USITT has now created profiles for its Fellows. This should better introduce them to new and potental members. As USITT says "Not just anyone can be named a Fellow of the Institute. There are no applications for membership. This is a lifetime honor awarded by other Fellows to a member who has made exceptional contributions to the work of the Institute and to the entertainment industry. Being named a Fellow is the most prestigious honor a member can achieve."
A few questions answered by Van:
What USITT means to you personally?
The USITT has been, and remains, the organizational home of some of my closest friends in the performing arts world. Their dedication and willingness to mentor a strong future for those who work within the performing arts speaks volumes about the importance of USITT as a national presence in the arts. Like those that work on professional productions, it ultimately isn't about individual names or past success. Over time the USITT will be judged on its next success and I feel confident that it is built on a solid foundation.
I would be most useful to those interested in Theatre Consulting and the industry that supports Performance Architecture and the equipment needed for its construction.
Your earliest memories of the Institute?
My first knowledge of and about USITT was being told by Gene Diskey, the TD at the Dallas Theatre Center (I was his Assistant), that a new organization had just been formed and I should join it. So, I joined! Gene was a Yale Graduate and had connections on the East Coast and got the word about USITT shortly after it was formed. No, I didn't walk up hill both ways in the "neck deep" snow to the meeting when USITT was formed, but joined soon afterward.
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