Showcasing the works of Chicago-area emerging theatrical designers and graduating design students from Chicago’s best theatrical design programs and attended by many of Chicago’s artistic directors, production managers, and industry professionals.
A moderated discussion featuring the award recipients exploring current issues of interest to professional and student designers.
Presentation of The Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, our four academic prize recipients, the Prizes for Best Exhibit and The Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration.
Food, wine, beer and fellowship until 10:00 p.m.
The Michael Merritt Awards And Endowment Fund Honor The Memory Of A Brilliant Designer And Inspirational Teacher.
The Michael Merritt Award, A National Award Unique In Its Emphasis On Excellence In Both Design And Collaboration, Has Been Presented Annually Since 1994 To Outstanding Professional Theatrical Designers.
The Endowment Fund Recognizes And Encourages The Work Of Young Professionals And Students Through A National Design Exposition And Prizes To Promising Theatrical Design Students.
In 2014 we launched a NEW AWARD:
The ROBERT CHRISTEN AWARD celebrates the essential work of Production Managers, Technical Directors, Costume Shop Managers, Master Electricians, Sound Supervisors, Properties Masters, Stage Managers … the list goes on. Details on the award and its honored namesake here.