Arnold Gillette



  • University of Montana, BA (1928)
  • Yale University School of Drama, MFA (1931)


Employment History:

  • Professor, University of Iowa (1931-1971)
  •             Instructor of Scene Design and Production Technique
  •             Designer and Technical Director
  •             Director of the University Theatre (1956-1971)
  •             Full Professor (1949-1971)
  • Editor’s note: Mr. Gillette, through his textbooks and longevity at one of the most prestigious university programs in the country, was considered one of the most influential teachers of theatre design during the middle of the last century. 



  • Author, Stage Scenery: Its Construction and Rigging  (1959, rev. 1973)
  • Author, An Introduction to Scene Design (1967)


USITT Involvement and offices held:

  • Behind the scenes mentor, mediator and activist in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Board of Directors


Awards and Honors:

  • Elected USITT Fellow (1989)
  • USITT Award for his Lifetime Contribution to the Profession (1973)