Viva Las Vegas
One of the
great pleasures of being USITT President is getting
a chance to work with all the other volunteers
that make this organization work. Nothing happens
in USITT without the volunteers, supported by
the staff. During the Winter Board Meetings in
Las Vegas several different groups met to help
determine the future activities of the Institute.
The Executive Committee, the Board of Directors,
the Publications Committee, and Finance Committee
Volunteer committee members and designers
came together to evaluate submissions for the
Young Designers & Technicians Awards. All
these individuals met for many hours to conduct
the current business of USITT. In addition, many
of these same volunteers participated in the ESTA
Standards and Certification meetings to help mold
the rules by which we all must operate.
people do this, and expend their own time
and money, because they feel the work of the Institute
is important. In these meetings we discussed
such varied topics as:
- What should the Institute be doing in the
future to better serve our members and the Industry?
- World Stage Design - what needs to be done
next to guarantee the success of this exciting new international
- How does the Institute support OISTAT's
upcoming World Congress and the next Praque
- What can USITT do to promote international
communication and cooperation?
- What can USITT do to promote the publication
of works in technical theatre and design?
discussed the upcoming USITT Monograph project.
Finally, we talked about being just five years from our
50th anniversary, and what can we do to ensure
that USITT continues to be a positive force
for another 50 years.
Essentially the work of
the Institute comes down to having members that
want to work together to make a difference in
the industry. If no one is willing to volunteer,
nothing happens. Sharing the work is
the most important aspect of USITT, and the willingness
of individual members to spend their own time
and money to help the industry get better, is
the key to why USITT works.
Please consider participating
in the many wonderful projects of the Institute.
Join a Commission, volunteer to do a program,
work with your Regional Section, exhibit at
Cover the Walls or Tech Expo, join a committee,
join our international projects, or donate to
the work of the Institute.
The information for
our next conference is now on the web at www.usitt.org/Toronto2005,
and the deadline for Very Early registration is
coming soon. Take time to get involved
and share your experiences with other people
who share your passions. If you feel that you
need something a little different, you can help
USITT develop that project, too.
See you in Toronto,
at the 2005 USITT Annual Conference & Stage
Members of USITT's Board of Directors
met in Las Vegas, Nevada in small groups to discuss
ways to better serve members.