David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier hosts awards in February


Actor and comedian David Alan Grier will host the 23rd Annual Art Directors Guild

“Comedy You Can Believe in with David Allen Grier” show during TBS presents A Very Funny Festival: Just For Laughs at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois (2009). 

Excellence in Production Design Awards (ADG, IATSE Local 800) on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The announcement was made today by ADG Awards Producer Scott Moses, ADG.

Grier, a three-time Tony® and GRAMMY® nominee, has received many accolades throughout his career, including his inclusion on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

Though his acting career started in theatre, Grier is best known for his iconic roles on television and in movies. He currently stars in the new Fox comedy series The Cool Kids. Additional TV credits include The Carmichael Show and the Emmy® winning In Living Color. He starred in DAG and Life with Bonnie, which earned him Image Award and Golden Satellite Award nominations. In 2015, Grier combined live theatre and television when he played the Cowardly Lion in Broadway’s award-winning musical The Wiz Live! on NBC.


A SOLDIER’S STORY, David Alan Grier (center), 1984, (c)Columbia Pictures

On the big screen, Grier will next be seen in the indie drama Sprinter, produced by Will Smith. He has starred in Tyler Perry’s Peeples, Wayans Brothers’ Dance Flick, Robert Altman’s Streamers, Jumanji, and A Soldier’s Story, among many others.

He was trained in Shakespeare at Yale and started his career on Broadway as Jackie Robinson in The First, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination. He also joined the cast of Dreamgirls and A Soldier’s Play, and received Tony nominations for his performances in Race, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which received a GRAMMY nomination.

As previously announced, Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns), Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning filmmaker, producer, theater director and choreographer, will receive the prestigious ADG Cinematic Imagery Award. British Production Designer and Set Decorator Anthony Masters, nominated for an Academy Award® for the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and Benjamin Carré, best known for his work on The Phantom of the Opera and The Wizard of Oz, will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Oscar-nominated Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall, Senior Illustrator and Production Designer Ed Verreaux, Scenic Artist Jim Fiorito and Set Designer and Art Director William F. Matthews. Marjo Bernay, a veteran entertainment IATSE activist for over four decades, will be honored with a special Service Award.


Grier stars in “The Cool Kids”

Producer of this year’s ADG Awards (#ADGawards) is Production Designer Scott Moses ADG. Final online balloting

Grier costarred in TV’s “In Livin’ Color”

ends January 31, 2019 and winners are announced at the dinner ceremony on Saturday, February 2. ADG Awards are open only to productions when made within the U.S. by producer’s signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.

ABOUT THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD: Established in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,700 members who work throughout the world in film, television and theater as Art Directors; Set Designers and Model Makers; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists. The ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society screening series, annual “Excellence in Production Design Awards” gala, bimonthly craft magazine (PERSPECTIVE), figure drawing and other creative workshops, extensive technology and craft training programs and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. For the Guild’s online directory and website resources, go to www.adg.org. Connect with the Art Directors Guild on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.


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