Assistant Professor Tamara Honesty and Scenic Design Students Nominated for Emmy Award

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to announce that Assistant Professor of Scenic Design Tamara L. Honesty and seven students are nominated for a 2020 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Award for their design of set for the 2019 Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards ceremony. 

Honesty, graduate students Tetta Askeland, Alex Barnart and Steve Sawicki and undergraduate students Noah Blievernicht, Tiffanie Chau-Dang, Christine Harmel and Alex Heffner are nominated under the Digital Alchemy banner in the Graphic Design – Set Design category. Honesty and the students are nominated alongside Digital Alchemy owner and NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter President John Stealey and Ted Van Hyning, director of production at NPi Audio Visual Solutions. 

Advised by Honesty, the students met several times with Stealey and Van Hyning in the spring of 2019 to discuss the scope of the project and to present possible designs for the ceremony’s set. The students presented four designs to the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Board of Governors, and elements of each proposal were chosen to create a final design. At the end of the 2019 Spring Semester, Honesty and the students completed the construction of the set at Kent State and oversaw its installation at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. 

This is the second time Kent State faculty and students have partnered with the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter. In 2017, Honesty and several students designed the set for the 2017 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy Awards ceremony. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy Awards ceremony, scheduled to take place in Cleveland on June 20, has been canceled. Winners will be announced virtually at a date yet to be announced.

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POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 3:25pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 12:30am
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