Carnegie Mellon University
August 19, 2014

News Brief: Alumna Chikako Suzuki Wins Her First Emmy Award

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Chikako SuzukiPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University alumna Chikako Suzuki (A'04) has won her first Emmy Award for her art direction in the Showtime comedy "House of Lies." Suzuki was presented with the award during the Creative Arts Emmys Show on Aug. 16.

Fourteen Carnegie Mellon alumni were nominated for 2014 Emmy Awards in 13 categories; 12 were in the creative arts platform and two will be part of the 66th Annual Prime-time Emmy Awards, which will be televised at 8 p.m. EDT, Monday, Aug. 25 on NBC. 

Suzuki, who has a master's degree in scenic design from CMU's School of Drama, won in the category of Outstanding Art Direction for Contemporary Art Program (half-hour or less) with Ray Yamagata and Tim Stepeck.

Also nominated for Outstanding Art Direction were CMU alumni John Shaffner (A'76) and Ann Shea (A'80) for their work in "The Big Bang Theory."

In addition to working on "House of Lies," Suzuki is working on the third season of HBO's "Newsroom" and ABC's "Scandal."

"We are extremely proud of our graduates," said School of Drama Head Peter Cooke. "Especially in our centennial year, we recognize the contributions they have made to the entertainment industry in so many different ways. We are thrilled for their successes."

Emmy Award nominees in this Monday's broadcast are Matt Bomer (A'00) for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in "The Normal Heart," and Jeffrey Klarik (A'69) for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for his work in "Episodes."

Suzuki's fellow alumni nominees in the creative arts categories were:

Steve Arnold (A'89)
Outstanding Art Direction for A Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
"House of Cards"
Nominated jointly with Halina Gebarowicz and Tiffany Zappulla

Phil Baker (A'84)
Outstanding Children's Program
"Good Luck Charlie"
Nominated jointly with Dan Staley, Drew Vaupen, Christopher Vane, Erika Kaestle, Patrick McCarthy, Jim Gerkin and Pixie Wespiser

Eduardo Castro (A'76, '77)
Outstanding Costume for A Series
"Once Upon A Time"
Monique McRae, Assistant Costume Designer

Eugene Lee (A'62)
Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program
"Saturday Night Live"
Nominated jointly with Akira Yoshimura, Keith Ian Raywood, N. Joseph DeTullio

Michael McMillian (A'02)
Outstanding Interactive Program
"Game of Thrones Premiere - Facebook Live and Instagram
Nominated jointly with Sabrina Calouri, Paul Beddoe-Stephens, Jim Marsh and Michael McMorrow

Noah Mitz (A'05)
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Director for a Variety Special
 "67th Annual Tony Awards"
Nominated jointly with Robert Dickinson, Harry Sangmeister and Ed McCarthy

Daniel Orlandi, Costume Designer (A'76)
Outstanding Costumes for A Miniseries, Movie or A Special
"The Normal Heart"
Nominated jointly with Gail A. Fitzgibbons, Hartsell Taylor, Maria Tortu

Kevin Rupnik (A'78)
Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series, Miniseries or a Movie (Single-Camera)
"Masters of Sex"
Nominated jointly with Andrew Jackness and Ellen Christiansen

John Shaffner (A'76) and Ann Shea (A'80)
Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary Program (Half-Hour Or Less)
"The Big Bang Theory"
Nominated jointly with Francoise Cherry-Cohen

Mark Worthington (A'91)
Outstanding Art Direction For A Period Series, Miniseries Or A Movie (Single-Camera)
"American Horror Story: Coven"
Nominated jointly with Andrew Murdock and Ellen Brill

Additionally, "Shameless," the popular Showtime series produced by alumnus John Wells (A'79, Honorary'14) through John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television, also was nominated in several categories.


Chikako Suzuki (pictured above), who earned a master's degree in scenic design from CMU's School of Drama, was honored for her art direction in the Showtime comedy "House of Lies."