Awards

SWUSITT is an organization of design, production,

and technology professionals, educators, and students.

FORREST A. NEWLIN FOUNDER'S AWARD

2018    Steve Surratt

2015    Leonard Miller

2014    George Curry
2013    Jane Childs
2012    Don Childs (posthumously)
2011    Jack Hagler
2010    Tom Grabowski
2009    Clairemarie Verheyen
2008    James Cunningham
2006    Douglas Gilpin
2003    RENAMED IN HONOR OF FORREST A. NEWLIN
2002    Forrest A. Newlin (posthumously)
1999    Richard Denning
1998    Elizabeth Lewandowski
1997    Forrest A. Newlin
1996    LaLonnie Lehman
1995    Kay Coughenour
1992    David G. Flemming

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MILDRED & GLENN MARTIN JR. SERVICE AWARD

2016    Michelle Harvey

2015    Autum Casey

2014    Rusty Cloyes 
2013    April Keith
2012    Daniel Archibald
2011    Kasey Allee-Foreman
2010    Elizabeth & Benjamin Shurr
2009    Jane Childs
2008    Kasey Allee-Foreman & Kris Hanssen
2007    James Cunningham
2006    Don Childs
2000    Douglas Gilpin
1998    Claremarie Verheyen
1997    Richard Denning
1996    Forrest A. & Charlene Newlin
1995    David G. Flemming
1992    Elizabeth Lewandowski




OSCAR G. BROCKETT TEACHING AWARD 
2016    Henry Cowen

2015    William Henshaw

2014    Kasey Allee-Foreman
2013    Tom Grabowski
2012    LaLonnie Lehman
2011    Kris Hanssen





DON J. CHILDS STUDENT SERVICE AWARD
2016    USITT@UTA

2015    USITT@SHSU

2014    David Vieira
2013    Connor Toups
2012    Chris Bell
2011    Brant Gentry

Dr. Forrest A. Newlin was a designer, a historian, a teacher and a founding member of SWUSITT. He served on the board of directors of SWUSITT as treasurer, but his passion was expanding the experience of his students. By ensuring that there were opportunities for students of Southwest, through the formation of student chapters at his school, to making sure that they had a ride to the conference.  It is this dedication to the mission of SWUSITT that the Board of Directors renamed the SWUSITT Founders award, the Forrest A. Newlin Founders Award for Lifetime Service to SWUSITT.​







Mildred and Glenn Martin Jr. were owners of the Texas Scenic Company. Mildred’s parents Adolf and Martha Beck founded the company in 1932. “Millie and Big Glenn” as they were known through the industry were avid supporters of the arts and education through their work with Texas Scenic, TETA and SWUSITT. It is that spirit of service SWUITT sought to honor with the naming of the Award in 1992.











Oscar Brockett exemplified the field of research and education.  As a Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright scholar, he made the study and teaching of theatre his life’s work.  It is with that spirit and commitment to excellence in teaching that SWUSITT named the Oscar G Brocket award for Excellence in Teaching in the Southwest Region.



​The Don J. Childs Award for Annual Student Service was established by past SWUSITT president Don Childs. This award sought to honor the dedication and service to the organization, of a student member of SWUSITT. Anyone that knew Don knew that he valued hard work and dedication above almost anything else. It was with that spirit that he wanted to recognize, and set as an example, the service of a Student Member each year that went above and beyond in their work and membership to SWUSITT.