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June 2011

Conference & Stage Expo

Anticipating A Return to Long Beach

Helen Willard - Stage Expo Sales Manager

Long Beach's opportunities for entertainment, dining, and exploration have been increasing. And the Queen Mary is still just across the water.

Photo/Barbara E.R. Lucas

The 52nd Annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo will be held in the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California. Stage Expo will take place in exhibit halls A & B, a 148,000 square foot space located on the lower level of the Long Beach Convention Center (LBCC), with registration, meeting rooms, and the Grand Ballroom on the next two levels. Those who attended the '98, '01, or '04 conferences will recall the striking glass concourse and lobby which offer expansive views of the scenic harbor and downtown skyline.

The LBCC is smack dab in the middle of Long Beach's vibrant entertainment district, which continues to expand and improve. Shoreline Village, the Pike at Rainbow Harbor, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the restaurants, clubs, and shops of Pine Avenue are all just steps from the convention center. Across Queensway Bay, the historic Queen Mary is docked, and the geodesic dome which once housed Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose is now the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, home port to two Carnival Cruise Line ships.

Located next to the LBCC, the Hyatt Regency Long Beach is the USITT conference headquarters hotel. Additional room blocks have been booked at the Westin Long Beach and the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, both located nearby on Ocean Boulevard.

Plan now to join colleagues March 29 to 31 in Long Beach. More than 80 exhibitors have already reserved space for next year's show. For information on exhibiting at Stage Expo 2012, contact hpwillard@aol.com.

Preliminary Exhibitor List:

  • A.C. Lighting Inc.
  • A.C.T Lighting, Inc.
  • The University of Alabama
  • American Harlequin Corporation
  • Apollo Design Technology, Inc.
  • Ascension
  • Automatic Devices Company
  • Barbizon Lighting Company
  • Ben Nye Makeup
  • BMI Supply
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • City Theatrical, Inc.
  • J.R. Clancy, Inc.
  • Clark Transfer, Inc.
  • Clear-Com Communication Systems
  • Columbus McKinnon Corp.
  • coolux International
  • Creative Stage Lighting Co., Inc.
  • d&b audiotechnik
  • Daktronics
  • Disney Parks Creative Entertainment
  • Dragon & Phoenix Software
  • Eilon Engineering Weighing Systems
  • Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC)
  • The ESTA Foundation/Behind the Scenes
  • Florida State University
  • Focal Press
  • Foy Inventerprises, Inc.
  • Future Light
  • GALA Systems, Inc.
  • H & H Specialties Inc.
  • IATSE Local 1
  • InterAmerica Stage, Inc.
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • Irwin Seating Company
  • Kenmark, Inc.
  • Kryolan Corporation
  • LEE Filters
  • Lehigh Electric Products Co.
  • Lex Products Corp.
  • Limelight Productions, Inc.
  • Live Design Magazine/LDI Show
  • Mainstage Theatrical Supply, Inc.
  • MDG Fog Generators
  • Mehron, Inc.
  • Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.
  • Mongol Global Tour Company, Inc.
  • NETworks Presentations
  • Norcostco, Inc.
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Penn State University
  • Period Corsets
  • Rational Acoustics, LLC
  • RC4 Wireless/Soundsculpture Inc.
  • Robert Juliat America
  • Rosco Laboratories, Inc.
  • Rose Brand
  • Sapsis Rigging Entertainment Services, Inc.
  • SeaChanger
  • Serapid, Inc.
  • Show Distribution Group Inc.
  • Smooth-On, Inc.
  • Stage Technologies
  • Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas
  • StageRight Corporation
  • StageSpot
  • Steeldeck Inc.
  • Strong Entertainment Lighting
  • Syracuse Scenery & Stage Lighting Co., Inc.
  • Thern Stage Equipment
  • James Thomas Engineering
  • Tiffin Scenic Studios, Inc.
  • Union Connector Co., Inc.
  • United Scenic Artists Local USA 829
  • Wenger Corporation
  • ZFX, Inc.- Flying Effects