Next Story in this issue
News & Notices
News From:
Conference & Stage Expo
For the Record
Let it SNOW

During the early part of February, many callers to the USITT office asked how we were surviving the massive amounts of snow reported in Central New York. The response was "that snow's north of us, we're fine." Those that remember former staffer Stacy Darling might like to know that her home was inundated with more than 10 feet of snow in less than a week.

Then, on Valentine's Day, the Syracuse area received its own several feet of winter wonder. The front-end loader has been clearing the parking lot, and if the winds will only stop, there should be no problem packing up the tons of material (literally) for shipment to Phoenix for the 2007 Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

Monica Merritt captured some of the beauty of winter, above, before beginning the daily shoveling necessary to move the more than two feet of snow which fell in three days.

To Top

No Snow in Phoenix!

It will be only a few short weeks until the 2007 Annual Conference & Stage Expo opens in Phoenix, Arizona where there will be no snow to be seen. Make sure to thank the local logistics people, including Jill Maurer and Jeff Brown, who promise sunshine during our stay. Staff members look forward to seeing many of our members and guests.

To Top

In Sorrow

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of three of USITT's distinguished Fellows.

W. Oren Parker, Professor Emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, died January 29, 2007, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Samuel H. Scripps, designer and benefactor of the Institute, died February 16, 2007 in New York, New York. He was named a Lifetime member for his continuing commitment to USITT.

Richard Thompson, one of those members who helped create USITT, died February 12 in Van Nuys, California.

More complete remembrances will be included in the April issue of all three of these great men.

To Top


The name of one of our authors was incorrect in the February issue of Sightlines. Kerri Packard was the author of the piece, Costume Commission Highlights Phoenix Events. We apologize for the error.

To Top

Congrats to Angstrom

USITT member Angstrom Lighting, a full-service lighting supplier serving the entertainment industry, announced expanded services, additional staff, and a new branch office to commemorate its 30th year in business.

Serving a wide range of clients in television, film, theatre, and corporate markets, Angstrom Lighting started in 1977 by providing the Hollywood theatre community with high-quality lighting and excellent service. Frans Klinkenberg is president and a founder of Angstrom Lighting.

To Top

Stopping at SETC

Anyone attending Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC) the first week in March is invited to stop at the USITT table, see what's new, and get a preview of the 2008 Conference in Houston, Texas. We thank the members of our Southeast Regional Section, especially Mike Murphy, for helping share the word about USITT in Atlanta, Georgia.

To Top

And, a Bit Further North

Designers and technicians at the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association's Festivention 2007 had a chance to learn more about USITT thanks to VP-Conferences Joe Aldridge and Conference Committee member Dawn Larkey who helped maintain the USITT table at the event, held at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado from January 31 to February 3, 2007.

To Top