USITT Northern Boundry News

The May issue of USITT Northern Boundry News is now available and can be found at the link here. In this issue you will find the following:

  • Dates for the NBS FALL CONFERENCE– Sept 13 & 14
  • A Pile of Plastic Parts = Pippin’s Painted Armor by Marisa Sorce
  • 4 Years of Undergrad and 3 Years of USITT by Matthew Boerst
  • The Forward Momentum of Change and Learning by Claudia Errickson
  • Adventures in USITT– A Second Time Around by Grace Kroeger
  • Outside the Comfort Zone by Sarah Hasker

In Memoriam: Ted Ross; 1947 – 2019

It is with a heavy heart that Stagecraft Industries announces the passing of our colleague Ted Ross, Sales Manager for electrical products. Ted passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019. He is survived by his wife, brother, step-son and grandchild.

Ted was a prominent figure in the Seattle lighting community and widely known throughout the Pacific Northwest and the United States. During his 25 years with Stagecraft, he developed the emergency transfer cabinet and company switch product lines that were very well regarded in the industry.

Please keep Ted’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we move through this difficult time.

Rose Brand and Chicago Flyhouse Make it to the NCAA Final Four

Rose Brand partnered with Chicago Flyhouse on a massive project to control the lighting in the 2019 NCAA Final Four tournament, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The windowed perimeter of the venue caused natural sunlight to change lighting conditions on the basketball courts, depending on the time of day and weather conditions. The unique design solution had to cover all the stadium windows, as well as permit easy installation & removal to meet the varying lighting requirements of different events. The design called for over 132,000 square feet of curtains (over 15,000 lbs of fabric) to be fitted and sewn for window coverage. Some of the curtains were as much as 160 feet tall!


Vectorworks, Inc. invites undergraduate students and recent graduates to enter the Vectorworks Design Scholarship. Applicants that share their best work will have the opportunity to win up to $10,000 USD, gain professional recognition and propel themselves into a bright future of design. Submissions are now open and due by Aug. 29, 2019. Enter today here!

2019-2020 Innovative Teaching Award Call for Nominations

Faculty and Graduate Student Teaching Awards:
ATHE and KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) have partnered to create the ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching and a prize that goes to any graduate student displaying outstanding innovative work. These prizes will be awarded by an ATHE representative at each KCACTF region festival.

Nominees can come from any source, self-nominees included. Faculty nominees submit a CV, teaching philosophy, letter of recommendation, and a one-page statement that describes how the nominee is innovative in regard to student success in the area of theatre arts. Graduate student nominees submit a CV, letter of recommendation and a one-page statement that describes how the nominee is innovative in regard to their studies and/or research.
Winners receive a handsome plaque, ATHE membership waiver for one year, and conference fee waiver for one year.

The prizes can be awarded to any teacher and graduate student in the eight KCACTF regions. It is desirable, but not required, that their affiliated institution be a KCACTF participating school. The deadline to submit nominations is December 20, 2019.

For more information, please contact your KCACTF Region Chair. Contact information for each region can be found here. The map will indicate your region and the links below will take you directly to the region website.

Acoustic Distinction Announces expansion of team

Acoustic Distinction announces the expansion of their team with Charlie Burnor, Senior Associate, AV. As a Senior Associate at Acoustic Distinctions, Charlie’s responsibilities include AV and Audio System design, project management, consulting, and construction administration. With more than 15 years of experience in these areas, Charlie is particularly focused on the aesthetic impact of technical systems and best practices for seamless integration of technology into new construction and renovation projects, with experience ranging from residences and small conference rooms to large scale campus and sports facility AV design.

ETCnomad USB key now unlocks the power of Hog 4 PC

With the High End Systems release of Hog 4 OS 3.12, the ETCnomad USB key will now support Hog 4 PC. All existing ETCnomad USB key users, including those with the Education Package, will have access to Hog 4 PC software as a direct controller. The ETCnomad USB key gives users access to Eos Family, Cobalt, and now Hog 4 PC software on laptop and desktop computers.

Backstage Pass: Fred Foster Part two

BackStage Pass is honored to offer part two of the Fred Foster interview with Bill Sapsis. The interview took place on Feb. 19, 2018, at the ETC studios in Mazomanie, WI. Parts 1 & 2 of the interview can be viewed here and are part of the growing library of video interviews available to the public at no charge.

Norcostco Spring Cleaning Clearance Event

Norcostco will be Clearancing all remnant fabric from drapery manufacturing. They have an assortment of fabric types Plateau, Crescent, Memorable, Marvel, etc. but mostly black fabrics and limited misc. colors. Discounts will start at 65 percent off. This event is designed for walk-in attendance and pick up, but shipment can be arranged for USITT. The time frame for USITT Members is May 1 to May 24 while the walk-in event will be May 13 to May 24 (9-5 Weekday and 12-5 Saturday). Taxes may be applied and all items are sold as is with no returns. For inquiry before the walk-in event please contact