PROVO — A professor of theater and media arts at Brigham Young University is the new vice president for communications for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the national association of design, production and technology professionals in the performing arts industry.
Eric Fielding, a member of the BYU faculty for 16 years and former chair of the theatre and media arts department, assumed his renewable two-year term in July. He has been serving as interim vice president since September.
His responsibilities include overseeing the institute's journal, newsletter, annual directory and other periodicals, along with its Internet activities.
Fielding's involvement with USITT began when he became a student member while completing work on an undergraduate degree at BYU in 1971. Over the years, his contributions to USITT have included service as commissioner for scenic design, member of the board of directors, design heritage and design showcase coordinator and associate director of international activities.
He also served for seven years as executive editor and designer of the Institute's periodicals, including the quarterly journal Theatre Design and Technology and the newsletter Sightlines.
His design for the American entry, "Mozart in America," for the 1991 Prague Quadrennial — the premier international exhibition of theatrical design — won a gold medal and was subsequently exhibited at Lincoln Center in New York City.
In 1992, USITT presented Fielding with its Founder's Award, the Institute's highest member honor, and also elected him a fellow of the Institute.
The resident scene designer in BYU's theater department, Fielding has also worked with Utah Opera, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Sundance Theatre, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and on several LDS Church films.