September 2011

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September 2011

News & Notices:


Registration for 2012 Annual Conference

Plans are to open online registration for the USITT 2012 Annual Conference & Stage Expo by October 1. Dates for this year’s event at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center are March 28 to 31, with Stage Expo running Thursday through Saturday, March 29 to 31.

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Seeking Member Authors

USITT will celebrate members who have recently published books as part of the 2012 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.  USITT is calling on all members who have a book published, or in process for release during 2011, to participate in the 2012 Member Author Book signings at Stage Expo in Long Beach.

Those interested in participating should contact the National Office at so USITT can begin sharing the publications with the membership.  All publications are sold for one year at as well as in the USITT boutique at Stage Expo.  Deadline for applying to participate is November 15, and any book must be printed and available for purchase by December 31.

Sharing the work of USITT members is one of the goals of the Institute.  Help us do this by letting us know about the work you are doing.

ETCP Exams Offered at LDI

All three ETCP examinations will be given at the October LDI show in Orlando, Florida. The Entertainment Electrician exam is scheduled for Friday, October 28; the Arena Rigging exam is to be given the morning of Saturday, October 29; and the Theatre Rigging exam is scheduled for that afternoon. Candidates who wish to take multiple exams will receive a discount for the second exam. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than September 29.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website.To have information mailed,contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, at 212-244-1505 or

Taking Orders for Holiday Cards

Prepare for the holidays and support colleagues with Behind the Scenes holiday greeting cards. Choose from four designs created especially for Behind the Scenes by some of the industry's top designers. Cards can be personalized with a company’s logo and custom message. All proceeds benefit Behind the Scenes. Order deadline is September 8.  To see the cards and find information on personalization and ordering, visit

Those ordering cards can choose from the designs by Andrew Hefter, Seth Jackson, Derek McLane or Jim Youmans.

Focus Tech to Coincide with PLASA Focus: Austin 2012

PLASA Events will hold its first PLASA Focus: Tech, a three-day audio/video/lighting workshop and live concert to be held February 20 to 22 alongside the recently announced PLASA Focus: Austin 2012 event.

Focus: Tech will bring together industry experts Richard Cadena (Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light), Brad Schiller (The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook), Chad Yeary of Portal Designs, Damon Lang of Nomad Sound, and Coolux USA for a hands-on learning program. Each attendee will program and/or operate the lighting, audio, or video for a portion of a live concert before an audience on the final night. The concert, featuring Devon Allman and Honeytribe, will be free to those attending.

PLASA Focus: Austin 2012 will be held February 22 to 23 at the Austin Renaissance in Austin, Texas.

For more information about PLASA Focus: Tech, e-mail or For more information about PLASA Focus: Austin 2012, visit or e-mail or