September 2015

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September 2015

News & Notices


New Journal Seeks Sound Submissions

The new journal, Theatre and Performance Design, co-edited by Arnold Aronson and Jane Collins, is seeking articles for an upcoming special issue, "Sounds Good / Good Vibrations,” guest edited by David Roesner and Adrian Curtin. The issue will explore what “sounds good” in the theatre. Further information on the special issue and guidelines for submission can be found here.

Sign Up Now for 2016 Student SoundLab

Students can still apply for the 2016 SoundLab Student Project organized by the Sound Commission and culminating at the Salt Lake City 2016 Annual Conference & Expo.

The program details are outlined here. For more information, email Vincent Olivieri at Click here for the registration form.

’70s Fashion Sparks Costume Symposium Presentation Ideas

Costumers can have fun with flashbacks at "The Full Cleveland: Dress as Communication, Self Expression and Identity," the Costume Society of America's 2016 annual symposium May 24 to 29 at the Wyndham Cleveland (Ohio) on Playhouse Square.

Paper ideas can be submitted until October 16. Submitters must be a member, or willing to join, at the time of application. For detail, visit the CSA website. There is a diverse range of topics and presentations can be oral presentations, panel discussions, or design exhibits.

By the way, "The Full Cleveland" refers to men wearing white shoes and belt in the 1970s!

Set Rigging Conference, Offer Theft Protection

PLASA recently announced a repeat rigging conference and a new program to help cut down on equipment theft.

The Rigging Conference will be held Monday, October 5 alongside the PLASA London event. Hedwig de Meyer, StageCo’s founder and president, will give the keynote address. Early bird rates are available until September 4.

Further information and registration can be found at

To combat theft, an epidemic that annually costs the motion picture and television industry millions, PLASA introduces Rental Guard, an enhanced alert system and missing equipment database consisting of three distinct tools. The Database and Notification Module allows anyone to report stolen equipment and receive notifications of recent thefts at no charge. Companies or individuals buying, selling or servicing equipment can quickly check serial numbers to determine if equipment has been reported missing or stolen. New Customer Inquiries allow PLASA members to seek information about potential customers from the organization’s international membership to help determine credit worthiness or legitimacy.  The Questionable Customer Alert notifies recipients when a PLASA member suspects that a potential customer may not be a legitimate renter. Use of the New Customer Inquiry and the Questionable Customer Alert has already prevented hundreds of thousands of dollars of fraud.

Visit to learn more.

BTS Happy Hour Tickets on Sale

Tickets to the Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, hosted by PLASA, are on sale now.

The biggest pre-LDI party of the year will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 22 at the Westgate Las Vegas in Nevada. Tickets are $60 each and include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and music. All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes charity.

Tickets can be purchased online or ordered through LDI registration once available.

Current sponsors include Altman Lighting (Executive), Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. (Platinum), Ultratec (Platinum), Heartland Scenic Studio, Inc. (Gold), RC4 Wireless (Gold), Stage Equipment and Lighting, Inc. (Gold), Enttec (Silver), iWeiss Theatrical Solutions (Silver), LEX Products (Silver), Musson Theatrical (Silver), Stan Pressner (Silver), Sapsis Rigging Inc (Silver) and Alan Rowe & Tristan Smith (Silver). Official media sponsors are Lighting&Sound America and Protocol.

PLASA is seeking additional sponsorships for the 2015 event. Information on how to become a sponsor is available online or by emailing