Requirements for Barbara Matera Award

Nominees must be completing or have completed a graduate
degree within the last two years.


  • USITT members may nominate people for these awards. Student members may not nominate themselves or other student members.
  • Nominees and nominators must be current USITT member. (note: student cannot be nominated using an organizational membership).
  • Awards are open to all ages and recognize promising newcomers in each award area.

The Award will go to an individual who has demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential as a Costume Maker for the performing arts and/or entertainment industries. This award recognizes the Costume Maker, who realizes the designer’s vision, and is not intended to recognize achievement in design. Applicants might specialize in one area or have a variety of skills in areas such as:

  • Pattern Making
  • Millinery
  • Armor Making
  • Mask Making
  • Fabric Painting
  • Dyeing
  • Costume Accessories
  • Costume Shop Management


  • Submitted documents/materials may include up to three different productions
  • Five plates of digital images are required; an additional three are optional (eight total).
  • “Plate” refers to a single image or collage of images. Maximum size and resolution is 18 x 24 inches, 200dpi
  • PDF format only

Nomination will be open from
Sept 1 - Nov 1