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August 2004
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Deadline Extended

Deadlines for the fifth round of Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Program have been extended. Postmark deadline for intent to apply is now August 6 with preliminary proposals due August 16. The program has expanded to encourage applications for the mentorship of international theatre practitioners in the United States. Guidelines and applications for the program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, are available at

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Tobin Endowment Gifting Continues

The Tobin Foundation is in the process of giving the fifth and final major gift of theatre designs from the collection of Robert L.B. Tobin to the McNay Art Museum. The gift, of designs from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, is being given in honor of the seventieth anniversary of Mr. Tobin’s birth. “We are very pleased to complete the gift of Robert's theatre arts collection to the McNay, which serves his vision of augmenting the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts at the museum,” said Bruce Bugg, who is both a trustee at the McNay and president of the Tobin Endowment. The five gifts total over 5,000 prints, drawings, paintings, costumes, and maquettes of theatre design from the collection which Mr. Tobin spent his lifetime collecting.

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PRG Joins ETCP Council

Production Resource Group (PRG) has accepted a seat on the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) Certification Council.

PRG is one of the world's leading suppliers of entertainment technology equipment and solutions. PRG provides lighting, projection, audio, video, scenery, and labor services for theatrical productions, trade shows, corporate events, sporting events, special events, television and film productions, themed attractions and environments, concert tours, and automotive industry events.

Jere Harris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will serve as PRG’s principle representative to the Council, and Fred Gallo, President of Scenic Operations, will serve as alternate representative. Mr. Harris stated, “PRG is excited to be a part of this. With our depth of experience and commitment to developing new technologies, I am sure that PRG can make a significant contribution to the Council. It is an exciting time for our industry, with much change on the horizon.”

With the help of the Council, the critical areas of electrical skills and rigging skills have been identified for initial development in the Entertainment Technician Certification Program. Visit the ETCP website at for more information.

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