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Why Scholarship ?

There are many ways to ensure your work and expertise is visible including:

  • Lobby Display

  • After play panel / discussion

  • Guest lecture in another class

  • Public talk at your university

  • Mini-Exhibition

  • Write an article for Howlround

  • Poster presentation at USITT

  • Conference presentation at CSA, USITT, TSA, ITAA, ATHE, ASTR

  • Publish an article in Dress, Costume, or Fashion Theory

  • Write a book!

Developing work outside of the production schedule:

  • Connects you with people who share your research interests

  • Builds your portfolio & CV

  • Builds your Tenure & Promotion file

  • Shares your knowledge

  • Elevates our craft


The Costume Society of America supports members with a variety of grants supporting scholarship, travel and dependent care.

Surface Design supports the creative growth of SDA members. Surface Design Association grants fund regional exhibitions and events as well as personal development projects.

The United Institute of Theatre Technology has rotating funding opportunities that support travel, research and innovation. Grants are offered based on available funding at the discretion of our Research Activities Committee.

Teams of creative artists are invited biennially to devise production concepts for specific works from the inherited or American repertoire. Winning teams present their designs to producers throughout the industry in the Director-Designer Showcase at the national Opera Conference.

These organizations are but a few that promote opportunities for peer-reviewed scholarship.

USITT connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators, and students. USITT was founded in 1960 as an organization to promote dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology.

Call for Papers: Mid-July

National Conference: Mid-March


The Costume Society of America fosters an understanding of appearance and dress practices of people across the globe through research, education, preservation, and design. Our network of members studies the past, examines the present, and anticipates the future of clothing and fashion.

Call for Papers: September

National Conference: Mid-May


Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is the national organization for theatre, with a membership network of 500+ member theatres and over 250 university, funder, trustee, and business affiliates, and over 7,000 individuals. TCG reaches over 1 million students, audience members, and theatre professionals each year through its programs and services.

Call for Papers: TBD

National Conference: Mid-June 2024; virtual Fall 2023

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The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines in higher education.

Call for Papers: Mid-December

National Conference: Early August


The American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.

Call for Papers: Early May

National Conference: Mid-November

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