October 2013

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October 2013

News & Notices


Seeking Member Authors

Members of USITT who have recently published a book can be part of the Member Author Book signing event at the 2014 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Fort Worth. Members who have published a book, or are scheduled to release a book during 2013 may participate in the program. This is a great opportunity to promote a book and help USITT share the work of the membership. Deadline to apply is November 15 and books must be printed and available for purchase by December 31. Those interested should contact Carol Carrigan at carol@usitt.org or 800-938-7488, ext. 106 for more details.

ETCP Testing Offered at LDI 2013

The ETCP Examinations will be given at LDI 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, November 23. All three ETCP examinations will be given in one morning session. Those interested must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than October 28.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements, applications and study tactics, is 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.

Free Webinar on Live Event Safety

The Event Safety Alliance and Take 1 are offering "A 60-Minute Introduction to Producing Safer Live Events" in webinar format at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

Registration is now open at this website.

A week after the Event Safety webinar, the Event Safety Alliance will take its message of "be prepared" to LDI 2013 where it will host a presentation entitled "The Event Safety Guide: The Future of Safe, Responsible Show Production" on November 23, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. At 3:30 p.m. the same day, the ESA will host a 90-minute roundtable discussion entitled "You Are The ESA" at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Announce Sixth A-ha! Program Recipients

MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the sixth round recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which empowers TCG member theatres to take groundbreaking approaches to artistic, managerial, production, and/or technological challenges and opportunities. Seven theatres were awarded grants totaling $250,000 to either research and develop new ideas, or experiment and implement innovative concepts.

The A-ha! Program has two components: Think It grants ($25,000), which give theatre professionals the time and space for research and development and Do It grants ($50,000), which support the implementation and testing of new ideas.

The 2013 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program recipients are:


  • Bag&Baggage Productions (Hillsboro. Oregon)
  • Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco, California)
  • National Black Theatre, Inc. (New York, New York)


  • Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Young Playwrights' Theater (Washington, D.C.)

More information about the program and previous recipients is available here. To read reports from the sixth round of recipients, click here.

For more information on th MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org. For more information on Theatre Communications Group (TCG), visit www.tcg.org.

Union Supports Behind the Scenes at All Levels

At the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) General Executive Board Meeting in July in Boston the board approved a $25,000 donation to Behind the Scenes.

Some Locals and Regions voted on donations during the convention while others acted immediately upon returning home. Those Locals who have already stepped up to follow the International's lead include United Scenic Artists Local 829, Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706, Motion Picture Costumers Local 705, and Florida Studio Mechanics Local 477. Individual members have also contributed generously, sometimes in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

Behind the Scenes provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit www.estafoundation.org/bts.htm.

Three Standards Available for Review

Three PLASA standards recently have been posted to the Technical Standard Public Review Page. The last day to comment for these three standards is October 7.

BSR E1.4 - 201x, Entertainment Technology — Manual Counterweight Rigging Systems, describes the design, construction, and installation of manually powered counterweight rigging systems used in theatres to support and move scenery and lighting equipment. The 2009 edition of the standard is being revised to include additional essential safety requirements.

BSR E1.37-2 - 201x, Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) – Part 2, IPv4 & DNS Configuration Messages, provides additional get/set parameter messages (PIDs) for use with the ANSI E1.20 Remote Device Management protocol. Messages in this document are intended for configuring network interfaces and Domain Name System settings on devices with an IPv4 address.

BSR E1.44 – 201x, Common Show File Exchange Format For Entertainment Industry Automation Control Systems – Stage Machinery, defines a common show file format for the exchange of automation control data between control systems by different manufacturers of stage machinery.

For more information, contact Karl G. Ruling, technical standards manager, PLASA, 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036 USA, karl.ruling@plasa.org.