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The Costume Poster Session, held each year as part of the Annual Conference, allows both poster presenters and interested attendees to experience a wide variety of information exchange and scholarship.

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Poster Session Process Continues

Donna Meester
Costume Design & Technology Commission

It’s the home stretch for 2008, and those whose ideas will be accepted for the 2009 Costume Poster Session must submit electronic copies of their presentations by March 6. Participants will be notified of acceptance in early December.

The poster session is a time when costume designers and technicians are able to share information that is probably not well-known, or perhaps of their own invention. This includes, but is not limited to: a new solution to an old problem, a new problem and its solution, a classroom or management technique, the results of research, or other ideas, discoveries, or developments in the field of costuming. All submissions will be juried by the Costume Poster Selection Committee.

Poster presentations are widely accepted as meeting the requirements for scholarly publication. Those employed by an educational institution may be able to get their school to fund some or all of the expenses to the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati. Poster presenters also may have the opportunity to publish their ideas in TD&T.

The deadline to submit abstracts for ideas was November 15. It was earlier than in previous years in response to requests from those who need to know if a proposal has been accepted in order to receive funding.

As excitement and interest in the poster session grows, ways to archive the presentations are being explored. As a result, there will be several guidelines that will need to be followed. Presenters will be sent a list of guidelines when they are notified of acceptance. All presenters must submit a copy of their presentation and handouts electronically.

For more information, contact: Donna Meester, The University of Alabama, Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Box 870239, 235 Rowand-Johnson Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL 25487-0239; phone 205-348-9032; fax 205-348-9048; e-mail


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