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USITT Expands Diversity Sessions for 2016 in Salt Lake

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USITT ConferenceAs part of its initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in entertainment production, USITT is offering new sessions on accessibility and the arts at USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City March 16-19.

The Arts Are For Everyone on Thursday, March 17, is a three-hour panel on making the arts more inviting to all – including improving accessibility for people with disabilities such as hearing impairment, mental health challenges, physical disabilities, and neurological or intellectual challenges.

Finding an Accessible Path to Technical Theatre on Wednesday, March 16, will discuss working with mobility impairment in technical theatre, including creating accessible workspaces, career paths for students with mobility limitations, and recent revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Building Diverse and Inclusive Environments into Our Programs on Friday, March 18, explores how theatre educators can encourage diversity in their programs and productions to create a richly diverse academic experience.

These and many other sessions -- including USITT’s growing People of Color Network, Women in Theatre Roundtable, and Queer Nation Roundtable – are part of USITT’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, tasked with helping USITT serve as a force for social change.

The Initiative is celebrating the third year of its Gateway Program, which will bring 12 students from underrepresented populations to USITT 2016 to be paired with professional mentors from similar backgrounds and fields.

“Besides Gateway, our Diversity Initiative, and our other mentoring efforts, we have been making a solid effort to add to our Conference sessions on this front,” said USITT Executive Director David Grindle. “We will continue trying to provide educational sessions that explore issues affecting women, people of color, our LGBTQ community, accessibility and disability rights, and aging workers, among others.”

Following is a list of diversity sessions for USITT 2016. The entire Conference program can be found at

Wednesday, March 16

Women in Theatre Roundtable – 11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
People of Color Network -- 2:30-4 p.m.
Finding an Accessible Path to Technical Theatre – 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 17

The Arts are for Everyone – 1-4 p.m.
Queer Nation Roundtable – 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Women in Leadership Roles: Training and Mentoring – 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting – 4-5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18

A Discussion on Diversity in Sound and Audio – 1-2:30 p.m.
Human Issues Working Session – 2:45-4 p.m.
Gateway Program Roundtable – 4-5:30 p.m.
Building Diverse and Inclusive Environments into Our Programs – 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Saturday, March 19

It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a national non-profit serving the performing arts and live entertainment production community. Visit USITT at

USITT 2016 is USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo, to be held this year March 16-19 in Salt Lake City. The Conference features over 275 workshops, sessions, presentations, demonstrations, and celebrations of performing arts design and technology. Stage Expo includes 260 exhibitors of products and services for creating live entertainment. For more info on the show, visit

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