Tom Hackman, associate professor of theatre at Davis & Elkins College, recently took office as vice-president for programming for USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
Hackman, who is also a graduate of Davis & Elkins, will serve a three-year term guiding the programming at USITT's Annual Conference, which draws almost 5,000 people nationwide and from more than 20 other countries. Work on creating the Annual Conference begins more than a year before it starts. Discussion of programming and themes for upcoming events and locations are just one part of the intricate planning process.
Each year USITT presents more than 200 sessions, workshops, and demonstrations which cover a broad range of topics from Chinese puppetry to themed entertainment such as Walt Disney and Universal Studios, to demystifying audio to incorporating electronics into costume designs.
Hackman has been a member of USITT since 1999 when he was a student. He has served on the group's Conference Committee, most recently as programming co-coordinator. As vice president, he will facilitate new initiatives and work with award-winning presenters and presentations.
He is also Dean of the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, held at Davis & Elkins College, and received his MFA from the University of Virginia.
USITT's mission is to connect performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators, and students. With more than 3,800 members worldwide, USITT is a leader for theatre and entertainment design, management, and technology through its conferences, exhibitions, awards, publications, and research. USITT is dedicated to the professional development of those who are an integral part of the performing arts and entertainment industry.
Hackman will be an integral part of USITT's 53rd Annual Conference & Stage Expo, which will be held March 20-23, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wis.