Robert Scales


Los Angeles, California

Inducted as a Fellow: 1994

Your earliest memories of the Institute?

Richard Thompson, sales rep for Skirpan Electric told me about USITT in 1962 while I was working at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. I’ve faded in and out of active roles in the organization as dictated by my professional job demands.

Favorite USITT memory?

Making new professional friends and seeing many friends at least on an annual basis. Learning what others with the same type job as mine are doing and how they are solving problems.

Short list of career highlights:

  • First professional job at the Guthrie Theatre 
  • Several technical production and lighting design jobs at regional theatres across the US and Canada
  • Theatre consulting with very good firms
  • Dean of the theatre school at the University of Southern California

Short list of your involvement in the Institute:

  • USITT Board of Directors a couple of times (including 2013 to 2016)
  • Technical Production Commission
  • Tech Expo
  • I try not to miss a Conference or USITT event

Bob Scales WhoandWhatShort list of the memorable USITT characters that have made a difference to you?

I can think of persons my senior, persons my age, persons younger, persons that I have seen grow up through the years, and all have meant something to me. There are ones I respect, am inspired by, appreciate. and learn from.

Anything you want to say about being a Fellow?

I appreciate being a member of this collegial group. It’s an honor.

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

Working as volunteers for the organization, listening to what someone is doing in our profession and having respect for who that person is has led to many professional friendships and several close personal friendships.


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  • Creative Theatre- Roy Mitchell


Management, leadership, navigating a career in theatre production