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One Flea Space with set design by 2017 Rising Star Award winner Bryce Cutler

Nominations Now Open For 2018 USITT Rising Star Award

Now is the time to nominate talented young designers for USITT’s prestigious Rising Star Award. Founded and sponsored by LDI/Live Design in 2005, the Rising Star Award is presented annually to a young designer in the first five years of his or her career, after completing their graduate or undergraduate degree. Nominations are now open for the 2018 Rising Star Award and will remain open through November 30, 2017. Learn about the eligibility and criteria for this award.

The Rising Star Award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in these design disciplines: scenic, lighting, sound, video, or a convergence of these design disciplines.

Industry professionals are invited to nominate deserving young designers for the Rising Star Award. The winner is recognized with a $1,000 award, and free USITT membership and conference registration as well as editorial coverage in Live Design.

“On behalf of managing director David Johnson, content director Marian Sandberg, and all of us at LDI/Live Design, we are extremely pleased to be the sponsor in perpetuity of the Rising Star Award, which is presented at USITT each year,” says Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, creative director for LDI/Live Design. “We are also extremely proud of the great list of talented designers who are the recipients of this award to date.”

The 2018 Rising Star Award will be presented at the USITT Conference & Stage Expo, March 14-17, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Nominations are now open at usitt.org/risingstar.

Past Recipients


2017 Bryce Cutler, scenic and media design
2016 Stephen Moss, lighting designer
2015 Chris Wood, lighting & sound designer
2014 Janie Bullard, sound designer
2013 Aaron Porter, lighting designer
2012 Jason Simms, scene 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

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