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December 2013

Conference & Stage Expo

Seek Student Costume Session Proposals

Steven Stines Costume Design & Technology Commission

A demonstration on how to create patterns using Adobe Photoshop Elements was part of the first Student Leadership Initiative Session in 2011.

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Students who want to become more involved in the Costume Design & Technology Commission, as well as teachers who would like to encourage their students to be more involved, have a prime opportunity in the Student Leadership Initiative Session planned for the 2014 Fort Worth Conference & Stage Expo. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 21.

As Costume Commissioner Donna Meester said, "It is becoming more and more apparent that the Costume Commission is getting younger; every year we see more new student members."

The Student Leadership Initiative, as conceived by Rafael Jaén, is an opportunity for that new generation of designers and technicians to add their 21st century voices to the dialogue by developing presentations for the annual conference. Students can share ideas and achievements with a national audience of professionals, educators, and students, while adding to the presenter's résumé. They can network with peers and professionals while becoming more involved with USITT. The presentations will be digitally archived and available to members on the USITT website.

Topics could include design, costume construction and technology, costume crafts, research and costume history, wardrobe, hair and make-up, rendering, budgeting, portfolio development and presentation, the collaborative process, or digital applications for both creative and practical elements of the design process -- any and all costume-related topics .

The SLI session will be held Saturday, March 29 and feature multiple student presenters. Each will have 15 to 20 minutes to present. Past conferences have featured three to five presentations. Slide shows are a recommended format, but the format can be innovative. A Mac and projector will be available. There is usually no internet access in the conference rooms.

Proposals should include name, e-mail address, cell phone number, school, degree, concentration, topic, 100-word abstract, and an e-mail letter of support from a faculty member.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 21. Vetting of proposals will be completed February 7, and slide shows are due March 1.

For more information, contact Steven Stines at Information about past presentations can be seen in the USITT archives, or by following these links: