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Emerging Exhibition


Because representation matters – and to create an inclusive and responsible submission process to identify excellence in design — USITT expands the PQ23 “student” label into a broader realm for all Emerging Designers

USITT feels Emerging Designers are rising designers within five years of embracing their unique identity as a practicing visual creator in any genre of performance. This designation captures not only graduate and undergraduate students, but anyone who identifies as a rising designer

In these submissions, designers self-select the category—National Designer or Emerging Designer—that better represents their design work. They were asked to note connections held with USITT Affinity Groups and Design Approaches listed fully on the Your Designer Identity page.

Individuals must self-determine whether to submit under either National Designer or Emerging Designer. Group or organization collaborations may also be submitted under either National Designer or Emerging Designer. If uncertain, though, groups or organizations may submit the design under both categories for consideration.

While in transit within the United States and in transit overseas, USITT engages Inland Marine Insurance to cover designer’s work. PQ insures exhibits against damage and destruction caused by natural hazards, theft, and vandalism.

USITT encourages all individuals, groups, and theatre companies to submit design work that further evolves static notions of who are National Designers and who are Emerging Designers. Join USITT in this discussion through your submission! 

USITT at PQ 2019 – A Retrospective