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USITT Welcomes Pathway Connectivity

Pathway Connectivity has rejoined USITT at the Sustaining level. Pathway designs, manufactures, and supports an innovative family of products that enables the operation of sophisticated stage lighting systems. Learn more at

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Audio Visual Professional Group Joins

USITT is pleased to welcome Audio Visual Professional Group, Inc. as a Sustaining member. The Texas-based company has over 25 years combined in the industry and offers audio, video, lighting, rigging, and install services. For more information, visit them on the web at

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Skjonberg Controls Increases Support

Skjonberg Controls has increased its membership support to the Sustaining level. The company manufactures a full line of motion control equipment for theatrical, touring, theme park, and industrial use. Explore their product line and offerings at

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TOMCAT Launches New Workshops

After 15 years of in-depth training for industry professionals, TOMCAT USA launched a brand new series of courses for 2008.

A team of world class instructors and about 70 participants from all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico converged on Midland, Texas for the TOMCAT's Hoist & Truss and Rigging & Truss workshops. The Hoist & Truss workshop featured the disassembly and reassembly of a one-ton Lodestar as well as a Prostar with Dave Carmack of Columbus McKinnon. Dave Sowa of TOMCAT USA led a discussion on control systems and coached an advanced troubleshooting session. Dana Bartholomew of Fisher Technical Services, Inc. gave instruction and demonstrations on automation.

Rocky Paulson, retired president of Stage Rigging Inc., taught safe rigging practices and principles while Morgan Neff of Mine Safety Appliances gave instruction on fall protection practices and equipment. Participants also had a full day on a TOMCAT ground support system with these two instructors for some hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

Both workshops included a full day of truss instruction with TOMCAT USA's Will Todd. The class included beginning and advanced concepts in truss usage including grid design, applying loads, ground support system considerations, structural design concepts, and inspection techniques. The instruction culminated with one of the most popular features of the workshop -- live destruction of truss.

TOMCAT will offer another session on June 4 to 7. Discount pricing is available to USITT members by following this link. Non-USITT member may register online at For additional information, contact Lisa Jebsen at 432-694-7070 or

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Sapsis Rigging Reaches Fashion Milestone

For the 15th straight year, Sapsis Rigging, Inc. supplied rigging services to the fashion industry for Market Week in New York City.

Sapsis Rigging provided a flying truss grid and a 7,000 pound LED wall for Gucci at the United Nations. In the Tents on Bryant Park, SRI installed focus tracks, lighting truss and LED wall for Michael Kors. Rigging equipment was also installed at Bumble Studios in the meat market, at Lux Studios in Chelsea and for Y-3 at Pier 40. A custom truss rig was used in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Tommy Hilfiger Show. The largest rigs went to the 26th & Lexington Armory for the Marc Jacobs and the Marc by Marc Fashions shows. Labor was provided for the Proenza Fashion Show at the 66th & Park Ave. Armory.

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Serapid Showcases at Stage Expo

Serapid showcased its award-winning stage engineering products at the USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Houston, Texas.

Visitors to Serapid's booth were able to see the award-winning LinkLift in action. Serapid systems have been installed in renowned theatre and show venues all over the world including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the Dome Theatre in the United Kingdom, and the Gaveau Hall in Paris. Leading cruise lines like Princess, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean also have Serapid systems on board.

For more information about Serapid, call 586-274-0774, e-mail, or visit

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Hall Stage Adds T40 Track to Product Line

Hall Stage North America's presence in the theatre equipment market continues to grow as it expands its catalog to include T40 Drapery Track. Manufactured by Hall Stage and available in North America exclusively through Hall Stage North America and Thern, Inc., T40 is a light duty track perfect for smaller stages and venues.

Smaller than its T60 and T70 counterparts, T40 track is ideal for use in smaller venues such as elementary schools, town halls, and small churches.

For over 100 years, Hall Stage has been a leader in manufacturing excellence and innovation for the theatre and entertainment industry in the United Kingdom. For more product information, e-mail Rick Boychuk at or call 416-619-4934.

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Schuler Shook Names Hagler Partner

Jack P. Hagler, ASTC, was named Schuler Shook's newest partner. He joined the firm in 2001 in Dallas, Texas as a senior theatre consultant and was promoted to principal in 2004.

In his new capacity as Partner, Mr. Hagler is responsible for ensuring the high quality theatre planning and consulting services in Dallas that have become synonymous with Schuler Shook nationwide. He has 25 years of theatre consulting experience.

His current and recent projects include MGM at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut; Dallas City Performance Hall; Lyric Theatre at the Plaza in Oklahoma City; A.D. Players Theater in Houston, Texas; and University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. He is an active member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants, the International Association of Assembly Managers, and USITT. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and is married with three children.

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