United States Institute for Theatre Technology

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The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) is a membership organization which aims to advance the skills and knowledge of theatre, entertainment and performing arts professionals involved in the areas of design, production and technology, and to promote their interests.

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Mission & Vision


  • "...will be a prominent leader of theatre and entertainment design, management, and technology through our conferences, exhibitions, awards, publications, and research." -USITT
  • "...is dedicated to the professional development of those who are an integral part of the performing arts and entertainment industry." -USITT
  • "...will promote the best of design and technology through exhibitions, which are widely distributed to new audiences." -USITT
  • "...will actively promote and support research and development today that creates the theatre of the future." -USITT
  • "...will honor the best of theatre design, management, and technology through nationally - and internationally - recognized awards." -USITT
  • "...will be the documentary body for the history of design, management, and technology in the performing arts and entertainment industry." -USITT
  • "...will disseminate information about the history of the field, and aesthetic and technological developments by producing the USITT Annual Conference *"Stage Expo, tours, and symposia." -USITT
  • "...will advocate for safe, efficient, and ethical practices" -USITT
  • "...will continue to strengthen the organizational operations of the Institute and National Office" -USITT
  • "...will grow and provide valuable services to our membership and insure that interests of members are represented regionally, nationally, and internationally." -USITT


USITT was founded in 1960. The organization is a self Proclaimed "Association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals" . Over the years USITT has provided an environment for professionals to gather and discuss the latest techniques in the field today in their annual conferences that take place. For the organizations 50th year celebration the conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri. USITT also serves as the US branch for the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. OISTAT is an international organization that promotes collaboration between entertainment professionals in different countries. Also Associated With Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology


Every year USITT hosts a Conference where Entertainment Industry Professionals from around the country and world show up and attend instructional workshops, and demonstrations on new technology and ideas in the field. This Annual Conference draws more than 4,000 people in from all over the world for this 5 day extravaganza held in late March- early April. This is all in hopes that everyone will leave the conference and take their knowledge back to make things better at their respective places of employment. Also with peoples new skills and knowledge they bring safer practices into the field, which helps prevent injuries and deaths in the industry.

Member Services

Members of USITT range from designers to technicians, consultants to proffesors and students. Those who join USITT recieve many benefits for their membership fee. The services that are offered include discounts on books and learning material as well as training. They also recieve the right to vote in elections as well as become leaders within the organization.


USITT can't run just by itself!


  • Lea Asbell-Swanger

Past Presidents

  • Joe Aldridge - 2010 to 2012
  • Carl Lefko - 2008 to 2010
  • Sylvia Hillyard Pannell - 2006 to 2008
  • John S. Uthoff - 2004 to 2006
  • Bruce Brockman - 2002 to 2004
  • William J. Byrnes - 2000 to 2002
  • Leon I. Brauner - 1998 to 2000
  • Christine L. Kaiser - 1996 to 1998
  • Richard W. Durst - 1994 to 1996
  • Sarah Nash Gates - 1992 to 1994
  • Donald C. Shulman - 1990 to 1992
  • Richard M. Devin - 1988 to 1990
  • David Hale Hand - 1986 to 1988
  • James R. Earle - 1984 to 1986
  • Ronald C. Olson - 1982 to 1984
  • Leland H. Watson - 1980 to 1982
  • Charles E. Williams - 1977 to 1980
  • Edward F. Kook - 1975 to 1977
  • Richard L. Arnold - 1973 to 1975
  • Ned A. Bowman - 1972 to 1973
  • Walter H. Walters - 1971 to 1972
  • C. Ray Smith - 1968 to 1971
  • Donald H. Swinney - 1965 to 1968
  • Joel E. Rubin - 1963 to 1965
  • Thomas DeGaetani - 1961 to 1963


  • Dan Culhane


  • Sherry Wagner-Henry

Vice Presidents

  • Immediate Past President:
    • Joe Aldridge
  • Commissions:
    • David Krajec
  • Communications:
    • Mark Shanda
  • Conferences:
    • David Will
  • International Activities:
    • Marketa Fantova
  • Members, Sections & Chapters:
    • Martha Marking
  • Programming:
    • Tom Hackman
  • Special Operations:
    • Daniel Denhart


  • Kasey Allee-Foreman
  • William Browning
  • Alessia Carpoca
  • Jack Feviou
  • Emily Gill
  • R. Michael Gros
  • Rafael Jaen
  • Jennifer Knott
  • Debra Lockwood Garcia
  • Andi Lyons
  • Michael Mehler
  • Jill Maurer
  • Linda Pisano
  • Kevin Rigdon
  • Carolyn Satter
  • Loren Schreiber
  • Joe Tilford
  • Stephanie Young

Awards & Funding

USITT hosts many activities in hope of maintaining the honor of being the prominent leader in the theatre and entertainment technology industries. They achieve this through the conferences and exhibitions. Another way they achieve this is through giving awards that honor individuals and organizations. USITT also began giving out grants in 1995 to members who wish to research an industry specific projects.


  • Young Designers & Technicians Awards
  • Architecture Awards
  • Rising Star Award
  • International Health & Safety Award
  • Exhibition Awards
  • Distinguished Achievement Awards
  • Special Achievement
  • Author & Publication Awards