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USITT Announces 2020 Award Winners

Winners will be honored at the USITT conference in Houston.

LIVERPOOL, N.Y.: The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has announced their 2020 award winners. This year’s winners will be honored at the USITT 60th Anniversary Conference & Stage Expo in Houston, April 1-4.

Alexandra Bonds will receive the Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award for her book Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture.

The Herbert D. Greggs award, which promotes innovative, in-depth writing about theatre design and technology, will go to Caitlyn Garrity for her report, “Building a Better Workplace.” Two Herbert D. Greggs Merit Awards will go to John Huntington (“Bridging Art and State-of-the-Art”) and Sandra Goldmark (“Circular Design and Production”).

USITT’s Distinguished Achievement Awards, honoring “individuals who have established meritorious career records” in their area of design or technology expertise. This year’s winners are Deena Kaye (sound design and technology), Elaine J. McCarthy (digital media), Jeffrey Lieder (costume design and technology), Jerry Gorrell (engineering), Kevin Rigdon (scene design and technology), Paule Constable (lighting design and technology), and Scott C. Parker (education).

Sponsored by LDI/Live Design, the annual Rising Star Award is given to a young professional at the beginning of their career. This year’s winner is Joe Klug.

Also recognizing early career individuals are the Young Designers, Managers, and Technicians Awards, made possible by sponsor gifts. This years winners are Dashiell Menard, Yaro Yarashevich, Brook Nicole Kesler, Afsaneh Aayani, Jasmine Lesane, Jeff Sherwood, Brett Sellitti, Yue Shi, and William Young.

Other award winners include Dan Ozminkowski (USITT Member International Travel Award), Susan Hilferty (USITT Award), Alexandra Bonds and Patricia MacKay (Joel E. Rubin Founder’s Award), Eileen Morris (Thomas DeGaetani Award), William Byrnes (Honorary Lifetime Membership Award), and Kathy Perkins (Wally Russell Professional Mentoring Award).

Founded in 1960, USITT is the national nonprofit association for live entertainment production professionals. USITT promotes dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology.

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