April 2015

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April 2015

News & Notices


Board Mentorship Update

Important changes have been made to the USITT Board Mentorship program as USITT works to refine and improve this relatively new program. This includes a change in the deadline for applications this year as well as changes in the term of engagement for the selected mentee for the 2016-17 year of service. Candidates can now apply until May 8, 2015.

The orientation of the next successful candidate will include attendance at the March 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Salt Lake City where he/she will become familiar with the operation of the Board of Directors and its procedures.

The term for the mentorship will begin July 1, 2016; and the mentee will be required to attend the June 2016 electronic Board meeting, the August 2016 Board Retreat and electronic meetings during the year. The experience will conclude at the 2017 Annual Conference in St. Louis where the 2016-17 Board Mentee will switch roles and mentor the incoming mentee through the orientation process. The new schedule mirrors the time frame of a first year board member and therefore will allow for a more accurate representation of USITT board service.

In order to assist with the transition to the new schedule and scope of responsibility the two current mentees, Mary Jean Sedlock (MJ) and Deb Sherrer, will extend their participation in the Board Mentorship program through the Salt Lake City Conference & Stage Expo.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to see how an organization is governed, offered to those early in their careers or at the end of their studies.

Moscow Theatre Museum to Host Costume Exhibit

Rendering for Don Giovanni by Ana Kusmanic.

The work of 46 American costume designers and 245 productions will be featured at the international exhibition: Costume at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 June 15 to August 1 at the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (BSCTM), Moscow, Russia.

This unique and largest theatrical costume exhibition is a collaboration between OISTAT and BSCTM. It will showcase 1,200 printed images of the work of 200 costume designers from 33 countries over the past 25 years.

It provides an opportunity to view a variety of styles and approaches, and track the development of new materials and technologies in contemporary theatre.

The U.S. Designers curated into the main exhibit are: Camille Assaf, Gregg Barnes, Gabriel Berry, Mara Blumenfeld, Alexandra Bonds, Carley Brandau, Bill Brewer, Lucy Brown, Zack Brown, Marie Anne Chiment, Laura Crow, Judy Dolan, Candace Donnelly, Deborah Dryden, Maureen Freedman, Connie Furr-Soloman, Olivera Gajic, Jane Greenwood, Susan Hilferty, Constance Hoffman, Ann Hould-Ward, Helen Huang, Raphael Jaen, Virgil Johnson, Willa Kim, Natalya Kolosowsky, Ana Kuzmanic, Suttirat Larlarb, William Ivey Long, Mimi Maxmen, Susan Mickey, Michelle Ney, Sabrina Notarfrancisco, Cait O'Connor, Pat Oleszko, Martin Pakledinaz, Linda Pisano, Carrie Robbins, Linda Roethke, Igor Roussanoff, Eduardo Sicango, Fabio Toblini, Susan Tsu, Nic Ularu, Jayoung Yoon and Josef Yusupov.

Featured in the digital exhibit and online catalog: Sonya Berlovitz, Alina Bokovikova, Cathereine Bradley, Marianne Custer, Machine Dazzle, Joel Ebarb, Jenny Kenyon, Andrea Lauer, Wendy Meaden, Howard Peter Schmitt, Narelle Sissons, Anya Sokolovskaya, Johann Stegmeir, and Kristina Tollefson.

The A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum will host two opening ceremonies, June 15 and June 29, after the Prague Quadrennial. More information is on the OISTAT/BSCTM website: www.worldcostumedesign.com.

IATSE Plans Safety Hotline

After the death of Local 600 member Sarah Jones a year ago while working on Midnight Rider, IATSE is working to set up a safety hotline.

The intent of the hotline is to provide a single access to members working in all the industries IATSE represents to report safety concerns.

It is another step in the union’s efforts to strengthen the skills and safety of its members. In recent years, IATSE has made significant gains through negotiations for improved working conditions, and through the creation and implementation of IATSE Training Trust Fund, which provides skills training and safety classes to members across the country, in all of the disciplines the union represents.