October 2011

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October 2011

News & Notices


Apply November 1 for USITT Grants

USITT will soon open the application process for grants to be awarded in 2012.

USITT's Grants & Fellowship Program fulfills the Institute's mission of "promoting the advancement of the knowledge and skills of its members" by supporting research projects that promote lifelong learning and creative development. Many USITT members have benefited from funding by USITT as a result of founder Edward F. Kook's foresight and its members' generosity.

Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for funding during the 2012 grant cycle should make sure completed applications and supporting documentation are submitted before the January 10, 2012 deadline.

More information and applications will be available here.

Start Early, Win Big at Design Competition

Midwest teachers, looking for a project for a spring class? How about one that could win a student a pass to the 2013 USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Registration for the Midwest Regional Section Design Competition is now open.

Students should enter now for three ways to win – design and build a bean bag launcher for the Mechanical Competition; detail a creative process in the Design/Tech Poster; or sign up for an on-the-spot design challenge – the Hodge-Podge to Collage. Go to usittmidwest.org "programs" for more information.

Standards Available for Review

PLASA’s Technical Standards Program has 11 revised or draft standards available for public review on the document website. Responses will not be accepted after the posted close date.

  • BSR E1.21-201x Entertainment Technology — Temporary Ground-Supported Structures Used to Cover the Stage Areas and Support Equipment in the Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events, October 10 covers the design, manufacture, and use of all the portable structures used to support scenery, lighting, and sound equipment, as well as the stage roofs. Public structures, such as audience bleachers and food stands, are outside the scope of the draft standard.
  • BSR E1.41 - 201x, Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Photometric Performance Data for Entertainment Luminaires Utilizing Solid State Light Sources, October 17, offers recommendations for measuring and reporting the output of LED luminaires used in the live entertainment industry.
  • BSR E1.18-1 - 201x, Standard for the selection, installation, and use of single-conductor portable power feeder cable systems for use at 600 volts nominal or less for the distribution of electrical energy in the entertainment and live-event industries, October 17, is part of a project to offer guidance on the selection, installation, and safe use of single-conductor portable power feeder cable systems used in the entertainment and live-event industries.
  • BSR E1.24 - 201x, Entertainment Technology - Dimensional Requirements for Stage Pin Connectors, revision of ANSI E1.24 – 2006, October 17, clarifies its use as a configuration standard giving the mating requirements for male and female pin connectors, contact set-backs from the front face, and marking requirements.
  • BSR E1.32 - 201x, Guide for the Inspection of Entertainment Industry Incandescent Lamp Luminaires, October 17, provides guidance for inspection of stage and studio luminaires used in the entertainment industry to evaluate safety and maintenance.
  • BSR E1.1 - 201x, Entertainment Technology - Construction and Use of Wire Rope Ladders, October 17, describes the construction and use of wire rope ladders in the entertainment industry in order to promote worker safety.
  • BSR E1.6-2 - 201x, Entertainment Technology -- Design, Inspection, and Maintenance of Electric Chain Hoists for the Entertainment Industry, October 17, is a part of the BSR E1.6 powered theatrical rigging systems project and covers the design, inspection, and maintenance of electric chain hoists used in the entertainment industry as part of a performance or in preparation for a performance.
  • BSR E1.6-3 - 201x, Selection and Use of Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, October 17, is another part of the BSR E1.6 powered rigging project and establishes minimum safety requirements for the selection and use of serially manufactured electric link chain hoists having capacity of two tons or less in the entertainment industry.
  • BSR E1.39 - 201x, Entertainment Technology –Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry, October 17, establishes minimum requirements for the selection and use of personal fall arrest systems on portable structures in the entertainment industry and minimum requirements for manufacturers and owners of these structures being used as work platforms.
  • BSR E1.33 - 201x, Entertainment Technology - Extensions to E1.31 for Transport of ANSI E1.20, October 17, is a set of extensions to E1.31 to support ANSI E1.20 functionality, while maintaining E1.31’s compatibility with the E1.17 (ACN) control architecture and ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A). The E1.31 protocol is intended to be suitable for implementation in hardware with very limited resources.
  • BSR E1.25 - 201x, Recommended Basic Conditions For Measuring The Photometric Output Of Stage And Studio Luminaires By Measuring Illumination Levels Produced On A Planar Surface, a revision ANSI E1.25 – 2006, October 31, describes the basic conditions for measuring the photometric output of stage and studio luminaries by levels produced by the luminaires on a planar surface.

Local Certifies 19 Electricians

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) awarded 19 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local One members its Entertainment Electrician Certification. Among those newly certified is the first female ETCP Certified Technician in the New York Local.

Each of these Entertainment Electricians are now listed on the ETCP website. ETCP Certified Technicians can be identified on the jobsite by requesting to see their ETCP ID card that includes their picture, date of certification and most importantly, area(s) of specialty.

Paper and pencil administrations of any of the ETCP exams may be arranged locally for groups of 10 or more. Computer-based exams are available at 190 testing centers across the Unites States and Canada. Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, are available on the ETCP website.

To have the information mailed, contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP certification manager, at 212-244-1505 or etcp@plasa.org.