The University at Buffalo announced its
tentative programming and events schedule for the upcoming
Spring Upstate New York Regional Section Meeting on Saturday,
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 www.usittupsny.org and
follow the links. Those interested are encouraged to
RSVP for the event at usittupsny-s09.eventbrite.com.
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.
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
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
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.
from several highly successful sessions and events are
being posted on the OVS website, www.usittohiovalley.org.