Expand your network and your understanding of the industry beyond the U.S. USITT exudes an East meets West vibe by highlighting international members, programs, and awards. Open your mind, experience different design aesthetics, and learn new ways of approaching problems from our friends across the pond and beyond.
These activities and sessions allow members to collaborate and network with those who have a different design aesthetic and process and location-specific standards.
Connect one-on-one with major conservatories during sessions and at Stage Expo. Get information on their programs, schooling, and how studying overseas can play an integral role in your education and training.
Have questions about Prague Quadrennial 2019? Get them answered while you interact with the PQ curators and learn how you can get involved in the design of the next PQ exhibit.
Below is a sampling of the international events and sessions taking place at USITT 2018 in Fort Lauderdale. All activities listed below are open to all members attending the Conference.
Wednesday, March 14
Estonian Theatre Practices with the Rakvere Theatre
Speakers: Erni Kask, Kathleen DeVault, Kristo Kruusman
On Estonia's 100th anniversary, learn about the differences in production between the U.S. and Estonia via Ohio Northern University's unique relationship with the Rakvere Theatre. Since 2011, ONU has partnered with this Estonian theatre, sharing personnel, technical support, and tour support. This session describes the relationship and offers advice for institutions looking to develop international partners.
International Committee Meeting
Speakers: Kevin Rigdon, Loren Schreiber, Rob Eastman-Mullins
A working meeting for all International Committee members. Recent and future Conference activities as well as OISTAT events and meetings will be discussed. This meeting is open to all interested USITT members.
Thursday, March 15
World Stage Design Winner: Agata Skwarczyńska
Speaker: Rob Eastman-Mullins
Winner of the World Stage Design 2017 Gold Medal in Performance Design, Polish scenographer Agata Skwarczyńska presents and discusses her work.
The Pedagogy of Modern Scenography Training
Speaker: William Kenyon
This OISTAT Education Commission session examines international training practices for designers of all walks.
Friday, March 16
World Stage Design Winner: Wen Bao Qin
Speaker: Sabrina Notarfrancisco
Winner of the World Stage Design 2017 Gold Medal in Costume Design, Chinese designer Wen Bao Qin presents and discusses his work.
World Happenings — OISTAT and Other International Activities
Speakers: Carl Walling, Hideaki Tsutsui, Joe Pino, Rob Eastman-Mullins, Sabrina Notarfrancisco
You — yes YOU — are a member of OISTAT, the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians. Join this session to learn about the recent and future activities, meetings, and general goings-on with this international theatre organization of which you are also a member.
Improving the Wheel: Technology Innovation Prize Award Winners
Speaker: Loren Schreiber
Winners of OISTAT's Technical Innovation Prize (TIP) present and discuss their inventions.
Saturday, March 17
International Travel Grant Winner — Ian Garrett
Speakers: Andrew DG Hunt, Ian Garrett, Kevin Rigdon
Recipients of the USITT International Travel Grant present the results of their funded research.