Emerging Exhibition


YOUR DESIGNER IDENTITY: EMERGING or NATIONAL  

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 your submission, you will self-select the category—Emerging Designer or National Designer—that better represents your design work. You will also be asked to note connections you hold 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 your 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 Emerging Designers and who are National Designers. Join USITT in this discussion through your submission!  





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