Special Events

USITT Keynote & Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 18

Terrence Spivey, dynamic leader of the legendary Karamu Performing Arts Theatre in Cleveland, will give the Keynote and President Lea Asbell-Swanger will conduct the Annual Meeting.  The event will launch the 55thAnnual Conference & Stage Expo in an all-Conference event Wednesday morning.

Opening Night Reception & Stage Expo Preview

Opening Night Sponsor


Wednesday, March 18
7:30pm-8:30pm     Ballroom Pre-Function
8:30pm-10:30pm   Ballroom

Opening Night is being re-energized!  The event will now start with a cocktail party from 7:30-8:30 in the ballroom pre-function area, then open to the Ballroom where the Stage Expo Preview (formerly Brag & Swag) offers a product preview of Stage Expo, which opens the following morning. 

This will be the first networking opportunity for attendees to unite and catch up with each other or make new connections.  Don't miss this exciting evening!

International Reception

International Reception Sponsor

Wednesday, March 18

We welcome attendees from around the world to the USITT Conference & Stage Expo.  In 2014, 16 countries were represented in Fort Worth.  As we expand our relationships with associations around the globe, we open up opportunities for our members to connect internationally as well as conduct business across all borders.  Invitation is required for this event.

All-Conference Address & Awards Presentations

Thursday, March 19 

Join us to celebrate our Rising Stars and talented winners of Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the performing arts.  Always an inspiring event!

Distinguished Award Winners in Conversation

Friday, March  20
Celebrate winners of USITT’s Distinguished Achievement Awards as they tell amazing stories and give their insights into their creative process and their careers.  Award winners will be announced this Fall. 

Tech Olympics  

Friday, March 20

Tech Olympics returns to USITT's Conference & Stage Expo. This popular competition is designed to challenge student members in the various disciplines involved in theatre production. Teams or individuals compete in management, lighting, audio, costumes, props and rigging.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Registration will open this Fall.


Closing Night Party

Saturday, March 21

USITT closes the Conference with a bang!  Join us for a celebration of the event, successful networking and education and even some free food!