June 2012

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June 2012

News & Notices

Nominations for awards now available

Debra Krajec, Chair Awards & Resolutions Committee

J.R. Clancy, Inc. received the USITT Award at the 2012 Annual Conference in recognition of John Clancy's 125 year legacy of innovation, quality, safety, and value. Nominations are now open for the 2013 awards. Staff members including Clancy President Mike Murphy, are shown with USITT President Joe Aldridge.

Photo/R. Finkelstein

The Awards & Resolutions committee is very pleased to announce to the general membership that as of June 1st, 2012, online nominations are open for the Special Recognition Awards: the USITT Award, the Joel E. Rubin Founders Award, the Thomas DeGaetani Award, the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, and Special Citations.

Any member of USITT is eligible to nominate an individual for one of these awards. Nominations will be accepted online from June 1 thru July 1 2012. The Awards & Resolutions Committee reviews all nominations for the above awards and recommends recipients to the Board of Directors for consideration at its annual fall meeting. The Board of Directors votes on the recommendation of the Awards & Resolutions Committee.

Click here to access the nominations forms »

The committee is pleased to have the Awards process more easily accessible to all members of USITT, and encourage nominations!


The USITT Award, the highest honor given by USITT, recognizes a lifetime of distinguished contribution to the performing arts or entertainment communities in any capacity.

Recipients of this award need not be members of nor have any connection to USITT. The award is presented at the Annual Conference & Stage Expo where the recipient is honored. When appropriate, one or more awards may be given annually.

Thomas DeGaetani Award

The Thomas DeGaetani Award, named in honor of the first USITT president, honors an outstanding lifetime contribution to the performing arts or entertainment industry by an individual or a performing arts/entertainment-focused organization living and/or working in a particular region of the country, generally near the location of the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves by their service or contribution in the arts or entertainment within that region.

Traditionally a nomination for this award originates from regional representatives on the Conference Committee and members of the Regional Section.

Joel E. Rubin Founder's Award

The Joel E. Rubin Founder's Award is presented to a USITT member in recognition of outstanding and continued service to the Institute.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Joel E. Rubin, a founder and the second president of the Institute. Given to USITT members in recognition of extraordinary and continued service to the Institute, the award is presented as an important highlight of the Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award is bestowed to a small but very distinguished group of individuals who have been recognized for providing a significant period of years of continuous and extraordinary service to the Institute.

The first Honorary Lifetime Membership Award was presented in 1992 to Samuel H. Scripps and in 1996 the Institute began using the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award as a way to recognize "a significant period of years of continuous and extraordinary service to the Institute." This honor has been awarded infrequently.

Special Citations

A Special Citation recognizes outstanding achievement in any area of the performing arts or entertainment industry by an individual or an organization. This recognition is used for an acknowledgement that does not seem to the nominator or the Committee on Awards and Resolutions to fall appropriately into one of the above award categories.