USITT Board of Directors Meeting

Board of Directors Nomination

USITT Board of Directors Nomination Form

This comprehensive application form must be completed by all potential Board candidates. The USITT Nominations Committee asks the questions because we value who you are. While some of these questions are optional, we ask that you provide as much information as you are comfortable sharing.

Board members are expected to uphold the Mission and core values of the organization. They are as follows:

USITT Mission

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators, and students.

Core Values of USITT:

  • Inclusion - Acknowledging the inequitable structures established by the dominant culture, and the industry's conscious or unconscious participation in these unjust systems, USITT commits to the ongoing struggle to create equitable spaces, to embrace diverse experiences, and to uplift and encourage multiple perspectives.
  • Excellence - Recognizing the need for continuous pursuit of the very best in our profession, our industry, and our Institute, USITT cultivates innovation in education, research, and safety.
  • Responsibility - Embracing a long-standing imperative to serve, USITT provides value through year-round activities, elevates the work of individuals and organizations, and heightens accountability to our members and the industry.

Role & Responsibilities of Board Members:

According to the Institute Bylaws, each member of the USITT Board of Directors is charged with the responsibility to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assists with the leadership and general promotion of the Institute so as to support its mission and needs. Board members are elected by the membership to serve the Institute, each for a three- year term, renewable for one additional term, with two exceptions: the office of the President (non-renewable) and the Immediate Past President (by virtue of previous office). Officers are Directors who are elected to specific positions that hold additional responsibilities beyond those shared by all Board members.

Governance Role of Board Members:

Recent changes to the Bylaws have moved the Board of Directors to solely a governance body and have moved all operational components under the direction of the Executive Director. This has allowed the Board to envision and create directions for the future of the Institute.

According to current USITT President Carolyn Satter, "The charge to the Board is not how, but what and why we are planning. The how will be implemented by committees of members working alongside staff to achieve the goals set forth. This will mean new committees and new opportunities for members to engage in both short-term and long-term commitments that meet the realities of time that people have to give today."

For more information on the governance charge of the Board, you may want to read this article from TD&T on the subject.

Please fill out this form in its entirety. Forms cannot be submitted with required fields left blank. Demographic information is not required, but provision of this information is encouraged. Look over the form and gather necessary documents prior to filling out the form. You are unable save an incomplete form. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The Nominations Committee, at its sole discretion, may choose to accept or reject any nominations received after the posted date.

Nominee's Name
Have you previously been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors?

Board Positions Available for Nomination

There are four (4) Director positions open in this Board class. Treasurer is the only officer position open

Contact Information
Regional Section Membership
Please indicate USITT Regional Section affiliation.
NOTE: Regional Section membership is not required for nomination or for Board service.
Indicate what speciality (or specialities) that you are most closely associated with. Check all that apply.
Speciality Area
Costume Design & Technology
Digital Media
Lighting Design & Technology
Make-up and Hair Design & Technology
Projection Design & Technology
Safety & Health
Scenic Design & Technology (includes properties, scenic painting)
Sound Design & Technology
Technical Production
Theatre History & Criticism
Venue Management

Professional Activities

Using the individual sliders below, please indicate where you spend the majority of your professional activities on a percentage scale. Your final answers should equal 100%.

Required Documents

Please upload the following documents using the portals indicated below:
1. Employment Experience (resumé, CV, or listing of work experience)
2. USITT Experience (such as volunteer work, positions held, sessions or presentations given)
3. Personal Statement of Nomination (What makes you an ideal candidate for the Board of Directors?)
4. Nomination Letter [not required] (Written by someone other than yourself and speaks to your experience and qualifications)
Please see Additional Instructions (below) for more details.
Please limit both Employment Experience and USITT Experience documents to two pages. 
  • USITT Experience document should include a listing of past participation/attendance, activities and/or leadership roles in the Institute. Be sure to include international, national and regional section activities.
  • Please limit Statement of Nomination to 500 words. This is a personal statement detailing your desire to serve in a particular position on the Board of Directors. Please make sure to list what two or three qualities that bring to the role that would positively impact your ability to fulfill a leadership role on the Board.
  • Nomination Letter (optional) should speak to your experience and qualifications as they apply to Board service. This optional letter should be written by a person nominating you for service on the Board.
  • These statements will not appear on the ballot. Nominees chosen for the ballot will have an opportunity to write statements for the ballot at a later date.
One file only.
100 MB limit.
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One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.

Professional Conduct Disclosure

To be a candidate for a United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) award, honor, or governance position, you will be required to complete an online Professional Conduct Disclosure statement no later than a date determined by the Nominations Committee. You may read the disclosure form text here.


Once form is complete and all attachments uploaded, please complete the CAPTCHA and click SUBMIT. By clicking submit, you are placing your name in consideration for nomination to the USITT Board of Directors and, if you are chosen as a nominee, you agree to complete and return the Professional Conduct Disclosure statement prior to the publication of the ballot.