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NCSA student Rebecca Perrenod Lanctot has received one of the top awards for young designers and technicians in the nation. Lanctot accepted the Golden Hammer Scenic Technology Award at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Toronto, March 16-19.
The Golden Hammer Award is for graduate students in stage engineering, shop management, scene painting, scenery or properties construction, and craft. It is one of nine top awards, known as the YD&T Awards (Young Designers and Technicians Awards) that bring recognition and support to young designers and technicians at the beginning of their careers. Recipients must be completing or have completed a bachelor’s or advanced degree within two years from an accredited college or university in North America.
Lanctot recently completed her graduate studies in the School of Design and Production at NCSA, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in scene painting,
Lanctot was nominated for the Golden Hammer by Pamela Knourek, costume shop director and School of Design and Production faculty member at NCSA. “Rebecca has shown tremendous talent as a scene painter and has crossed over into the costume shop, where she did fabric manipulation. Her talent, paired with her organizational skills and strength as a team member, make her a ‘triple threat,’ if you will!”
While a student in Design and Production, Lanctot collaborated with the Design and Production Costume Shop on surface modification for the play “Top Girls” and the opera Don Giovanni. For “Top Girls,” she painted the surface design – a kimono. She was the scenic charge on Don Giovanni and collaborated with costumes, wigs and makeup to transform a canvas garment into a marble statue – for a moving singer.
USITT is the association of design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. The organization’s annual conference and expo is held in a different North American city each year and attracts more than 3,800 attendees from all over the world.