Kimberly Corbett Oates ASTC


Kimberly’s introduction to the stage was as a young dancer, but it was the magical “dance” backstage that became her passion. Her technical and production background in theatre and music contributes to her understanding of how these spaces function for the people who call them home. Kimberly brings strong communication skills and attention to detail to her work planning and equipping performing arts spaces. She collaborates with architects, team members, and stakeholders to create functional facilities that serve their communities well into the future.

Kimberly continues to participate in the theatre community, working as a designer and technician. She is a member of USITT where she is active Commissioner of the Engineering Commission and in the Architecture Commission. Kimberly represents Schuler Shook on several ESTA Technical Standards Program working groups.

Significant Projects


  • BS - Lafayette College
  • MFA - Yale School of Drama


  • American Society of Theatre Consultants
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Engineering Commissioner, 2011-2018
  • International Association of Venue Managers
  • AIA Dallas, Allied Member
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Presentations & Panels

  • "The Changing World of Theatrical Lighting." Texas Nonprofit Theatres Annual Conference, Baytown, TX, March 2019
  • "Recognizing Engineering Research: Graduate Student Thesis Papers." USITT Annual Conference, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • "Proscenium Opening Protection." USITT Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2018
  • "Looking Ahead: Long-Range Facility Planning." IAVM Region 6 Conference, South Padre Island, TX, April 2018
  • "Code Conundrums." USITT Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 2015



  • "Choosing Your Performing Arts Venue Type." International Council of Fine Arts Deans Program Book. October 2019