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There are still a few spots available in the Costume Rendering and Drawing PDW which will be part of the 2006 Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Like the tutu workshop held in 2005, it promises to greatly assist participants.

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Last Call for Phoenix Proposals, PDW Participation in Louisville

Joel Ebarb
Programming Chair,
Costume Design & Technology Commission

The final countdown has begun to submit proposals for Costume Design & Technology Commission programming for the Phoenix 2007 Conference & Stage Expo. March 15 is the deadline to submit proposal materials for consideration for the Phoenix docket. Whether you have a completely formed idea or just the beginnings of an inspiration for a proposal, the Costume Commission desperately wants to hear from you. The success of conference programming depends on active involvement by all Commission members, so consider proposing a session for Phoenix 2007 today.

Remember, programming for Phoenix will be decided in Louisville. For more information on proposing programming, contact Joel Ebarb, Programming Chair, via e-mail at

Also, it is not to late to sign up for one of two exciting Professional Development Workshops being offered at this year's USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Louisville. Space is still available for both workshops, and each is an amazing bargain considering the fantastic skills and techniques that will be offered to participants and observers.

Costume Drawing and Rendering Techniques: Basics and Beyond will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 27 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday March 28.

It features figure and costume drawing, mixed media, and computer rendering for both the beginner and advanced costume designer. The first day will be spent working from a live model. The afternoon will focus on watercolor and mixed media rendering techniques with designs developed in the morning. The second day will include further rendering, then computer modification of the renderings. Participants must furnish their own laptops with rendering software. The workshop will be led by Ron Gloekler and Herb Camburn.

Cost is $200 for members, $250 for participants, $100 for member observer, and $120 for observer.

Hat's Entertainment: Simple-to-Sew Millinery will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is sold out. Tuesday, March 28. It is a hands-on, practical exploration of skills and techniques required to create two simple but impressive hats: the coil hat and Valois bonnet. These versatile hats can be created from scratch in minimal time using a domestic sewing machine for the bulk of the construction. The projects are suitable for a milliner of moderate skill level or above. Taught with humor and insight by Joel Ebarb, this workshop is designed to enlighten costumers of all backgrounds.

Cost is $125 for members, $150 for participants $75 for member observers and $90 for observers.

For more information on PDW content and registration, visit

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