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2005 Sponsorship Opportunities

USITT has sponsorship opportunities available for the 45th Annual Conference & Stage Expo and the first-ever World Stage Design exhibition. Lend your support alongside these fine companies and organizations: AV Pro, Inc.; Cal Arts; Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC); Entertainment Design; Rit Dye, Phoenix Brands LLC; Rose Brand Theatrical Fabrics, Fabrications, & Supplies; SECOA; and The Tobin Foundation.

For information on available 2005 sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle L. Smith in the USITT office at 800-938-7488 or

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Apply for Student Travel Award

Students have until December 9 to apply for a USITT Student International Travel Award. The biennial award can be used to travel abroad to conduct research or see theatre in other countries. Each award is $1,000, and is supported by the travelers on past Prague Quadrennial tours.

To apply, students must be current USITT members. The application form and complete details are available online. Applicants will compose a 500-word project narrative, and the award winner must provide a report by the end of the award year. For answers to other specific questions, contact Sandy Bonds at

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Lighting Graphics Comment Period

The Lighting Commission reminds everyone that the deadline is November 30 for input in the RP-2 Recommended Practice for Lighting Graphics Canvass. The canvass has now been going on for nearly two months and the Lighting Commission is getting positive feedback on the new document.

As part of the process of initiating a recommended standard/practice, draft proposals are circulated. Comments from those earlier canvasses helped shape the current document which it is hoped will become the final version. The current canvass is a final opportunity for public comment on the proposed document. More importantly, the canvass helps verify that professionals are in general agreement on the acceptance of the proposed document.

To participate in the current canvass please visit the USITT RP-2 web page for complete instructions and links to the complete package. The complete package includes: the revised document, a ballot, and a sister document that gives a history of the revisions and discussions that shaped the current document (version 3). Please refer to this sister document before making any recommendations other then to accept the new draft. Many potential comments have already been addressed in earlier canvases and this will save on duplicating responses from earlier surveys. The deadline is 5 p.m. EST on November 30.

Rich Dunham, Lighting Co-Commissioner

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Syllabi Still Needed for Conference Session

Organizers of Training the Fantastic Scenic Artist, a session at the 2005 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Toronto, have received several scene painting class syllabi from teachers at universities, but still seek additional examples to be used as reference material for educators as they plan their scene painting classes.

Syllabi may be sent as e-mail attachments to: or mailed to: Boyer Drawing & Painting, 159 Lincoln Sq., Urbana, IL 61801.

Roberto Gallo, working with Cobalt Studios, created the project pictured at right. It and similar work will be discussed during the session.

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Consider Applying for USITT Grant

USITT's Grants & Fellowships program is accepting applications until January 10, 2005. USITT grants encourage the development of innovative projects and scholarly research. Maximum amount of funding for any one grant will be $10,000.

Guidelines and application forms can be found on the USITT web site. Proposals will be weighed against each other and must conform to all of the criteria listed in the published grant application information. Unique proposals exhibiting creativity are the most likely to be given favorable consideration.

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Photo/Courtesy Cobalt Studios.