Your earliest memories of the institute?
I had the pleasure to be part of a team of students representing Penn State in a Master Class hosted by USITT featuring Helmut Grosser in February of 1973. It was held at Carnegie Mellon (Tech) in Pittsburgh. We spent a day in the classroom with along with teams from several other Universities. This was my first involvement with the Institute.
Your favorite USITT memory?
I can’t think of any one specific memory that outshines another great memory. I always made the most out of each Annual Conference and Stage Expo. To say one was better than the other, well, maybe, there was one conference in Wichita ….hmmmmm.
- Production Manager, Operation Manager, General Manager of Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts for 26 years. Staged over 350 performances annually.
- Served as a lighting designer for campus resident dance company and staged many large special events around the campus.
- Facility Coordinator and Safety Officer for the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State for 24 years. The college consisted of 7 departments, performing art center and an art museum.
- While doing both jobs for 10 years, my work included serving 18 college facilities in the design, performing, and visual arts. A great amount of time was spent in the programming and planning of facility upgrades and new buildings including the first LEED Gold rated building on a college campus.
USITT involvement/positions held:
- Vice-President for Conferences (2009 – 2014)
- Board Member-at-Large (2003-2006)
- Member, Annual Conference and Stage Expo Committee (1995 – present)
- Commissioner, Management Commission (1996 - 2002)
- Vice-Commissioner for Theater and Production Management (1993- 1995)
- Conference Chair, Annual Conference - Pittsburgh (1997)
Memorable USITT characters who have made a difference to you?
Walt Walters, William H. Allison, Will Bellman, Sam Scripps, Jack Schmidt, Dick Durst, Rick Stephenson, and Frank Willard.
Being a fellow means?
It is very humbling to have been selected as a Fellow of the Institute. I am honored to be among this body of members of the Institute.
Anything you'd like to add about what the USITT means to you personally?
USITT played a very important role in my career. The networking and interaction with friends and colleagues throughout the years was invaluable to me. There was always someone to turn to ask a question, find an answer and of course, have a beer with!
Books that you recommend about the field:
As many as you can read