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USITT Announces Recipients of 2018 Young Designers, Managers & Technicians Awards


Eleven young technical theatre artists will receive Young Designers, Managers & Technicians (YDMT) Awards at USITT’s 58th Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 15, 2018, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The YDMT Awards bring recognition and support to early career designers, managers, and technicians, through generous funding from industry sponsors.

YDMT winners receive free Conference registration to the four-day USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 14-17, plus cash prizes and an impressive addition to their resumes. Listed below are the winners.

Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award

Courtney Foxworthy – Indiana University

The Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making, sponsored by Judy Adamson

Erin Torkelson – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The USITT Make-up Design Award sponsored by Kryolan Professional Make-up

Destinee Steele – University of North Carolina School of the Arts

USITT W. Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award

Theron Wineinger – University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music

USITT Scene Design Award sponsored by Rose Brand

Matthew Hamel – University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music

KM Fabrics, Inc. Technical Production Award

Matt Davis – Yale School of Drama

Bernhard R. Works, Frederick A. Buerki Scenic Technology Award

Steph Waaser – Yale School of Drama

Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award

Jing Zhao – Purdue University

USITT Lighting Design Award sponsored by Barbizon Lighting Company

Tori Mays – University of Arizona

USITT Stage Management Award sponsored by Clear-Com Communications Systems

Jialin He – Carnegie Mellon University

The Master Craftsmanship Award sponsored by Bernhard R. Works

Christina Curtis – University of North Carolina School of the Arts

USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a national non-profit association for the live entertainment production industry. It provides hands-on learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities for emerging and working professionals in the backstage arts. Its Annual Conference and Stage Expo is the only complete production event in North America, featuring over 250 training sessions and 280 exhibitors of the latest tools and resources for creating live entertainment. More information is available at

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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