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Institute Launches Website, Opens Registration

USITT is launching a new website as it starts its next 50 years. If you have not seen it lately, check out for an enhanced experience. As people have less and less time to explore, USITT has made much more information easier to access.

At the same time that the new website launches, USITT is opening registration for the 2010 Annual Conference & Stage Expo to be held March 31 to April 3 in Kansas City, Missouri. Come for the information and stay for the celebration of USITT’s 50th Anniversary.

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Bandaloni Resurfaces at NY State Fair

You never know who or what will kick off the opening of Stage Expo. In 2005, when USITT’s Annual Conference was in Toronto, the opening act was Bandaloni - a one man musical act with drum, harmonica, and all. He was an unusual sight, and a big hit. In August, when Monica L. Merritt, USITT Conference Registration & Database Manager, visited the Great New York State Fair, guess who was part of the entertainment? Bandaloni! And she has the photos to prove it.

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Named Cirque’s Director of Show Support

Kim Scott, a USITT Director at Large, has taken on new responsibilities with Cirque du Soleil. She has been named to the position of director of show support, resident shows division.

As training manager for the resident shows for the past three years, she spearheaded many beneficial initiatives such as, OSHA 10 hour, the new Las Vegas Training Studio, and many University Alignment Programs targeting future technicians through education. In making the announcement Cirque management noted she has supported the health and safety, and skills-based training of technicians around the globe by providing consistency of operation and remaining flexible to meet the demands of the show schedule.

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Guyette Named Dean

Dan Guyette, former Scene Design Commissioner, has accepted a new position as dean of fine and performing arts at Western Washington University. He took his new post this summer.

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