Sketchbook: Justin Townsend

By Ellen Lampert-Gréaux

Highly recommended by lighting designer Chris Akerlind and set designer Chris Barreca, 31 year-old Justin Townsend was the perfect candidate for the USITT Rising Star Award, fitting the profile of a young designer on the rise. He designs sets, lighting, and occasionally sound. “Not so much anymore,” he admits of the latter discipline. “But when I first moved to New York City, I did anything I could to get behind the tech table.” A graduate of the California Institute

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