Grants, Awards & Honors


Adele Filene Student Presenter Grant

College and University Collection Care Grant

CSA Travel Research Grant

Stella Blum Student Research Grant

Small Museum Collection Care Grant

Angels Project

Awards &

Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology

CSA Fellow Award

Millia Davenport Publication Award

Richard Martin Exhibition Award

Scholars' Roundtable Honor




CSA Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology


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.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations in the Professional Costume Designer/Technician category will be accepted for 2014; nominations must be received by January 31, 2014.

Nomination Procedure

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.

Application Procedure

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.

    Selection Criteria

    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

    Questions concerning the nomination or application process? Contact Karan Feder at

    Questions concerning the award? Contact Carol Coburn, CSA Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology Committee Chair, at


    CSA Award of Excellence in Costume Design/Technology Recipients

    Professional Award:
    Martin Pakledinaz, 1953-2012

    Martin Pakledinaz designed on Broadway, in regional theatre, and internationally for dance, musicals, opera, and film. His creative talents won two Tony Awards and were shared with aspiring theatre artists through teaching. The award honorarium benefits a student scholarship in his name at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

    Early Career Professional/Student Award:
    Albulena Borovci

    Albulena Borovici earned an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2013 and also holds a BFA in Scenography from the Academy of the Arts at University of Prishtina. She has studied at the University of Montana and in 2013 received USITT’s prestigious Zelma H. Weisfeld Design & Technology Award.

    2009 - 2012:
    No award granted

    May Routh

    May Routh is a costume designer in theater, film, and television. Her film work includes: Ronin, Newsies, Splash, My Favorite Year, Being There, and The Man Who Fell to Earth, while her television work includes Andersonville and Luci and Desi: Before the Laughter. Ms. Routh’s work earned two Emmy Award nominations and has been featured in notable exhibitions and publications.


    For application materials, specific eligibility requirements, or more detailed information, please contact the National Office. Include the name of the grant in your request.