William and Mary

Glenn Close and David Shaw to Receive Cheek Award

The Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance is proud to announce that Glenn Close, Class of '74 Theatre major, and entrepreneur David Shaw will be the 2013 receipients of the Cheek Award.  We are delighted to welcome them to campus, and we're looking forward to having our students experience a master class with Ms. Close.

Leslie Cheek was an architect, designer, and museum director who founded the Fine Art department at William & Mary.  He chaired the department from 1937-39 and was a driving force in making the arts visible at the College.

In 1986 he created an endowment to establish an award for "outstanding presentation of the arts" including museum, theatre, and fine arts.  Awardees are selected by a committee made up of the Director of the Muscarelle Museum, the Chair of Theatre, Speech, and Dance, and the Chair of Art and Art History.

Since the first presentation in 1987, theatre artists have been well-represented among the awardees:

  • 2011:   David Crank '82, art director/production designer
  • 2000:  Jennifer Tipton, lighting designer
  • 1996:   Mark Stanley '78, lighting designer
  • 1992:   Roger Sherman '55, lighting and scenic designer/photographer and Howard Scammon '34, director/actor, both emeriti professors of Theatre
  • 1990:   William Ivey Long '69, costume designer