Wisconsin MBA arts administration students recently attended a conference in Milwaukee to learn about the technical side of performing. Students from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration traveled to Milwaukee in mid-March to attend the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference.
Students networked with industry leaders and explored exhibits, demonstrations, and information booths from organizations as diverse as Disney and Cirque du Soleil.
The USITT board of directors invited second-year Bolz center students Marcella Dover and Laura Blegen to join the board meetings during the two days before the conference. Dover said she enjoyed the interactions between students, vendors, educators, and industry experts.
Pictured from left: USITT President Lea Asbell-Swanger, Bolz center student Laura Blegen, Bolz center student Marcella Dover, Bolz center director and USITT secretary Sherry Wagner-Henry.
“Laura and I experienced the great potential of [this student program] to create a close relationship between arts management, students, and the amazing USITT network,” Dover said.
Students had the opportunity to attend more than 175 conference sessions and learn about more than 200 exhibiting companies, as well as take part in professional development workshops.
“It was wonderful to see everyone congregate in one place to celebrate the business side of production. I was impressed with the genuine curiosity regarding the Bolz Center,” said first-year Bolz Center student Lindsay Terchin.
Sherry Wagner-Henry, director of the Bolz center and a board member of the USITT, sends students to the conference to help prepare them for careers after graduation. Students said they valued the experience.
“For me, going to the USITT conference was a great way to reconnect with an industry that I love and hope to return to after graduation,” Blegen said.
For more information on the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, visit their website.