March 2012

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March 2012

News & Notices


Super Shuttle Discount

Don’t forget that USITT members get a discount on Super Shuttle at all of its airport locations. Book roundtrip on the website and save. Super Shuttle serves all of the Los Angeles airports and is the most cost effective way to get from the plane to the Annual Conference. Use this link to get your USITT discount with Super Shuttle.

Cirque du Soleil Discount

Cirque du SoleilFor the entire year, Cirque du Soleil is offering USITT members 20 percent off tickets to IRIS at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. If you are going to be in southern California, this show is a great opportunity to see amazing performance and technology merged in an exciting evening. Thank you to Cirque du Soleil for providing this opportunity year-round in Los Angeles. To buy discounted tickets, use the link here.

Certification Exams Offered at Long Beach

ETCP examinations will be given at USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Long Beach, California. All three examinations will be given at the same time and are scheduled for the morning of Saturday, March 31. Candidates who wish to take more than one exam should contact ETCP. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than March 1, 2012. Space is limited.

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

Commission Encourages Participation in Meetings

The Scene Design & Technology Commission strongly encourages any USITT Conference participants to join its Commission meetings in Long Beach. These meetings are informative, informal sessions that provide opportunities to become actively involved. This is a great opportunity to network, establish professional contacts, and become part of next year's programming success. The Scene Design & Technology Commission meetings are 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 and 8 a.m. Friday, March 30. All full conference participants are welcome.

Those unable to attend the Long Beach Conference but wishing to propose a session for the 2013 Annual Conference & Stage Expo can contact Co-Commissioners Karen Maness or Michelle Harvey,; or Vice-Commissioner of Programming Casey Kearns,

Shinsai Participation Grows

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced that participation in Shinsai: Theaters for Japan has grown to over 35 organizations with 12 states as well as several provinces in Canada now represented. On March 11, the first anniversary of the earthquakes, this consortium will stage multiple fundraising events for the Japanese theatre community affected by the disaster, with audience donations distributed though the Japan Playwrights Association.

Shinsai [SHEEN-sigh] means great quake in Japanese. Participating theatres will stage fundraising events featuring a menu of 10-minute plays and songs – now available online – donated from major American and Japanese artists including Edward Albee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Richard Greenberg, John Guare, Oriza Hirata, Naomi Iizuka, Nen Ishihara, Shoji Kokami, Tony Kushner, Jeanine Tesori, Toshiki Okada, Yoji Sakate, Kumiko Shinohara, Toshiro Suzue, Suzan-Lori Parks, Doug Wright, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Stephen Sondheim, and John Weidman. Using the model of 365 Days/365 Plays, theatres everywhere are invited to craft their own event, drawing from the donated plays and from work generated by their own resident artists.

For more information about Shinsai and to read the plays, visit:

Rigging Standard in Public Review

BSR E1.6-4 - 201x, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, is available for public review on the PLASA website through March 26. The control systems covered are most often used to control one or more chain hoists being used to fly equipment or scenery in shows or events being done in arenas and convention centers.

For more information, contact Karl G. Ruling, PLASA technical standards manager, 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036; 212-244-1505;