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October 2017


USITT/USA Prague Quadrennial 2019 Exhibit Design Competition – Call for Entries

USITT is seeking conceptual design submissions from individual designers and teams for the USITT/USA National Exhibit and Emerging Artist Exhibit for Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2019. USITT is accepting design submissions for both the National Exhibit and the Emerging Artist Exhibit, through October 2017.

The Prague Quadrennial (PQ) is the largest performance design event in the world. By exhibiting thousands of designs from dozens of countries, and by bringing together designers, directors, students, as well as the general public, the PQ provides an unprecedented exchange of ideas that goes beyond the narrow confines of theatrical design and style.

The working theme of the 2019 exhibit is Porous Borders. The goal for the exhibition design is to create an evocative and interesting architectural and sculptural space that merges cohesively with multimedia work and engages with the audience for an immersive experience.

In keeping with the theme of Porous Borders, the design needs to reflect an open concept (no fully enclosed pavilions), be accessible to all visitors, creatively address sonic and visual intrusion from other exhibits, and be adaptable to exhibiting the content in smaller venues in the future.

Any theatrical designer, exhibit designer, interior designer, interior architect, or architect may submit a design concept. You do not need to be a member of USITT to enter.

The winning designer/teams will work closely with the artistic director and the exhibit curators to create the final design of the two exhibits.

For more information regarding specifications and submissions, click here.

Vortex of our Dreams: American Theatre Performance Design Exhibit on Display in Syracuse

Opening Reception on Tuesday, October 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.; exhibit runs from October 17 to December 20

Wilson Art Gallery, in the Noreen Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College

Free and open to the public

The photographs and videos in this gallery are highlights from USITT’s exhibition at the 2015 quadrennial, which was installed in the 14th-century Church of Saint Anne and visited by 180,000 people. The U.S. has been represented at every quadrennial since 1972 by USITT. In its submissions to the quadrennial, USITT aims to showcase the best in both student and professional design.

The iPads include images, video, and interviews which allow you to engage in many ways with the featured productions. QR codes can also be used to access the online catalog of the exhibition as a whole to learn more about the designers and teams behind these productions.

The costumes, lighting, scenery, projection, and sound create an environment that invites the audience to meet the performer and engage in environments from the real to the surreal. In this exhibit, you are invited to focus on one or more aspects of design.

Designed by Klara Zieglerova, with lighting design by Kevin Rigdon, the exhibition was guided by the quadrennial’s theme of weather, evoking the most American of meteorological phenomena — a tornado.

The productions in this exhibition were curated by Tony Walton (scenic design), Carrie Robbins (costume design), Kevin Rigdon (lighting design) and Veronika Vorel (sound design). Markéta Fantová served as artistic director of the project.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m., and the exhibit will run through Wednesday, December 20. There is no charge for the reception or the exhibit, and it will be open during regular business hours. For more information, call 315-445-4153.

Thank you to:

Wenger Corporation — Sponsors of the touring version of this exhibition

The USITT-USA Exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial was presented by USITT with support from ETC, Gantom Lighting & Controls, United States Embassy, and Prague, Czech Republic

International Travel Grants

Do you have a research or continuing education project that can benefit from international travel?

Applications are now open for the 2018 International Travel Grants.
These grants provide up to $2500 support to USITT Individual/Professional and Student members for international travel to conduct advanced research and education in theatre related fields. Some possible projects include: research for productions or scholarly pursuits; attendance at theatre exhibitions, theatre festivals, theatre related events, seminars, or workshops. All grant recipients must share their experiences with the USITT membership via methods such as an article for TD&T, a Conference presentation, or other method.

Complete requirements and guidelines are available, here.
Applications close December 1, 2017 and grant recipients will be recognized as a part of the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Fort Lauderdale.