June 2016

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June 2016

News & Notices

USITT Grants Aid Projects, Travel

Rich Dunham Chair, Grants and Fellowships Committee

Two project grants were awarded at USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City–one to William Kenyon and one to Delbert Unruh. Heather Milam received the International Travel Grant.

The Grants & Fellowships Committee was able to provide project grants of $5,000 each despite a poor prevailing financial environment and a drop in funds available.                

Kenyon won for his project of Stage Lighting Working Group. He is the lighting designer at Penn State University where he and his predecessor, Chuck Firman, have managed an ever growing collection of archaic lighting equipment and accessories. This project will bring senior lighting designers to the Penn State campus to explore and help catalogue this amazing collection of lighting history.

Unruh’s award will be used to help acquire or obtain copyrights for photographs and renderings, as well as prepare them for printing, for his and his wife Ione’s upcoming book: Forgotten Designers: Broadway Musical Theatre Design 1900-1930.

The 2016 International Travel Grant was awarded to Milam, professor of costume practice at Indiana University to study at the Moscow Arts Theatre School this summer.

Each year, the Grants & Fellowships Committee funds several projects or fellowships that aid member research. Applications for fellowships will be available in September with a submission deadline in November. An announcement about the application period will appear in future Sightlines. Additional information is available on the Grants & Fellowships web page.