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Conference Very Early Deadline December 6

Register for the USITT 2008 Annual Conference & Stage Expo by December 6 to receive the lowest possible rates. Click here to register for the Very Early rate. Mailed conference registrations must be postmarked by December 6 to receive this discounted registration rate.  

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Student Volunteer Deadline December 6

Are you a student who wants to attend the USITT 2008 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Houston but can't afford it? Download the Student Volunteer application here and submit it by December 6, 2007. USITT will accept the first 100 students who apply. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Questions? Contact Monica Merritt at

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Seeking International Theatre Experiences

Have you studied or taught abroad? Have you invited overseas guests to your university for collaboration on a production? Vice President for International Activities Sandy Bonds is initiating a project to record global theatre-related activities of USITT members.

Those who have participated in an international theatre experience of any kind are asked to send a brief description of that activity to

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Travel Award Deadline Looms

The deadline for the Individual/Professional International Travel Award for 2008 is December 3, 2007. The award supports expenses for overseas research in theatre related fields, travel to collections, exhibitions, and festivals, and participation in productions.

Projects must be completed within one year of the award and include a way of reporting findings to the membership. For information and an application, click here.

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Commercial Pattern Archive Project Update

For those who have been patiently asking " When will CoPA, the pattern database, be available for MAC users?" the answer is, "Hopefully within the next few months."

An online version of CoPA for MACs and PCs is in the works and will be available by subscription. The database is being setup on a server at the University of Rhode Island for testing. A few volunteers from the Costume Commission will do Beta testing and consulting after the first of the year. The web site will be offered to all by early spring if all goes as planned. Those interested in volunteering for this phase of the project can contact Joy Spanabel Emery at

Meanwhile, the CoPA Vintage Patterns CDs are available for immediate use. There are four CDs: Volume I 1868-1943, Volume II 1944-1956, Volume III 1957-1968 and Volume IV 1969-1979. Information and an order form are available at

More than 1,600 patterns were transferred to CoPA from the Butterick Archives in New York. A number of the patterns date from the late 1800s through the 1930s and include a range of patterns produced by different pattern companies. Other donations also have been added so CoPA now has over 42,000 records dating from 1868 to the present. Scanners and volunteers at the Doris Stein Research Center have been quite busy adding a significant number of images from the Kevin L. Seligman collection

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TCG Offers Theatre Grants

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced the deadlines for the New Generations Program ­ Future Leaders, Future Audiences and Future Collaborations ­ from a grant cooperatively designed by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and TCG.

In Future Leaders, early-career theatre professionals are mentored by established leaders in the theatre field. In Future Audiences, theatres expand and strengthen existing unique and innovative audience development programs that have proven effective in reaching young, culturally specific and/or underserved audiences. In Future Collaborations, theatre professionals receive support for geographically unrestricted travel, enabling them to share ideas and techniques and collaborate with colleagues around the world.

Theatres or individual theatre professionals applying in the Future Collaborations objective will not be required to submit an Intent to Apply form. Applications for fall/winter, for travel between July 1 and December 31, 2008 must be postmarked no later than March 17, 2008.

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Control Cable Standard Out for Review

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 19.

The draft standard describes the types of cable to be used in permanent installations to interconnect lighting equipment that comply with ANSI E1.11-2004 (DMX512-A) or with USITT DMX512/1990. The description 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

In addition to being asked to review the document to see if it offers adequate advice, reviewers are asked to look for protected intellectual property in the draft standard. Any protected intellectual property in the document should be pointed out in the comments.

For more information about the public review, contact Karl G. Ruling, technical standards manager, ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005, New York, NY 10001; 212-244-1505; Fax 212-244-1502; or e-mail

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