Mary Ellen Stebbins, a graduate student at Boston University, will be honored for her design work when she received one of 9 national awards from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
Mary Ellen Stebbins was selected for the USITT Lighting Design Award sponsored by Barbizon, as part of the 2011 USITT Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts process. Her work was nominated by Roger Meeker of the Boston University faculty. USITT connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators and students. It is best known for producing its Annual Conference & Stage Expo, which draws more than 4,000 design, production and technology professionals to a major North American city each year.
USITT’s YD&T awards were initiated in 1995. Each award includes cash prizes, the opportunity to interact with key professionals, meet with the awards sponsors, and enjoy the accolades of their peers.
Young Designer & Technician nominees have their portfolios reviewed by a national panel of renowned professionals with expertise in the specific area of the award. One of them, Steve Holliday made this comment about Mary Ellen Stebbins, “A very innovative designer, able to make use of resources to create striking looks. Clever and inventive.”