Call for Build Team: US National and Emerging Exhibits for the 2027 Prague Quadrennial

November 10, 2023

Dear Potential Build Team Members,

USITT is excited to announce the call for applicants to fill the Technical Director and host institution role for the 2027 Prague Quadrennial US National and Emerging Exhibits.

The Prague Quadrennial is a prestigious international event celebrating the intersection of performance, design, and architecture, showcasing the most innovative and inspiring works worldwide.

We are seeking passionate and talented Universities or scene shops who will play a crucial role in bringing the US National and Emerging Exhibits to life. The host institution will have the unique opportunity to contribute your skills and expertise to help realize the U.S. installations that will captivate audiences from all over the globe.

Here are three essential aspects to consider for the call:

Collaboration and Creativity:

The Build Team will work closely with producers, curators, designers, and artists to translate their visions into tangible exhibits. We value creative problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinking, and a passion for pushing boundaries. Your contribution will shape the narrative and aesthetic of the US National and Emerging Exhibits, making it an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Technical Proficiency:

The Technical Director and team should have experience with scenic construction and finishes using non-standard materials. Entertainment and production logistics: these exhibits will travel from the host institution to the USITT conference and Prague, Czech Republic. Understanding and implementing video, lighting, and sound technologies enable the showcase of the USA-selected designs.

Time Commitment and Flexibility:

The Prague Quadrennial is a globally recognized event, and the preparation and installation of the exhibits require dedicated effort and time. By applying as the host institution, you should be available and committed to working within the established timelines. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, but your flexibility and ability to adapt will be crucial to completing the project.


To apply for the role of Technical Director and host institution, please submit the following documents:

Letter of Intent:

Write a letter expressing how this experience will benefit you and your department. Describe how your involvement as the Technical Director will contribute to your professional growth, expand your network, and enhance your understanding of international collaborative projects. Share your enthusiasm for the opportunity and explain how you envision bringing valuable insights and experiences to your department.

Facilities and Resources:

Provide detailed information about the facilities and resources available to you and your department. Describe the workshop spaces, equipment, and tools that can support the production of the exhibits. Highlight any specialized resources or unique capabilities that could enhance the Build Team's ability to execute the installations effectively.

Letter of Financial Support:

Include a letter from your Dean (or similar authority) indicating the level of possible financial support that will be provided for participation in the project. This letter should confirm the commitment of necessary funds for travel, accommodation, materials, and any other relevant expenses associated with your involvement in the Build Team.


To apply for the position of Technical Director for the US National and Emerging Exhibits at the 2027 Prague Quadrennial, please submit your application by January 30, 2024. Include the required documents mentioned above via Openwater.


All applications submitted by January 30, 2024, will be considered by our selection committee. This panel will comprise a minimum of two previous Technical Directors from earlier build teams, one previous curator or artistic director from a previous PQ exhibition, Laura Lee Everett (USITT Executive Director) and Patrick Rizzotti (Chair of the International Activities Committee.)


We look forward to receiving your applications and witnessing the collaborative efforts of talented individuals who will help shape the US presence at this esteemed international event.

For any questions or clarifications regarding the application process, please get in touch with Patrick Rizzotti, Chair of the USITT International Activates Committee, at

Thank you for considering this opportunity, and we are excited to embark on this journey together