The Theatre & Technology Awards couldn’t happen without the help of a team of respected judges both in the technology and theatre field. The first official judges for next year are:
Creative Innovation in Sound: Alistair Lindsay
Creative Innovation in Lighting: Steven Owens
Steve Owens graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Computer Science, then promptly gave all that up and became a sound engineer. A brief, financially motivated flirtation with offshore finance in Guernsey led unexpectedly to working in theatre, where he has been ever since, (well, except for 6 months in camper vans). He has also obtained an MA from Rose Bruford, and has been working at East 15 Acting School for almost 10 years, doing lighting, sound, video, and production management for shows from the Southend campus, whilst trying to convince young actors to be quiet during tech rehearsals.
Creative Innovation in Video Projection: Shawn Soh is an award winning Designer, Film-Maker and Visual Artist, born in Singapore, now based in London. He is hailed as “One to Watch” by BLUEPRINT; and a “design exemplar whose originality is changing the world” by JAGUAR. His unique aesthetic has been applied to installations, live visuals and fashion films. Shawn is also the Co-Artistic Director of PIGDOG Productions, whose recent cult-hit production, Karagula, was awarded 8 Off-West End Award nominations, of which Shawn was nominated as Best Costume Designer. shawnsoh.com
Best Marketing Campaign: Lauren Guage
Best Online Publication: Sophia Jackson Sophia is the founder and editor of Afridiziak Theatre news – a website, celebrating African-Caribbean theatre: www.afridiziak.com. Since the site was launched in September 2008, it has become the one stop guide for the latest news, reviews and interviews in the world of theatre from an African-Caribbean perspective. Afridiziak Theatre News has proudly supported the following theatres in the promotion and marketing of their productions – Oval House, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Talawa Theatre Company, Sadler’s Wells, Barbican, The Albany, Young Vic, Bush Theatre, Tiata Fahodzi, The Tricycle, Cutty Sark Studio and Unicorn Theatre.
Best Trailer: Minnie Crowe is the Company Director at Triforce Promotions, responsible for the Nationwide Monologue Slam.
Best Poster: Taiyo Nagano Born in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan. Taiyo is a digital media designer and has 18 years of experience in IT and design field. After obtaining a degree in International Studies at Meiji-gakuin University in Tokyo, he has launched into graphic design, web design and VJ in 1998. He moved to London in 2001 and completed the MA Digital Arts at Camberwell College of Arts (University Arts London) in 2003. He has been living and working in London as a digital media designer since then. He was one of the founders of the experimental visual performance team “The Photon Shepherds” that performed at various venues in London and all around Europe in 2000s. He founded Tamassy in 2010 and has been leading the studio as a managing & creative director.
Best Podcast: John Byrne An Entertainment Industry Career Advisor to The Stage newspaper and Young Performer magazine and has over 30 years of experience as a writer, broadcaster and performer in his own right. Since 1993 his popular columns The Careers Clinic and Dear John have been a mainstay of The Stage Newspaper’s education and resource section, and he has interviewed over 1,000 theatrical, screen and backstage professionals with the aim of delivering practical, reliable advice and information for students, graduates and those already pursuing careers in the Arts. He regularly compiles ‘How to’ articles on a wide range of career topics, and has a very popular monthly Twitter Q&A session for Stage Castings. His career workshops are much in demand.
Best Live Streaming Platform: Danielle A. Scott Haughton is the 27 year-old writer, director and producer of the multi-award winning web based drama series “Dear Jesus” and its spin-off “The Alexis Show.” Produced by her production company WONDERLONDON FILMS “Dear Jesus” ran for 4 seasons while “The Alexis Show” ran for two. Having won Best Short Feature at the Jamaica International Film Festival in 2013, after 42 episodes, “Dear Jesus” won Favourite Web Series at the Screen Nation Digital Awards in December 2015. The end of the hit shows was announced shortly thereafter. Currently working in comedy and drama TV development, Danielle will be the UK’s Shonda Rhimes. In the meantime she writes about race, gender and popular culture on her blog DanielleDASH.com.
Outstanding Production: Natalie Ibu is the artistic director of tiata fahodzi. For the company, directing credits include bricks and pieces, i know all the secrets in my world, tiata delights 15, here and mango. Other directing credits include readings and productions at the Riverside Studios, Young Vic, Lyric, Southwark Playhouse, Southbank Centre, Jersey Arts Trust, The Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, The Gate, Latitude, HighTide, BAC, Oran Mor, Traverse, Royal Court, ATC at the Young Vic, OVNV at The Old Vic, Waterloo East and The Vineyard Theatre in New York, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Citizens’, The Arches, Contact and Nottingham Playhouse. She is a director, producer and dramaturg.
Best Production Photography: Richard Davenport