June 6, 2016

Tony Time

Alumni in the running for top Broadway awards.

The UMass Department of Theater’s prowess—especially in their rigorous concentrations in design, theater technology, and stagecraft—will be under the spotlight Sunday at the June 12 Tony Awards. UMass Amherst theater alumni are nominated for four of these prestigious theater awards.

Up for Tony Awards are David Korins ’99 (Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Hamilton), Justin Townsend ’97 (Best Lighting Design of a Musical for American Psycho; Best Lighting Design of a Play for The Humans), and Ben Stanton ’99 (Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Spring Awakening).

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Justin Townsend ’97 lit American Psycho in black, red, and gray. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

This comes on top of two wins at the June 5 Drama Desk Awards for Justin Townsend (Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for American Psycho; Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play for The Humans). Townsend says it brings him great joy to be recognized for doing work that he loves. Stanton was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for Spring Awakening). Jane Cox, who studied lighting design with theater department chair Penny Remsen as an exchange student, and so discovered a career, was recognized in the Drama Desk lighting category (Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for The Color Purple). Faculty member Jessica Ford received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for a Play for These Paper Bullets!

Remsen commented: “All our nominees are extremely talented, very driven, and superconscientious. In the end, they are good people who others want to collaborate with. I’m proud of my kids.”