College of Drama college students and school to be acknowledged on the 62nd Annual USITT Convention in Baltimore.
For 4 days in March, performing arts design and know-how practitioners, educators, and college students will come collectively in Baltimore for the 62nd annual United States Institute for Theatre Expertise (USITT) Convention & Stage Expo. Again in particular person for the primary time since 2019, the convention provides alternatives for schooling, hands-on actions, skill-building, and connection.
On the ultimate night of the convention, the USITT Awards shall be introduced. These awards honor the very best coming into the trade, help inventive work, acknowledge lifetime achievement, and have a good time analysis.
Zhang Yu (MFA, ’22) is that this yr’s recipient of the Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Expertise Award, and Sarah Bauch (MFA, ’22) will obtain the USITT Stage Administration Award. These awards are a part of USITT’s YDMT Awards, bringing recognition to younger designers, managers, and technicians firstly of their careers.
“An inventor/anthropologist/activist as a lot as designer, Zhang Yu is a very singular artist who's ever curious, investigative, and provoking,” mentioned Susan Tsu, professor of costume design. “He's an unusual, fascinating graduate costume designer possessing prodigious expertise.”
Tina Shackleford, stage administration professor, mentioned of Bauch, “In her time at CMU, Sarah’s work has by no means been lower than wonderful. She has marvelous instincts for the whole lot of a present, and he or she is a collaborator who uplifts everybody from the director to the members of the run crew, making all of them really feel supported and heard.”
Dick Block, professor of design and affiliate head of the College of Drama, will obtain the Distinguished Achievement Award in Training. This award acknowledges people who've established meritorious profession information in particular fields of experience in design or know-how within the performing arts, and is among the highest honors USITT bestows.
“We're tremendously pleased with Dick and this glorious, well-deserved recognition,” mentioned Anne Mundell, interim head, College of Drama. “Dick is on the heart of life within the College of Drama and has positively impacted generations of scholars who bear in mind him with nice recognize and affection.”
Along with the award-winners from the College of Drama, Grzegorz Labuda (MFA, ’23) has been chosen for the Pupil Ambassador Program, which pairs three college students with three worldwide company on the annual convention for the chance to satisfy and talk about working in theater overseas. Labuda – a graduate scholar costume designer/performer from Poland learning at Carnegie Mellon College on a Fulbright appointment – shall be paired with Fruzsina Nagy, an internationally recognized Hungarian costume designer.
“Grzegorz Labuda is unstoppable,” mentioned Tsu, “A member of the following era of theatrical local weather activists, his dedication to zero-waste within the theatre trade gives a much-needed voice in our occupation that insists on a extra sustainable future.”
The 2022 USITT Convention and Stage Expo takes place March 2–5 in Baltimore.