Willard Bellman

Willard F. Bellman


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  • BA University of Puget Sound (1946)
  • MA Northwestern University (1947)
  • PhD Northwestern University (1949)

Employment history:

  • Faculty, University of Wyoming (1950)
  • Faculty, Washington University
  • Faculty, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Faculty, San Fernando Valley State College-This school later was renamed California State University at Northridge (CSUN) (1958-1988)



  • Author: Lighting the Stage, Art and Practice
  • Author: Scene Design, Stage Lighting, Sound, Costume and Makeup; A Scenographic Approach
  • Author: Scenography and Stage Technology: An Introduction
  • Numerous articles in Theatre Design and Technology, the most important of which were undoubtedly: “Workloads for Theatre in Higher Education” and “Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure”
  • Translated the German DHIN rigging standards document. NOTE: This was a major contribution to the USITT Rigging Standards Project


USITT involvement and offices held:

  • Conference Chair, Anaheim (1988)
  • Vice President for Special Projects (1989-1991)
  • Publications Committee (as both member and chair)
  • Board of Directors
  • President of the Southern California Section
  • International Liaison Committee (for more than 20 years)
  • USITT representative to a joint committee of ATHE, USITT and NAST To develop Promotion and Tenure Guidelines for Technical and Design faculty in the performing arts


Awards and Honors:

  • Elected USITT Fellow (1985)
  • Joel E. Rubin Founders Award (1990)
  • Special Citation for Achievement in Lighting Design Education (1994)
  • USITT Honorary Lifetime Member
  • Professor Emeritus, Cal State Northridge (2000)