Course: AAD 504 - Finance
In the Community: Executive Director, United States Institute of Theatrical Technology
David Grindle is the Executive Director of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. As the member service organization for designers, technicians, and managers in live entertainment, USITT has grown under his leadership to expand training, research, and safety across all levels of the entertainment industry. Since taking the staff leadership position in 2010, USITT has created the Rigging Safety Initiative providing safety inspections and rigging training to over 65 high schools in 36 states. The USITT Presents program has provided training online and in person to over 250 people in 8 states in its first year.
Mr. Grindle comes to USITT with a varied background as a professional stage manager and educator. He specialized in stage managing opera with regional companies across the United States. Notably he spent 8 seasons with the Atlanta Opera at the Fox Theatre, was the stage manager for Opera Grand Rapids’ production of Aida in front of 8,000 people at the Van Andel Arena with a cast of over 500 people and 100 animals. He led the team that drafted the national standards for undergraduate degrees in stage management and wrote the stage management curriculum at Indiana University. That curriculum has been used as a basis for other programs in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He also developed immersive learning experiences in entertainment management with Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Parks Entertainment, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
He has been invited to speak across the U.S. as well as in China, Australia, and Europe on topics related to American theatre design, technology, education, and management. He holds the Certified Association Executive certificate from the American Society of Association Executives. Originally from a dairy farm in the mountains of Georgia, he holds degrees in music from Berry College and Indiana University.
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