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Special Student PDW Time Change

The time for Color Rendering 101- a hands-on workshop for student designers, a special Professional Development Workshop has been changed to encourage participation. The PDW will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. There is only one session with 40 slots available. The workshop is for students only and is only $100! Presenters include Deborah Bell and Annie Cleveland.

Students will be shown - hands-on - different color rendering techniques from professionals in the field. Mediums to be covered include: watercolor, guoche, colored pencil, marker, and many more. Industry-grade materials will be available for students to use during the workshop and to take home. For more information, visit here.


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Sponsorships Spots Still Available for 2006

USITT still has sponsorship opportunities available for the 46th Annual Conference & Stage Expo so it's not too late to lend your support alongside these fine companies and organizations: Altman Lighting, Inc.; AV Pro, Inc.; California Institute of the Arts; Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC); Live Design Magazine; SECOA; and Texas Scenic Company.

For information on available 2006 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michelle L. Smith in the USITT office at 800-938-7488 or

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Theatre Job Service Available at Conference

THEatre Conference Employment SERVICE (TCES) connects employers and applicants for face-to-face interviews in a professional, controlled environment. The TCES staff handle all scheduling, leaving clients with maximum time to network and attend Conference sessions.

TCES is open to all employers and applicants who pay the special employment service registration fee. Applicants must also be registered for the full Conference.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and highly recommended. Employers and applicants who register before March 10, 2006 pay reduced rates. USITT Contributing, Sustaining, and Organizational members who post job openings also receive a 10 percent discount.

Complete instructions and registration forms are available here or by calling 800-93USITT. To contact the TCES staff directly e-mail or phone 317-826-7894.

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BSR E1.17 (ACN) Available for Review

BSR E1.17, Entertainment Technology - Multipurpose Network Control Protocol Suite, the draft standard commonly called "ACN," is now available for public review through February 14, 2006.

The draft standard is a suite of protocols offering needed services in network management, device management, device description, and device control with reliable multi-cast transport on data networks that use the common Internet Protocols. There are 17 documents that describe various aspects of the suite of protocols, and they are all contained in the approximately three megabyte compressed file

The public review materials for this draft standard and all the draft ESTA standards currently available for public review are at

For more information, please contact Karl G. Ruling, Technical Standards Manager, ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005, New York, NY 10001, 212-244-1505, fax 212-244-1502,

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Costume Offers Reviews, Seeks Reviewers

Individual Portfolio Reviews, offered at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, are truly valuable sessions that can assist designers and technicians in all aspects of creation and presentation of a portfolio. Each USITT Commission offers review sessions where professionals volunteer to offer productive feedback to scheduled participants.

In past conferences, close to 50 review sessions have been organized for Costume Design & Technology Commission members alone. This year, Rafael Jaen will head the Commission’s portfolio reviews. The commission highly encourages sharing in the excitement of these sessions. Volunteering as a reviewer can be quite inspiring and helpful to both the interviewee and the mentor.

To assist those seeking review by the Costume Design & Technology Commission, a page of helpful information is available on the commission web site which can be reached via

Applications for Portfolio Reviews can also be found on the USITT web site by following the links to Conference information and forms. The co-chairs look forward to many volunteers and participants in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information and to sign up, please contact Rafael Jaen at

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International Committee Spotlights Students

Students planning to attend the conference in Louisville are invited to attend two International sessions that will focus on students and their international activities.

On Wednesday, March 29 from 6 to 7:20 p. m., the offering is The Prague Quadrennial Spotlight on Students. Members of the USA Schools of Scenography Exhibit planning team, Margaret Mitchell and Jon Savage, will announce the description of the USA student exhibit to be sent to Prague in June 2007, and explain the process for entering student designs for inclusion.

Michael Ramsaur, President of OSITAT, will preview the Scenfoest activities focused on students, including "The Tower of Babel," an interactive installation for performances, a call for students to design The Birds and receive feedback from international designers, along with presentations and workshops by well-known designers from around the world. The committee hopes to encourage a large contingent of American students to participate in the wonderful opportunities offered at the PQ 2007.

Jon Savage, below, was one of the winners of a Tobin Foundation Travel Award to the PQ 2003 with the trunk he designed for the Schools of Scenography exhibit.

Photo/Sandy Bonds

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