USITT23 Special Events

Alongside our educational sessions, hands-on labs, and expansive Stage Expo will be the return of our special events! These include our many award presentations, Thursday night party, Distinguished Achievement Award winners in Conversation, and much more! Explore what special events will be happening in St. Louis below!


Thursday Night Party

Join us Thursday night of Conference week at City Museum in the heart of St. Louis for some fun, food, and relaxation. Come hungry and ready to kick back with your fellow attendees and exhibitors at this always-popular party!


The rooms and hallways of the Convention Center will be buzzing with various receptions throughout the week. Though some are invite-only, many are open to all attendees! A full list of receptions coming soon. Receptions time and date subject to change.

DAAs in Conversation

Join our 2023 Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA) winners for an hour of conversation regarding their award wins, industry work, history with the Institute, and timely stories about what it’s like to be a part of the live entertainment world.

Award Presentations

We will be hosting numerous awards presentations throughout the week from YDMT and Rising Star to DAAs and USITT awards, attend any one of the presentations to show your support for the winners!

National Poster Sessions

USITT's Digital National Poster Sessions share research and expand your scholarly activity. These digital posters will be presented at USITT23 and will include new solutions to old problems, innovations, research results, discoveries, developments, and more.


Emerging Creatives Showcase

Formerly the "Young Designers & Technicians Forum", Emerging Creatives Showcase brings together talented students with established designers and directors for a review and discussion of the student's work. Participation is by juried selection only.

The Emerging Creatives Showcase is an annual open adjudicated exhibition of designers, craftspersons and managers. This will help us showcase emerging talent that has, for the most part, been left unfeatured in this and other exhibitions of rising talent. The cohort for this year's exhibition will feature African American Undergraduate, Graduate, and Early Career Designers, Craftspeople, and Managers. ECS is open to anyone who wishes to apply. All applicants will go through the same adjudication.


Member Author Book Signings

Purchase a book by one of our USITT member authors and get it signed at USITT23! Our member authors will be available for signings, conversation, and networking at our historically well-attended member author book signing! Want to purchase a member author book before the show? Visit the official USITT online store!

2023 Design Expo
Design Expo is returning for USITT23 and is currently accepting entries. This juried exhibit presents scenery, costume, and lighting designs by members of all stature. Displays will be front and center in St. Louis for all attendees to view. Entries can be submitted during your USITT23 registration process!

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