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Deadline August 1 for Rigging Exams

Act quickly to be part of the first group to test as ETCP Certified Riggers. The application deadline for the first ETCP rigging examinations (arena and theatre) is August 1, 2005.

Both exams will be held on Saturday, November 12 in conjunction with the ETS-LDI tradeshow. Candidates who pass the examinations will be the first ETCP Certified Riggers in North America and will be acknowledged as the only members of the "Class of 2005" on the ETCP website.

Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, are available on the ETCP website ( Those who would like the examination information and application forms mailed should contact Katie Geraghty, ETCP Certification Director, at 212-244-1505 or with contact information.

The content for the examinations is based on a job analysis performed by 24 subject matter experts under the guidance of a professional psychometric firm along with input from hundreds of riggers across North America. For a list of these well-respected, veteran riggers, visit the ETCP website at Developers/smes.html.

Under the auspices of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), ETCP is being developed with the following organizations: Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT), Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), International Communications Industries Association (InfoComm/ICIA), The League of American Theatres and Producers, Production Resource Group (PRG), Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

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Studied Abroad? Share the Experience

The International Committee is seeking graduate and undergraduate students for a panel discussion of study abroad experiences at the 2006 USITT Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

The session, entitled International Resources and Opportunities, is designed to give panelists a chance to report on their international experiences and to offer suggestions to the audience on how to arrange their own opportunities overseas. The panel presentation will take place on Friday, March 31.

Interested students should submit a description of their study abroad experience, a sample of advice they would give to others, and contact information to: Karen Glass ( before September 30. Additional screening of panelists will take place after initial review of submissions.

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Dodger Stock Now in Florida

Costume World of Deerfield Beach, Florida has acquired the almost 500,000-item costume inventory of Dodger Costume. New York-based Dodger Theatricals and Amsterdam's Stage Holding acquired the Brooks-Eaves Costume Company and changed its name to Dodger Costumes in 1998. Dodger Costumes shut down in late February of 2005.

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Masks and Masking Conference and Exhibition

Southern Illinois University will be the site October 5 to 8 of An Interdisciplinary and International Conference on Masks and Masking. Mask makers, performers, and scholars from Iceland, Ireland, Britain, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Nigeria, Canada, Bali, Mexico, Uruguay, Denmark and many parts of the United States will participate.

Ron Naversen is coordinator of the conference, which will be accompanied by five special exhibitions, some of which run through December. For more information, visit or contact Mr. Naversen at

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