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Upstate New York Gets Technical

Upstate New York Regional Section's September 13 Fall Kick-Off at Fredonia offers something for everyone. Host Stephen E. Rees, chair and technical director, has put together a great lineup. Morning sessions include Using Apple's iPod in the Design Classroom and programming automated lighting fixtures. In the session that looks at using the iPod as a tool to enhance design classes and professional work, presenter Dixon Reynolds, costume designer at SUNY-Fredonia, will explore new ways of creating and organizing research for projects and productions as well as new methods of creating digital portfolios.

In the afternoon, Bill Sapsis of Sapsis Rigging, Inc will conduct a rigging workshop. Todd Proffitt, lighting designer at SUNY-Fredonia will referee a Light Control Board Shootout using EOS, Emphasis, and possibly a Hog. For costumers, Remember Silhouette? will explore the importance of silhouette in costume rendering as well as the costume on stage. Silhouette artists will test your knowledge and creativity at silhouettes.

Details and up-to-the-minute news can be found on the newly launched section website

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Southwest Plans Symposium

The Southwest Regional Section will hold a symposium September 20 to 21 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme of the symposium is "Presentation." It will include a faculty and professional exhibition.

Cost to attend the symposium is $20 for members, $40 for individual non-members, and $25 for student members. Non-member fees include an annual membership in the section.

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BBQ/Workshops by Northern Boundaries

The Northern Boundaries Regional Section's Fall 2008 Meeting will be held September 12 and 13. It will be hosted by University of Northern Iowa Theatre Department students and staff.

Events include BBQ dinner Friday evening and Saturday lunch in Strayer-Wood Theatre Courtyard, workshops, and student exhibits.

The cost is $20 for individual member, $35 for renewing or non-member, $5 for student member, $10 for renewing on student non-member, and $20 for individuals designated by organizational member. Student members participating in Cover the Walls, the first individual designated by a Sustaining member, and the first two individuals designated by Contributing members may attend for no fee.

Maps, directions, food, and additional lodging information is available at or

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Ohio Valley Announces Fall Event

This fall, the Ohio Valley Regional Section will return to Cleveland, Ohio on October 11 for an exciting day exploring Playhouse Square. The focus of the day will be the newly renovated Hanna Theatre, home of the Great Lakes Theater Festival. Ray Kent, OVS Board Member and an architect with Westlake Reed Leskosky, will lead a tour of the space and host a panel discussion with other members of the renovation team. Participants also will visit the House of Blues and the Ideastream building, have a section membership meeting, and welcome new board members.

Playhouse Square is the second largest performing arts complex in the United States, and Cleveland now ranks fourth in the nation in the number of active theatres.

A highlight of the event will be the display of design work for the Peggy Ezekial Awards. An added bonus this year will be inclusion in a special regional exhibit at the 2009 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati. Details are available on the OVR website.

A detailed schedule and registration information for the fall event will be posted on the section website

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