David Grindle, an experienced production and stage manager, has been named executive director of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). He will head the professional staff of the 3,800-member association in the organization's Syracuse offices.
"We have been seeking a candidate to play a vital role as USITT celebrates and then moves beyond its first 50 years. David, who knows our organization well, possesses a wealth of management skills and is the perfect fit we had been seeking," said USITT President Carl Lefko.
Grindle previously served as production manager for the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama in Bloomington, Indiana, where he created the stage management program. He has been a member of USITT for more than a decade, and is also a member of OPERA America's Production and Technical Committee, Stage Managers Association, and Production Managers Forum.
Grindle received his BA from Berry College, and his Master's from Indiana University's School of Music. He has served as production manager for Atlanta Opera and as production stage manager for companies throughout North America. He and his family are relocating to Baldwinsville.
USITT connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators and students. It is best known for producing its Annual Conference & Stage Expo, which draws more than 4,000 design, production and technology professionals to a major North American city each year.