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October 2004
News & Notices
News From:
Conference & Stage Expo
For the Record
YD&T Deadline

Plan now to make sure nominations for USITT's Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts are submitted by the October 12 deadline. Complete information about the awards program, where those selected receive both recognition and money, is available from Stacy Darling at the USITT office, 800-938-7488, or on the web here.

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Architecture Awards

Application forms and information about USITT's 2005 Architecture Awards are now available from the USITT office or from the web here. Deadline for the annual awards which honor innovation and design excellence is November 4. Theatre projects, whether new or renovation, are eligible if construction was completed after January 1, 1995.

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World Stage Design Jury Named

According to Eric Fielding, Director, World Stage Design 2005, preparations for World Stage Design 2005 continue to move forward. The WSD International Selection Jury will convene in New York City September 24 to 25, 2004.

All of the designs submitted by 528 designers from 42 nations will be presented in the WSD Digital Exhibit and published in the print and digital catalogs. The selection jury will choose which of the 900 designs will be included in the WSD Gallery Exhibit.

Thanks to the assistance of Alexandra Bonds, international jury manager, there is a terrific group on the WSD Selection Jury. They are:

  • Eduardo Sicangco (Set Design; Philippines/United States)
  • Susan Benson (Costume Design; Canada)
  • Dawn Chiang (Lighting Design; United States)
  • Charlie Richmond (Sound Design; England/Canada)
  • Duncan Chang (OISTAT; Taiwan)
  • Arnold Aronson (At-Large; United States)
  • Rose Werkx (At-Large; Belgium)

To facilitate the selection jury process, Kent Goetz, digital exhibit coordinator and image preparation manager, and Rick Thomas, sound exhibit coordinator and exhibit sound designer, spent weeks preparing the images and audio files. Mr. Goetz has created a website for the selection jury catalog and has arranged for Cornell University to host it. Many of the volunteer staffers are at work on other project preparations. World Stage Design 2005 will be an exciting part of the trio of international events to take place in Toronto next March.

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Tech Expo Deadline

November 19 is the deadline for the 2005 version of USITT's Technology Exposition. Help is available for those considering submitting projects, which will be considered for inclusion in both the printed catalog and the display as part of Stage Expo. To learn more, download entry form here or contact Loren Schreiber (619-594-7711).

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PRG Donates $100,000 to ETCP

Production Resource Group (PRG) has made a $100,000 donation to the development of the Entertainment Technician Certification Program, known as ETCP. The substantial donation puts the total pledges for the program over the $600,000 mark.

In announcing the donation, PRG Chair and CEO Jere Harris said "PRG is proud to be a cornerstone sponsor of the ETCP. We recognize that our future success will be tied to the skills and training of our people, and the ETCP will help us identify the best technicians available."

ETCP Council Chair Tim Hansen welcomed PRG's "very significant and generous contribution. For this program to succeed, it is essential to have support from major employers like PRG."

To learn more about ETCP's work to create an industry-wide certification program for entertainment technology technicians, visit

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