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May 2014

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Read a Good Book Lately?
Nominate It for Golden Pen Award

Mike Monsos, left, chair of the USITT Golden Pen committee and Mark Shanda, right, USITT VP of Communications, present the 2014 Golden Pen award and plaques to Peter McKinnon and Eric Fielding, center.

"You can't enjoy Art or Books in a hurry."
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

As summer and the possibility of some free time for reading approaches,don't forget to share favorite books with the Golden Pen Committee. Nominations for the 2015 Golden Pen will be accepted from members through August 15 by clicking here.

Each year, USITT presents the opportunity to recognize outstanding books through the Golden Pen Award, which 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.

Books published in the last three years that have made a significant contribution to any aspect of theatre design and technology are eligible. This year, World Scenography 1975-1990 edited by Peter McKinnon and Eric Fielding, earned the award. It is a collection and documentation of much of the best design work from the world.

Previous winners include Joseph Urban by John Loring; Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology by Oscar Brockett; George Tsypin Opera Factory: Building in the Black Void by George Tyspin; and M. Tabacki: a Design Monograph by Gordana Popovic Vasic and Irina Subotic and are all "must-have" titles for university library holdings as well as personal collections.

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.

Once nominated, the Golden Pen Subcommittee reads, analyzes, tabulates, and makes a recommendation to the Publications Committee which votes and forwards the recommendation to the Awards & Resolutions Committee for action by the Board of Directors. Books chosen as winners are added to the USITT marketplace where they can be easily obtained at a discounted price. Call 800-938-7488 to purchase recent Golden Pen books. Authors as well as subjects of books are invited to attend the Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

For more information, contact either the Office at or Mike Monsos, Chair of the Golden Pen Subcommittee, at