NYU alumni and faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the former Washington Square College, and the School of Law received a total of 13 Drama Desk Award nominations, recognizing excellence in producing, acting, writing, set design, costume design, and projection design.

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NYU alumni and faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the former Washington Square College, and the School of Law received a total of 13 Drama Desk Award nominations, recognizing excellence in producing, acting, writing, set design, costume design, and projection design. The nominations were announced on April 23 by Judith Light and Jesse Mueller.

Now in their 60th year, the Drama Desk Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway. The awards are voted on by theater critics, journalists, editors, and publishers covering theater. This year’s Drama Desk Awards ceremony will be held at the Town Hall on May 31, and will be hosted by Laura Benanti. NYU alumni and faculty nominations include the following:

Outstanding Musical
The Visit, produced by Tom Smedes ‘85 (Gallatin, BA), Ken Davenport ’94 (Tisch, BFA), and Tom Kirdahay ’85 (BA, Washington Square College) and ’88 (JD, School of Law)

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Matthew Morrison (Tisch, Drama), Finding Neverland

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Jason Butler Harner '97 (Tisch, MFA, Acting), The Village Bike

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Luba Mason '83 (Tisch, BFA, Drama), Pretty Filthy

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Will Connolly '07 (Tisch, BFA, Drama), with Kim Rosenstock and Michael Mitnick, Fly by Night

Outstanding Solo Performance
Christina Bianco '03 (Tisch, BFA, Drama), Application Pending

Outstanding Set Design
Christine Jones ’92 (Tisch, MFA, Design for Stage & Film )/adjunct faculty, Let The Right One In
Mimi Lien ’03 (Tisch, MFA, Design for Stage & Film), An Octoroon
Daniel Zimmerman ’08 (Tisch, MFA, Design for Stage & Film), Fashions for Men

Outstanding Costume Design
Paul Tazewell ’89 (Tisch, MFA, Design for Stage & Film), Hamilton

Outstanding Projection Design
Roger Hanna ’91 (Tisch, MFA, Design for Stage & Film), Donogoo
Darrel Maloney ’92 (Tisch, MFA, Design for Stage & Film), Found
Peter Nigrini, Our Lady of Kibeho – Faculty, Tisch Department of Design

For more information about the Drama Desk Awards, visit here.

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