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Conference & Stage Expo
For the Record
Stage Set
for 2009
Stage Expo

Helen Willard
Stage Expo Sales Manager

The 49th Annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo will be held at the Duke Energy Center (DEC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. The recently redesigned DEC contains over 750,000 square feet of exhibit, meeting, and entertainment space. The multi-level main concourse provides easy access to ground level exhibition halls, second level meeting rooms, and third level ballrooms, while showcasing views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio Valley.

USITT Stage Expo 2009 will take place in Exhibit Halls A&B, a 150,000 square foot exhibit hall on the first level of the DEC. This large exhibit hall will be filled with a variety of exhibits during Stage Expo 2009. More than 80% of the available booth space has already been booked, and special exhibits will include Cover the Walls, The Endowment Art Auction, and Tech Expo 2009.

On level two of the DEC there are 31 meeting rooms with the flexibility to accommodate small and large groups. Each room has full telecommunications connectivity with individually controlled sound and lighting. Level two also features the exhibit hall overlook and a connection to Cincinnati's Skywalk system that links the DEC to surrounding hotels and parking garages.

On the third level of the DEC is the spectacular 40,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, the biggest ballroom in Cincinnati, and one of the largest in the Midwest. There also is a 17,000 square foot Junior Ballroom, which can be divided into four separate rooms. Both ballrooms have plenty of pre-function space with views of the Cincinnati skyline and the hills of northern Kentucky.

The headquarters hotel for the 2009 Annual Conference & Stage Expo is the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco. The Hilton has 40,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, with 31 meeting rooms, and three elegant ballrooms, the Hall of Mirrors, the Pavillion Caprice, and the Continental Ballroom. Additional room blocks have been booked at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati, which is connected to the DEC by a skywalk.

A preliminary list of exhibitors for Stage Expo 2009 is at right. For more information on exhibiting at Stage Expo 2009, contact

The Duke Energy Center, top, be the setting of the 49th Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Photo/Courtesy Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau

Already Booked for Stage Expo 2009
as of May 1, 2008

  • A..C. Lighting Inc.
  • A.C.T Lighting, Inc.
  • The University of Alabama
  • American Harlequin Corporation
  • Apollo Design Technology, Inc.
  • Automatic Devices Company
  • Barbizon Lighting Company
  • Ben Nye Makeup
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • City Theatrical, Inc.
  • J.R. Clancy, Inc.
  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Clark Transfer, Inc.
  • Clear-Com Communication Systems
  • Conductix, Inc.
  • d&b audiotechnik
  • Dazian Fabrics, LLC
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC)
  • Electronics Diversified, LLC
  • Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA)
  • The ESTA Foundation /Behind the Scenes
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Florida State University
  • Foy Inventerprises, Inc.
  • Future Light
  • GALA Systems, Inc.
  • H & H Specialties Inc.
  • HME®
  • I. Weiss
  • IATSE Local 1
  • InterAmerica Stage, Inc.
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • Irwin Seating Company
  • Kenmark, Inc.
  • Kryolan Corporation
  • Le Maitre Special Effects Inc.
  • LEE Filters
  • Lehigh Electric Products Co.
  • Leprecon
  • Lex Products Corp.
  • Limelight Productions, Inc.
  • Live Design Magazine /LDI Show
  • Lycian Stage Lighting
  • Mainstage Theatrical Supply, Inc.
  • Make-Up Designory
  • Martin Professional, Inc.
  • MDG Fog Generators
  • Mehron, Inc.
  • Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.
  • Mongol Global Tour Company, Inc.
  • Norcostco, Inc.
  • North Carolina School of the Arts
  • University of Oklahoma
  • On Location Lighting
  • Osram Sylvania
  • The Painter's Journal
  • Penn State University
  • Period Corsets
  • PRG
  • Production Intercom, Inc.
  • RC4 Wireless
  • Robert Juliat America
  • Rosco Laboratories, Inc.
  • Rose Brand Theatrical Fabrics, Fabrications & Supplies
  • Sapsis Rigging Entertainment Services, Inc.
  • Sculptural Arts Coating, Inc.
  • SeaChanger by Ocean Optics
  • Selecon
  • Serapid
  • Show Distribution Group Inc.
  • Smooth-On, Inc.
  • Stage Research, Inc.
  • Stage Technologies
  • Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas
  • StageRight Corporation
  • StageSpot
  • Steeldeck Inc.
  • Strand Lighting
  • Strong Entertainment Lighting
  • Syracuse Scenery & Stage Lighting Co., Inc.
  • James Thomas Engineering
  • Tiffin Scenic Studios, Inc.
  • TMB
  • Turning Star Inc.
  • Union Connector Co., Inc.
  • United Scenic Artists Local USA 829
  • VectorWorks Spotlight by Nemetschek North America
  • Vortek, a division of Daktronics
  • Walt Disney Entertainment
  • Wenger Corporation
  • Wybron, Inc.
  • ZFX