Magazine article Stage Directions

Networking, USITT and Great Conversations!

Magazine article Stage Directions

Networking, USITT and Great Conversations!

Article excerpt

Ah April! Spring is starting to bloom and as we go to press for this issue, we are just back from the recently wrapped USITT Conference & Stage Expo, the 59th edition (yes, Houston in 2020 is the 60th!). Once again, it was a great show-and a record breaking one. With more than 6,000 attendees-a new record-the Institute held more than 400 educational opportunities-many of them hands-on sessions or demonstrations of the latest technology available in the entertainment industry-at all stages of their careers.

The areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion were well-represented and have grown exponentially over the past few years. The conversations and the sessions at USITT are really leading the way and we applaud the range of individuals and topics that were front and center this year. And while there is still a long way to go to providing a place for everyone in the room; there were many positive signs. The winners of the young designers, managers, &technicians awards were proudly displaying their amazing work and were a diverse group of individuals, also there were more mentors and mentees in The Gateway Program and Stage Management Mentor Project.

There were scores of theater artisans networking and exchanging ideas in the sessions, in the hallways, in the expo and out in the town! If you ever needed to recharge your batteries or realign your career path this was the event to be at, as this year's USITT Conference and Stage Expo set the bar very high and rose well above it. …

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