Nominations for USITT’s 2010 Rising Star Award, sponsored and created by LDI and Live Design, can be made through the USITT website starting October 1. 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 the convergence of design disciplines. Recipients must be in the first four years of professional, non-academic work following the completion of their highest degree.

Current USITT members are invited to nominate young professionals. Once nominated, candidates will be contacted by USITT and asked to electronically supply a professional resume, two letters of support, an application, and no more than eight representative examples of their work. A jury of professional theatre designers and technicians and the editor of Live Design magazine will review submissions. Nominees are judged for the range of knowledge displayed and for the best integration of skills, craft, and artistry. The 2010 Rising Star Award winner will receive $1,000, a one-year individual membership to USITT, and complimentary registration to the 2010 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Kansas City, Missouri where the award will be presented.

All nominations must be received in the USITT office by November 2. Approved nominees will be notified to login to the online portfolio submission pages through December 7. Contact the USITT Office at 800-938-7488 ext. 101 or info@office.usitt.org for more information about how to submit a portfolio.

Past winners include: scenic designer Kelly Hanson (2005) and scenic, lighting, and sound designer Justin Townsend (2006), lighting designer John Horan (2007), sound designer Elisheba Ittoop (2008), and lighting designer Sean Savoie (2009)