The 25th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. 5:00pm-10:00pm
Broadway, film, television and regional theatre Costume Designer Toni-Leslie James(Come From Away, August Wilson's Jitney)will receive the 2018 Merritt Award.
Draper Beth Uber, Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson, , and Technical Director Becca Venablewill receive major awards in addition to student and exhibition prizes.
The Michael Merritt Awards and Endowment Fund honors the memory of a brilliant designer and inspirational teacher. This 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.
The Merritt Awards thanks the theatre community for its ongoing support and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre for hosting. We invite theatre professionals, students and the public to join us for this exciting celebration of our collaborative art form.
Student - $ 5.00
General Admission - $ 20.00
Book tickets online at merrittawards.com
General Public is welcome.
Food, wine and beer are included in the ticket price. Funds go to support the awards endowment fund.
THEATRE DESIGN EXPOSITION
Showcasing the works of Chicago-area young professional theatrical designers and graduating design students from Chicago's best theatrical design programs. Attended by many of Chicago's artistic directors, production managers, and industry professionals.
DIALOGUE WITH THE DESIGNERS
A panel discussion featuring the award recipients exploring current issues of interest to theatre professionals and students.
AWARDS PRESENTATION AND CELEBRATION
Presentation of prizes for best student and professional exhibits, four academic prizes, The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award, The Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration, and The Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration.
Food, wine, beer and fellowship until 10:00 p.m.