The WALLY Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented on an annual basis to an individual who has, during their career, made an outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. This award is presented during the Awards Ceremonies at the LDI trade show in Orlando / Las Vegas. In the selection of this recipient special consideration will be given to individuals whose talents might not otherwise be acknowledged to a level commensurate with their contributions to the industry. Recipients to date.

The Most Promising Newcomer Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional promise in their chosen field within the industry. This award is intended to provide an individual some level of financial and practical assistance in furthering their career objectives through travel or access to educational opportunity. The recipient will have demonstrated a talent for providing new and unique contributions to the industry to which Wally gave his lifetime dedication. This award will be presented at the LDI trade show in Orlando / Las Vegas. Recipients to date. This part of the program will be reinstituted in 2006.

Award photos from 2005 Video
Award photos from 2003

Award photos from 2002

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Internship / Scholarship Programs
Financial contributions are made, on a selective basis, to organizations, which, through their activities, provide opportunities as well as foster and encourage talent and creativity on the part of newcomers to the entertainment industry. Recipients to date.

L.A. Music Center Opera Company Lighting Intern
Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Canada - Lighting Intern

 

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L.A. Music Center Opera Company Lighting Intern

Wally, among other activities, was the first technical director of the Los Angeles Opera, a position he held until his death.

Discussions with the Opera on how to best celebrate Wally’s memory led to the establishment of the Wally Russell Lighting Internship. The Foundation has underwritten a significant portion of the costs of this position since its inception in 1998. This intern benefits from the opportunity to assist some of the world’s most prominent lighting designers on some of the greatest Opera productions presented in North America. Additionally, at the end of their internship, the Intern is eligible to apply for membership in the United Scenic Artists Union, which can greatly assist their future activities. Recipients to date. To date, all of the recepients have gone on to successful careers in the industry.

Los Angeles Opera (www.losangelesopera.com)

 

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Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Canada - Lighting Intern

A Canadian by birth, one of Wally’s first professional positions was as Technical Director of the Canadian Opera Company.

The Foundation is pleased to announce that beginning in 2006 an internship program similar to the one already in place at the Los Angeles Opera will be instituted at the Canadian Opera Company.

Canadian Opera Company (www.coc.ca)

 

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