On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Hewes Design Awards - 2009
New York based artist and designer, he is a co-founder of the performance group Accinosco with Cynthia Hopkins and Jim Findlay and co-designed their critically acclaimed trilogy (Accidental Nostalgia, Must Don’t Whip ‘Um, and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success)). Other theater designs include: 33 Variations (projections: Broadway), Race For Love (projections: China), The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (co-set & projections: The Vineyard Theater), El Conquistador! (lights: New York Theater Workshop), The Thomashefsky Project & Let Them Eat Cake/Of Thee I Sing (projections: San Francisco Symphony). Multiple designs for theater companies: The Pig Iron Theatre Company (sets & lights), The Collapsable Giraffe (lights), Transmission Projects (co-founder: lights & projections), Daniel Wilkins and some superfriends (lights). Music design: Natalie Cole (lights), and Natalie Merchant (lights). Projects in the works include: The Truth with Cynthia Hopkins, As You Like It at Shakespeare Theatre, Making It with Stew, and a new video/dance collaboration with renowned choreographer Susan Marshall. In addition to his work as a designer, Mr. Sugg is regarded as a premiere technical consultant and system designer. Some credits include: The Wooster Group (technical artist), Laurie Anderson (video system design), Richard Foreman (video system design), Mikel Rouse (video system design), and The Baseball Music Project (video system design). Mr. Sugg has also taught Media and Technology at Swarthmore College. He has led several intensive courses in media technology, system design, and projection at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, and others. For his work on Must Don’t Whip ‘Um, Mr. Sugg received a 2007 Bessie Award and was nominated for a 2007 Hewes Design Award. He was also nominated for a 2007 Hewes Design Award for his work on El Conquistador!. And in 2008 he received a Lucille Lortel Award, an Obie Award, and a Hewes Design Award for his work with Jim Findlay on The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island.