Mentorship Opportunities at USITT 2018
USITT has many opportunities for all members throughout the year, but fall is especially ripe with mentorship, and other career opportunities, giving you a wide-range to choose from.
Below are a sampling of mentorship opportunities currently available to you:
Participate as a Gateway mentee or mentor at USITT 2018 through the Gateway program. The Gateway Program provides professional mentoring to students and early-career professionals from underrepresented populations involved in theatre production.
Twelve mentees will receive conference registration, travel and housing support to USITT 2018, and will be paired with a mentor working professionally in a similar field. In addition, Gateway mentees take part in special receptions and sessions on diversity and inclusion in the production industry.
“The inclusivity that theatre allows is unlike any other art form,” said 2017 Gateway mentor Josafath Reynoso. “I think that’s what the Gateway Program is about. Emphasizing that need for different voices and opinion that bring new and diverse work beyond whatever labels and credentials you’re going to apply to them.”
The USITT Fellows offer the opportunity for two Early-Career Members to connect one-on-one at USITT 2018 with a professional in their field. During their time together, mentors will discuss career opportunities, future goals, and introduce mentees to USITT members and exhibitors.
The USITT Stage Management Mentor Project (SMMP) offers students and young professionals interested in stage management the opportunity to participate in a practical training experience.
With the support of professional stage managers, participants coordinate and manage the major events of the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Students and mentors work together to prepare and realize the various events.
The Board Mentor Program is a year-long endeavor during which a student obtains the roll of “full non-voting member” of the USITT Board of Directors. The chosen Board mentee will sit on at least one committee, and attend all functions that the Board is expected to attend at the Conference. Mentees are free to take as many sessions as they can, make suggestions for future sessions, and jump in to assist just like all other members of the Board.