Inducted as a Fellow: 1978
Your earliest memories of the Institute?
1962 attended some meetings in the East but never joined. Joined with my dear friend Will Bellman when both of us lived in California, 1964. We both were very active in regional groups affiliated with USITT.
Favorite USITT memory?
Receiving the USITT Health and Safety Award that I had initiated many years ago, and having Rick Stephens make the presentation.
Short list of career highlights:
I have founded seven risk management companies for the entertainment industry. I have been involved as an expert witness in 413 law suits: lost two. Began technical theater work in 1943 at Price College and have continued since then. Founded ISETSA: International Secondary Education Theater Safety Association, 2005.
Short list of your involvement in the Institute:
I have held every position except that of an officer. Aided in founding and supporting many of the Regional Sections and Student Chapters across the country, and assisted in founding the Canadian Institute of Theater Technology. I have done hundreds of workshops, national and regional. Liaison with all of the different Sections and Commissions for years. Three years lobbying for USITT and theater safety in the U.S. Congress with 12 U.S. Senators and five Representatives. I have been active in planning national conferences.
If you were to make a short list of the memorable USITT characters that have made a difference to you, who would they be?
Harold Burris-Meyer, Don Shulman, Randy Earle, Joel Rubin, Pat MacKay, Peter Foy, Dick Arnold, Reid Neslage, David Loftin, and Ed Kook.
Anything you want to say about being a Fellow?
In my opinion: Randy Earle and Dick Arnold are the individuals who stand out as the best models for Fellows. Superb. Humble. Dedicated.
Anything you'd like to add about what the USITT means to you personally?
USITT and many of its members have been a family to me and I am grateful for their support in all of the life engaging work that I do on five continents. They have provided friendship and technical expertise, and enabled me to rise to the top of my profession worldwide, and I would not have been able to do that without them.
- Pocket Guide to Theater Safety
- Three volume set of Dr. Davidson's Eye on Health and Safety in the Theater
- Practical Health and Safety Guidelines for Theater Health and Safety
- Other: More than 500 monographs on entertainment health, safety, product liability, environmental audits, and security
I am always interested and continue to mentor students and others who are interested in health and safety.
Contact: See Membership Directory & Resource Guide