July 2016

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July 2016

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  • David Stewart and Webster Dean of Fine Arts Peter Sargent

    USITT Board Member David S. “Dstew” Stewart received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Fine Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Stewart is production manager at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and a leader in USITT’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.

    “At the Guthrie, we have what is called the Endless Bridge, a massive cantilever that juts out of the north side of the building. I feel like that bridge," Stewart said. “When I go down into the bowels of the G, I see massive vertical beams. They are the foundation for the bridge, the support. That support, those beams, are Webster University.”

  • Abe Jacob

    Sound Designer Abe Jacob received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Live Design Awards on June 13 in New York. It was presented by actress Chita Rivera, another Broadway legend. Live Design honored Jacob even more by creating the Abe Jacob Award for Excellence in Sound Design as a permanent annual award. Read the story here.

    Jacob won USITT’s 1999 Distinguished Achievement in Sound Design & Technology Award and received the USITT Award in 2008. His work is featured in one of USITT’s Designs Of series of books on great theatrical designers available for purchase here.

  • Costumer Candyce McClernan was featured in Contributing Member Rosco’s Rosco Spectrum blog for her creative costume work on a Playmakers Repertory Company production of Peter and the Starcatcher. “The costume crew needed to create a dress for the character Teacher so that he appeared as an illuminated mermaid. The project posed a number of fabric-style challenges for costume technician and draper Candy McClernan – who discovered that Rosco’s CrystalGel was her solution to several of the challenges this costume posed.” See the photos and descriptions here.

  • Supporting Member Queensborough Community College is one of eight community colleges of 189 nationally to achieve accreditation for its theatre program from the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The college credited Costume Design Professor Allison Crutchfield’s work, which was featured at USITT 2016. Read the story here.

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