by Chris Davis
High fives and champagne all around! André Bruce Ward, Theatre Memphis' resident costume designer for 33 years and Christopher McCullom, the theater's relatively new scenic designer, have received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon community theater designers. Both were honored with certificates for outstanding achievement issued by the American Association of Community Theatre at the AACT convention on Saturday, June 27 in Tacoma, Washington. Ward, who is 71 and whose designs were collected in the 2008 book André: 30 Years of Costume Design at Theatre Memphis, also received the organization's lifetime achievement award.
Ward was honored this year for the detailed period garb he created for both Theatre Memphis' epic production of Cyrano and for Curtains, Kander & Ebb's murder mystery musical. McCullom, who has raised the bar for TM's traditionally excellent set and lighting designs, was recognized for his work on Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana.