2015: Sean Cawelti
Sean Cawelti graduated from the University of California Irvine with his BA in Drama with honors in Directing and studied puppetry at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Sean has won awards for his work as a designer, director, and playwright, honored with a UNIMA Citation of Excellence for Gogol Project and was presented the 2015 Sherwood Award by the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles for his work as a director. He was selected by the City of Los Angeles' Cultural Affairs Department to travel to Brazil for two months to study woodcarving and Candomblé, a religion born of African and Catholic traditions. Sean is the founding Artistic Director of Rogue Artists Ensemble, a multimedia, puppet and mask company in Los Angeles. His directing and design work has been seen at the Getty Villa, South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Cornerstone Theater Co., Chicago Opera Theater, LA Theatre Works, The Geffen Playhouse, New York City Opera, Imago Theater in Portland and the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. He has designed puppets, masks, props and video for theater, music videos, museums, concerts and arena shows including the recent Kanye West Yeezus tour.