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Spring Meeting Planned in Buffalo

The University at Buffalo announced its tentative programming and events schedule for the upcoming Spring Upstate New York Regional Section Meeting on Saturday, May 2.

Featuring a full day of sessions on costuming, lighting, set construction, and more, the event will be worthwhile for any theatre artist or technician. Learn about the latest LED lighting technologies (with demonstrations); get tips and tricks on lighting and costumes for dance from the people who light and costume LehrerDance, Configuration Dance Theatre, and others; and learn about upcoming Prague Quadrennial Student Opportunities.

To view or download the schedule, visit and follow the links. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP for the event at

A Student Showcase will be part of the event, where student design and tech work will be on display. Configuration Dance Theatre also will offer special deals on tickets for its evening performance at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts.

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Ohio Valley Plans Fall Conference

The big news from the Ohio Valley Regional Section isn’t really “news” at all! OVS was proud and excited to serve as the host section for the recent 49th Annual Conference & Stage Expo at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati. From all reports, the conference was a huge success from the simply amazing keynote speech from Cincinnati’s own D. Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, to the inspirational video of Stirling Shelton’s rocky road to the New Products Showcase reprised during the waning moments of the closing banquet.

Thanks to the Board of Directors, the many Section members who served as coordinators, presenters, and ambassadors, and the thousands of USITT members and friends who made this event so special. A few highlights worthy of special mention: Paul Shortt, Tom Umfrid, and Brian Ruggaber conducted a successful model-making PDW hosted by CCM; the special section displays drew attention throughout the week - The Designs of Paul Shortt; the Peggy E! Awards; the three OSU exhibits: Midnight Riders: The Artists of the Notting Hill Carnival, Design for Performance: Treasures from the TRI, and A Tribute to Ursula Belden; and finally, John Lavarnway (Wright State University) conducted a two day PDW on casting breakaway objects. One final thank you to those who worked directly with the Conference & Stage Expo: Tammy Honesty and Brian Ruggaber (co-chairs of programming), Kathy Brookfield (PR), Richard Keith, Pam Lavarnway, and Meg Haven (troubleshooters), and Eric Rouse (transportation).

Looking ahead, OVS announced its Fall Conference will be held October 3 at Seton Hill. A full day of sessions covering a wide range of topics will include preparing for the move from the campus to the big city, marketing yourself as a designer/technician, preparing and presenting a portfolio, stage management for dance, and more. Stay tuned to the website and list-serv for more information as it develops.

Information from several highly successful sessions and events are being posted on the OVS website,

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