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Dues to Rise in July

Several categories of USITT membership will see an increase in dues as of July 1, 2006 following action by the Board of Directors at its March meeting.

This is the first increase in five years for the Contributing and Sustaining levels of membership, which will rise to $1,100 and $660 respectively. Organizational membership will increase to $200. Dues for Individual members have been set at $102 yearly. Dues for Student, Senior, and Professional members will continue at 2005 levels.

Holly Monsos, USITT VP-Members, Sections & Chapters, noted that USITT continues as an excellent value for members at all levels, returning dividends in the form of discounts and networking opportunities. The changes were part of the organization's overall budget process, and were discussed extensively at both the committee and board levels.

Ms. Monsos said, "We take any change in dues very seriously, and are mindful of our need to keep the organization financially healthy while not imposing a too great a burden on those who play such a key role in our success: our members. Our membership rates continue to increase at less than the current inflation rate, which is quite an accomplishment in this economic climate."

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Planning Begins for Scenofest 2007

Many different act ivies are currently being created for Scenofest, to be held June 2007 in Prague, Czech Republic. Scenofest is a shared project of the OISTAT Education Commission and the Theatre Institute Prague. Some projects are mainly for students, but teachers, and well-known theatre and performance practitioners will also be participating.

Initial application periods for some projects start in May 2006, and complete project details including costs and application process are scheduled to be at by mid-May.

To become part of the Scenofest mailing list, e-mail E-mail updates will be mailed every other month, according to organizers.

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Chain Hoists Draft Standard Available

BSR E1.6-2, Entertainment Technology-Serial Manufactured Electric Chain Hoists, is available for public review through May 22.

It is a continuation of the BSR E1.6 powered rigging system project which has been split into two parts: BSR E1.6-2 dealing with electrical chain hoists used in entertainment applications and BSR E1.6-1 dealing with other powered winches. This document, BSR E1.6-2, covers the design, inspection, and maintenance of serially manufactured electric chain hoists having capacities of two tons or less and used in the entertainment industry as part of a performance or in preparation for a performance.

The public review response form and the draft standard, which is free, are available at

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ABTT Sponsors Event

ABTT, the Association of British Theatre Technicians, will hold its second Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference from June 11 to 13, 2006 in London. The event is sponsored by Stage Technologies, and will provide a structured review and discussion about historic, recent, and planned performance arts projects while, at the same time, allowing those new to planning or constructing such building an opportunity to learn from the experts.

For full information about speakers, updates, papers, and registration, visit USITT members, as members of the United States OISTAT Centre, are eligible to register at the member rate. This is made possible by an invitation extended by Richard Brett, long-time OISTAT and ABTT member.

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TCG Travel Grants

Plan now to apply for a Theatre Communications Group/International Theatre Institute (TCG/ITI) Travel Grant. Application deadline for the fall is October 27, 2006, and applications may be made by theatres applying on behalf of theatre professional(s) or individual theatre professional(s).

Grants will support travel either into the United States by professional counterparts in specific portions of Central/Eastern Europe and Russia, or US professionals traveling to those locations.

For complete information on the grants, which cover up to $2,500, is available at

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Nominate Now for 2007 Golden Pen Award

Deadline is June 15, 2006 for any USITT members who wishes to nominate a book or books for the 2007 Golden Pen Award. The award honors an outstanding publication in the field of design and production for the performing arts. Books are eligible for a three-year period from the date of publication but nominations do not automatically carry over from one year to the next. It is possible for a book to be nominated more than once.

Use the link here to learn more about the process and nominate a book. Anyone with questions may contact a member of the Golden Pen subcommittee of the USITT Publications Committee: Lance Brockman at, Martha Marking at, Rich Dunham at, or Mike Monsos at

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