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March 2012


Lighting Commission Offers Portfolio Reviews

Jennifer Read Lighting Design & Technology Commission

Portfolio reviews provide an opportunity for members at all levels to have professionals critique the presentation of a body of work.

Photo/Carolyn Satter

While preparing for USITT’s 2012 Conference & Stage Expo – registering for the Conference, booking the hotel and flight reservations, planning what sessions to attend and which booths to visit first – consider joining the Lighting Commission’s portfolio review as either a presenter or a reviewer.

One aspect of the Lighting Commission’s mission is to promote excellence in lighting design and lighting design education. Portfolio reviews allow presenters a wider audience to their progress and work by getting opinions from someone other than their primary mentor. Reviewers have an opportunity to see upcoming talent happening across the country along with sharing their knowledge and skills by giving comments or suggesting improvements to the presenter’s work or presentation style in a helpful, yet non-threatening manner.

The overall review process takes approximately 45 minutes for each review and is a constructive way to participate in Commission-sponsored activities. Anyone with a degree in lighting, currently working in the professional field, and interested in having a hand in shaping the future of upcoming lighting designers should consider becoming a reviewer. Beginning reviewers will be teamed with those who have reviewed during prior USITT Conferences.

Presenters are made up of students at all levels, professionals just starting out or looking for the next step up, and educators needing a peer review for the promotion and tenure process.

For more information, e-mail Jennifer Read at If you would like to be a presenter, you can find further information at