The CSA Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in creative, innovative, and imaginative approaches to costume design or costume technology in theatre, film, television, or other productions that involve dressing a live performer. The award is given annually to professional costume designers or technicians and/or to a student pursuing a graduate degree in these fields. Award recipients receive a certificate, an invitation to present a brief overview of their work at the National Symposium, and a $500 honorarium funded by the CSA Endowment (if the awardee is not a member of CSA, part of the honorarium will be applied toward membership in CSA).
Criteria for Professional Costume Designers/Technologists:
The CSA Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology recognizes a single individual’s body of work. The nominee must have been working for at least ten years as a professional designer/technician dressing live performers for film, television, internet, professional theatre, college and university theatre, or other live entertainment performances in traditional or non-traditional venues.
Criteria for Early Career Professionals and Students Pursuing a Degree in Costume Design/Technology:
The CSA Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology recognizes the body of work of an individual in the first three to five years of a career or pursuing a degree in costume design/technology.
Nominations in the Professional Costume Designer/Technician category will be accepted for 2014; nominations must be received by January 31, 2014.
Nominations, which may be made by anyone, should include the nominee’s résumé and a nominating letter citing examples of the nominee’s work and explaining why the nominee should be considered for this award.
The committee reviews the nominations and asks eligible nominees to provide the following by February 15:
nominee’s résumé (five pages maximum)
digital images (not less than 20 nor more than 30, sized at 72 dpi) in a PowerPoint depicting a clear and concise documentation of the creative work of the nominee, including rendering styles and production photos; images should be clearly labeled
optional materials, such as website address, portfolio address, or video link, may be included in the PowerPoint
Submit these materials electronically in a single folder. Provide a direct Internet link to your entry materials via your professional or personal website, or submit materials using a free large file sharing application such as Dropbox or Google Drive. All digital images submitted via Dropbox or Google Drive must be sized no larger than 72 dpi. If video clips are submitted, do not upload these but provide a direct Internet link for viewing the file.
Nominees will be evaluated by:
demonstrated creative, innovative, and imaginative approach to costuming
quality of presentation of costume design renderings or costume techniques employed
finished costumes well integrated into overall production as evidenced by production photographs
overall excellence of body of work as represented in submitted images and supporting materials
Email initial nominations and completed entries to Karan Feder at Karan@EntertainmentExhibitions.com.
Questions concerning the nomination or application process? Contact Karan Feder at Karan@EntertainmentExhibitions.com.
Questions concerning the award? Contact Carol Coburn, CSA Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.