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World Stage Design
Moves Forward for 2005

Eric Fielding
Director, World Stage Design 2005

The intensity increases daily for preparations of various elements of World Stage Design (WSD) 2005, including the fabrication of the physical exhibition environment, the creation of the WSD Digital Exhibit presentation, and the preparation of the print and digital catalogs.

Plan to join in on the trio of international theatre design and technology events in Toronto: the 2005 USITT Conference & Stage Expo, the 2005 OISTAT World Congress, and the inaugural presentation of the new international celebration of design for the performing arts, WSD 2005. Scores of designers from around the world who have work exhibited in WSD 2005 will be there.

WSD 2005 will be housed in the Canadian Room of the Fairmont Royal York, the headquarters hotel for the USITT Conference and the OISTAT Congress, and will have its grand opening at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. WSD 2005 will then be open to the public daily from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The exhibit also will be open during the USITT Conference & Stage Expo Opening Night which begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 in the nearby Royal York Ballroom. There will be no admission fee to visit WSD 2005.

Those coming to Toronto and who would be interested in assisting as an exhibition docent volunteer, can contact Treva Reimer, the exhibition docent manager, via e-mail

For those unable to see the WSD 2005 exhibition in person, copies of the WSD 2005 exhibition catalog, both a print and a digital version, will be available for purchase through USITT beginning the end of March.

Organizers are very optimistic that this inaugural WSD will launch World Stage Design as a significant, ongoing, international exhibition and (perhaps, most important) as the basis for the regular publication of catalogs documenting contemporary design throughout the world. This hasn’t happened since the last in René Hainaux’s four-volume series, Stage Design Throughout the World, was published in 1975.

A limited number of sponsorships are still available for WSD 2005 medals. To learn more, click here.

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The inagural exhibit featuring outstanding design from around the world will occur when WSD 2005 opens in Toronto in March.