August 2012

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August 2012

News & Notices


Rising Star Nominations

Time is running out for the prestigious Rising Star award sponsored by LDI 2013/Live Design. Has that "Rising Star" been nominated yet?

Nominations for the 2013 Rising Star Award close August 31. The Rising Star Award recognizes young professionals in the first four years of their careers for artistic excellence in the areas of lighting, sound, scenic, and projection design, or the convergence of design disciplines. Nominees are judged for the range of knowledge displayed and for the best integration of skills, craft and artistry.

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USITT Student Awards

Is there a student designer worthy of a USITT student award? 2013 Young Designer & Technicians Awards are just for talented young people as they complete their academic careers.

Those chosen for these nine honors receive financial encouragement and national recognition. Take a few minutes to gather information in order to nominate them when the process begins the beginning of September 2012.

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United States Institute for Theatre Technology's (USITT) 2013 "Ideal Theatre" Student Design Competition

Architecture and theatre students are invited to participate in USITT's Seventh Annual "Ideal Theatre" Student Design Competition. The competition encourages architecture students to work with young theatre artists to explore the emotive power of space, how space can aid storytelling, and how it can be manipulated to achieve a dramatic purpose. The competition brief and intent to apply application will be available in early August 2012 here.

OPERA America to Showcase Opera Talents

OPERA America is delighted to announce the third round of The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase made possible by the generosity of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

As part of a continuing effort to foster emerging opera artists, OPERA America continues the bi-annual Director-Designer Showcase to bring new talent to the forefront and connect promising directors and designers with those who are in a position to advance their careers. OPERA America will consider applications from director-driven teams of artists. Each team must create a production proposal for an American opera chosen from a selected list. The Showcase is open to emerging opera/theater artists, regardless of their membership status with OPERA America.

The deadline to declare an intent to apply is Friday, August 24, and the final application deadline is Monday, October 8. To view the guidelines and application, visit For more information contact Laura Lee Everett at 212-796-8620, ext. 203 or

School Changes Name

As of July 1, the University of Southern California School of Theatre has officially changed its name to the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

Waive Pencil, Paper Administration Test Fee

Subject matter experts have written new questions for the Theatre Rigging examination. ETCP is set to launch these questions September 1. To gather the statistical data necessary to properly score the exam, it is essential that as many theatre riggers as possible are tested during September. To further this initiative, the test administration fee of $675 for groups of 10 or more will be waived for September. Candidate application fees will still apply, and score reports will be delayed during this time.

A new test form was also created for arena rigging and was launched July 1. Registered candidates and those interested in applying can assist in gathering data for these exams by testing at one of the 190 computer-based testing centers during that month.

ETCP will send a proctor, but space must be provided. Test administration requests must be received five weeks before the exam date, and candidate application deadlines will be set by the certification manager. Candidates must fill out the Pre-arranged Paper and Pencil Application Form available on the website.

Any organization interested in offering other onsite paper and pencil examinations can contact Meredith Moseley-Bennett, ETCP Certification Manager, at 212-244-1505 or Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and applications, is available on the ETCP website.

Alliance Completes OCA 1.0 Specification

The OCA Alliance announced the completion of the OCA 1.0 specification, marking a significant milestone in its drive to create a standardized control and monitoring architecture for professional AV networks.

Open Control Architecture (OCA) defines a flexible and robust system control and monitoring standard that covers the entire range of professional media networking applications, from the smallest to the largest. The OCA 1.0 specification will be presented to a public standards development organization for rendering into an open public standard.

OCA is not a media transport technology and does not replace evolving media transport standards such as IEEE AVB. Instead, it is intended to complement such standards by providing a reliable and rich system control environment. Together, media transport and system control standards will enable complete multivendor media network solutions in the future.

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Seek Design Entries for WSD '13 Theatre

As part of World Stage Design 2013, Scenofest offers a unique opportunity to design a temporary, alternative, sustainable performance/presentation venue.

The competition is open to young professionals, students, and schools of theatre or architecture. It is not limited to individual submission but welcomes collaborative practitioners. The competition is open to entries from students and young professionals (graduating between 2009 and 2014).

The Anthony Hopkins Centre, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is built around a courtyard which will be the site for World Stage Design's temporary, sustainable theatre space. Inspired by "The Cardboard Box Theatre" built for the PQ Scenofest in 2007, WSD/Scenofest is looking for entries to design a theatre space to be built from low resource materials while considering sustainability and the environment.

The theatre should consider the dynamics of the site; the orientation, atmosphere and associations; the relationship with surrounding spaces and buildings, the views, transitions, and boundaries; and the quality of light and acoustics. The theatre should seat 100 to 150 people, be both weather and soundproof, and be designed to be built without manufacturing any of the structure by using either existing and readily available building components or alternative sustainable elements. The theatre is a temporary installation and should be designed to be structurally self-supporting. The cost of the construction, internal and external finish of the theatre, must not exceed £20,000 (about $31,150 U.S.) in material costs. Labor for construction will be provided

Initial Competition Entry Submissions will be digital only. Hard copies will not be eligible. Participants must submit their projects by sending not more than six files or boards, altogether not exceeding 60MB, according to regulations listed here. A sketch up model of the Anthony Hopkins Centre is available from the Google Sketch Up 3D warehouse. For plans and all enquiries, email