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Group Plans Events Throughout the Midwest

This year, the Midwest Regional Section travels to all four member states for a variety of programming. The Section already has had a very busy event at Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on September 26. There was so much packed in, it was called DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Design, Audio, Masks & LEDs, OH, MY!

In November, the section will travel to Steven's Point, Wisconsin for an OSHA workshop and more. The group will brave the wind and cold of Chicago in February for workshops in Casting/Moldmaking and CNC Router operation at The Theatre School at DePaul University as well as take in one of the many choices of theatre performance in Chicago.

The final Section stop is The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan in March for a demonstration of controlling more than just lights with a lighting console, a workshop on Styrofoam production, and a tour and performance at the Meijer Majestic Theatre. The Section also sponsors events at all of the State High School Theatre Festivals in the area. Visit the Midwest Regional Section’s website for all the details.

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Career Workshop, Seek Student Nominees

Performers ask, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" We all know the standard answer, but what do we tell technicians and designers? Desert State Regional Section, in conjunction with Maricopa Community Colleges, will offer a workshop on, but not limited to, resume building and portfolio review for careers in theatre. Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How To Market Yourself and Your Art is geared to students helping them put together a portfolio and résumé for this industry. This will be presented on Saturday, October 17 at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd. (101 and Chaparral Rd), Scottsdale, AZ, 85256, in the Turquoise Room. The event will start at 9 a.m. and wrap up by 3 p.m. Registration can be done by contacting Fran Southerland. The $10 registration fee includes lunch. It will be a working lunch giving everyone time to network. This will be a great help to anyone who wants to apply to the Student Award Program.

This is the third year Desert State will hold the Student Award Program. This program helps three students or young professionals attend the Annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo. The goal is to receive 12 submissions, with more coming from the community colleges in addition to the state universities.

The section is trying something new in 2010. "Our members have spoken and we have listened!" said Fran Southerland, Section Chair. The 2010 Desert State annual meeting and conference will be on Monday January 18.

Mark your calendars now! Submit your workshop requests! Volunteer to present a workshop! Got questions? Contact The section can also be found on Facebook, Desert State USITT.

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