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The George R. Brown Convention Center will look very different from this recent International Quilt Festival when USITT's Stage Expo fills Exhibit Hall E. Space is almost completely booked for the March 20 to 22, 2008 Stage Expo.

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2008 Stage Expo Will Fill
Houston Convention Center

Helen Willard
Stage Expo Sales Manager

The George R. Brown Convention Center is a busy place, with a wide variety of shows planned for March. Some of the events scheduled include a fishing show, a pool and spa show, a bridal show, the Dance Educators of America conference, the Cross Court Classic volleyball competition, and Cheer America. Oh, yes, and the 48th Annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo, which will take place March 19 to 22.

Stage Expo 2008 will be held in Exhibit Hall E, which is located directly across the street from the Hilton Americas Hotel. Sky bridges link the hotel to the GRBCC on both the second and third levels. Conference registration, meeting rooms, the ballroom, and General Assembly Theater can all be found on the third floor of the GRBCC. With everything located so conveniently, it will be easy to travel from hotel to exhibit hall to meeting rooms and back.

In addition to being the home of Stage Expo 2008, conference meeting rooms, and registration, the GRBCC will be the site for Wednesday morning's Keynote, Kick-off Event, and Annual General Meeting in the General Assembly Theater, and Friday night's Tech Olympics in the ballroom. Light Lab sessions will take place in the General Assembly Theater.

Several events will be held in the Hilton Americas Hotel, including Wednesday night's Opening Night; the All Conference Reception, Fellows Address, and Awards for Young Designers & Technicians, followed by the New Products Showcase, all on Thursday evening; and the Conference wraps up on Saturday night with Happy Hour followed by the Awards Banquet.

Exhibit Hall E of the GRBCC is large, at 130,000 square feet, and Stage Expo 2008 will fill it completely. With over four months until the show, just a handful of booth spaces remain to be sold. Space along the perimeter of the exhibit hall will be dedicated to special exhibits like Design Expo 2008 and the Prague Quadrennial 2007 United States national, student and architecture exhibits, so there is no room to add additional booth space in Houston. If you would like to exhibit at Stage Expo 2008 but have not yet reserved a space, please contact Helen Willard at

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