Advanced Imaging Society President Jim Chabin with Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy at the 2019 Entertainment Technology Awards Ceremony
Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy was honored as a female industry visionary by the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) at its 10th annual Entertainment Technology Awards ceremony on October 28th in Beverly Hills, California.
“This award was totally unexpected, but a wonderful surprise!” shared Challis Davy. “Our technical team has been working in earnest since 2003 to bring the magic of digital imagery to our theatrical production, gradually making improvements and acquiring more advanced technical equipment year by year. With the support and encouragement of the Festival of Arts’ Board of Directors, I think we have achieved our goal of modernizing the Pageant of the Masters.” She continued, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our efforts. I anticipate working even harder to further refine our production values in the future.”
Challis Davy and nine other top female executives and leaders in their field of expertise were presented with the society’s prestigious Lumiere Statuettes, made by the R.S. Owens company of Chicago that also manufactures the Oscars® for the Academy Awards. The honorees were selected for their leadership, contributions to the community and creative use of technology that enhances the process of artistry and storytelling. In addition to Challis Davy, the 2019 honorees included actress/advocate Tamera Mowry-Housley and innovators from Sony ImageWorks, IMAX Corporation, Kabam Online Gaming, Pixar Animation Studios, Dreamworks Animation, Light Magic XLabs and Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
Throughout her tenure as Pageant Director, Challis Davy has embraced advances in theatrical technology to consistently surprise her audiences and sustain the Pageant’s vitality and relevance in the 21st century. This past summer’s performance of The Time Machine was notable for its integration of vibrant digital imagery, lasers and advanced special effects. At a time when audiences hunger for more immersive engagement with stories, Challis Davy and her creative team succeeded in blending the centuries-old traditional art form of tableaux vivants with new technology.
“Congratulations to Diane Challis Davy for receiving this well-deserved award. We are proud of her and the recognition she has brought to the Pageant of the Masters. Her innovative use of technology in the creation of living pictures is ground breaking and inspirational,” said Festival of Arts President David Perry.
The 2020 Pageant of the Masters production, Made in America, will be presented nightly from July 8 – September 3, 2020 with advance tickets on sale December 1, 2019 starting at $20 per person. To stay up to date on all things Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts, follow the Festival at @FestivalPageant and visit www.foapom.com.