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May 2011

News & Notices

Announce Fellowship Award Recipients

Rich Dunham Co-Chair, Grants & Fellowship Committee

The Grants & Fellowship Committee and Board of Directors announced the winners of the USITT Fellowship Awards at the Closing Night party of the 2011 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina.

These awards are made possible through the generous contributions made by members to the Edward F. Kook Fund, and supplemental funding from the Institute's annual budget. This year the committee received five Fellowship applications and recommended funding two projects. That recommendation was ratified by USITT’s Board of Directors.

Those who will receive funding are:

  • Triffin Morris has already presented part of her work on Broadway costume designs in this article in the Winter 2011 issue of TD&T, written with Gregory DL Morris.


    Triffin Morris for her proposal relating to the study of A History of the Broadway Costume Industry. Her research will focus on documenting the history of the major costume construction houses in New York. Many of these shops have closed in recent years, and her work will attempt to create a record of the many shops and individuals who have added to the Broadway Stage. She will conduct interviews (more than 24 hours of interviews have already been collected) with former and current shop owners and industry professionals affiliated with this part of the costume industry. Ms. Morris hopes to turn this research into a book. This Fellowship was funded at $7,500. Outcomes will be reported to the membership as a presentation at a future USITT Conference or an article to be published in TD&T.
  • Richard Donnelly for his proposal, Desmond Heeley. This will allow Mr. Donnelly to document the career and craft of Desmond Heeley. Mr. Donnelly is well-placed to study two of the principle archives of Heeley’s work (the Notre Dame and the Stratford Festival in Canada collections) and has a personal connection to him. Mr. Connelly will report the outcome of his research through a presentation at a future Conference or through one of the Institute’s publications. The funding for this Fellowship was $2,500.

The Grants & Fellowship Committee accepts applications for funding research grants and fellowships once a year -- using an alternating cycle of awarding grants on even numbered years and fellowships on odd numbered years.

Applications and information can be found on the USITT website. The next round will be announced in late fall to early winter and will be for 2012 Grant Awards. Anyone with specific questions about the programs or the application process should contact either Tim Kelly ( or Rich Dunham (