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New award honors back stage technicians

The Michael Merritt Awards Event will be held Monday,  April 21st

CHICAGO, IL – Design collaboration in theatre goes beyond Designers and Directors.  Theatrical vision would not be realized without the essential work of Production Managers, Technical Directors, Costume Shop Managers, Master Electricians, Sound Supervisors, Properties Masters, Stage Managers … the list goes on.

Robert Christen was not only a gifted lighting designer but was a significant member of the Goodman Theatre’s production team serving as Master Electrician and Resident Lighting Designer/Lighting Supervisor for 42 seasons.  His distinguished career exemplifies the bridge from design as imagination to realized theatrical experience.

With this new award the Michael Merritt Awards Committee will recognize outstanding established technical professionals who, throughout their careers, have been essential collaborators in the realization of theatrical design.

The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration for 2014 will be presented to Stage Manager Malcolm Ewen.  Presentation will be at the Michael Merritt Awards Event, Monday, April 21, at The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N Racine Avenue (at Fullerton), in Chicago.

This award is sponsored by Chicago Flyhouse.

The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration for 2014 will be presented to Stage Manager Malcolm Ewen.  Presentation will be at the Michael Merritt Awards Event, Monday April 21 at The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2350 N Racine Avenue (at Fullerton), Chicago IL 60614

This award is sponsored by Chicago Flyhouse.

John Boesche

Michael Merritt Awards Committee, Chair

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