American Seating Sponsors USITT Student Architecture Competition; Submission Deadline Jan 4, 2014
Michigan-based American Seating, a leader in theatre seating, will sponsor the 2014 USITT Architecture and Theatre Student Design Competition. The company has pledged $6,000 to cover the costs of the annual competition, which challenges architecture and theatre students to collaborate on designing an "ideal" theatre for their university.
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology organizes the annual contest to encourage teams of architecture and theatre students to work together on a project to "explore the emotive power of space, how space can aid storytelling, and how it can be manipulated to achieve a dramatic purpose," said USITT Competition Chair Scott Georgeson of Workshop Architects in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Teams of students around the world are invited to submit designs to a professional jury of leading theatre architects, which will select three to receive $1,000 awards and present their work at USITT's 2014 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Fort Worth, Texas, March 26-29, 2014. The team selected for the Commissioner's Award at the Conference will receive an additional $500 and formal recognition for their school.
"We are truly grateful to American Seating for sponsoring this event," he said. "This competition encourages architecture and theatre students to experience the creative challenges of designing theatres, and perhaps consider pursuing that arena in their future careers."