Bernhard R. Works Master Crafts Award

Nominations for YDMT 2022 are closed.

This award was established in 2013 by USITT Fellow Bernhard R. Works, Ph.D, professor emeritus of design and technical production at the University of Illinois and 2011 recipient of USITT's Joel E. Rubin Founders Award and sponsor of the Frederick A. Buerki Golden Hammer Scenic Technology Award.

Winner of this award receives $1,000 & Conference registration for USITT Conference & Stage Expo. Awards are presented at USITT Conference & Stage Expo.

This award recognizes a student as a practicing theatre artisan. This award is to enhance further student training and/or development in one of four craft areas: scene painting, stage properties, costume making, and lighting technology. The award will be given on an annual rotating basis. The 2022 award will be for Scenic Painting.

Eligibility and Application Information

Past Winners


William Young

Costume Technology


Jenn Bobo

Stage Properties


Christina Curtis

Scenic Painting


Philip Rheinheimer

Lighting Design


Emily Morrisey

Stage Properties


Alexa Busnot

Scenic Painting