March 13, 2017 by Anna Lyon

Paris Barclay to receive the Golden Sphinx Award by the Hasty Pudding Institute

The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 will be awarding the 2017 Golden Sphinx award to Paris Barclay for his successful career in entertainment and his contributions to the performing arts (see: Grand Sphinx Farkas to Honor Barclay at Gala).

The Hasty Pudding Institute is a historic and prestigious club that began as a social group at Harvard, and a member was required to bring a pot of hasty pudding to each meeting. The organization and grown over two centuries, becoming a well-known philanthropic organization with the goal of fostering the performing arts. They aim to support the underprivileged and young talent at a global level. The Institute includes the oldest social club in the US, a theater group, and a collegiate a cappella group, the Harvard Krokodiloes.

Each year, the Hasty Pudding Institute recognizes a talented individual in the entertainment industry, by bestowing the Order of the Golden Sphinx award for his or her contributions to the performing arts. This award, representing the traditional Golden Sphinx symbol of the Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Hasty Pudding Institute.

Paris Barclay will be the 2017 recipient of the Gold Sphinx award. Barclay is currently the President of the Directors Guild of America, and he has an incredible history of producing and directing several successful television shows. He was awarded two Emmy Awards and six Emmy nominations for his involvement in popular series, including GLEE and NYPD BLUE. He also directed episodes of many other popular shows, such as ER, LOST, HOUSE, SCANDAL, and EMPIRE. Barclay has previously been honored by receiving ten Directors Guild nominations, three NAACP Image Awards, four Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes, and others.

This is the first year that the award is presented to an individual who was a member of the Hasty Pudding Institute as an undergraduate. Barclay used to sing with the Harvard Krokodiloes, and he also composed two shows for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. His further achievements and contributions to the performing arts made him an ideal candidate for this prestigious award.

The award will be presented at the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel on April 3, 2017 in New York City. The Gala will include dinner, a speech by Barclay, and special performances by undergraduate and alumni members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Harvard Krokodiloes.