Peggy S. Ezekiel was one of the four original founders of USITT/Ohio (originally the Cleveland Section and now the USITT/Ohio Valley Section). Peggy, an active member at the national level, believed that there was a need for a more localized chapter of USITT that would serve the needs of the many theater people in Ohio. With that goal in mind she was instrumental in obtaining from USITT National the charter forming the Ohio Section. The section was at first regional and grew to encompass the entire state of Ohio. The section has continued to flourish. It now includes the Ohio Valley, western Pennsylvania and boasts membership throughout the rest of the nation. USITT/Ohio Valley sponsors regional conferences, workshops on national artists and productions and very active student chapters of USITT. Peggy Ezekiel only saw the beginnings of USITT/Ohio before she died tragically during the second year of USITT/Ohio’s existence. It was not long after Peggy’s death that the Peggy Ezekiel Award was established in her honor in 1985.
The Peggy Ezekiel Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in Design and Technology for any produced work by a USITT/Ohio Valley Section member or for any produced work by a non-member for a production within the USITT/Ohio Valley Section. As a privilege of Section Membership each USITT/Ohio Valley member is entitled to nominate for an award any produced work done by a USITT/Ohio Valley member, including him/herself and/or any produced work within the USITT/Ohio Valley Section done by a non-member. Each member may nominate any number of persons for any number of awards.
Categories of Awards
Each of these categories are divided into five sections: Academic (non-student), Community, Professional, Student/Undergraduate and Student/Graduate. (Work categorized as student is only for productions in an academic setting.)
It is important to note that the intent of the Peggy Ezekiel Award is to be a recognition of outstanding achievement for work produced at all levels. It is an honor to have your work nominated for a Peggy Ezekiel Award. The Awards Committee evaluates each entry on its own merit and not against other work submitted.
Awards and Recognition
Deadline for nomination and entry form is October 10, 2016.
Deadline for actual work submission is October 15, 2016 to be delivered in person to the committee no later than the Saturday morning of the fall conference. All panels must be delivered by 9:00 a.m.
Before you complete the submission forms and prepare your panels, please note the following:
1. Entry fee is included with your conference registration. To be eligible to exhibit you must be registered for the conference. If it is impossible to attend the conference, an exhibitor may have another person pick up and drop off the exhibit. However, the exhibitor must still be registered for the fall conference, and should register for the $25 one day pass.
2.The Board's Choice. During the fall conference, the Board members in attendance will select their top ten entries. Unlike the Award of Outstanding Achievement and Award of Distinction, this is a competition. Only the top ten submissions will be sent, at OVS expense, to the National Conference and Stage Expo. To be eligible to be exhibited at National conference, the exhibitor must be a member of USITT National. In addition; the top three student submissions will be awarded a complimentary pass to the conference by USITT National. All other entrants can submit their panels to the USITT Conference at their own expense.
3. Individuals who aren’t awarded a Board’s Choice Award need to insure that their project is picked up at the end of the conference on October 10.
Each person will be allowed to submit:
Link to Nomination/Entry Form – Click below
The Board’s Choice Award recipients will tour as the USITT/ Ohio Valley Section Design Exhibit for one year following the Fall Conference. USITT/ Ohio Valley Section will take reasonable measures to ensure the careful handling of all the entries. However, neither USITT/ Ohio Valley nor any exhibiting site will be held financially liable for loss or damage. The Board’s Choice winners will also be displayed at the Ohio Northern University from January – February 2017.
It is suggested that entrants include the following materials in their panels:
In addition to the standard format for all submissions Ezekiel entrants
may include other support material with their submission. These
materials will be used during the adjudication process, but will not
be included in the exhibit. This material can include:
An interdisciplinary committee of qualified professionals will be assembled to adjudicate the Ezekiels. The committee will then meet privately to vote on Ezekiel Awards. Award winners will be announced during the Fall Conference.
During the fall conference, the Board members in attendance will select their top ten entries for the Board’s Choice Awards. Unlike the Award of Outstanding Achievement and Award of Distinction, this is a competition. Only the top ten submissions will be sent, at OVS expense, to the following Spring National Conference and Stage Expo to be displayed in the Design Expo or Cover the Walls Exhibit. Award winners must be members of the National USITT to have work exhibited at the conference. In addition, the top three student submissions will be awarded a complimentary pass to the conference by USITT National.
For more information please contact:
Miami University Department of Theatre
CPA 119, 420 South Patterson Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056