Theater Washington opens nominations for new Victor Shargai Award

Theater Washington – along with its Board of Directors, Advancement Committee and Craig Pascal – has opened nominations for a new award honoring beloved DC-area theater champion Victor Shargai. For more than 50 years, Shargai was a strong supporter of the DC area theater community and its artists. Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Theater Washington, Shargai played a key role in the production of the annual Helen Hayes Awards.

Victor Shargai (1936-2019) at the 2017 Helen Hayes Awards. Photo by Shannon Finney Photography.

The winner Shargai The Leadership Award was created by Craig Pascal to honor her late husband and will celebrate leaders – artists, staff, trustees, philanthropists and others – who have found creative and meaningful ways to serve, develop and strengthen the theater community of the DC area. There will be an event to celebrate the recipient and laureates in October 2022.

“Over the past two years, our theater industry has suffered immeasurable losses. We have lost friends and colleagues, productions, income and works of art that we will never see. Even over the past few months, with openings and closings, changing protocols and government directives, our Washington, DC area theaters have adapted and innovated,” said Amy Austin, President and CEO. of Theater Washington. “None of this is possible without leadership. And it’s time to shine a spotlight on the incredible members of our community who are stepping outside the box and pushing our industry forward in ways we never thought possible. This is what the Victor Shargai Leadership Award will do, and I am grateful to Craig and Victor’s incredible network of friends and theater advocates who have built this lasting tribute to our dear champion, Victor.

Jane Lang, President of the Eugene Lang Foundation and Founder and President Emeritus of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, a longtime friend of Shargai and member of the Washington Theater Advancement Committee said, “We are blessed to have dedicated artists, audiences and donors who have enabled our theaters to survive the pandemic and thrive again. We have learned to appreciate more fully what we have missed so much and now celebrate the return of live theater to enrich our community. The vitality of regional theater depends on our commitment, inspired by creative and passionate leadership.

Appointments and selection
The award will recognize outstanding and creative leadership and will be awarded to an individual, group or institution that has strengthened the DC area theater community through initiative, collaboration, advocacy and/or personal generosity – at a specific time or over a long period. period of time. Their impact can be at the organizational, industry or regional level. Candidates for the Victor Shargai The Leadership Award may be nominated by individuals or organizations active in the regional DC theater community. Individuals or organizations can also nominate themselves. A person or an organization cannot propose more than one candidate during the same year. A nomination form is available on the Theater Washington website and must be completed by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

The recipient and all other notable nominees will be selected by a committee that will include Pascal, Lang, and Abel Lopez (chairman of the Theater Washington Board of Trustees). The Chairman of the Theater Washington Board of Trustees will consult with members of the Theater Washington Advancement Committee. Members of the Advancement Committee are leaders from multiple industries (housing, hospitality, LGBTQ, tourism, retail, finance, etc.) who share a passion for theater and a desire to champion theatre.

Key dates
March 31, 2022: Award nominations close
Spring: announcement of recipient and honoree
October 17, 2022: Winner Shargai Leader’s Award Celebration

Victor Shargai Leadership Award Celebration
The inaugural celebration of the Victor Shargai Leadership Award will take place on October 17, 2022 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G. Street, NW). The event will also serve as a fundraiser for Theater Washington and the Helen Hayes Awards, and sponsorships will be available.

About Victor Shargai
Victor Shargai was born in New York in 1936 where he had an acting career from an early age in theatre, television and radio productions. He has worked as an actor on the New York stage and in television and print modeling. He has designed costumes and sets off-Broadway and has assisted with costume design on Broadway, appearing in over 50 productions. He then studied interior design and practiced as a designer in New York and Washington, DC for over 40 years. He started his own design company with his late partner, John Aniello Jr., in 1973. He has worked throughout the continental United States, designing projects of many descriptions, including large residences in the Washington area. He has put a lot of effort and many years into many arts-related businesses. He served on the boards of the Washington Ballet and Studio Theater, was a founding member of the Kennedy Center Friends Board, and was a long-time president of Theater Washington. At the Washington Theater, Shargai was ardently dedicated to the Washington theatrical experience as a means of improving life in the Washington area. His advice was frequently sought by local theater organizations on fundraising, operational and artistic matters, both formal and informal. Victor was immensely proud of the artistic excellence of the Washington Theater community, which was evident in their unwavering support for the value of recognition and celebration through their support of the prestigious Helen Hayes Awards, a program of Theater Washington . In addition to being a great theater lover, Shargai was an avid reader of Jane Austen and other 19th century literature and biographies. He resided at Watergate South with his husband, Mr. Craig Pascal, a lawyer, banker and leading developer of affordable housing.

About the Washington Theater
Through partnerships and collaborative programs, Theater Washington supports the professional theater community in the Washington, D.C. area to celebrate artistic achievement, strengthen the theater workforce, support institutional growth and advancement, and cultivate leadership. ‘Collective action. Washington Theater’s core programs include the Helen Hayes Awards, Theater Week, Theater Summit, Theater Work, and the Taking Care Fund.

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