Meet Our 2020 Award Winners!
February 5, 2020
The results are in! Awards season is an exciting time for many in the entertainment industry. From the Grammys to the Golden Globes, there's an abundance of award excitement — and USITT is no exception! All award winners will be formally recognized at USITT 2020 in Houston. We're less than two months away from all the action, so let's meet and share our congratulations with this year's award winners.
Interested in the work and stories of our 2020 award winners? We'll be sitting down with these talents one-on-one in Houston to discuss their wins, current work, and some other exciting things. We'll be sharing these stories through podcasts, social media, and in our newsletters, so keep an eye out!
Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award
Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award, sponsored by USITT and the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at the University of Texas - Austin, honors an outstanding publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts. The recipient of this award is the author of an outstanding, major, recent publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts.
Winner: Alexandra Bonds
Herbert D. Greggs Award
The Herbert D. Greggs Awards promote innovative, in-depth writing about theatre design and technology in TD&T.
Honor: Caitlyn Garrity
Merit: John Huntington
Merit: Sandra Goldmark
Distinguished Achievement Awards
The Distinguished Achievement Awards honor individuals who have established meritorious career records in specific fields of expertise in any area of design or technology in the performing arts or entertainment industry.
Sound Design and Technology: Deena Kaye
Digital Media: Elaine J. McCarthy
Costume Design and Technology: Jeffrey Lieder
Engineering: Jerry Gorrell
Scene Design and Technology: Kevin Rigdon
Lighting Design and Technology: Paule Constable
Education: Scott C. Parker
USITT Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award, sponsored by LDI/Live Design, is given annually to a young professional at the beginning of their career. The award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in scenic, lighting, sound, projection design, or a convergence of these design disciplines.
Winner: Joe Klug
Young Designers, Managers, and Technicians Awards
The Awards for Young Designers, Managers, & Technicians in the Performing Arts, known throughout USITT as the YDMT Awards, bring recognition and support to young designers, managers, and technicians at the beginning of their careers. They are made possible by generous gifts to USITT from their sponsors.
The KM Fabrics, Inc. Technical Production Award: Dashiell Menard
Bernhard R. Works, Frederick A. Buerki Scenic Technology Award: Yaro Yarashevich
Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award: Brooke Nicole Kesler
USITT Award for Scene Design Sponsored by Rose Brand: Afsaneh Aayani
The Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Lighting Award: Jasmine Lesane
Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award: Jeff Sherwood
Richard Hay Undergraduate Scene Design Award: Brett Sellitti
USITT Stage Management Award Sponsored by Clear-Comm Communication Systems: Yue Shi
The Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making Sponsored by Judy Adamson: William Young
The Master Craftsmanship Award Sponsored by Bernhard R. Works: William Young
USITT Student International Travel Award
These grants were established in 2003 to assist USITT student members with international travel for education and research in theatre-related fields. They fund projects that seek new knowledge through international travel to exhibitions, productions, and collections.
Winner: Cade Sikora
USITT Member International Travel Award
This grant was established in 2004 to provide USITT members with funding for international travel for advanced research and education in theatre-related fields.
Winner: Dan Ozminkowski
Winner: Susan Hilferty
Joel E. Rubin Founder's Award
Winners: Alexandra Bonds and Patricia MacKay
Thomas DeGaetani Award
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.
Winner: Eileen Morris
Honorary Lifetime Membership Award
The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award is bestowed to a small but very distinguished group of individuals who have been recognized for providing a significant period of years of continuous and extraordinary service to the Institute.
Winner: William Byrnes
Wally Rusell Professional Mentoring Award
The Wally Russell Mentoring Award is presented by USITT in partnership with the Wally Russell Foundation to honor someone who embodies the guiding hand that Wally Russell provided to many young professionals.
Winner: Kathy Perkins
Sponsored by the USITT Architecture Commission, the Architecture Awards Program honors excellence in design and recognizes architects of theatre projects.
Bristol Old Vic; Bristol, UK
- Architecture Firm: Haworth Tompkins
- Theatre Consultant: Charcoalblue
- Acoustical Consultant: Charcoalblue
The National Arts Centre Rejuvenation and Production Renewal; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Architecture Firm: Diamond Schmitt Architects
- Theatre Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates
- Acoustical Consultant: Threshold Acoustics LLC.
Hancher; Iowa City, Iowa
- Architecture Firm: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
- Theatre Consultant: Theatre Projects Consultants
- Acoustical Consultant: Kirkegaard Associates