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Fred Young, winner of the 2005 USITT Student International Travel Award, stands in front of Matthias Church, a late 19th century neo-gothic cathedral on top of Castle Hill in Budapest, Hungary.
Photo/Fred Young.

by Sandy Bonds
Vice-President for International Activities


Young Receives USITT
International Travel Award

Fred Young, a graduate student at Boston University, was chosen to receive the second USITT Student International Travel Award. Mr. Young is using the $1,000 grant to support his travel to Budapest, Hungary this spring, where he documented the history of the State Opera House. He is focusing on the innovative technology employed in the construction of the structure in 1884 including superb acoustics, fire suppression, and a hydraulic stage.

Of particular interest to Mr. Young is discovering the impact this new technology had on the performances produced there. The information he gathers during his week abroad will contribute to his graduate thesis project as well as begin to document the history of a significant historical theatre building.

The USITT Student International Travel Award was established in 2003 to support student travel for research or design overseas. It is offered in odd numbered years, and is supported by USITT-sponsored tours to the Prague Quadrennials and other locations, including Greece and Southeast Asia.

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