Travis Martinez ’21 won second place in scenic design at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) 71st annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Martinez won for his set design of the play Smart People by Lydia Diamond, which Lehigh students performed at the Diamond Theatre in the Zoellner Arts Center in September and November of 2019.
“The recognition felt great, and it let me know that my hard work paid off,” Martinez said. “The award reminded me of how much time and effort I put into my work at Lehigh and how it is all worth it.”
SETC is a nonprofit organization that provides a robust network, scholarship opportunities, publications, and events dedicated to theatre. The annual convention features workshops, performances, networking opportunities and competitions to award talented college students for their accomplishments.
Kashi Johnson, chair of the Department of Theatre and director and producer of Smart People, emphasized the significance of Martinez’s achievement.
“Travis has been studying scenic design with Professor Melopemene Katakalos for a number of years now, and it is truly wonderful to see the culmination of their mentoring relationship manifest in this prestigious national recognition,” Johnson said. “The department is very proud of Travis and this impressive accomplishment.”