Saint Mary’s theatre students and faculty recently attended the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) annual conference in Louisville, Ky., where they met and interviewed with national companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Disney, regional theatre’s, technology and design companies, along with many different graduate schools for design and stage management.
“I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk with professionals about what they do and have them tell me what I should do now in order to make myself more appealing for jobs in the future,” said student Jen Honsa.
USITT was founded in 1960 as an organization to promote dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology. Today, it has grown to include members at all levels of their careers and has embraced the new technologies being used in entertainment. USITT is now the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry.
Saint Mary’s students started a student chapter of USITT in 2014 and every year vote in a new chair, vice chair, and treasurer. The national conference is held across the nation in a different section of the US. The 60th anniversary conference will be held in Houston, Texas, in 2020.
Photo caption: Attending the USITT Conference were, from left: back, Jason Underferth, faculty; Jennifer Honsa; Mackenzie Jensen; Amber Geyer; Chelsea Boesiger; Niffer Pflager, faculty; front, William Scannell, Kamryn Matta, and Casper Pichotta