Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award, established by LDI/LiveDesign magazine, is given annually to a young professional at the beginning of his or her career. The award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in the areas of scenic, lighting, sound, and projection design, or the convergence of these design disciplines. Recipients must be in the first four years of professional (non-academic) work following the completion of his or her highest degree.

Chris Wood, lighting & sound designer (shown here) was awarded the 2015 USITT Rising Star Award at the 2015 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Nominations for 2016 Rising Star Award
Open July 1, 2015
Nominations Close August 15, 2015
Rising Star Portfolios due September 1, 2015


  • Current USITT members are invited to nominate deserving young professionals for this award.
  • Nominees must be in their first four years of professional (non-academic) work following the completion of their highest degree.
  • Successful nominees will demonstrate their professional accomplishments through the submission of a current professional resume/bio or web site, submission of up to eight (8) supporting documents of their work, and two letters of recommendation.
  •  Nominees are judged on their range of knowledge displayed and the best integration of skills, craft, and artistry.
  • Award winners receive $1,000, a one-year USITT Individual membership, and a complimentary registration to the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. 
  • All nominations must be submitted online.
  • Nominees will be given a link to upload required documents.
  • Please contact the USITT office with any questions regarding document submissions.
  • Rising Star Award will be presented at the 55th USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Past Recipients (click name to read more)

2015 Chris Wood, lighting & sound designer
2014 Janie Bullard, sound designer

Aaron Porter, lighting designer


Jason Simms, scene designer


Daniel Brodie, projection designer


Ben Pilat, lighting designer


Sean Savoie, lighting designer


Elisheba Ittoop, sound designer


John Horan, lighting designer


Justin Townsend, scenic and lighting desinger


Kelly Hanson, scenic designer