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USITT Expands Diversity Sessions for 2016 in Salt Lake

USITT Expands Diversity Sessions for 2016 in Salt Lake

USA - As 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 programmes 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 under-represented 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 colour, our LGBTQ community, accessibility and disability rights, and ageing workers, among others.”

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

12th February 2016

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