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Miodrag Tabački was an enthusiastic participant in signing the 2006 Golden Pen Award winner, a monograph of his work written by Gordana Popović Vasić and Irina Subotić.

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Nominations Needed for
2007 Golden Pen Award

Martha Marking
Golden Pen Committee

All USITT members are eligible to nominate books for the USITT Golden Pen Award, which honors an outstanding publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts. Books are eligible for a three-year period from the date of publication. Nominations do not automatically carry over from one year to the next, but it is possible for a book to be nominated more than once.

Nominations for the 2007 Golden Pen Award are being accepted until June 15, 2006. Members can easily nominate a book by using the form here. Or, with member number in hand, simply visit, click on Major Activities, then the Awards link and follow it to the Golden Pen link. Anyone with questions about this process can contact a member of the Golden Pen subcommittee of USITT Publications: Lance Brockman, Martha Marking; Rich Dunham, or Mike Monsos,

The winning work should make a significant contribution to the field of theater design and technology as an outstanding example of one or more of:

  • scholarly research and critical thinking;
  • presentation of the work and methodology of exceptional practitioners of theatrical arts and/or crafts; or
  • description of the methods, skills and technology involved in creating works of theatre and/or crafts.

In the application, available online, nominators should address how the specific book fulfills one or more of these criteria. Nominations can be completed online.

Among previous Golden Pen Award recipients are; 2006: Gordana Popović Vasić and Irina Subotić, M. Tabački: A Design Monograph; 2005: Meredith Chilton, Harlequin Unmasked; and, in 2004: Mark Cotta Vaz and Craig Barron, The Invisible Art and Rosamary Ingham and Liz Covey, The Costumer Technician's Handbook.

A complete list of all USITT Golden Pen winners can be found here.

The Publications Committee forwards its recommendations of potential award winners to the full Board of Directors. Books that receive the USITT Golden Pen Award are added to the USITT Bookstore, where USITT members receive a discount on purchases.

Award recipients are invited to the USITT Awards Banquet as well as to the Annual Conference where members can meet the author(s) and have their purchased copy of the books personally inscribed.

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