October 2016

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October 2016

News & Notices


USITT Ohio Valley: Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Technology Conference

Pre-registration for the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Technology Conference taking place at Capital University ends Oct 5! The conference runs from Oct 14 to 16 providing classes in automation, rigging, audio, lighting, and much more. All equipment and presenters will be provided by Cirque du Soleil. Details here.

USITT Ohio Valley: Ezekiel Awards

USITT Ohio Valley regional chapter’s deadline for the Ezekiel Awards is ongoing until October 10 for entry forms and October 15 for actual work submissions. Peggy Ezekiel was a founder of USITT Ohio Valley who believed there was a need for a more localized chapter of USITT. The Peggy Ezekiel awards are presented annually and seek to recognize achievements in both design and technology. In order to honor all levels of work, the Awards Committee will evaluate each entry on its own merit, not against other submitted works. Details here.

UC Irvine: Hollywood to Bollywood

Discounts are avaliable to Institute members for a group tour to India Dec. 11 to 23 organized by Holly Poe Durbin, USITT member and UC Irvine costume design professor. The trip’s content will be geared toward USITT members’ interests. More details are available here.

IATSE: Creative Community Joint Statement

Contributing member IATSE joined creative community members in protesting the Federal Communications Commission’s initial proposal to regulate the set-top box market. In a recent statement, IATSE and other opponents noted concerns about the proposal’s potentially harmful impact on copyright and content creators’ ability to be compensated for their work. Details here.

In Memorium: Georgia O’D Baker; Towson University Costume Designer and Instructor

Georgia O'D. Baker, Towson University theatre instructor and long-time USITT member, died September 18 at age 83.

Georgia was a scholar of costumes and design history, and she shared her knowledge with the university, profession and community. In addition to her work at Towson, she worked as a costume designer for nine off-Broadway productions and more than 20 regional theater shows, including productions at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, the Olney Theater, Barter Theatre and Center Stage.

"Georgia Baker was a force of nature and an extraordinary teacher," wrote USITT member and UC San Diego professor Judith Dolan. "I was very lucky to have her as a foundational mentor, teacher, and friend," she said. "I will miss her."