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June 2004
News & Notices
News From:
Conference & Stage Expo
For the Record
Costume Symposium

There's still time to sign up for the 2005 Costume Symposium August 5 – 7, 2004 Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Need information? Visit or call 800-93USITT or 800-938-7488

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Submitting Classified Ads Is Easy

Finding qualified professionals is now even easier.  Place your ad in the all-electronic Sightlines, on the new USITT web site!

June 15 is the last date to submit an ad for publication in the August issue, which publishes the week of July 15.

Rates: $1 per word, $50 minimum per ad. $25 processing fee for ads not submitted electronically.

Deadlines: 15th of each month for publication on the USITT web site the week of the 15th of the following month.

Submission: Ad copy and pre-payment must be provided by insertion deadline. E-mail ad copy to Mail check payment to office (to arrive by deadline) or fax credit card information or copy of official purchase order to 315-463-6525 ( PO only acceptable from colleges or universities).

Questions? Contact Michelle L. Smith, Membership & Ad Sales Manager, at 800-938-7488 or

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Sound Commission Has New Leadership

The Sound Commission has announced changes in its leadership following the meetings at the 2004 Annual Conference & Stage Expo. David E. Smith has assumed the position of Commissioner.

The commission structure now includes a number of new or returning Vice-Commissioners.

  • VC for Programming, Michael Hooker
  • VC for Health & Safety, Ned Jacobson
  • VC for Manufacturers/Retailers, Bill Liotta
  • VC for Social Events, Jon Gottleib
  • VC for Computing Industry, Drew Dalzell
  • VC for Human Issues, Eileen Smitheimer
  • VC for International Liaisons, Rick Thomas
  • VC for Professional Organizations, Jonathan Darling
  • VC for Music Industry, Tom Mardikes
  • VC for Sound Education, David Budries
  • VC for Communications, Dave Tosti-Lane
  • VC for Other Commissions, Mark Putman
  • VC for Dance Sound, Erik Alberg
  • VC for Business Affairs, Curtis Craig
  • VC for Broadway Sound, Jim van Bergen.

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It's Louisville in 2006!

The excitement is already building for the 2005 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Toronto, but those who really like to plan ahead should mark their calendars for the 2006 event which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Joe Aldridge, Vice-President for Conferences, announced that USITT has firm commitments from the Galt House, Louisville Marriott Downtown, and the Kentucky International Convention Center for the 2006 Conference & Stage Expo. Dates are March 29 to April 1, 2006 and will coincide with the conclusion of the area’s Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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Save the Date for Toronto in 2005

The USITT Conference & Stage Expo is scheduled for March 16 to 19, 2005 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center (see related stories). World Stage Design will run from March 12 to 19, 2005 (see related story).

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USITT Launches Improved Website

Visitors to have always found a huge amount of news and information about the organization, its affiliates, and the industry.

Now, after a complete redesign, all of that material is easier to find and sports a clean, fresh look.

Bruce Brockman, USITT President said “One of my goals has been to update the appearance of the Institute's many public documents, while keeping the useful information they contain easily accessible to our members and many visitors.

“This refurbished web site is part of that effort. It is organized around three main areas to help users answer their questions about USITT: What is the Institute; What are USITT's major activities; and How to join and support USITT.”

Each question is answered directly from the new main page, which also includes links to pages that provide more detail.

The newly-freshened web look includes features designed for ease of navigation, including a “search the site” area which will allow both members and visitors to find answers to their questions more easily.

Plan to visit the site after its official launch on June 1, and take a few minutes becoming more familiar with all that USITT has to offer its members and guests.

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