David Grindle* – Executive Director, USITT
David Grindle served as USITT’s Executive Director from 2010 to 2022. As part of his tenure he worked to grow the international partnership of USITT including work on four PQ exhibitions.
As an ardent supporter of an inclusive USITT he aided in the efforts to bring more designers to the table in the 2023 exhibition through expanded calls for submission and greater inclusion among the exhibition jury. He led the call to help make a more “tour friendly” version of the exhibition starting in 2019 and continues today.
Grindle came to USITT after a career in opera stage management where he worked not only on classic repertory, but on American premieres and even wrote an English language libretto for Renzo Rosselini’s Le Campane as part of his graduate thesis American premiere production. He managed productions from jewel box theatres to hockey arenas. His first visit to Prague was in 2000 as part of an exchange between the staff of the Atlanta Opera and the National Opera House in Prague.
He also spent 9 years teaching stage and production management at the university level. He is a frequent speaker on management globally.
Joseph King* – EDI Liaison
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Jim Lile* – Technical Director, FSU
Jim Lile is an Associate Professor and Co-Program Director of the Technical Production Program for the School of Theatre at Florida State University. He earned his MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Technical Design and Production and a BA from Iowa State University. He served as Production Manager and Technical Director for Des Moines Metro Opera for over twelve seasons.
Over the years, he has served as Production Manager, Technical Director, Stage Manager, and Lighting Designer for various theatrical and dance companies. A few companies he has worked with are Des Moines Metro Opera, Nashville Opera, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Pensacola Opera. He was a member of IATSE Local 174 in
He served as Technical Director for Iowa State University Theatre for six years. Before arriving at FSU, Jim was the Production Manager for Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is ETCP Certified Rigger-Theatre and a rigging consultant with Associated Controls + Design.
Joshua Wickham* – Production Manager, FSU
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Jonathan Shimon* – Technical Advisor
Jonathan Shimon is an Associate Professor of Theatre Technology in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo. What started as building scenery after class in middle school has led Jon to a career as a Technical Director whose research finds ways of utilizing technology in the aid of storytelling while maintaining artistic vision, safety, and efficiency. He is a certified theatrical rigger and recognized trainer through the Entertainment Technician Certification Program. Jon was honored to be selected as the Technical Director for the US entries in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.