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NORMAN – Paige Hathaway, 2011 graduate of the bachelor of fine arts scenic design program in the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama, earned the 2018 Rising Star Award, presentedby the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. The Rising Star Award, established by LDI and Live Design Magazine, recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in the areas of scenic, lighting, sound and projection design, or the convergence of these design disciplines.

“The entire OU family congratulates Paige Hathaway on this major achievement,” said OU President David L. Boren. “She has truly distinguished herself on the national stage, and we are proud of her hard work and creativity.”

In addition to receiving the national USITT award, Hathaway received two Helen Hayes nominations for her designs for Or, at Round House Theatre, and Me ... Jane: The Adventures of Young Jane Goodall at the Kennedy Center.

One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, the Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Winners of the Helen Hayes awards will be announced on May 11 at an awards gala.

Hathaway’s professional work has been featured at such notable regional institutions as The Muny, Arden Theatre Company, The Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. When describing her work, Professor Jon Young said, “It is visceral, gorgeous and the attention to detail is stunning. She has truly taken the renowned theatrical community by storm.”

Hathaway designed over five mainstage productions during her time at OU, one of which was selected as part of the international student design exhibition at the 2011 USITT Prague Quadrennial Emerge exhibition in Prague, Cezch Republic. The Prague Quadrennial is the principal international theatre design and scenography exhibition for universities and colleges, in which more than 70 countries typically participate.

At OU, Hathaway was the recipient of two Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts awards. The F. Donald Clark Award is awarded to the student in the college who exemplifies excellence with their artistry and also in the classroom. The Weitzenhoffer Award is given to a design and production student who shows most promise for success in their field. 

“We are so proud of Paige’s accomplishments as a professional scenic designer,” said Tom Huston Orr, School of Drama director. “She continues to exhibit all that is best about the Sooner spirit and the values that we instill in the Helmerich School of Drama.”

 

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