Re-Activated New York Section
The newly re-activated
New York Area Regional Section is off and running!
A brand new board, led by Chair Rich Wolpert and
Vice-Chair Scott Parker, plans to do a series
of small events – demonstrations,
tours and backstage passes – all around
the New York area. Members hope to schedule an
event every four to eight weeks alternating interest
areas and venues as they go. (Planning a trip
to New York? Check the web site to see if the
section has plans while you're there: www.usittny.org).
meeting featured a demonstration of Rose Brand's
new product, Soft-LED which is both curtain and
video screen. After the demonstration, Mr. Parker
welcomed the attendees, and invited them to the
reception, also hosted by Rose Brand. There, members
and prospective members ate and drank well, and
tossed ideas around about what sorts of things
they'd like the section
to do. Interesting possibilities included touring
scenery and costume construction studios, backstage
tours of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions,
arranging group theatre tickets, and visits/talks
with area designers, theatrical vendors and schools.
members are already talking to the Costume Commission
about helping to host a summer Costume Symposium,
which just proves that when the Regional Sections
and the National organization work together, it
enhances membership benefits for all of us. And
after all, who doesn't need a trip to
New York every so often?
Holly Monsos, Vice-President
for Sections & Chapters
Valley Conference and Awards
Vice-Chair for Programming put together an excellent
slate of events for the Ohio Valley fall conference
hosted by Sue Ott Rowlands of The University of
Toledo, Department of Theatre and Film on October
23 in Toledo.
and Irony at Work: A Symposium on Czech Theatre
on contemporary Czech designers featured in
the exhibit, Metaphor and Irony 2.
Jaroslav Malina, Commissioner of the Prague
Quadrennial 2003 was in residence, designing
the sets and costumes for UT's fall production
of Richard III. Joining Mr. Malina
on the panel were Dr. Delbert Unruh, Professor
of Theatre & Film at the University Kansas,
and an authority of Eastern European Scenography;
and Dr. Joseph Brandesky, Professor of Theatre
at Ohio State University-Lima, and co-curator
of the Czech exhibit. The day's events began
with a gallery walk of the exhibit hosted by
Dr. Brandesky. The featured event was the seminar
discussing Action Design and its application
by contemporary theatre designers.
the Ohio Valley Section honored Dennis
Parker, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio
State University, and Charles Williams,
Professor Emeritus, The University of Toledo
with Lifetime Achievement Awards as part of
our Ohio Valley Design Exhibition and Peggy
James Hill, Section Chair
designs for Richard III by Sulva Zimula Hanakova
for a production in the Globe Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic,
in Spring of 2002 were discussed as part of the Ohio Valley
Regional Section fall conference in October. The Prague production
was directed by Vladimir Moravek.
to Speak at Desert State
State Regional Section will hold its Annual Meeting
held on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at Mesa Community
College. Participants are urged to arrive around
9 a.m. James Moody, author of the Business
of Theatrical Design, will
be the keynote speaker. Mr. Moody has more than
2,100 hours of network and 4,000 hours of syndicated
television credits as director of photography
or lighting director, including hundreds of hours
for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!
section is also planning a seminar, Cover Your
Behind to be held Saturday, March 5, 2005 at Scottsdale
Center for the Arts. The event will run from 9
a.m. to noon.
Check the section's new website
details about either event.
Peter M. Weisman,
Desert State First Vice-Chair
California, there are many different activities
to interest members, but at the Annual Barbeque
and General Meeting, it's all about the food.
On Sunday, September 26 the Department of Theatre
Arts played host, while Rosco Laboratories did
a lighting effects demonstrations and brought
other toys. Other recent events included a backstage
tour of the Hollywood Bowl, and a session about
fire laws in theatrical spaces.