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Las Vegas Student Wins USITT Stage Management Award
Published on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 (10:05 a.m.)Las Vegas Student Wins USITT Stage Management Award!
Peyton Taylor Becker, a Las Vegas native, is the winner of the 2013 USITT
Stage Management Award sponsored by Clear‐Com Communications
Systems, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology has
Becker is among nine winners of 2013 USITT Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts, which include the stage management award.
Becker grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts in 2009. She will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston‐Salem this May.
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 theatrical 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. Becker was nominated by UNCSA Professor Jamie Call Blankinship. Becker submitted a resume, letters of recommendation and a portfolio of her work to the stage management panel.
Becker’s portfolio included 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 skills.
The USITT Stage Management Award is sponsored by Clear‐Com to reward excellence in stage management by a young designer. Becker will win a $1,000 cash prize and free USITT conference registration.
A total of 60 young designers were nominated for the 2013 YD&T; Awards. The nine winners will be honored in a special multi‐media event on opening night of USITT’s 53rd Annual Conference & Stage Expo, and with a separate reception during the four‐day event to meet their award’s 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
Media questions or requests for images may be directed to Barbara E.R. Lucas,
barbara@ usitt.org, or 800‐938‐7488, ext.103.