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Julie Taymor Honored With 2018 "Mr. Abbott" Award

The award, presented at the SDC Foundation gala, was given for Taymor's outstanding artistry and creativity over the course of her career.

Julie Taymor received the 2018 "Mr. Abbott" Award at the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society's annual gala.
(© Jason Smith)

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), honored Tony-winning director Julie Taymor with the 2018 "Mr. Abbott" Award for outstanding artistry and creativity over the course of her career. The award was presented at the foundation's annual gala event on April 2 at New York City's Bohemian National Hall.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 director Rachel Chavkin was in attendance.
(© Jason Smith)

Tony winner Bartlett Sher (My Fair Lady) and SDC Foundation Gielgud and Time-Warner Directing fellow Tyne Rafaeli directed the evening, executive-produced by Kenneth Teaton. Max Casella served as master of ceremonies, with appearances by Joy Abbott (widow of late producer George Abbott), Emmy nominee Daniel Ezralow, Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal, Tony winner Donald Holder, Harry Lennix, and Tony and Abbott Award winner Kenny Leon. James Lapine presented the award to Taymor, who is best known on Broadway for her Tony-winning direction of The Lion King.

"Mr. Abbott" award winner Kenny Leon made an appearance.
(© Jason Smith)

The evening featured a special performance from members of the Broadway company of The Lion King, as well as three original film segments focusing on Taymor's achievements in theater, opera, and film.

Tony winner Bartlett Sher co-directed the event.
(© Jason Smith)

Proceeds from the gala benefit programs of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. SDC Foundation provides more than 30 observerships and fellowships to emerging directors and choreographers nationally, with talented young artists mentored by the top directors and choreographers in the field, with particular attention to creating access for and supporting the next generation of diverse artists.

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