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Elisheba Ittoop, center, winner of the 2008 Rising Star Award receives congration on the honor from Ellen Lampert-Greaux. left, and David Johnson, right, from Live Design/LDI. Ms. Ittoop is a sound designer.

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Rising Star Nominations Due by October 17

Nominations are now open for USITT's 2009 Rising Star Award, sponsored and created by LDI2008/Live Design. The Rising Star Award recognizes young professionals in the first four years of their careers for artistic excellence in the areas of lighting, sound, scenic, and projection design or the convergence of design disciplines. A recipient must be in the first four years of professional (non-academic) work following the completion of his or her highest degree.

Current USITT members are invited to nominate young professionals for this award. Nominees will be contacted by USITT and asked to electronically supply a professional resume, two letters of support, an application, and no more than eight representative examples of their work. A jury of professional theatre designers and technicians, and the editor of Live Design magazine will review submissions. Nominees are judged for the range of knowledge displayed and for the best integration of skills, craft, and artistry.

The 2009 Rising Star Award winner will receive $1,000, a one-year individual membership to USITT, and a complimentary registration and banquet ticket to the 2009 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

Online nominations are available here and must be submitted and received in the USITT office by October 17, 2008. Approved nominees will be notified to login to the online portfolio submission pages through November 30. Contact the USITT Office at 800-938-7488 ext. 101 or for information about how to submit a portfolio.

The Rising Star Award will be presented at the 49th USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Awards Banquet March 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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