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USITT Inducts Three New Fellows in Salt Lake City

USITT Inducts Three New Fellows in Salt Lake City

USA – USITT inducted three accomplished members as Fellows of the Institute on Wednesday 16th March at USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City.

David W. Will, Rachel Keebler, and Stephanie Young became the first members to be named Fellows since 2012. They join 74 other Fellows who have devoted years of their careers in the arts to benefit USITT.

Dave Will, manager of facility resources for Penn State University’s College of Arts and Architecture has been an active member of USITT since 1988. He has served as management commissioner, on the Conference Steering Committee, and most recently as vice-president for conferences from 2009 through 2014, helping lead USITT’s annual conference and stage expo to unprecedented growth.

Rachel Keebler is co-founder, owner, and director of the famed Cobalt Studios scene-painting shop and school in White Lake, NY, a Sustaining Member of USITT since 1996. She has exhibited at and taught scene-painting workshops at USITT’s conference and stage expo for decades. In 2013, she received the USITT Distinguished Achievement in Education Award for Cobalt’s role in training expert scene painters.

Stephanie Young retired as head of the stage management programme at California Institute of the Arts last year after 30 years in that role, 17 while also serving as assistant dean for CalArts’ School of Theater. She has been active in USITT since 1980, serving either on the board of directors or as an officer for 20 years, 1992-2012. She currently serves on USITT’s Grants & Fellowships Committee.

The trio received the revered title of USITT Fellow and the signature red ribbon that Fellows wear to denote their role as experts and mentors in their fields. Among the Fellow duties at USITT 2016 is to hold an open mentoring session for students and young professionals. That session takes place Thursday 17th March from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

17th March 2016

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