David Will Receives Humanitarian Award
Instrumental USITT member, David Will, received the humanitarian award from his graduate school alma mater, Penn Sate. The award recognizes an alumnus/alumna holding a graduate degree from Penn State who have made a positive societal impact on the welfare of humankind beyond the responsibilities of one’s profession.
From the Penn State News: Will’s contributions to USITT have been innovative and visionary. He helped to create the organization’s modern Conference committee model, which features members who contribute their specific interests and expertise over several years of service, regardless of the annual conference’s location. He was also instrumental in transitioning new committee members into their roles on the conference committee and creating a pipeline of volunteer leaders.
Will was twice elected to the USITT Board of Directors, serving as the vice president for conferences during his six years on the board.
His efforts were also recognized with his selection as the commissioner for the USITT Management Commission, one of 10 disciplinary affiliations that offer education and training programs.
ESTA Plugfest is Back
The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability is scheduled to take place from July 20 to July 23 at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 16th version of this event. The scheduled hours are 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
This is a chance to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the Control Protocols Working Group—one of the Technical Standards Program’s largest working groups. ESTA invites the industry to drop in and experience Plugfest.
InterAmericaStage, Inc.’s New Look
USITT 2019’s registration sponsor, InterAmerica Stage, is rolling out a new brand identity. The new look starts with an updated logo, which embraces the familiar way clients refer to the organization. Along with a new logo comes a new website.
ENTTEC Moves Up…Geographically Speaking
ENTTEC has relocated 15 miles to the southeast in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Conveniently located between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, there’s a steep history of innovation within the region. Since the 1950s, it’s been home to some of the world’s most successful tech enterprises – ranging from disruptive startups to established giants who have collectively earned over 3,000 patents.
Theatre Projects Makes a Move
Theatre Projects opened a second US office in Denver. Wanting to be more easily available to their clients in the western and mid-western US, they looked at locations from Seattle to Austin. And they loved the central-ness of Denver. The new office is only a few hours by plane to Los Angeles, Portland, Minneapolis, Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta. It’s also one of the fastest growing cities in the US and ranked among the best places to live in the country.
News from the North
USITT’s Northern Boundary Section Newletter is available now! In this issue you will find information on Career options at Stage Expo, employment opportunities, and a USITT 2018 photo gallery.