December 2011

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December 2011

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Very Early Registration Deadline December 8

Register early and save. The Very Early Conference registration deadline is fast approaching. Register by December 8 to receive the lowest registration rates. All rates, excluding student rates, will increase starting December 9. Click here to register on-line.

Questions about registration? Call 800-938-7488 ext 104 or e-mail

Offer Help with Conference Catering

USITT offers a wide variety of food and beverages for all types of events at the 2012 Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Catered functions are easy to arrange; just contact Tracy Davis at the USITT office at 800-938-7488, extension 105, or e-mail She will provide menus once they become available and coordinate catering orders with Conference hotels and the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

PLASA Announces Winners of Members' Choice Product Awards

PLASA announced the winners of the 2011 Members' Choice Awards October 27 at the LDI and PLASA Awards Ceremony. The awards recognized newly released outstanding entertainment technology products. Voting on these awards was open to all employees of PLASA member companies who attended the LDI show. The 2011 winners are:

Gadget Category
Apollo Design Technology's Wrenchmate 2; an adjustable wrench with a closed-end wrench built into the handle with three different sizes to provide easy access to the common sizes found on lighting fixture clamps.

Equipment Category
LightConverse 3D Show Platform Version 52 integrates and visualizes multiple show-related disciplines including lighting, video, laser, pyrotechnics, and moving objects. New features include 3D Object Tracking capabilities and the ability to realistically visualize 1536 fixture in real-time.

ETC Source Four Fresnel features classic Fresnel optical system coupled with HPL lamp technology. Unique quarter turn socket and access-door design allow lamp to be changed from beneath without breaking focus.

World Stage Design 2013 Reminder

World Stage Design and Scenofest will be held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales September 8 to 12, 2012. WSD is open to all International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) members.  Since USITT is an OISTAT Centre, all USITT members are automatically members of OISTAT

World Stage Design 2013 includes  World Stage Design Digital and online Exhibition; World Stage Design Physical Exhibit September 8 to 12; WSD Scenofest for Professionals September 4 to 12; WSD Scenofest for Students September 4 to 12; and WSD as Performance Festival September 4 to 12.

Designs submitted must be from realized productions performed from 2009 through 2013.  Designers interested in exhibiting may send the “intent to submit” application.  Digital images of the designs will be submitted January  through March.  Designers must attend the exhibit and install their work.  Each exhibitor will be provided with an exhibition space including two display panels and the means for display including lighting and support for models.  The designers will be assisted by on-site support staff.

Sean Crowley, WSD project leader and head of design at RWCMD, will be present at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Long Beach to talk about WSD and Scenofest.  More information about WSD and the application to exhibit can be obtained at

ETC Presents Check to Behind the Scenes

At the LDI tradeshow, ETC CEO Fred Foster presented a check for $26,000 to Behind the Scenes, which reflected ongoing proceeds from sales of ETC’s iRFR (Radio Focus Remote for iPhone and iPod Touch) application.

When ETC introduced the iRFR, developed by software engineer Chris Mizerak, employee Luke Delwiche suggested the profits be put towards Behind the Scenes and its United Kingdom counterpart Light Relief. The most recent check brought the total ETC has donated just to Behind the Scenes to almost $51,000. Since 2007, ETC has also made additional annual donations to Behind the Scenes
The ETC iRFR application is purchased through iTunes for iPhones and iPod Touches that people already own – no special hardware of factory-coding is required. Users simply purchase the app that corresponds to the charity they wish to support.
ETC CEO Fred Foster says, “It has been very gratifying to have helped support this great fund, and we encourage others to join in and donate as well.”

Individuals or companies can support Behind the Scenes by making donations online at or by calling 212-244-1421.