lord (projection designer), Mnemonic, Theater Alliance
A.J. Guban, The Wild Party, Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding Set Design - Hayes
Paige Hathaway (set designer) and Olivia Sebesky (projection designer), Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall, Kennedy Center
Paige Hathaway, Or,
Misha Kachman, HIR, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Milagros Ponce de León, In the Heights, Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre
Lee Savage, Twelfth Night

Outstanding Set Design - Helen
Tony Cisek, The Wild Party
A.J. Guban, The Arabian Nights
Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden, In the Heights GALA Hispanic Theatre
Debra Kim Sivigny, Forgotten Kingdoms, Rorschach Theatre
Debra Kim Sivigny and Patti Kalil, Hello, My Name Is..., The Welders

Outstanding Sound Design - Hayes
Broken Chord, Macbeth
Palmer Hefferan, Baby Screams Miracle, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Ryan Hickey, A Little Night Music
Lindsay Jones, Twelfth Night
Neil McFadden, Misterman, Sloas Nua
Ryan Rumery, The Father, Studio Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design - Helen
Reid May, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Kenny Neal (sound design) and Todd Robinson (composer), Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook, Adventure Theatre MTC
Matthew M. Nielson, Mnemonic
Matthew M. Nielson, Still Life with Rocket, Theater Alliance
Justin Schmitz, The Wild Party
Tom Teasley, The Arabian Nights

For more information on the Helen Hayes Awards, please visit the URL below.


(8 February 2018)

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