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to Northern Boundary

Northern Boundary is a Regional Chapter of USITT which brings together entertainment designers and technicians from Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. Our membership includes industry professionals, educational faculty and staff, students, entertainment service companies, and many other technical theatre practitioners at all levels. Our goal is to create connections between all those in our region who have a passion for technical theatre, design, and allied professions and to offer continued conversations and education in the field. Be part of the conversations and join today! 

In Focus: The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana

Our region is full of fantastic facilities dedicated to theatre and the preservation of its history.

"The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana, located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is dedicated to the preservation of memorabilia and artifacts of early repertoire theatre. The collection includes numerous painted curtains and scenic pieces; costumes and equipment used by individual performers and technicians; playbills, show cards, advertising sheets, etc.; and an extensive research library of rare scripts, correspondence, tour schedules, production photos and other original source materials. Of special interest is the large collection of videotaped interviews with actual “troupers” describing their professional and personal experiences."  

At the USITT National Conference in Seattle, the Museum's founder, Wendy R. Waszut Barrett, PhD, presented her work in a session called "Behind the Curtain: Lies and Misrepresentation" which shed light onto the often overlooked female scenic artists of the 19th Century. Dr. Barrett has graciously shared a link to her work as presented at the Conference. Additionally, Dr. Barrett invites our members and other theatre practitioners of the area to join her for a 2-day Preservation Treatment workshop in June. We thank Dr. Barrett for her work in preserving our region's rich theatrical history. 

Cover the Walls 2023

Join us in congratulating our 2023 Winners!

El Stucker

   South Dakota State 


As part of our 2023 Fall Conference, Northern Boundary Section hosted a cover the wall event. These displays were open to display any project of the participants' choosing and were ranked by those individual members present at the conference. 

The top 3 students were awarded a scholarship to cover their USITT National Conference registration for the 2024 meeting in Seattle. 

Gabby DePrizio

University of Northern Iowa

Quinn Ward

Augustana University


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