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Gearing Up
For 2006
Stage Expo

Helen Willard
Stage Expo Sales Manager

August brought another trip to Louisville, and this time members of the Conference Committee were joined by the Executive Committee, the 50th Anniversary Committee, and the Commissioners, who were there for a retreat.

Many separate meetings were held, but all the groups joined together for a reception on Saturday night at the Marriott.

Between meetings they managed to find several places for food and refreshment, some new, some already old friends. The most popular eating establishment proved to be the Bristol(s) - the Bristol Bar & Grille on Main between 6th and 7th (just past the Kentucky Center for the Arts) and the Bristol Café near the Marriott on Jefferson at 1st Street. A Louisville tradition, many of the group had dined at a Bristol during SETC trips, and made sure to stop back for lunch or dinner.

Several were lucky enough to catch a ride to Dizzy Whizz where they sampled the house specialty, the Whizz Burger, washed down with root beer floats, malts, and shakes. They do a busy take-out service, so if you can't get there during the Conference, you can send someone for a big bag of burgers.

During the May trip the group checked out Deke's, which is just across the street from the KICC, and ended up back there for another group dinner. There is a nice beer selection, and the waitress was happy to put our meals on separate checks. In addition to the ubiquitous Hot Brown, they serve a variety of pastas, meats, and seafood. Don't forget to try the smoked cheddar cheese grits.

There are a bunch of restaurants at Fourth Street Live! including the Hard Rock Café, TGIFridays, and The Pub, which several people had tried and liked on an earlier trip. This time many members of the group ate lunch at The Red Star Tavern, which provided tasty salads, sandwiches, even a skillet of sweet cornbread on a quick turn-around between meetings.

When copies of the Exhibitor Prospectus were distributed, committee members were astonished at how much booth space has already been reserved for Stage Expo 2006. Non-Commercial table selection will take place as the fall semester opens. For more information on exhibiting at Stage Expo 2006, contact Helen Willard at

To the right is the preliminary list of exhibitors as of August 8.

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Conference Committee members and USITT Commissioners toured venues in Louisville which will host the 2006 USITT Conference & Stage Expo, including the Kentucky Center for the Arts, scene of this dramatic installation.

Photo/Barbara E.R. Lucas.

Preliminary list of exhibitors for Stage Expo 2005,
as of August 8, 2005
  • A.C. Lighting
  • A.C.T Lighting, INc.
  • Altman Lighting
  • American Harlequin Corporation
  • Apollo Design Technology, Inc.
  • Automatic Devices Company
  • Barbizon Lighting Company
  • Ben Nye Company
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Cast Software
  • Checkers Industrial Products Inc.
  • City Theatrical, Inc.
  • J.R. Clancy
  • Clark Transfer, Inc.
  • Clear-Com Communications Systems
  • Cobalt Studios
  • Columbus McKinnon
  • Dazian LLC
  • d&b audiotechnik
  • Designlab Chicago
  • Eartec Inc.
  • Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC)
  • Electronics Diversified, Inc.
  • Entertainment Design/Lighting
  • Entertainment Services and
    Technology Association (ESTA)
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Farthingales
  • FSU School of Theatre
  • Future Light
  • GALA Systems, Inc.
  • GAMProducts
  • Hall Associates Flying Effects
  • H&H Specialties Inc.
  • HM Electronics, INc.
  • IATSE Local One
  • Insul-8 Corporation
  • Irwin Seating Co
  • Kryolan Corporation
  • LEE Filters
  • LeMaitre Special Effects Inc.
  • Leprecon
  • Lex Products Corp.
  • Limelight Productions Inc.
  • Make-Up Designory
  • MDG Fog Generators Ltd
  • Mehron Inc
  • Meyer Sound
  • Nemetschek N.A.
  • Norcostco Inc.
  • North Carolina School of the Arts
  • The Painter's Journal
  • Period Corsets
  • Production Intercom Inc.
  • Rosco
  • Rose Brand
  • Sapsis Rigging Inc
  • Sculptural Arts Coating, Inc.
  • SECOA, Inc.
  • Selecon USA
  • Show Distribution Group Inc.
  • Sight & Sound Theatres
  • Smooth-On, Inc.
  • SSRC
  • Stage Directions
  • Stage Research, Inc.
  • StageRight Corporation
  • Stagestep
  • Staging Concepts.
  • Steeldeck Inc.
  • Strand Lighting Inc.
  • Strong Entertainment Lighting
  • Syracuse Scenery & Stage Lighting Co., Inc.
  • Texas Scenice Company
  • Thematics
  • James Thomas Engineering
  • Tiffin Scenic Studios
  • Tools for Stagecraft
  • Union Connector
  • United Scenic Artists Local 829 IATSE
  • Vincent Lighting Systems
  • Walt Disney Entertainment
  • Wenger Corporation
  • Wybron, Inc.
  • ZFX Inc.