SPOKANE, Wash. – Deanna Zibello, visiting assistant professor of drama at Gonzaga University, won a 2012 Gregory Award for Outstanding Scenic Design on the production of “Jesus Hopped the A Train” by the emerging Seattle theatre group Azeotrope. Zibello teaches stagecraft and design at Gonzaga.
The Gregory Awards honor outstanding accomplishments by theatre professionals in the state of Washington. Beginning in 1998, the Gregory Awards has grown to offer awards in 15 categories to the season’s most exceptional theatre contributions. Her work on “Jesus Hopped the A Train” offered a simplistic set design to capture the powerful meanings of deceit, justice, and redemption embedded in the drama.
Zibello completed her undergraduate studies at Williams College and earned a Master of Fine Arts in scenic design from the University of Washington School of Drama. She was among four accomplished and talented designers nominated for the Gregory Award, including three of her previous mentors. “When my name was called, I was just stunned. It truly was an honor to be nominated in such good company,” Zibello said. “To receive the award was overwhelming.”
Some of her other work in scenic design includes “Ana in el Tropico” with Miracle Theater Group (Portland), “Milk Milk Lemonade” with Impact Theater (Berkeley, Calif.), and “Cancer: The Musical” with Washington Ensemble Theater (Seattle). Zibello also received the Windy City Times’After Dark Award for Outstanding Scenic Design in 2005 for her work on “Middle-Aged White Guys.”
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