The 2018 Hasty Pudding Order of the Golden Sphinx Award will be presented New York City at the famed Pierre Hotel on April 16, 2018. The presentation will take place during group’s the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala. The Golden Sphinx is the official symbol and highest honor of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 (Chaired by Andrew Farkas of C-III Capital Partners), Harvard University’s Comedy and Performing Arts society.
This year’s award will be given to 2-time Tony award and Emmy award-winning set designer, Derek McLane. The award is given annually to a member of the entertainment industry who best promotes the world of performing arts. Former winners of this award include long-time award-winning music producer, Clive Davis.
The President of the Hasty Pudding Institute is Andrew Farkas, and he called McLane one of the “greatest representatives of what the performing arts are all about.” McLane has worked on and off Broadway in several capacities over the past 25 years. His work can be seen on any number of plays that are currently in production.
He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, where he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Institute. McLane later attended Yale University, where he studied theatre and set design. His work won a Tony award for the plays 33 Variations, Anything Goes, and The Pajama Game. In 2018 he has several plays in pre-production, including Children of a Lesser God and Getting’ The Band Back Together, both of which will be performed on Broadway. He has 2 Emmy awards with his name on them for his set design of the Oscars in 2014 as well as on the hit NBC musical show, Hairspray. He looks forward to working with the Hasty Pudding Institute in the future and fondly remembers his years at Harvard University.