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Most audiences at a performance don’t stop to consider everything it takes to get to that point. The performance is just the tip of the entertainment iceberg. So much creativity and hard work go into scenes, lighting, costumes, sound, make-up, stage managing, and the performance area itself not to mention keeping everyone safe.

It is the design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry that the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has served since 1960.

The Institute provides an environment for these professionals to connect, create, share, and communicate their craft. This is outlined in the Institute’s Mission and Vision and carried out through its Organizational Structure. USITT has 3800+ members throughout the United States, Canada, and 40 other countries. The USITT Office is located in Syracuse, New York.

USITT is also the United States Center of OISTAT: The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians.

USITT leadership is elected by the membership, guided by the Bylaws, and assisted by Committees. With its long history, the Institute continually looks toward transitioning into the 21st century.