Emerging Creatives Showcase

Deadline: December 17

The Emerging Creatives Showcase is an annual themed and adjudicated exhibition of designers, craftspersons and managers. These themes will help us showcase emerging talent that has, for the most part, been left unfeatured in this and other exhibitions of rising talent. The theme for this year's exhibition will be Designers, Craftspeople and Managers of the HBCUs (including Early Career Professionals) &  African American Early Career Designers, Craftspeople and Managers

Eligiblity & Criteria

Entry requirements

  • You must be in the final year of your graduate or undergraduate training program or a recent graduate (within 3 years)
  • If accepted into the program, students must be or become a USITT Student Member and Early Career Professionals must be or join as an USITT Early Career member 

Application

  • Your contact information
  • For students, two letters of recommendation from faculty members at your school or one faculty member and one professional in your field of study with whom you have worked.
  • For Early Career professionals, letters of recommendation from designers, directors, or producers with whom you have worked.
  • Resume
  • Designers are limited to three productions, one of which must have been fully realized.
    • Photographs should include event/play/piece title, scene, character, and other designers clearly labeled with an appropriately sized and colored, easy-to-read, well-placed font. 
    • Costume Designers should include examples of their process work such as preliminary sketches, or paperwork along with sketches (swatches for built items) and realized work should include production photo(s). 
    • Scene Designers should include examples of their process work such as preliminary sketches, ground plans, or final renderings and/or models. Realized productions should include a production photo(s). 
    • Lighting Designers should include a plot, associated paperwork, and the process you used to arrive at your design choices. Realized production work should include production photos. 
    • Sound Designers should include clearly identifiable links or digital files with selected cues plus organizational/paperwork such as sound plot and sound system design. Please include your process at arriving at your design choices.

Craftspersons are limited to the following submissions, of which there must be at least one realized production:

  • 16 (but no more than 24) examples of your work 
  • A photo collage portfolio plate is acceptable as a single example 
  • Maximum size and resolution are 18 x 24 inches, 300 dpi, 20MB 
  • PDF Format only 
  • Photographs should include event/play/piece title, scene, character, and the designers clearly labeled with an appropriately sized and colored, easy-to-read, well-placed font.
    • Shop Managers should include work that gives a thorough presentation of the scope and complexity of at least one realized production 
    • Technical directors, lighting technologists, and sound technologists should include examples of drafting and associated paperwork. 
    • Costume technologists, craft artisans, and hair and make-up personnel may include photos of the project worn by the performer and detailed photos of the interior and exterior of each project. 
    • Prop and scene painting artisans must include detailed photos of each project and production photos are strongly encouraged.
  • Work for shop manager, TDs, technologists, and craft artisans may include realized productions, classwork, or personal projects. The sampling portfolio should reflect the range of technical challenges that you can solve and provide details on the process and the finished quality of each project. 
  • Projects should include process information such as research, preliminary sketches, budget, work calendars or time spent, and materials information. 
     

Conference Registration

If accepted into ECS, you will receive a complimentary Full Conference registration.  If you have already registered, your registration fee will be refunded.