Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in USITT

We at USITT know the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the technical theatre and live entertainment industries. Throughout our history, we have made great strides in the evolution of ED&I by creating various programs and initiatives that you can learn more about on this page.


Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee

The Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee is responsible for supporting and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within USITT’s programs and projects and the Institute as a whole. Read the Institute's statement on Diversity.

View the Committee's members here.


Gateway Program

USITT’s Gateway Program is a mentorship opportunity for students from underrepresented populations within our industry. A professional mentor for a similar background and career path will guide and maximize each mentee’s experience at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

Read more about this program here.

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JobsUSITT Compensation Requirement

USITT has made including compensation mandatory for all employment opportunities posted on JobsUSITT. The Institute has been studying this requirement for several years and believes that now is an important time to implement the change.

Read more about this change here.

A Conversation on Diversity and Anti-Racism in Entertainment Design


This conversation was presented by USITT and Live Design International, and took place on Friday, July 10. It was moderated by David Stewart, USITT Board member and Production Manager for Disney Parks Live Entertainment.

Panelists included lighting designer Xavier Pierce, lighting/projection designer and Associate Professor of Professional Practice at TCU Roma Flowers, Director of Production at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Lawrence Bennett, lighting designer at the HowlRound Theatre Porsche McGovern, lighting designer Rachael Blackwell, and lighting designer and project manager Ebony Madry.