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Former USC dean elected to national theater board

Robert Scales served as dean at the USC School of Dramatic Arts from 1993 to 2002. (Photo/courtesy of USC Emeriti Center)
Robert Scales served as dean at the USC School of Dramatic Arts from 1993 to 2002. (Photo/courtesy of USC Emeriti Center)

Robert Scales, professor emeritus and former dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

USITT, the 4,000-member national association for performing arts and entertainment professionals, is governed by an 18-member board and 11 officers. Scales, who was among six theater professionals elected to the board for 2013-16, began serving the new term on July 1. He has previously served on the board and was named a fellow of the institute in 1994.

Scales is a retired educator, technical producer and lighting designer who has continued to work as a theater consultant. He served as dean at the USC School of Dramatic Arts from 1993 to 2002 and taught at Yale University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Washington and Banff School of the Arts.

He has worked at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the Seattle Repertory Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario, Canada.

Scales said his retirement will allow him to devote more time than ever to helping lead the 53-year-old institute. The board is the governing body for USITT’s many activities on behalf of the performing arts design and technology communities, including training, networking, research, promotion, advocacy and training.

USITT Executive Director David Grindle called Scales “one of the most respected people in our field. Bob’s wisdom as a business person and a trainer will be of huge benefit to USITT going forward.”

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