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Northern Boundary Section 
Fall Regional Conference

Friday, September 5 & Saturday September 6, 2014

Our fall conference will be held this year at Anoka Ramsey Community College, Anoka, Minnesota. Conference events will be held in the Performing Arts Center and nearby classrooms in an adjacent building on the ARCC campus.


Please join us Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon for a weekend of theater sessions and activities at AARC.



"Cover the Walls"-
Students, faculty, staff, and theatre professionals- SHOW US YOUR DESIGN WORK! This is an open invitation for designers to exhibit their work and share with fellow artists their ideas and approaches to design. Student display work will be entered into a juried competition with scholarship awards for free registration to the USITT National Conference in March 2015. (See Guidelines for Exhibiting). Setup begins at 6pm on Friday.

• "Technical Solutions Exhibit"
The Technical Solutions Exhibit is much like the USITT national Theatre Technology Exhibit (Tech Expo). Student display work will be entered into a juried competition with scholarship awards for free registration to the USITT National Conference in March 2015. (See Guidelines for Technical Solutions Exhibit for complete information). Setup begins at 6pm on Friday.

• Dinner and Social Hour
Friday evening beginning at 7pm. (Meal included in registration fee) Located in the Courtyard Commons near the Performing Arts Center.

• Opening Session following dinner- (8pm)
Friday Evening- Conference Kickoff and Keynote by Christopher Lutter-Gardella, founder of Puppet Farm Arts – he will share his journey as an artist, performer, collaborator, social activist, recycler, and businessman. His work ranges from masks and puppets, to costumes, sets, and parade floats. From the Heart of the Beast's "May Day Festival" and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota to workshops in to Arizona and New York City, Chris strives “to enliven and enrich communities to engaging people in collaborative and eco-conscious art-making.”

Northern Boundary Section membership meeting (8:45pm).

• Social Event (9:45pm) Bowling at Classic Bowl!

• Conference Sessions:
Saturday Morning 9-11am and afternoon 12:30-2:30pm in and around the Performing Arts Center on the ARCC campus.
Select from sessions on Faux Paint Finishes,   Period Hair Techniques & Wound Makeup Techniques including Zombies!,  Counterweight Rigging History,   Identifying Vintage Costume Details,   SketchUp for Scenic Design,   Live Sound Mixing Tips, Thrift Store Costume Transformations,   Dimming LED Fixtures, and  Working with Unusual and Salvaged Materials.

An All-Conference Session is scheduled at 3pm:  Career Retrospectives from a panel of long-time regional members! These valuable members of our region represent a wealth of knowledge and experience – we’ll discuss challenges, lessons-learned, epiphanies, mistakes, triumphs and NBS history with a Q & A opportunity.

Final Wrap-up session 4:30 pm on Saturday. Design Awards will be announced.

& Saturday Session information.

Friday Night beginning at 6pm, & Saturday morning 8am to 9am with Coffee, juice & munchies provided to get us all going! Wrap-up session Saturday afternoon to be done by 5:00 pm

Area Hotels:
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Coon Rapids
3430 Northdale Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN  55448
Phone: [763] 323.0010

BEST WESTERN PLUS Coon Rapids North Metro Hotel
3420 Northdale Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: 763/576-0700

Country Inn & Suites Coon Rapids
155 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Phone: (763) 780-3797

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Coon Rapids
9333 Springbrook Dr NW   Coon Rapids,  Minnesota  55433
Phone: (763) 792-9292

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Minneapolis/Coon Rapids
8965 Springbrook Dr NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Phone: (763) 785-8922

Quality Inn Northtown (Coon Rapids)
9052 University Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: (763) 785-4746

Site Hosts
• Faculty and Staff at ARCC- primary contact- Peter Lerohl, NBS Vice-Chair for Programming (

Conference Registration Fees:

• Individual Member of USITT NBS $20 
(Non-members- add $15 for membership)

• Student Member $5
(Non-Member students- add $5 for membership)
Students participating in the Design Exhibit will have the registration fee waived, but still must be a student member.

• Organizational Member designated individual $20

• Sustaining Member designated individual No Fee

• Contributing Member two designated individuals No Fee

Directions to the Site:
• Anoka Ramsey Community College, 11200 Mississippi Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433.

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