The USITT 2018 Gateway Program Mentors and Mentees
The USITT 2018 Gateway Program Mentors and Mentees

The Resilient Ones

Ross Jackson

USITT’s Gateway Program Helps Erode Barriers

Across the United States, live entertainment is becoming an increasingly understood and accepted option for many young people embarking on their career journeys. With options like film, television, dance, symphony orchestras, concerts, road houses, conferences, conventions, theater, and more industrial endeavors than ever, live entertainment is now just as widely recognizable for its technicians, managers, directors, and designers. Just as we were able to shake the stigma outside the industry that live production is limited to what is seen on stage, we within the industry must now work to redefine what the industry looks like beyond the proscenium. USITT’s Gateway Program is one of the first and most successful steps that an early career technical theater professional can take in response to this call to action.

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