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Ittoop Slated to Receive Rising Star Award in Houston

Barbara E.R. Lucas
Sightlines Editor
Reprinted from USITT News and Notices

Elisheba Ittoop, a freelance sound designer, is slated to receive the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award, sponsored by LDI2008 and Live Design magazine.

This is the fourth year the Rising Star Award, which recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in the areas of scenic, lighting, sound, and projection design, or the convergence of these design disciplines, has been presented.

Ms. Ittoop was noted as almost perfectly fitting the award's criteria. Only those at the beginning of their design careers are considered. The winners must be in the first four years of professional (non-academic) work following the completion of their highest degree.

"We are very impressed with Elisheba Ittoop's resume, as well as her unique focus on the niche world of children's theatre," says David Johnson, associate publisher and editorial director of Live Design. "In keeping with the strong sound component of this year's USITT, with tributes to Abe Jacob and Helen and John Meyer, it seems fitting that this year's Rising Star winner is a young sound designer."

In nominating Ms. Ittoop, David E. Smith of the North Carolina School of the Arts notes that "she has quickly made a success of what is traditionally such a precarious position straight out of school. Not only has she picked up designs, she has also, more importantly, been asked back to design additional and future shows."

Since graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree in May 2007, she has done sound design for Children's Theatre of Charlotte (The Christmas Doll), Burning Coal Theatre (The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer), Justice Theatre Project (Grapes of Wrath), and others. She has also been mix engineer for Chicago's Ravina Festival production of West Side Story, a remix of work done at NC School of the Arts.

The 2008 Rising Star Award will be presented at the Awards Banquet which concludes the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Houston, Texas on Saturday, March 22.

Ms. Ittoop joins past award winners: scenic designer Kelly Hanson (2005), scenic and lighting designer Justin Townsend (2006), and lighting designer John Horan (2007).


Elisheba Ittoop at work mixing the sound for West Side Story at the Ravinia Festival


Other USITT awarded student and alum

KM Fabrics, Inc. Technical Production Award

This prize is awarded to a young designer or technician who has demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential in the area of technical direction or production management in the performing arts while pursuing a graduate degree. Established in 1994 by Richard K. Heusel, CEO and Founder of USITT Contributing Member KM Fabrics, Inc. of Greenville, South Carolina, KM Fabrics, Inc. is the major manufacturer of woven cotton and inherently flame retardant velours employed in the stage curtain industry.



Rick Miller



USITT Makeup Design Award sponsored by Kryolan Corporation

This prize is awarded to a young designer or technician who has demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential in the area of makeup design in the performing arts while pursuing a graduate degree. It was established in 1998 by USITT Contributing Member Kryolan Corporation of Germany. With plants and subsidiaries throughout the world, Kryolan offers professional makeup designers a system of products and services to help them cope with the tasks of their work through innovative products and education in the proper application of these many products.



Kaylan Paisley


Jillian Carter Rivers

Current D&P student Kaylan Paisley has won the USITT Kryolan Makeup Design Award.  Please note that D&P alumna Jillian Carter Rivers won this award last year.