Richard W. Durst

Durst_Head_shot_1Williamsburg, Virginia

Inducted as a Fellow: 1992

Your earliest memories of the Institute?

1972, as a new student member, in San Francisco.  I was so intimidated seeing people whose texts we were using in class, or those that were designing in NYC and Chicago.  I don’t believe I talked with a single person at the conference.

Favorite USITT memory?

Sharing a programming session with Will Bellman, when I was three years into teaching.  He was so gracious and generous with his time, as we both were doing steel fabrication of scenery – a new initiative at the time.

Short list of career highlights:

  • President of OISTAT
  • scenery design for around 150 productions for regional/academic theatres
  • co-designer of US Prague Quadrennial entry in 1999
  • President of Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio

Short list of your involvement in the Institute:

  • VP for Conferences and President
  • Chair of Northern Boundary section
  • USITT Fellow

If you were to make a short list of the memorable USITT characters that have made a difference to you, who would they be?

Larry Hill, Lance Brockman, Jean Montgomery, Christine Kaiser, Leon Brauner, Dick Devin.

Anything you want to say about being a Fellow?

Highest recognition I’ve achieved from USITT.  I am humbled to be in the company of these folks.

Anything you'd like to add about what the USITT means to you personally?

Not enough space to do this justice.  Most of my best friends in life have come through USITT.


Too many and too many that I’ve forgotten.


Always.  President, VP conferences, regional sections, and careers OUTSIDE of live theatre.

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