Nine students interested in theatre technology discovered the “state of the art” at the nation’s largest full-production trade show, hosted by the Association for Performing Arts and Entertainment Professionals (USITT) in St. Louis. USITT’s annual conference and stage expo draws together theatre and live entertainment production technicians, designers, managers, and consultants from all corners of entertainment and performing arts—and with all levels of experience—to network and learn about the latest technologies and methods.

Saint Mary’s students started a student chapter of USITT in 2014. At this year’s conference, they met with and interviewed with national companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Disney, regional theatres, and technology and design companies, and talked with representatives of graduate schools for design and stage management. The group was accompanied by adviser Jason Underferth, Performance Center technical director.