News & Notices
Conference & Stage Expo
For the Record
| HOA Second Annual Conference & Expo!
Heart of America Regional Section's
second Annual Conference, scheduled for October
30 at Johnson County Community College in Overland
Park, Kansas will feature a broad variety of
exhibits and workshops including a special
session on Historic Scenic Art. Sessions
will cover areas of costuming, stage management
standards, moving lights, AutoCAD, and Vector-Works.
The scenic art sessions will be presented
by Lance Brockman, professor of theatre
at the University of Minnesota; and Bruce
Brockman, professor of theatre and department
head at Oklahoma State University.
Brockman will conduct a two-part exploration
of historical scene painting as it was
used in popular entertainment, fraternal ritual,
and early forms of virtual reality.
to participate in this exciting and valuable
weekend! For more information, go to the conference
website at www.unl.edu/prodmgr/HOA/main.htm or
contact Dan Stratman at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Melanie Rudy at email@example.com.
| Ohio Symposium and Ezekial Winners
Nagy, the Ohio Valley Regional Section Vice-Chair
for Programming, has put together an excellent
slate of events for the Section's
fall conference hosted by the University of
Toledo (UT) Department of Theatre and Film.
The conference will be Saturday, October 23
The workshop, Metaphor and Irony at Work: A Symposium
on Czech Theatre Design, will complement UT exhibit, Metaphor
and Irony 2. Visiting artist, Jaroslav Malina,
Czech scenographer and Commissioner of the Prague
Quadrennial 2003, will be a featured guest. Mr.
Malina is designing the sets and costumes for
UT's fall production of Richard III.
the symposium will include Delbert Unruh, professor
of theatre and film at University of Kansas and
an authority of Eastern European Scenography.
Joseph Brandesky, co-curator of the Czech exhibit,
will offer a gallery walk of the exhibit and moderate
a discussion of Action Design. For more
information or pre-registration, visit www.usittohiovalley.org/event.htm.
This year, the Ohio Valley Regional Section is honoring
Dennis Parker, professor emeritus at Ohio State
University, and Charles Williams, professor emeritus
at University of Toledo, with Lifetime Achievement
Awards as part of the Ohio Valley Design Exhibition
and Peggy Ezekiel Awards. Mr. Parker and Mr. Williams
will be honored at the fall conference in Toledo.
| New Leadership for Desert State
Changes in leadership
for the Desert State Regional Section have been
announced. New board members for the section are:
Immediate Past Chair Clyde Parker; Chair Jimmie
Byrd; First Vice-Chair Pete Weisman; Second Vice-Chair
Jill Maurer; Third Vice-Chair Norm Wigton; Secretary
Fran Sutherland; Treasurer Ronald Thacker; Members
at Large Debbie Carrick and Michael McNamara;
and Directors at Large Rick Tuckett and Ric Alling.
New Contact Info
State Regional Section's new address is: 1050
E. Ray Road, #A5 -186, Chandler, Arizona 85225. This is a mail box and packages can be received
| New England Plans Tech Olympics
New England Regional Section website has
moved. Bookmark our
new page for
information regarding New England activities.
are planned for the Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival, Region I (KC/ACTF).
USITT New England will sponsor the second
annual Tech Olympics and the first Technology
Innovation & Craftsmanship
Award to provide recognition to college students
who have solved technical difficulties with
quality craftsmanship and innovative
Up to three prizes will be
handed out for the Technology Innovation & Craftsmanship
criteria and application are being revised and
will be posted on the website. When ready, the
application can be copied and mailed to Chase
Rozelle. The prize(s) will be a one year membership
to USITT (national and section) as well as a gift
certificate for a book of choice from the USITT
KC/ACTF Region 1 will be held
at the end of January in Rhode Island. Any person may register and attend,
even if they did not make one of the competitions,
and can enjoy the many workshops and spectator
events available. Visit the KC/ACTF website for
| Chesapeake Recaps Expo
On September 10 and 11 the
Modlin Center for the Performing Arts at the
University of Richmond hosted the Chesapeake
Regional Section's Symposium and Expo.
Billed as Expo 2004½, the event was in
fact the second Symposium and Expo in 2004,
and was a successful realization of a significant
change in the Section's major gathering
for its members.
The Symposium on Friday was
devoted to theatre architecture, the third year
of Symposiums on this general topic. This year
marked the conclusion of the architecture Symposium;
in succeeding years, other issues of theatre
technology will be explored in similar depth
On Saturday, approximately
130 theatre professionals, teachers, and students
took part in the Expo, and day-long series of
workshops, presentations, and discussion of topics
ranging from fabric manipulation and mask making
to computerized scenography, rendering and scene
painting, and rigging, fog effects, and make-up.
In addition, a vendor exhibition
area was available throughout the day. Lunch
was provided for all attending and a reception
followed the workshop sessions.
During elections held at the
section meeting, current officers William Price,
Chair; Rob Auchter, Immediate Past Chair; Yoko
Hashimoto-Sinclair, Second Vice-Chair; Mark Mallett,
Secretary; and Tom Fusco, Editor of In The
Wings; were joined by newly elected officers
Andrew Rich, First Vice-Chair; Kaycee Fisher,
Third Vice-Chair; and Tom Kennedy, Member at
Large. Jack Gallagher: Treasurer; and Kim Haug,
Member-at-Large: were re-elected to their offices.
Following brief congratulations from Mr. Auchter
to Mr. Price and the Board for pulling a second
Expo together in so short a time, the meeting
adjourned with the announcement that Expo 2005
will be held in mid-September 2005 at Catholic
University in Washington, DC.
Section Chair William Price opens the General Membership
Meeting at Expo 2004½.
| Southeast Master Classes Successful
The Southeast Regional Section
Masters Class breezed into Montgomery, Alabama
days before Hurricane Ivan struck the area. Hosts
at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the University
of Alabama not only made their presence felt,
but they made it look like a breeze for all those
attending. A full schedule of workshops provided
plenty of opportunities to learn and share experiences.
Jay O. Glerum, author of the Stage
Rigging Handbook, presented Theatrical
Rigging, his highly acclaimed
class on safe practices. Deborah Bell of UNC-Greensboro
led a workshop in Costume Design Sketching
and Rendering. Mike Post,
of University of Southern Mississippi, presented Lighting
Design for the Regional Theatre in Repertory. Dennis
Alpin, of TLS, demonstrated the latest technology
in Automated Fixtures for the Theatre.
Additional panels were provided
by the ASF staff including: Dusty Stutsman, scenic
charge artist; Charles Killian, property master;
Michelle Sheldon, assistant costume shop manager;
Tanya Searle, stage manager; Le Hook, technical
director; Dory Seigneur, assistant wig master;
Beth Novak, resident costume designer; and Andrew
Fox, master welder.
The faculty of University
of Alabama also participated in the programming.
Bill Teague presented a working Model T Ford
for Ragtime. Andy Fitch demonstrated
techniques and materials for building models
in quarter inch scale or smaller. Donna Meester
presented ideas for using found materials and
inexpensive items in costume construction.
Greta Lambert welcomed the
group on Friday evening on behalf of the Festival,
and Jerry Genochio, production manager of the
festival, gave the keynote address, "Production
Process and Career Paths in the LORT Theatre."
None of this would have been
possible without the hard work of the staff at
the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the faculty
and students of the University of Alabama. Coordinating
activities and programming from the university
were Andy Fitch, Bill Teague, Jeannette Lackey,
and Becky Freeman. Local support and facilities
from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival was provided
by a host of ASF staff members led by Kent Thompson,
Artistic Director; Jerry Genochio, Production
Manager; Le Hook, Technical Director; Michelle
Sheldon, Assistant Costume Shop Manager; and
Beth Novak, Costume Designer.
Next year's Masters
Class will be hosted by the North Carolina School
of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
September 23 and 24, 2005.
The wig making workshop at the
Southeast Master Class conducted by Dory Seigneur,
master wig maker from Alabama Shakespeare Festival,