2019 Winner of the Paky Lifetime Recognition Award

Wendall K. Harrington

The Paky Lifetime Recognition award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to lighting and / or video design and is voted on by members of the KOI committee.

This year, US members of the KOI Awards committee unanimously agreed that designer and educator Wendall K. Harrington should receive the 2020 Paky Lifetime Recognition Award.

Harrington, a ground-breaking projection designer was hailed “the godmother of all projectors” by John Simon in New York magazine, having worked on live events, theatre, dance, and opera since the 1970s. Ellen Lampert-Greaux, KOI-USA Committee member, says, “Harrington forged her way onto stages when projection technology was still in its infancy, yet nothing deterred her from her quest for quality and innovation. She inspired the next generation of projection designers and continues to inspire as an educator at Yale School of Drama, where she is the head of the projection design concentration.”

Harrington has designed for Broadway, including All The WayDriving Miss Daisy, and Grey Gardens, with concert work including The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, and Pete Townshend’s Psychoderelict, as well as tours for Chris Rock and Simon & Garfunkel.