UW-Madison alumnus Jim Vogel was recently recognized by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) for the outstanding quality of his thesis, “Measuring the Forces Involved in Single Point Aerial Dance Trapeze.”
Vogel’s thesis research was acknowledged by the review jury of the USITT Engineering Commission’s Excellence in Engineering Research project.
Vogel received his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Department of Theatre and Drama in 2014 under the guidance of Assistant Professor Dan Lisowski.
Due to the recognition, Vogel was invited to present his thesis research at the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo in St. Louis on March 18. Vogel’s thesis was the only one selected for presentation this year.
Due to his thesis research, Vogel was also invited to write an article for TD&T, a journal from USITT that has been published quarterly for more than 50 years and “offers insight on scenography, architecture, technology, and all aspects of the entertainment design and technology world.”
Vogel works in UW-Madison’s Office of the Registrar and continues to work with regional aerial dance companies as opportunities arise.