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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Professional Societies & Associations

Mission: The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialog among practitioners, educators, and students.

Results: Our 24 educational offerings annually reach over 6000 professionals at all points in their career span.

Target demographics: young people and professionals

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 30,000 students by providing inspections and safety training to 24 high schools in the US.

Geographic areas served: the entertainment design and technology industry

Programs: education and training, rigging inspections, and research funding

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of USITT since 2000. I am deeply proud of the work USITT has done through the Gateway program, it's mentorship programs, and it's programming. Our organization offers unique opportunities elevate and advance our members through training, education, investigation and networking. We lift one another. We care for one another. We are a powerful tribe. USITT has had a profound impact on my career and growth. I am grateful to be a member and to serve.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of USITT for over 15 years and the organization has benefited me at every phase of my career with learning opportunities, networking opportunities that have led to several jobs, and now further connection and learning that I can share with my students who are young entertainment professionals. USITT has something for everyone working in entertainment design and technology no matter their experience or niche in the industry.

Board Member

Rating: 5

People ask me "what is USITT?" And the short answer is, it is an organization that is for all those people who work backstage, the ones you usually don't see onstage at the theatre, in the movies, or at other entertainment events. But the longer, truer answer, is that we are a community of individuals who want to share their passion for the art and craft that they love so well. Whether it is through the annual conference, where we all go to "recharge" our creative batteries, learn, find jobs and network, or simply find and connect with a group of like-minded people, or through symposium, study trips, professional training or section communities, USITT is one of the places where we get to shine a spotlight on our talents, skills and community. And might I add that since we are the ones operating the spotlight, we do an amazing job!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Originally, I went with my husband (also in theatre) because I thought I would have a "vacation". Now, 17 years later, the vacation still hasn't quite materialized the way I originally planned. However, the work that the Institute does and how it affects my creativity as an artist and designer is so much further reaching than a vacation would have been! Meeting fellow artisans and compatriots has become a wonderful personal and professional resource. And seeing the new crop of designers finding their voice and fulfilling their dreams is truly invigorating and inspiring. So the volunteer work efforts for the past 17 years have been more work than any "vacation" I have ever taken, but so much more satisfying!

Board Member

Rating: 5

USITT is a joyous bridge between the academic and the professional, and between the technical and the artistic. The Institute has also emerged as a role model of diversity and inclusion. I am proud and honored to be a part of the organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not only are they a resource for young artists, but USITT also supports artists throughout their careers as they learn and change as society and technology changes. Truly dedicated to a lifetime of education- this organization advocates empowered learning that affects schools, communities, and artist communities across the country. They are one of the most joyous, most forward-thinking national organizations of its size.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of being a member of USITT for over 2 decades. Its dedication to education, networking, and mentoring has created an industry 'go-to' for all things that pertain to the theatre technician. USITT strives to develop opportunities for the student, the early entry career person, and the seasoned professional Volunteers in the industry develop informational sessions at the annual conference that are both stimulating and critical to the growth of those in attendance. The organizational structure in place encourages forward thinking while keeping sharp eyes on the financial impact of these decisions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of USITT for more than three decades, and in that time I have had the opportunity and privilege to volunteer in a variety of capacities. USITT has shaped and supported my career at every level, it has provided me a network of highly valued colleagues and mentors, and it has delivered the best professional development and education in the entertainment industry. USITT’s commitment to its members and to the industry as a whole has made it the leader in education, safety training, and diversity and inclusion. At the same time, it continues to demonstrate exceptional resource management and enjoys consistently excellent board engagement, member involvement, and fiscal health. USITT has proven itself to be beyond valuable in so many ways, and I am proud to call myself a member of this organization.

Verda M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of USITT since 2002 when the USITT job placement service helped me get my first job out of grad school. The members connected me with my next job in education and then, again, members of the institute recruited me into the latest stage of my career. USITT members have mentored me through changes in the profession and kept me up to date on the latest tools. They offered help when I faced challenges and gave me resources when I needed help. As I grew in my career, I was given opportunities to mentor the next generation, have a voice in standards and best practice documents that affect our industry, and joined conversations on how we mold the future of the industry. USITT is everything I expect from a professional organization. It also continues to surprise me with the reach of its programs and the ingenuity and generosity of its members.

Madilynn G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I entered this organization as an early-career professional and USITT has dramatically impacted my first years in the field. Not only have I gained knowledge through educational programming, I've also had leadership opportunities that helped me build my skill set alongside seasoned professionals. Additionally, USITT is taking multiple steps to advance diversity and inclusion in the field through school visits and the Gateway program. The impacts of these young programs are sizable and setting a strong example for the industry.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Low overhead, high impact, advancing daily on issues of continuing education, diversity & inclusion, safety, and research that affect the entertainment industry.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am involved with a wide variety of arts and service Not-for-Profits and USITT is by far the most healthy of those of which I am aware. Healthy in multiple metrics...fiscal health and transparency, board engagement, member involvement, and consistent focus on organizational mission. USITT is an industry leader in education, safety training, preserving theatrical heritage, and in diversity and inclusion. The biggest benefit of membership in USITT is the network of theatre and performing arts professionals that I count among my closest friends and professional colleagues. This organization has literally changed my life in many ways.