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To Offer New Costume Workshop

Hurry, hurry, hurry! The Costume Design & Technology Commission has added another Professional Development Workshop. Eliminating the Stress of Distressing Your Costumes will be a day-long, off-site event that will take costumes from "the street to the dungeon."

Gail Wolfenden-Steib will cover specialty techniques including: dyeing/teching down clothing to create age, working with garments both wet and dry to create "natural" wear and tear, airbrushing to create both age and depth, and using mechanical means of distressing such as rasps, wire brushes, and sand paper. The primary goal of the workshop will be to introduce participants to the airbrush and how it can be used in the distressing process. Participants will learn a variety of specialty airbrush applications.

This workshop is for the beginner as well as the more skilled participant. Included in the fee is an airbrush participants will take home. Registration is limited to 15 people. This will be a great opportunity for individual instruction. Sign up online, or gain more details by visiting to ensure a spot.

Photos/Courtesy of The University Mississippi Costume Department

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Deadline November 4 for Archetecture Awards

The deadline is fast approaching for the 2007 USITT Architecture Awards. Applications and information are available online here, or by calling 800-938-7488. Projects worldwide, whether new construction or creative reuse of spaces, can be nominated.

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Last Chance for Young Designers Awards

November 15 is the deadline for submitting entries for USITT's 2007 Awards for Young Designers & Technicians in the Performing Arts. Entry information is available online here, or by calling the USITT office at 800-938-7488. Ten awards, and their accompanying cash prizes, will be given at the Annual Conference & Stage Expo in March 2007.

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Keeping Up With the TSP

Keeping up with the latest versions of ESTA's Technical Standards Program standards and other documents can be made easier with the ESTA Foundation's new subscription service.

When initially subscribing, electronic and hard copy editions of all standards, recommended practices, and other TSP documents available at that time will be sent. As new documents and new editions are published, they will be sent to subscribers. All draft standards will be distributed to subscribers as they become available for public review along with Standards Watch, the bimonthly publication of standards and legislation that affect industry.

More information is available at the ESTA Foundation website at

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Cabling Standard Review, RDM Project Added

BSR E1.27-2, Entertainment Technology - Standard for Permanently Installed Control Cables for Use with ANSI E1.11 (DMX512-A) and USITT DMX512/1990 Products, is available for public review through November 20

The draft standard describes the types of cable to be used to interconnect products that comply with ANSI E1.11-2004 (DMX512-A) or with USITT DMX512/1990 in permanent installations. It includes definitions of acceptable cable and connector types and the ways in which they may be used. The draft standard and its supporting public review materials are available at

The Control Protocols Working Group has started work on a new standard: BSR E1.37-200x-Additional Message Sets for ANSI E1.20, Remote Device Management. The BSR E1.37 project is will define additional message sets to be used with ANSI E1.20.

For more information about the public review or the new project, contact: Karl G. Ruling, Technical Standards Manager, ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005, New York, NY 10001; 1-212-244-1505; fax 1-212-244-1502;

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Submit by November 17 for PQ USA 2007

November 17 is an important day for the USITT PQ USA 2007 Exhibits as materials for the both the National Exhibit and the Student Exhibit are due on that date. For the National exhibit, send all visual materials to be displayed at the same time. This includes renderings, photos, models, and costumes. All should be sent to arrive by the deadline, with each piece labeled with a return address and production details.

For the Student Exhibit, the 3D cubicles from selected schools are due on this date as well as submissions for the 2D display wall. Students are invited to submit digital images of three-dimensional items to be considered for the exhibit including costumes, props, puppets, etc. These images and any DVD entries into the "Design as Performance" part of the exhibition need to be received by November 17.

Faculty and students in the shops of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are assembling both of these exhibits as well as the Architecture Exhibit. They will receive and inventory the materials.

Send National submissions to Jennifer Zimmerman, USITT PQ USA 2007 Designer Liaison. Send Student cubicles and 2D items to the attention of Nichole Bromley. Submissions should be sent to: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Ave. Urbana, IL 61801-3788.

Student DVDs should be sent to Jon Savage, 95 Apple Tree Ln., Weymouth, MA 02188

Send images of 3D items to Susan Tsu at

For additional details on the PQ exhibits, click here or contact the curator.

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Student International Travel Awards Available

The biennial Student International Travel Award was established to coincide with the years in which the PQ takes place This event's applications are due January 3, 2007. The $1,000 award is given to a student to support travel expenses to attend the PQ and take part in the Scenofest activities.

Students must be current USITT members, enrolled full time and in good standing in either upper division or graduate program in theatre, and have demonstrated excellence or outstanding potential in research or design. The application includes a 500-word proposal of the specific project or knowledge the students seeks to obtain through this experience.

For additional details and applications forms, click here.

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