Thursday
Jun132013

Congratulations Neil A. Mazzella!

HUDSON is pleased to congratulate Neil A. Mazzella on his 2013 USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Technical Production.

[Neil accepting the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Technical Production from Yale School of Drama’s Ben Sammler. Courtesy of USITT ]

HUDSON's founder, leader, and chairman Neil A. Mazzella was honored by United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the professional association for performing arts designers and technicians with its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award in Technical Production. He was lauded for his “profound contribution to professional theatre by enhancing the relationship of theatre craft to theatre art.”

While building HUDSON into the industry leader of custom fabrication, scenic art, automation and lighting that it is today, Neil simultaneously served as technical supervisor for over 70 Broadway productions. He eventually created his own company, Hudson Theatrical Associates in 2007 to specialize in production management that extends beyond Broadway to include live events and industrials.

HUDSON is thrilled to congratulate Neil on his latest award. Over the years, his contributions in varying roles as shop owner, technical director, and educator (at Yale School of Drama & Columbia University) have earned him ubiquitous respect among his colleagues, clients, and collaborators. Beloved by management and union alike, he is perhaps one of the few who can say he is recipient of both a Tony Honors Award for Excellence in Theatre presented by the American Theatre Wing in partnership with the Broadway League, and a Gold Card from International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local One. 

Neil shared some of the wisdom of his experiences at USITT’s 2013 Annual Conference & Stage Expo held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he accepted the award and participated in a panel discussion.  Neil told the group and audience, “If you're in this business and you stick around, you've dedicated your life to risk…And that's the attraction.”  

Read the Live Design Q&A piece with Neil in honor of his USITT award on the Live Design website.

[From left to right: Timothy Hartung (Architecture), Rachel Keebler (Cobalt Studios), Desmond Heeley  (Costume and Scenic Design), Kevin Rigdon (moderator), Neil A. Mazzella (Technical Production), and Otts Munderloh (Sound).  Courtesy of USITT]

[Courtesy of USITT]