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UAlbany's Lyons Wins National Award for Diversity

At left, UAlbany Professor Andi Lyons, director of design and technology in the Theatre Program, receives the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) Joel E. Rubin Founder's award at the organization's 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 22, 2015) -- Andi Lyons, director of the theatrical design and technology program at the University at Albany, recently won the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) Joel E. Rubin Founder’s Award at the organization’s 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati.
In addition, Lyons was recently elected to the office of Vice President for Members, Sections & Chapters at USITT.
The Joel E. Rubin Founder’s Award, named for USITT co-founder and second president Dr. Joel E. Rubin, is presented to a USITT member in recognition of outstanding and continued service to the Institute.

A member of the Institute since 1982, Lyons was recognized as a force for equality, diversity, and inclusion within USITT and the theatrical design and technology industry. A profile of Lyons in USITT’s monthly newsletter Sightlines noted that she helped create the USITT Women’s Caucus and the first women’s networking session in 1995, which led to the Human Issues Caucus, the Queer Nation Round Table, and the People of Color Networking Project.

Lyons joined the UAlbany faculty in 1982 and is currently a professor, director of design and technology in the Theatre Program, and resident lighting designer. She also studies and teaches classes on women in theatre, and gay and lesbian issues in the theatre workplace.

Lyons is also known as a mentor, designer, and teacher. She is a past recipient of numerous awards, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, in both academic service and teaching, as well as the University at Albany President’s Award for Excellence in both academic service and teaching.

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