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Need Catering at the Conference?

USITT offers a wide variety of food and beverages for all types of events at the 2008 Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Catered functions are easy to arrange; just contact Tracy Davis at the USITT office at 800-938-7488, extension 105, or e-mail She will provide menus and coordinate catering orders with Conference hotels and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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Early Registration Deadline in February

February 14 is the last day to register for the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Houston at the Early rate. Save money by making the decision to attend by that date.

Register online through or click here to go directly to the registration pages. Information on sessions, Professional Development Workshops, and Regional Attractions can all be found online.

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ETCP Test Deadline February 15

Take advantage of the paper and pencil tests for both rigging and electrical certification at the USITT Annual Conference in Houston.

Deadline is February 15 to register for one or more of the three exams which will be offered during the Conference. To learn more click here.

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Member Authors at Conference

Several USITT members who have published books within the past year are making plans to be at the upcoming Annual Conference & Stage Expo where their books will be available at the USITT Booth at Stage Expo and where special book signings are being arranged.

Member authors include John Huntington with Control Systems for Live Entertainment, third edition; Clare P. Rowe with Drawing and Rendering for Theatre; Jay O. Glerum (who is also presenting a Professional Development Workshop) with Stage Rigging Handbook, third edition; Mary Tarantino with Documenting: Lighting Design; Tan Huaixiang with Costume Craftwork on a Budget; and Alan Hendrickson with Mechanical Design for the Stage.

Bill Sapsis has written Head! and Tales, which will be available; as will Rosalie Contino's Born to Create.

Those attending the Conference should check the Conference Program for special book signing events.

Member author books will be available online from the USITT Bookstore in April.

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Seeking Ideas for 2009 Costume Programming

With the holidays over, there is just about a month left to submit costume session proposals for the 2009 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio. The deadline is Friday, February 22. It is time to write and finish those proposals and e-mail them to Kate Ellis, Costume Design & Technology Vice-Commissioner for 2009 Conference Programming at, or fax 928-523-5111. The proposal form is available at There also is a link on that page to subscribe to the Costume Info listserve. The programming for the Costume Design & Technology Commission comes from and is determined by the membership.

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Workshop Coordinator Sought

USITT and The ESTA Foundation are in the process of coordinating their efforts to offer the entertainment industry seminars and training across the United States. To accomplish this goal, a position has been identified for a Workshop Coordinator. The individual or firm will be responsible for all facets of events such as but not limited to; the securing venues, promotion in conjunction with the two organizations, coordinating the events and working with the joint Advisory Board. Work will commence on or about March 1, 2009. A Request for Proposal outlining the position and qualifications in greater detail. This is a fixed fee position. All those interested should contact Bill Price at for copies of the RFP.

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Long Riders Head into Desert

The Long Reach Long Riders have announced the route and dates of their 5th annual charity motorcycle ride.

The 2008 ride will begin on May 11 in Las Vegas and continue through Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Moab, Mesa Verde, Kayenta, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon before returning to Las Vegas on May 18. Loren Schreiber, one of the founding members of the LRLR and organizer of this years' ride, noted, "The desert mountains and canyons will offer a stark contrast to the lush New England scenery we rode through last summer."

To learn more about the ride, join the riders or make a donation, please go to

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Costume Design & Technology Posters

The USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo will soon be upon us. There are still a few poster slots available for the Costume Design & Technology session. This is a great opportunity to share creativity with colleagues, along with being a nice addition to anyone's resume! Don't forget that a poster counts as a juried presentation. For some it may be an opportunity to receive funding to attend the conference. The deadline for abstracts is February 1, 2008. The abstract should be a brief, concise summary of the information to be presented in the poster -- no more than 200 words typed. Send an abstract or any questions to: Donna Meester, The University of Alabama, Box 870239, Rowand-Johnson Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0239, or call 205-348-9032, fax 205-348-9048, or e-mail

Photo/Carey Hansen

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