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National Exhibition


USITT understands designers and theatre artists span a breadth of career trajectories and self-define in a multitude of ways. USITT considers National Designers to be visual creators who work in any genre of performance – but do not identify as an Emerging Designer.  

For this selection process National Designers, unlike Emerging Designer, are defined as professionally established and/or beyond five years of embracing their unique identity as a practicing visual creator in any genre of performance.  

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! 

A walkthrough of the upcoming venues

A look back at the 2019 National Exhibition