December 2014

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December 2014

News & Notices


Invite Authors to Sign Books

Members who have recently published a book for design and technology readers can be part of the Member Author Book signing events planned for the 2015 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati. Books will also be featured in the USITT Store in Cincinnati.

Members who have new works published in the past year are invited to be part of this special program. This is a great opportunity to promote a book and help USITT share the work of the membership. Deadline to apply is December 15 and books must be printed and available for purchase by December 31. Those interested should contact Carol Carrigan at or 800-938-7488, ext. 106 for more details.

Vote in 2015 Elections

Time is running short for members to make their selection for officers and board members of the Institute. Balloting closes on December 10. All those eligible should have received a link to the online ballot, or received a paper ballot if they do not have access to e-mail. Questions should be directed to Shannan Hoerger, 800-938-7488, ext. 101.

USA 829 Accepting Applications

United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, a Sustaining member, recently posted information on its Designer Organizing Drive on its website.

Designers with three or more years of professional experience in scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, or projections working in the field on professional productions as a designer or as an assistant. Applications are being accepted through January 2. Educators who design professionally outside of their institutions are welcome to apply. Applicants must submit a résumé and letters of recommendation from three industry professionals, two of whom must be working USA 829 designers.

Catering at Conference Events

Don't wait until the last minute to make sure an event at the 2015 Annual Conference & Stage Expo has great food and drinks. USITT offers a wide variety of food and beverages for all types of events. Catered functions are easy to arrange; just contact Lori Furcinito at the USITT office at 800-938-7488, ext. 111, or e-mail She will provide menus and coordinate catering orders with Conference hotels and the Duke Energy Convention Center.

To guarantee catering at an event, orders should be received on or before February 6.

World Scenography Volume Available for Pre-order

The next volume in the World Scenography series, documenting significant theatre design works from 1990 to 2005, is now available for pre-order on the World Scenography official website.

The first volume, edited by Eric Fielding and Peter McKinnon, received the USITT Golden Pen award for excellence.

Theatre Architecture Competition 2015 Launched

The ninth Theatre Architecture Competition is underway. Themed "Floating Theatre," theatre architects are invited to design the site specific and portable theatre on river Spree in Berlin, Germany. The winning designs will be exhibited June 9 to 11 at Stage|Set|Scenery expo in Berlin. More information, instructions, and deadlines, see TAC2015.