October 2017

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October 2017

News & Notices

In Memoriam

Jonathan Resnick

USITT sadly notes the death of Jonathan Resnick, president of Barbizon Lighting Company. Jonathan was a great supporter of the Institute and one of the driving forces behind the annual Young Designer Award for Lighting which Barbizon has sponsored for many years.

USITT mourns his sudden death along with his family and the Barbizon community.

Pat Larmer

USITT mourns the loss of Pat Larmer. Pat served the Institute for many years as a trouble-shooter at the Annual Conference. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Willa Kim

A celebration of life took place October 3, 2017, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Library for the Performing Arts. The event welcomed friends and colleagues.

Willa Kim's over 60-year career spanned ballet, theatre, opera, and television. Among her many honors were two Tony Awards for outstanding costume design, for Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies and Tommy Tune's The Will Rogers Follies. She also received Tony nominations for Peter Allen's Legs Diamond, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance, Bob Fosse's Dancin, and Joel Grey's Goodtime Charley. She won Drama Desk Awards for Jean Genet's The Screens, Irene Fornes' Promenade, and Sam Shepard's Operation Sidewinder. She received Obie Awards for Robert Lowell's trilogy The Old Glory and Lanie Robertson's Woman Before a Glass, and an Emmy Award for Michael Smuin's A Song For Dead Warriors, broadcast on PBS.

She was honored with lifetime achievement awards from the Fashion Institute of Technology and USITT. The Theatre Development Fund honored her with the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, and the League of Professional Theatre Women presented her the Ruth Morley Designing Woman Award. She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2006. From 1955 until his death, Ms. Kim was married to the late author, illustrator, and Paris Review co-founder William Pene du Bois.

She passed away peacefully on December 23, 2016, at the age of 99.