The Tyrone Guthrie Centre is delighted to announce The Tanya Moiseiwitsch Award 2024.

Deadline for applications is 11th December 2023. Please use the application form at the bottom of this page.

This new award offers a week’s residency full board and studio access to a theatre designer working and living in Ireland. The award is designed to support a pioneering designer working towards the development of a new production, research, or publication, you are asked to clearly articulate the benefit of the time on residency to the develop of a specific project or work direction. The selection will be made by a peer panel and will be announced in late December 2023.

Tanya Moiseiwitsch, 1914- 2003, was a key figure of theatre design whose career spanned more than 50 years. One of the leading lights of her generation, she had a dynamic and successful international career, her work was highly influential in the development of twentieth-century stage design, she shone as a woman of talent and leadership, in an era that was largely male dominated. She broke new ground with the development of thrust stages which revolutionised the way audiences interacted with theatre.  In acknowledgement of her significant contribution to design she was awarded two honorary doctorates, from the University of Toronto in 1988 and the University of Minnesota in 1994, and a CBE in 1976.

Moiseiwitsch made her professional debut as a theatre designer in 1934 at the Westminster Theatre. In 1944, she joined Tyrone Guthrie at the Liverpool Playhouse, marking the beginning of a productive, collaborative relationship. She went on to become the designer of numerous productions for Guthrie at the Old Vic, the Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and on Broadway. She spent time in Ireland, and worked as a designer at the Abbey Theatre, (1935-39) where she designed more than 50 productions. She was a regular visitor to Annaghmakerrig House. 

Further reading and listening

Obituary, The Guardian. 

Jewish Women's Archive

Tedd George Podcast, The Crucible at 50, The Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse. 

The Abbey Theatre, Ireland


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