The Stage Directors and Choreo-graphers Foundation presented Gabriel Barre and Mark Dendy the 2000 Callaway Awards for Excellence in the craft of Direction and/or Choreography Mon., Nov. 13, honoring their work on Andrew Lippa's "The Wild Party" at Manhattan Theatre Club. Barre and Dendy picked up the awards—also known as the Joeys in recognition of Joseph Callaway, whose bequest established the honors—at the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers' 41st annual national membership meeting.
Barre, who directed "The Wild Party," also directed Lippa's "john and jen" Off-Broadway and in subsequent New York City productions, as well as the new musicals "Honky Tonk Highway," "The Summer of '42," "Houdini," and "Fanny Hill" at Goodspeed, plus the pre-Broadway workshop of "The Jazz Singer," starring Sam Harris. A longtime actor himself, Barre was nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award in 1988 for "Starmites."
Dendy has run his own company, Mark Dendy Dance and Theatre, since 1983. He is the recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Doris Duke Award, and a Bessie Award for sustained achievement in the field of dance, among other honors.
Also at the meeting, "True West" director Matthew Warchus and "Waste" director Barlett Sher received honorable mentions for their work. The other nominated directors were Michael Blakemore for "Copenhagen," Kyle Donnelly for "Give Me Your Answer Do," Marion McClinton for "Jitney," David Petrarca for "Fuddy Meers," and Jerry Zaks for "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Susan Stroman was also nominated for her choreography of "Contact" and "The Music Man," and Lynne Taylor-Corbett was nominated for her choreography of "Swing."
The award comes with a cash stipend of $1,000.