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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:

September's 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.

Section 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

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Ohio Valley Conference and Awards

Keith Nagy, 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.

Metaphor and Irony at Work: A Symposium on Czech Theatre Designfocused 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.

This year 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 Ezekiel Awards.

James Hill, Section Chair

Costume 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.

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Moody to Speak at Desert State

The Desert 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!

The 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 for details about either event.

Peter M. Weisman, Desert State First Vice-Chair

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Southern California Feasts

In Southern 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.

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