Three to Receive
Three industry leaders will be honored at the Toronto 2005 Conference & Stage Expo with Distinguished Achievement Awards in their fields.
The awards will go to Jonathan Deans, who will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award in Sound; to William Dudley, who will receive the honor in Scene Design; and to Winston Morgan, who will be honored in Stage Management. Each man will receive his award at Commission sessions and be recognized at the Awards Banquet Saturday, March 19.
Mr. Deans will receive his award, the Harold-Burris Meyer Distinguished Career in Sound Award at Sound and the Baseball Bat starting at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, March 17.
Mr. Dudley will be honored at the Distinguished Scene Designer session beginning at 6:15 p.m. Friday, March 18.
Mr. Morgan will receive his award as a highlight of the Management Commission's meeting at 4:45 p.m. Friday, March 18.
Mr. Deans, a principal in Without a Paddle, LLC based in Las Vegas, Nevada, has extensive experience working throughout the globe on major productions. He has provided sound designs for such theatrical productions as Cirque du Soleil, Siegfried and Roy, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, Seussical, Taboo, Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly, On Golden Pond, and A Christmas Carol.
Some of the permanent sound systems he has designed are the MGM Grand Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California; the Oita Harmony Land Auditorium in Osaka, Japan; and the Rock Garden in London, England.
Mr. Deans has served as production sound engineer for a variety of musicals including Evita, A Chorus Line, Cats, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He has produced sound effects for a variety of venues including television commercials, in recording studios, and for such productions as industrial shows, live concerts, and television specials. Among his many awards are the 1990 Sound Designer of the Year for Lighting Dimensions international magazine and two Ovation awards for best sound designer -- in 1998 and 2000.
Mr. Dudley has received seven Olivier Awards, and been nominated for the prestigious honor 14 times.
He is designing scenery and computer-generated animations, as well as costumes, for the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Woman in White in London, England.
Among his many scene design credits are: The Coast of Utopia Trilogy, Amadeus, The Dance of the Vampires, Wagner’s Ring Cycle; Lucia di Lammermoor; and The Big Picnic and the Ship. He has worked on productions for the British Broadcasting System (BBC), the British National Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Mr. Morgan’s career as a stage manager spans 27 years. He currently is director of S.M. Arts, a conference series for stage managers he founded in 1996; associate director of theatre operations at the Toronto International Film Festival; and writer and publisher of Stage Managing the Arts in Canada.
Mr. Morgan is involved with the Workman Theatre Company, comprised of theatre professionals and persons who have or are receiving mental health care. In 2003, he was the associate producer for the group’s International Madness and Arts Festival.
He has been honored for his many contribution to the Toronto theatre community and for his local and national efforts to provide training and mentoring to stage managers. These include the Harold, from the Toronto theatre community; the Larry McCance Award, from Canadian Actors’ Equity Association; the George Luscombe Award, from the Toronto Theatre Alliance; and the Silver Ticket Award, from the Dora Silver Ticket Awards Committee.
He was recently elected a councilor for Canadian Actor’s Equity Association.