June 2013

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June 2013

News & Notices

Nominations for Golden Pen Open until August

Mike Monsos Chair, USITT Golden Pen Subcommittee

Identifying and honoring great additions to the reading list of designers and technicians is one of the goals of USITT's Golden Pen award. Nominations are now open for the 2014 Golden Pen Award. USITT members may nominate books through August 15 by clicking here.

When Richard Pilbrow, winner of the 2013 Golden Pen Award, talked about his career at the Annual Conference in Milwaukee, those who attended were delighted with his anecdotes and insights.

Photo/Tom Thatcher

This recognition, which can be given annually, honors outstanding publications in the field of design and production for the performing arts as well as the history and documentation of theatre and theatre design. Richard Pilbrow's A Theatre Project, was honored in 2013 allowing USITT to add to Mr. Pilbrow's many accolades and providing an opportunity to invite him to participate as an honored guest at the Annual Conference. The book is currently available through the USITT bookstore.

The Golden Pen winner should provide an outstanding example of scholarly research and critical thinking, presentation of the work and methodology of exceptional theatrical practitioners, or description of the methods, skills, and technology involved in creating works of theatre. The committee seeks books published in the last three years that have made a significant contribution to any aspect of theatre design and technology and are much too valuable a resource not to recognize.

Previous Golden Pen winners, such as Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology by Oscar Brockett, continue to provide inspiration. Other recent winners -- such as George Tsypin Opera Factory: Building in the Black Void by George Tyspin, and M. Tabacki: a Design Monograph by Gordana Popovic Vasic and Inng Subotic -- have been called "must-haves" for university library holdings as well as personal collections.

Each nominated book receives a thorough and thoughtful review by members of the Golden Pen Subcommittee who read, analyze, tabulate, and make a recommendation to the USITT Publications Committee. The full committee discusses and forwards the recommendation to the Awards & Resolutions Committee for action by the Board of Directors. Books that are chosen as Golden Pen winners are added to the USITT store, where members can purchase them at a discounted price. Authors as well as subjects of books are invited to attend the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. The 2014 event in Fort Worth, Texas in March.

For more information, contact either the National Office at info@office.usitt.org or Mike Monsos, Chair of the Golden Pen Subcommittee, at michael.monsos@umontana.edu.