Texas Tech University

Institutional Memberships

Professional Organizations

American College Dance Festival Association

(excerpt from http://www.acda.dance)

The American College Dance Festival Association's primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDFA's sponsorship of regional and national dance festivals provides the venue for students to engage in three days of workshops, lecture/demonstrations and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The festivals also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally-recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the festivals are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.

Association of Arts Administration Educators

(excerpt from http://www.artsadministration.org)

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is an international organization incorporated as a nonprofit institution within the United States. Its mission is to represent college and university graduate and undergraduate programs in arts administration, encompassing training in the management of visual, performing, literary, media, cultural and arts service organizations. Founded in 1975, the AAAE was created to provide a forum for communication among its members and advocate formal training and high standards of education for arts administrators. The Association, moreover, encourages its members to pursue, publish, present and disseminate research in arts management and administration to strengthen the understanding of arts management issues in the academic and professional fields.

Association of Theatre in Higher Education

(excerpt from http://www.athe.org)

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education is an organization of individuals and institutions that provides vision and leadership for the profession and promotes excellence in theatre education. ATHE actively supports scholarship through teaching, research and practice and serves as a collective voice for its mission through its publications, conferences, advocacy, projects, and through collaborative efforts with other organizations.

Texas Educational Theatre Association

(excerpt from http://www.txeta.com)

The Mission of the Association is the support, promotion, and expansion of educational theatre by providing quality educational opportunities, a network for resources, support and expansion, a base for advocacy, and a forum for establishing standards, programs, and projects in order to celebrate the importance of theatre arts in human experience.

Texas Nonprofit Theatre Association

(excerpt from http://www.texastheatres.org

Founded in 1971, TNTA's purposes are:

  • to promote high management and artistic standards in the theatre and other dramatic arts. 
  • to improve the teaching of theatre and other dramatic arts.
  • to stimulate the development of educational theatre in the form of theatrical presentations made and instructional programs offered in school at all levels and nonprofit organizations specifically as theatres. 
  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas by persons engaged in educational and nonprofit theatres.
  • to aid and encourage the formation of new theatre groups.
  • to increase public awareness of theatre as a viable art form.
  • to increase support for theatre in Texas.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology

(excerpt from http://www.usitt.org

United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) is the association of design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. The mission of USITT is to actively promote the advancement of the knowledge and skills of its members by: 

  • Promoting research, innovation, and creativity by sponsoring projects, programs, and symposia; 
  • Disseminating information about aesthetic and technological developments; 
  • Providing opportunities for professional contacts and networking; 
  • Producing the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo; 
  • Participating in the development of industry standards; 
  • Promoting and sponsoring international alliances and activities; 
  • Advocating safe, efficient, and ethical practices; 
  • Sponsoring exhibits of scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, stage technology and architectural designs; 
  • Recognizing excellence and significant contributions in the performing arts and entertainment industry. 

USITT is dedicated to the professional development of men and women who are an integral part of the performing arts community.


Student Organizations

Alpha Psi Omega (Tau Cast):

A National Honorary Dramatic fraternity. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in theatre activities at Texas Tech University. By electing students to membership the fraternity provides a reward for their participation in the theatre activities of the college.

Chi Tau Epsilon (Beta Chapter):

A National Honorary Dance Society. Eligible members must be either Dance majors or Dance minors with a 3.0 overall GPA and 50 points of performing and/or crew experience.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology:

A professional organization dedicated to the continued education of its membership. Areas addressed are new technology, environmental and safety issues, professional ethics, job search, networking among the various design disciplines. Legal assistance and insurance programs are also a concern for the freelance professionals. USITT includes professionals in Architecture, Lighting, Costumes, Set Design, Sound Design, Technical Direction, Educational Theatre, Management, CAD applications, equipment development and sales, event design and management.