Bobbi Owen

Willa Kim, left, with Bobbi OwenChapel Hill, North Carolina

Inducted as a Fellow: 2008

Your earliest memories of the Institute?

I wrote some of the citations for the Purple Hearts that were awarded at the (last) conference held in New York City in 1985.  I had been aware prior to that but this was my first involvement.  My first participation participating in a panel of talks (thanks to Sylvia Hillyard-Pannell) was in Long Beach in 1998.

Favorite USITT memory?

Too many.  I loved hearing Tony Walton say (in Long Beach in 2003) as keynote that he sailed to the US his first time on the Queen Mary - and was staying on it that week!  I am a big fan of David Rodger and Deborah Hazlett and have been blessed to work closely with them on lots of projects including 24 issues of TD&T!

Short list of career highlights:

Seven books and hundreds of articles about theatrical designers; hundreds of costume designer credits; thousands of students - the reason for it all.

Short list of your involvement in the Institute:

  • Vice-president for Communication 2002-2010,
  • Fellow of the Institute 2008,  
  • Active with the publications committee Golden Pen book award selection process, Herb Greggs Award,
  • Helped coordinate the 50th celebration in Kansas City

Anything you want to say about being a Fellow?

Big thrill and still a surprise.  Are you sure it wasn't a mistake???

Publications:

  • Editor, Late & Great:  American Designers 1960-2010.  New York:  USITT in cooperation with Broadway Press, March 2010.  P. 1-300.
  • Co-author, Design USA (Prague Quadrennial exhibition catalog).  New York:  USITT in cooperation with Broadway Press, 2007.  P. 1-120. With Jody Blake, P. 6-23.
  • Author, The Designs of Willa Kim.  New York:  USITT in cooperation with Broadway Press,2005.  P. 1-112.
  • Author, Broadway Design Roster, Designers and Their Credits.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Inc., 2003. P. 1-712.
  • Author, Scenic Design on Broadway, Designers and Their Credits: 1915-1990. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.  P. 1-286.
  • Author, Lighting Design on Broadway, Designers and Their Credits: 1915-1990. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.  P. 1-159.
  • Author, Costume Design on Broadway: Designers and Their Credits, 1915-1985. Westport,CT:  Greenwood Press, 1987.  P. 1-254.

List of books that you recommend about the field:

USITT's Golden Pen Winners would be a good start to a list

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