September 2015

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September 2015

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Northern Boundary: Fall Conference Sept. 25-26

The Northern Boundary Regional Section’s Annual Fall Conference will be held September 25 and 26 at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Conference details coming soon.

Midwest: Plans Four Sessions Event; Tour Ft. Wayne Company, Theatre

The Midwest Retional Section will host four sessions September 25 and 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Amanda Profaizer, costume designer, will lead participants step by step through silk during Fun with Dye! resist dying techniques and process. Annie O. Cleveland, costumer designer and author of Digital Costume Design and Rendering, will teach a digital design workshop covering an overview of the tools and techniques for using Corel’s Painter software, with references to Adobe Photoshop, to create digital costume designs and renderings.

Hands-on ETC Gio Console training, taught by ETC Training Specialist Ellen White, will cover many of the topics in the Level 1: Essential Skills programming workshop. Topics such as programming with multi-parameter devices and review of the latest color mixing will also be covered. Ms. White will also teach the Level 1: Essential Skills workshop on the ETC Ion console.

Visit for event registration and updated program information. Address questions to Steve Jacobs, Vice-Chair Programming, at

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Twenty-three Midwest members recently toured Apollo Design and the Embassy Theatre as part of an event in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Apollo Design Technology is a manufacturer and distributor of gobos, color filters, lights, and related equipment and accessories. Representatives from each of its three companies – including Avid Labs and Blue Pony – were on hand to answer questions and provide information. During lunch provided by Apollo, each visitor recieved swag that included a custom engraved gobo and wrench.

The group then traveled to the historic Embassy Theatre in downtown Ft. Wayne where hosts Jared Duymovic, programming director, and Rob Pelance, technical director, discussed the building’s history and evolution. The theatre opened in 1928 as the Emboyd Theatre, a vaudeville house and movie palace complete with a Grande Page theatre pipe organ. For nearly 25 years, it hosted many great performers including Bob Hope. In 1952, it was purchased and the name changed to the Embassy Theatre. It has experienced various renovation projects including the new marquee in 2005. The theatre and adjacent hotel spaces now host numerous touring shows as well as meetings, films, and banquets.