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USITT Announces 2020 Award Winners

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology is pleased to announce our 2020 award winners. Each year USITT along with many generous sponsors present a wide array of awards to those who work, create, and excel in the theatre and live entertainment industry.

The USITT 2020 award winners listed below will be honored at our 60th Anniversary Conference & Stage Expo in Houston April 1-4, 2020.

Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award
Winner: Alexandra Bonds, Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture

Herbert D. Greggs Award
Honor: Caitlyn Garrity, "Building a Better Workplace," Summer 2019
Merit: John Huntington, "Bridging Art and State-of-the-Art," Summer 2019
Merit: Sandra Goldmark, "Circular Design and Production," Winter 2019

Distinguished Achievement Awards

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 sponsored by LDI/Live Design
Winner: Joe Klug

Young Designers, Managers, and Technicians Awards

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
Winner: Cade Sikora

USITT Member International Travel Award
Winner: Dan Ozminkowski

Winner: Susan Hilferty

Joel E. Rubin Founder's Award
Winners: Alexandra Bonds and Patricia MacKay

Thomas DeGaetani Award
Winner: Eileen Morris

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award
Winner: William Byrnes

Wally Russell Professional Mentoring Award
Winner: Kathy Perkins

Architecture Awards
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

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators, and students. USITT was founded in 1960 as an organization to promote dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology.

Today, the Institute boasts thousands of members at all levels of their careers and has embraced the new technologies being used in entertainment. USITT is now the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry. Learn more at

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