August, 2019 Issue

From the Chair...




Scene Shop Supervisor- SDSU


Membership Meeting Minutes (March, 2019)

Annual Conference and Stage Expo
Newsletter Archive Links
Time to Renew Your Membership?


Productions Around the Region
Student and Early Career Scholarships to attend National Conference



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USITT NBS Fall Conference

September 13 and 14, 2019
Details HERE      Final Schedule HERE

From the Chair

by Corey Shelsta, NBS Section Chairperson

Todd      Did that summer go by really quickly or was it just me?  I hope everyone had a great summer, whether you were doing summer theatre, busily working or simply enjoying some down time.  Even with a busy theatre schedule I still managed to spend some quality time working in my yard and in the garden, which always makes me happy.
    As we move into the fall I am particularly excited to invite all of you to SDSU in September for our annual fall conference.  We have lots of great sessions schedule already – I was just looking over the schedule this morning and MaryBeth has done an outstanding job putting together the programming.
    We have a few sessions scheduled this year that are sort of unique.  Several of the people involved with the design of our building will be presenting at our conference.  Bruce Olson, of Olson Sound Design was instrumental in the programming and commissioning of our audio systems.  Bruce did a great session at Mankato a few years ago on audio mixing and will be joining us to present this fall.  We have also been working with Jill Klores, a nationally known architectural lighting designer and owner of Essential Light, to come and join us.  Her firm did the interior lighting in our building. 
    We will be featuring a keynote address this year from Malcolm Holzmnan, our architect on this project. Malcolm Holzman’s buildings, described in a national publication as having a “brash beauty,” are acknowledged for their evocative nature, technical vision and singular character. He has completed commissions in 32 states, which represent some of this country’s most notable architecture and over the course of his professional career, has completed more than 150 building projects. His work shows a diversity of design solutions, reflecting a wide range of building types and the application of materials unique to the region of each project, winning numerous awards for this distinguished body of work.
    Malcom will be talking about what goes into the design of theatres and performance spaces and how an architect approaches projects like this, working with owners, consultants and contractors to bring a building to completion.
    Our fall conference is September 13th and 14th.  I have held a block of rooms at the Quality Inn ((605) 692-9566) for $80 per room. They have a free breakfast there too.  They can only hold them until September 1st, so please book soon if you plan on joining us. There are a number of other hotels in the area, all of them very near campus. (Link Here)
    In addition to the unique sessions I talked about, we will have our usual variety of great programming covering all areas of design, management, health and safety, etc.  My request to all of you who have attended our fall conferences before is to bring someone new with you this year.  A student or friend who is interested in what we do.  A colleague or other faculty member who does not typically come.  Perhaps even a high school theatre group that would like to expand their knowledge.  We do some great work in this region, we need to let more people know!

Enjoy your last few weeks of summer.  See you all in September!  [ ]