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SoCal Plans Master Class

Southern California Regional Section will host an Engineering Master Class including a tour of the new facilities at Cal State Fullerton, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2006 at the Cal State Fullerton Performing Arts Center. Host for the event is Bill Meyer, Professor of Theatre and Technical Director of Cal State Fullerton. Shawn Nolan of Entertainment Structures Group will lead the master class.

Mr. Nolan has worked in regional theatre, trade shows and TV scenery for more than 20 years. He completed his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1997 and since then has been working as a structural engineer. He heads Entertainment Structures Group (a division of Steven Schaefer Associates, Inc.), a Specialty engineering firm providing consulting services to the trade. His areas of expertise's include stage machinery, structural design of steel and wood structures and forensic evaluation of existing structures.

The day will include morning class, lunch, and afternoon tours. For more information or to register, contact :Sue Brandt, Section Chair, at 213-740-1247 or e-mail

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Desert State Mourns Loss

The Desert State Regional Section mourns the loss of Carolyn Reneé Parker. Mrs Parker, 38, died Wednesday, December 21, 2005 in Yuma, Arizona due to complications from a car accident. She was born December 17, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mrs. Parker was a graduate of Kofa High and went on to Arizona State University where she earned a bachelor of arts degree. An all-around stagehand who worked at several performing arts venues in Central Arizona, she was a member of IATSE.

She is survived by her husband, Clyde C. Parker, technical director at Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, Arizona and a founder of the Desert State section; her mother, Eileen Heard, of Yuma; her father, Tom English, of Mesa; a sister, Cynde English, of Madison, Wisconsin; a brother, Bill English, of Statesville, North Carolina; and a stepfather, Robert Heard, of Yuma.

A memorial service was held January 6 at Gammage Auditorium after funeral services were held December 27 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Donations will be accepted in her name at Gammage's Kaleidoscope Project which provides theatrical experiences for Arizona middle and high school students. Checks may be sent to Gammage Auditorium, c/o Lisa Adamsen, P.O. Box 870105, Tempe, AZ 85287-0105.

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REPA Planned for February 25

The 6th annual Regional Entertainment, Production & Administration Job Expo is on the horizon.

REPA '06, co-sponsored by the New England Regional Section, is designed to help find employment for anyone from techie, to production guru, to administrator. REPA happens Saturday, February 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 88 Tremont St., Boston.

REPA is free to job seekers who are encouraged to simply show up with a resume and/or portfolio in hand. Those seeking positions should come prepared to sell themselves.  Some companies will hold on the spot interviews.  Past attendees include:  Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, The Tribe, North Shore Music Theater, the Hangar and many, many more.  Visit for details, and FAQs for this event.

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