John S. Uthoff
This past July, the Executive
and Conference Committees met at The Fairmont
Royal York, the headquarters hotel for the Toronto
conference, to share progress for next March.
had two and half days of meetings, tours, and
good fellowship. Toronto is a wonderful theatre
city as well as a major international center.
In the brief time between meetings, I had time
to walk to the waterfront. There I found Omiala:
A Festival of New Black Culture at The Harbourfront
Centre. Live performances and a great variety
of food and artisans filled the docks.
shopping center contained the Soulpepper Theatre
Company, with productions of Waiting
for Godot, The Zoo Story, The Dumb Waiter, and Translations scheduled
for the current season. On the ground floor,
along with the abundant clothing stores and
food stands, was the Bounty Canadian Contemporary
Craft Shop. It was filled with works in glass,
metal, stone, ceramics, and textiles.
when I went to dinner, I found that The
Fish House, a staple last time I was in Toronto, had closed its doors. This forced me to try
new delights. I found the Canyon Creek Chop
House. Even though I grew up in Iowa, the restaurant
had the largest double bone chops I had ever
seen in my life. It was a delicious meal for about
$30. Above, there was an exquisite native
craft shop with wonderful carvings, paintings,
Well, even though all of this
was fun, we did go to Toronto to work! In about
two days of meetings we heard reports from World
Stage Design, the OISTAT World Congress, Publications,
Sections and Chapters, Programming, Stage
Expo, and about future sites. We toured the Metro
Toronto Conference Centre, the Fairmont Royal
York, and the Intercontinental Hotel.
Thanks to many
of you and designers from 42 countries, we
now have over 500 designers and 900 designs entered
in WSD. This is a terrific response to a new
major international design exhibit.
programming seems well in hand, with exciting
Professional Development Workshops and sessions
from all the Commissions. Our usual varied
and unique programming will be available for your
In addition to the World Stage
Design Exhibit, you are welcome to come early
to the conference, and join your international
colleagues at the OISTAT World Congress sessions
After all the meetings, I chose
to stay an extra day and went to the Art Gallery
of Ontario to see the Turner-Whistler-Monet
Exhibit, as well as their outstanding permanent
collection. The exhibits were magnificent. It
would be easy to spend many extra days in Toronto
attending theatre and events. I will need to save
the rest for our conference. Hope to see you all
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, with its dramatic
facade on Front Street, will host many events
for the 2005 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.
Members of USITT's Executive and Conference
committees were able to tour the facility in July.