The Thomas DeGaetani Award

ThomasDegaetaniUSITT recognizes excellence and significant contributions in the performing arts and entertainment industry, in the areas of design and technology, through a variety of awards. These awards honor established professionals and performing arts/entertainment-focused organizations throughout the world. Nominations for these special awards are accepted from the membership-at-large.

The Thomas DeGaetani Award, named in honor of the first USITT president, honors an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performing arts or entertainment industry by an individual or a performing arts/entertainment-focused organization living and/or working in a particular region of the country, generally near the location of the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves by their service or contribution in the arts or entertainment within that region.


Recipients of the Thomas DeGaetani Award

2018 Disney Parks Live Entertainment, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2017 Peter Sargent, St. Louis, Missouri
2016 Keven Myhre, Theatrical Designer & Director
2015 Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio
2014 Darren K. Woods, General Director, Fort Worth Opera
2013 First Stage
2012 PCPA Theatre
2011 Children's Theatre of Charlotte
2010 University of Missouri-Kansas City
2009 Paul Vincent, Vincent Lighting Systems, Cleveland, Ohio
2008 Gregory Boyd, The Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas
2007 David Saar, Childsplay Theatre, Tempe, Arizona
2006 Jon Jory & Marc Materson, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
2005 Christopher Newton, The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, Canada
2004 Jack O'Brien, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California
2003 Lou Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnestoa
2002 Kent Thompson, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, Alabama
2001 Sheldon Epps, Television Director
2000 Donald R. Seawell, Denver Theatre Center,Denver, Colorado
1999 Ed and David Mirvish, Mirvish Productions
1998 David Emmes and Martin Benson, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, California
1997 Howard and Vira Heinz, The Howard Heinz Endowment and The Vira I. Heinz Endowment
1996 Peter Wolf, Theatrical Designer/Six Flags Over Texas
1995 Frederic Apcar, Las Vegas Extravaganza Producer/Director
1994 Irene Corey, Irene Corey Studio, Dallas, Texas
1993 Karl C. Bruder, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas
1992 Greg Falls, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, Washington
1991 Robert Brustein, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1990 Ardis Kranik, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago, Ilinois
1989 Sarah O'Connor, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre,Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1988 Bill Bushnell and Diane White, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, California
1987 Tanya Moisievitch, The Guthrie Theatre,Minneapolis, Minnesota
1985 Arthur Benline, New York City Commissioner of Buildings
1984 George Gill, Yankee Clipper Hotelier and Showman 
1983 Paul Baker, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas, Texas