The recipient of the 2018 Order of the Golden Sphinx Award from Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 has been officially named as Tony Winner Derek McLane (http://www.derekmclane.com/). The gala ceremony and celebration has been scheduled to be held on April 16th of 2018. The Hasty Pudding Institute is a satire and comedy performing organization located at Harvard. Dereck McLane is an Emmy and Tony award winning designer. He has been honored with the Golden Sphinx Award taking place at the gala at New York City’s the Pierre.
The Golden Sphinx Award has traditionally been received by individuals in the entertainment industry. The award celebrates the contributions they have made to the performing arts. In the past this award was bestowed on music producer Clive Davis and producer Daryl Roth who also won a Tony.
Andrew Farkas (https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewfarkas/) is the current Chairman of Hasty Pudding. He stated everyone has witnessed the work of Derek McLane whether during the Oscars or on a Broadway stage. He also said the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s was delighted to present Dereck McLane with The Order of The Golden Sphinx. This represents the highest honor for the man responsible for the creation of the striking impressions and visuals that remain with the attendees for a long time after the show has come to an end.
Dereck McLane spoke of the work he has accomplished as a set designer. His career originally began as an undergrad at Harvard in their dining halls. He expressed his tremendous gratitude for being honored with the Golden Sphinx Award. He said his memories of the Hasty Pudding are extremely fond. He spoke of his admiration for the passionate commitment they have regarding drag shows and performing arts education. He finished his statement by saying he was privileged to be included with the esteemed honorees from the past.
Dereck McLane attended Harvard and studied English literature. He then attended Yale to study set design. His 2009’s 33 Variations scenic designs received a lot of appreciation for both The Pajama Game in 2006 and the Anything Goes revival of 2011. This spring Dereck McLane’s work can be seen in Children of a Lesser God on Broadway and Getting’ The Band Back Together this summer. His designs have won Emmys for NBC’s Hairspray Live and the 2014 Oscars.