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Call for Student Submissions for the 2023 Prague Quadrennial Festival of Performance Space and Design (PQ23)


Greetings Design and Theatre Arts Educators across All Disciplines and Performance Genres! 

Please encourage your students to submit design work for consideration to be exhibited at the 2023 Prague Quadrennial (PQ23), the world’s most exciting celebration of theatre artists. From June 8-18, 2023 at the PQ23, The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) will present curated work reflecting excellence in US theatre design from both Emerging Designers and National Designers.

The Prague Quadrennial premiered in 1967 during the Cold War. At that time while world governments fought, theatre artists came together to share theatre designs and architecture—and so it has been in Prague every four years since. Today, The Prague Quadrennial (PQ) has been rebranded a festival in recognition of the need to experience design and scenography in its performative format—live and with audience engagement. 


The United States exhibit will celebrate RARE design submissions that support the inclusion of under-represented communities, acknowledge stories born from systemic power structures and historical events, and document the recent Covid-19 pandemic. 

The range of curated designs that will represent PQ23 RARE artistic forms include  forward-thinking, unexpected, socially conscious, atypical, innovative, out-of-the-box, and traditional designs. 

Show how you envision the future of theatre design and what you consider to be RARE. If you do not connect with RARE, as defined by USITT or PQ23, articulate a new perspective in your application.


USITT recognizes that designers and theatre artists span a breadth of career trajectories and self-define in a multitude of ways. 

USITT seeks work from Emerging Designers —a rising designer within five years of embracing their unique identity as a practicing visual creator; and National Designers—any visual creator who does not identify as an Emerging Designer. 

Visit USITT at PQ23  for submission and deadline information, adjudication details, lists of jurors and curators, and other FAQs.

As theatre artists around the world anticipate gathering in June 2023 for the 15th edition of the Prague Quadrennial, we hope that you will be among them! 

Thank you!