The 2008 Rising Star Award, sponsored by LDI2007 and Live Design, will be presented at the Awards Banquet that concludes USITT's Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Houston, Texas, March 19-22, 2008.

Nominations for the 2008 Rising Star Award can now be made online. After last year's successful migration of the USITT's Young Designers & Technicians awards to an online application process, USITT has also moved the 2008 Rising Star Award nomination, application, and adjudication procedures online.

Nominations of outstanding young professionals for USITT's 2008 Rising Star Award, sponsored by LDI2007/Live Design, are now being accepted.

The Rising Star Award recognizes young professionals in the first four years of their careers for artistic excellence in the areas of lighting, sound, scenic, and projection design or a convergence of design disciplines.

Current USITT members are invited to nominate deserving young professionals. Once the application is received, nominees will be contacted by USITT for support materials used in the jury process. Nominees will be asked to electronically supply a professional resume, two letters of support, an application, and no more than eight representative samples of their work. A jury of professional theatre designers and technicians, and the editors of Live Design magazine will review submissions.

Nominations will be accepted until October 18, 2007.

In addition to a $1,000 award, the winner will receive a one-year membership to USITT, and be a guest at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Visit the Rising Star page on the USITT web site for information and an online application.