USITT22 Award Winners
Congratulations to our 2022 award winners! We will be honoring all of our winners at USITT22 in Baltimore, March 2-5.
Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAA)
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. Each will be a featured part of the Conference in a special session presented by one of the Commissions.
Areas of achievement include, but are not limited to disciplines represented by the Commissions of USITT, scenic design, lighting design, sound design, technical direction, costume design & technology, theatre architecture, theatrical consulting, production management, stage or arts management, entertainment technology, education, or a convergence of these disciplines.
Sound Design: Michael Hooker
Costume Design: Terri Purcell
Scene Design: Donyale Werle
Education: Dick Block
Lighting Design: John McKernon
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: Joseph Brandesky
Publication: "Jaroslav Malina in Scenography and Painting"
Herbert D. Greggs Award
The Herbert D. Greggs Awards promote innovative, in-depth writing about theatre design and technology in TD&T.
Honor: Yoshi Tanokura
Publication: "Millions of Shared Ideas in One Brush Stroke"
Merit: Skye Strauss
Publication: "The Working of a Wild Mind"
Sponsored by the USITT Architecture Commission, the Architecture Awards Program honors excellence in the design and recognize architects of theatre projects for 25 years.
Klarman Hall; Boston
Tanglewood Linde Center for Music and Learning; Lenox, MA
Gonzaga University Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center; Spokane, WA
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: Arena Players Inc.
Wally Russell 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: Jay Sheehan
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: Kristen Martino
Young Designers, Managers, & Technicians (YDMT) Awards
The Awards for YDMT 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.