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Share Those Big Ideas!

Loren Schreiber
Tech Expo Committee

What's the big idea? Tech Expo wants to know!

The 12th Biennial Tech Expo will be a featured part of the 2009 Cincinnati Conference & Stage Expo, and good ideas are sought. Developed a unique device, process, tool or technique? Found a creative use for a new (or old) material that others might find useful? Ideas from all facets of the entertainment industry are welcome: scenery, scenic art, costumes, properties, lighting, sound, stage management, etc. If it's a good idea, show it to the world. Past exhibits have included a computerized clock, armor made from egg cartons, and self-propelled platforms.

Tech Expo is a juried exhibition, and several of the accepted entries will receive special recognition and a modest cash prize. The application process is simple: put together an article of 500 to 1,000 words describing the entry and send it in along with two or three drawings or photographs and the application form (available here and on the USITT Conference website). Winning entrants will be asked to prepare an exhibit to be displayed at Stage Expo. The accompanying article will be published in the 2009 Tech Expo Catalog. Click here for submission instructions.

The deadline for submission is October 31 this year, so get those creative juices flowing. For more information, contact Rob Kerby, Tech Expo Committee chair, at or 859-572-1427.

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Patrick H. Wallace created the sparkers needed for Sam Shepard's God of Hell, and then entered the idea as part of Tech Expo 2007. His display, shown here, was part of the exhibit at Stage Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, and a complete write-up of the process was part of the Tech Expo catalog that year. Entries are being accepted now for 2009.