Current USITT members are invited to nominate young professionals for The Rising Star Award, established by and sponsored by LDI/Live Design magazine. Presented annually at the USITT Conference and Stage Expo, the award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in the areas of scenic, lighting, sound, and projection design, or the convergence of these design disciplines. Recipients must be in the first four years of professional (non-academic) work following the completion of his or her highest degree.

"The Rising Star Award is one of the ways we look toward the next generation and support the work of the next crop of great designers," says David Johnson, publisher of Live Design.

Nominations must be made by September 1 and required documentation must be submitted by September 16.. Click here for the nomination form.

The 2014 Rising Star Award will be presented at the 54nd USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Fort Worth, TX, March 26-29, 2014.

Past Rising Star recipients include:
2013 Aaron Porter, lighitng designer
2012 Jason Simms, scenic designer
2011 Daniel Brodie, projection designer
2010 Ben Pilat, lighting designer
2009 Sean Savoie, lighting designer
2008 Elisheba Ittoop, sound designer
2007 John Horan, lighting designer
2006 Justin Townsend, scenic and lighting designer
2005 Kelly Hanson, scenic designer