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Art and drama professor earns second prestigious Sterling Award

vanHeyst's award-winning set design for Outside Mullingar
vanHeyst's award-winning set design for Outside Mullingar

Daniel vanHeyst, professor of art and drama at The King’s University, was honoured with a Sterling Award June 25. The award was presented at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre where hundreds of Edmonton’s theatre professionals attended a gala night of celebration.

The award was presented to vanHeyst for outstanding achievement in set design for his work on Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley, directed by John Hudson, artistic director of Shadow Theatre at the Varscona.

“It is truly gratifying to be honoured in this way among a community of my peers,” says vanHeyst, who has been designing theatre in Edmonton since 1980. This is the fourth time vanHeyst was nominated for the award and the second time as a recipient. He also received the award for set design in 1987, the inaugural year of the Sterling Awards.

Professor vanHeyst has taught at King’s since 1993. The following is his acceptance speech.

“Thank you, Sterling Jury, for honouring the fine work that Shadow Theatre achieved with Outside Mullingar. It was a privilege to work again with John and Coralie in the beautiful new Varscona. Thanks, John, for teaming me with Ami Farrow, who lit my set so sensitively, and with Terrilee Shannon, our costumer, and Dave Clarke on sound. Thanks, Matt Currie, for production managing the show with such optimism and energy, and Emily Randall for painting alongside me with such zest and skill. Gaby, our onstage crew, and the cast: you made my set changes look like magic! Most of all, I thank Rhonda, my wife, whose support and encouragement during my work on the show was, quite simply, critical to its success.”


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