Photo by Don Nelson
Hussey prefers being backstage whenever possible.

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp has named Darla Hussey as the first recipient of its newly created Steinebach Award — named after the theater’s founders, Carolanne and the late Egon Steinebach — which recognizes “outstanding contribution to live theater.”

Hussey “carries the spirit and passion of the founders who had the dream to begin The Merc,” said Missi Smith, the theater’s executive director.

Hussey has been involved in several Merc productions, creating costumes, props and special makeup including elaborate face-painting.

The award was presented after the final performance of “Rikki Tikki Tavi” on Sunday (May 6). Hussey created the costumes and makeup for the production’s many characters. Her two sons also took part in the production, Kenny as an actor and Dean as a composer, and sound designer/technician.

Hussey is the graphic designer and social media director for the Methow Valley News.