Two UNCSA Design and Production Students Win 2013 USITT Awards

Feb. 4, 2013

Two students from the School of Design and Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts are among nine winners of 2013 USITT Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology announced this week.

Peyton Taylor Becker is the winner of the 2013 USITT Stage Management Award sponsored by Clear-Com Communications Systems, and Lauren Wilde is the winner of the USITT Makeup Design Award sponsored by Kryolan Professional Makeup. Both will graduate from UNCSA in May, Becker with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Wilde with her Master of Fine Arts.

The YD&T awards will be presented in a special ceremony at USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 20-23, which draws 5,000 people from the world of entertainment design.

The awards are held annually by USITT, the national association for performing arts design and technology professionals. Nine awards sponsored by industry leaders honor young designers in the areas of production, sound, lighting, costumes, makeup, stage management, set design and scenic technology.

Winners are nominated by USITT members and chosen by a panel of experts in each field. Jamie Call Blankinship, professor of stage management at UNCSA, nominated Becker, while Michael Meyer, director of wig and makeup program at UNCSA, nominated Wilde. The students submitted resumes, letters of recommendation and a portfolio of their work to a panel of adjudicators in the specific area of the award.

Becker, a Las Vegas native, submitted schedules, daily call sheets, prop spreadsheets and other information from productions of Oklahoma!, Detective Story and Swan Lake – including a weapons shift sheet for guns and knives used in Oklahoma! – to show her stage management techniques.

The USITT Stage Management Award sponsored by Clear-Com, rewards work displaying excellent stage management skills. Becker will receive a $1,000 cash prize in addition to free registration for USITT’s Annual Conference.

Wilde, of Peachtree City, Georgia, submitted sketches, photos and design descriptions for such creations as custom-made 18th-century wigs – one with a birdcage entwined on top – and an elaborate satyr costume with large rigid foam horns from The Death of Euridyce. The USITT Makeup Design Award has been sponsored by Kryolan since 1998. Wilde will win $500 in cash and a Kryolan Makeup kit, plus free USITT conference registration.

A total of 60 young designers were nominated for the 2013 YD&T awards. The winners will be honored in a special multi-media event on opening night of USITT’s 53rd Annual Conference & Stage Expo, with a separate reception during the four-day event to meet their awards sponsors and adjudicators.

USITT, the association for backstage professionals, serves nearly 4,000 members worldwide. Its annual Conference offers more than 200 workshops, meetings and networking events for theatrical design professionals. For more information, visit

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