Both the Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award and Architecture Awards are open for nominations kicking off USITT’s award season!

Golden Pen Award

The Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award, sponsored by USITT and the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at the University of Texas – Austin, honors an outstanding publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts.

The recipient of this award, first given in 1986, is the author of a recent publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts. The winning works are significant in the field of performing arts and are outstanding examples of one or more of the following:

  • Scholarly research and critical thinking
  • Presentation of the work and methodology of exceptional practitioners for theatrical arts and/or crafts
  • Description of the methods, skills, and technology involved in creating works of theatre and/or crafts

Karen Maness, co-author of The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, (Regan Arts 2016) said, “Richard and I are grateful to USITT for honoring The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop with the 2018 Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award. With an origin stemming from the 2012 USITT session, ‘The West Coast Scenic,’ it is opportune for the book to return home for this tremendous honor. An award made more meaningful named after our beloved colleague Oscar Brockett.”

Recipients are honored during the Annual Conference & Stage Expo where an autograph session is generally held. Books that are three years from the date of publication are eligible for this award.

Nominate now! Deadline of Aug. 1.

Architecture Awards

Design practitioners, we want to hear from you. Enter one or more of your projects for consideration in USITT’s 2019 Architecture Awards, sponsored by the USITT Architecture Commission. The Architecture Awards Program honors excellence in design and recognizes architects of theatre projects. Entries may be for new spaces or renovations of existing spaces of any size or location.

Find full details and submission information, here. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4.

Sponsor Request

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC), July 19 – 20, 2020 in New York City.

NATEAC is the only event in North America dedicated solely to the design, construction and renovation of performance venues. Bill Sapsis, conference director, noted, “Sponsorship of this quadrennial event offers a unique marketing opportunity that will not be available again until 2024”.

Please contact Bill Sapsis or visit for more sponsorship information.