Chris Russo - Associate Teaching Professor and Technical Director at Penn State School of Theatre. He holds his BFA in Theatre Production from Penn State’s School of Theatre, and his MFA in Theatre from the Yale School of Drama emphasizing in Technical Design and Production. Previous experience includes Associate Professor of Practice and Technical Director at Virginia Tech, many years of summer stock wearing many hats, Head Carpenter on Alegria while on world tour with Cirque du Soleil, and Head Projections Technician at the Yale Repertory Theatre. All in all, Chris has worked on over 100 productions in various capacities over the course of twenty-plus years. Additionally, Chris has been on USITT’s Conference Committee for the past 5 years as Production Manager and Technical Director for the Stage Expo Floor stages. Specific Creative Work over the years includes scenic automation, structural and mechanical design, projection engineering including Watchout programming and mapping, and advanced theatrical rigging.