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TDF presented the first sign language interpreted performance of a Broadway show, The Elephant Man, in 1980.


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Artisan Award
2006 Award Winner Martin Izquierdo

Martin IzquierdoMartin Izquierdo's eponymous Izquierdo Studio opened in 1981 in a deserted police house/stable. At that time, it served primarily as a painting studio. Early projects included Nine (designed by William Ivey Long), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Candide (Judith Dolan), Cats (John Napier) and Merlin (Theoni V. Aldridge). In 1981, having moved to a new space on 22nd Street, the studio expanded facilities to include silk screening, dyeing, millinery and prop making.

During this time, Izquierdo Studio enjoyed a close relationship with Barbara Matera, Ltd. and Grace Costumes, Inc. Theatrical projects that followed included Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Shogun, Grind (Patricia Zipprodt), Song & Dance, Legs Diamond, Dancin’, The Will Rogers Follies (Willa Kim), The Wind in the Willows, The Three Musketeers (Freddy Wittop), Beauty and the Beast (Ann Hould-Ward), Miss Saigon (Suzy Benzinger) and Angels in America (Toni-Leslie James).

Movie projects also became more abundant with such films as The Cotton Club, Ghostbusters, The Warriors and The Birdcage. In the world of opera, Izquierdo Studio has been represented in San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis and Houston, as well as in such works as David Hockney’s The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera.

In dance, the studio has worked with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, Elliot Feld, Jennifer Muller, San Francisco Ballet, Miami Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Izquierdo Studio has also worked on several productions of The Nutcracker, including ones designed by Zack Brown, Theoni V. Aldridge, John David Ridge, José Varona and Martin Pakledinaz.

Popular music has become a bigger part of the studio's portfolio, including work with such artists as Missy Elliot, Bette Midler, Britney Spears, The Rolling Stones, Ricky Martin, R. Kelly, Celine Dion and many others. As Izquierdo Studio adds woodmaking, metalwork and lighting to its repertoire, it has begun to build sets and props for fashion designers Ann Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Norma Kamali, as well as photographers Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritz and Richard Avedon.

The studio has also been responsible for wigs, props and costumes for Victoria’s Secret and parties for Hal Prince, Bette Midler, The Acting Company, Cornell Medical Center and the New York Philharmonic.

Recent projects include HBO’s Angels in America (Ann Roth), Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe (Albert Wolsky), Turandot at Santa Fe Opera (Willa Kim), Spiderman I & II (Jim Atchenson), Die Walküre at Washington Opera (Anita Yavitch) and Pride & Glory (Abigail Murray).