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Kim Scott of Cirque du Soleil Elected to USITT Board
Published on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 (11:37 a.m.)Kim Scott of Cirque du Soleil Elected to USITT Board
Kim Scott, Company Manager for the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
USITT, the 4,000-member national association for performing arts and entertainment professionals, is governed by an 18-member board and 11 officers. Kim Scott will help lead the 53-year-old Institute in its many activities on behalf of the performing arts design and technology communities, including training, networking, research, promotion, advocacy, and safety.
Kim has been working with USITT for several years and served a previous term on the board. In 2011, she helped found USITT’s Elite Training program, a three-day intensive training session in automation, rigging, sound, or projection, held each May at the Cirque du Soleil Training Center in Las Vegas.
Kim started in show business as a dancer who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996 and her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, in 1998.
Her dance and theatrical credits include Kiss Me, Kate, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, and Oklahoma. She also has appeared with the Omaha Ballet, Glenn-Lund Dance Company, Fort Wayne Ballet, and Oklahoma Opera and Lyric Theatre.
She also has taught dance and dance science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Ballet Theatre, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and UC, Irvine.
In 2005, a training job at New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas led her to a position with Cirque du Soleil, where she served as training manager from 2006 to 2009. In August 2009 she was promoted to Director of Show Support for the Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil.
This past spring, she was named Company Manager for CRISS ANGEL Believe, an illusion spectacular at Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas starring Criss Angel, recently named Magician of the Century by the International Magicians Society.
“Kim’s return to the board will ensure a vibrant dialogue on all topics, along with sound business knowledge to help direct the institute,” said USITT Executive Director David Grindle.
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