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USITT to Unveil New Website

Coming soon to a computer near you -- a revamped USITT website. The address will be the same,, but the look, feel, and navigation will be fresh and easy. Work is underway now to create the site, which will still contain the huge volume of information which members have come to rely upon, with the added bonus of having that information easier to find.

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Conference Committee Tours

Members of the USITT Conference Committee met in Kansas City, Missouri for two days of intensive tours, discussions, and decision-making to help ensure that the 2010 Annual Conference & Stage Expo will be filled with innovation and still include time for discussion and camaraderie. Food options, as always, formed a major part of the non-business discussions.

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Commissioners Meet

In addition to the Conference Committee, members of the leadership from USITT’s 10 Commissions (and VP Commissions Kim Williamson) were in Kansas City for a retreat focusing on the future. Commissioners participated in the tours to see what spaces would be used as part of the upcoming 50th Annual Conference & Stage Expo, including the large room which will be used for the blockbuster speakers and the Fellows Address. To learn about some of the food choices available in KCMO, visit here and here.

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Riders Raise $42,000

The Long Reach Long Riders announce the successful completion of their sixth annual charity motorcycle ride.

The 2009 ride raised over $42,000 for the ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, making it the second largest amount raised to date. The combined LRLR total raised since the first ride in 2004 has now exceeded $200,000.

Donations for the 2009 ride will be accepted until September 1.

The participants, 18 motorcycles and as many as three chase vehicles, enjoyed a weeklong ride that took them over mountains, past lush farmland and sweeping vistas, and through a number of national and state parks. The 2,500 mile ride, which began in Richmond, Virginia and ended in Dahlonega, Georgia, visited five states and cruised on many scenic highways including the Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Cherohala Skyway. The group also tempted fate by riding some of the most famous twisting mountain roads in the USA including The Snake in Shady Valley, Tennessee and the Dragon's Tail in Robbinsville, North Carolina.

This year's riders and chase car drivers hailed from 13 states, the District of Columbia, British Columbia, Canada, and London, England.

The ride was organized by Greg Williams, Alice Neff, and Moe and Christine Conn. Next year's ride will start in San Francisco, California. For more information on the riders, joining the ride or making a donation, visit

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