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USITT – Heating Up In Phoenix and PQ07

With less than two months to go the annual USITT stage expo is almost sold out! So if you plan to be there now is the time to register! The event which runs from 14th to 17th March in Phoenix, Arizona is set to be the biggest expo to date. Registration is available online or by calling 800-938-7488. Full details including a comprehensive list of sessions are available at www.usitt.org/phoenix

USITT PQ07 ExhibitSpeaking to Scenography – The Theatre Design Website today Barbara E.R. Lucas (USITT’s Public Relations & Marketing Manager) describes the expo as their biggest yet, and of interest to all of our readers were some tantalising details of the student, architect and theater designers exhibit for the Prague Quadrennial which will be housed inside Nic Ularu and Madeleine Sobota’s exciting design.

Full USITT Press Release Follows :

With almost all details now in place, USITT’s 47th Annual Conference & Stage Expo is on track to be a record-breaker. The event will be held March 14 to 17, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Participants can choose to arrive early to enjoy regional specialties such as a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona or Professional Development Workshops such as an Advanced SFX Master Class, USITT’s Electrical Workshop with Mitch Hefter, or Safe Speaker Rigging with Rocky Paulson and Bill Sapsis.

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology produces the event in a major North American city each year, showcasing the best in design, production, and technology in the performing arts and entertainment industry. Visit the USITT website at http://www.usitt.org/phoenix for a complete list of conference sessions and pre-conference events.

Those who attend will be transformed by the enormous variety of sessions and exhibitors who will be part of the USITT experience. David Ira Goldstein, artistic director of the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) which is Arizona’s largest professional not-for-profit theatre company, will present the Keynote. That event will be held at the Orpheum Theatre, a gem of a Spanish Baroque Revival playhouse which was built in 1929 and reopened in 1997 after a $14 million renovation.

Also on hand will be several of Tharon Musser’s assistants who will present a special session remembering her work. They will also help launch the third in USITT’s Monograph series which will be on Ms. Musser’s lighting work. These include (schedules permitting) Betsy Adams, Ken Billington, Rick Belzer, Kirk Bookman, Douglas Cox, Jeff Davis, Fred Hancock, Jo Mayer, Marilyn Rennagel, David Segal, Kendall Smith, and Anne Sullivan.

Complete descriptions of more than 200 sessions by date and time, or by interest area at www.usitt.org/Phoenix/SessionsByDay.html

Stage Expo, which opens at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15 is almost sold out. Exhibit Halls D, E, and the Ballroom will be chock full of exhibiting companies, organizations, and institutions, plus Tech Expo, Cover the Walls, and a variety of special exhibits. Stage Expo, and most Conference sessions, will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center. Additional Conference sessions are scheduled in the Hyatt Regency Phoenix where the Opening Night party, New Products Showcase, and All-Conference Reception and Fellows Address take place.

Registration is available online, or by calling 800-938-7488. Specific session descriptions, a list of Stage Expo exhibitors, registration information, and the lineup of Professional Development Workshops and Regional Attraction tours offered before the Conference are all available at www.usitt.org

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