Stuart Wurtzel to be Honored by Art Directors Guild

Stuart Wurtzel
Greg Doherty

Stuart Wurtzel

Production designer Stuart Wurtzel--best known for his work on Hannah and Her Sisters and Angels in America--will receive the Art Directors Guild  Lifetime Achievement Award during the 25th ADG Awards, which will be presented during a virtual ceremony on April 10.

Wurtzel received an Oscar nomination for his work on Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, following his design of Allen’s Purple Rose of Cairo. He was the production designer on three Peter Yates films: Suspect, The House on Carroll Street and An Innocent Man. For HBO, he worked on titles include Mike Nichols’ Wit, starring Emma Thompson, and Angels in America, for which he designed New York during the 1980s AIDS crisis, garnering him both an Emmy and ADG Award in 2004.

He was nominated for an Emmy and received an ADG Award for Empire Falls, and he received another Emmy nomination for Little Gloria…Happy at Last. His most recent work was Showtime's The Loudest Voice.

In features, his credits include Enchanted, Stepmom, Hair,  Mermaids, Romeo Is Bleeding, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Mambo Kings, Charlotte’s Web and The Ghost and the Darkness. Wurtzel's first feature film design credit was Joan Micklin Silver’s Hester Street, on which he collaborated with his wife, Patrizia von Brandenstein.

In addition to this work, he designed numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including “Henry IV, Part I” for the New York Shakespeare Festival, “Summer Brave,” “Unexpected Guests,” “Tiny Alice,” “A Flea in Her Ear,” “Wally’s Café,” and “Sorrows of Stephen,” for which he won the Joseph Maharam Award for stage design.