February 2011

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February 2011


Architects Join OISTAT, Prepare for Awards, Conferences

Scott Georgeson Architecture Commissioner

For the first time in many years, the USITT Architecture Commission had a representative at the Architecture Commission OISTAT meeting. Scott Georgeson, USITT Architecture Commissioner, joined architects from around the world last October in Berlin, Germany to share thoughts on theatre design, the world economy's effect on architects, to plan for the PQ2011, and to tour several local theatres.

OISTAT's new theatre database was introduced. The database lists theatres from around the world. For more information and forms, go to www.oistat.org, go to Theatre Architecture to find the database of theatre links. All USITT member architects are encouraged to enter their buildings.

The OISTAT Architecture Commission is reaching out to strengthen ties between national theatre organizations and extended an invitation to attend the USITT Architecture Commission sessions in Charlotte. Many of the architects were not aware of USITT's Architecture Awards.

American Seating Company stepped forward to be the corporate sponsor for the 2010 Ideal Theatre Student Competition. Entries from architecture and theatre schools from around the United States were judged in New York City on January 5. The winners will be presented at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 in the USITT Booth at Stage Expo. Special thanks to the jury: Josh Dachs, Fisher Dachs; Tim Hartung, and David Kahn. The competition continues to grow. There are still many schools that are missing out. This is a great opportunity for cross-discipline learning between architecture and theatre students. To learn more about the competition or be part of the jury for next year, contact Mr. Georgeson.

The commission is looking for ideas, suggestions, and presenters for sessions at the 2012 Conference & Stage Expo. Contact Anthony Shou or Mr. Georgeson with suggestions. There are many ways to get involved in the commission. There are opportunities to help set program direction, work on special or ongoing projects, or be a jury member for the Architecture Awards.