August, 2016 Issue

From the Chair...
NBS Fall Conference Sept 16-17




NBS Bylaws Changes- Voting at Fall Conference
NBS Board of Directors Meeting
Newsletter Archive Links
 Time to Renew Your Membership?


Productions Around the Region
Student Scholarships to attend National Conference



• Member Renewal Form
• Mission & Information

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Northern Boundary Section 
Fall Regional Conference

Friday, September 16 & Saturday September 17, 2016

Our fall conference will be held this year at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Conference events will be held in the Drew Fine Arts Center and nearby classrooms (campus map is here).

ConcordiaExterior Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Contact Bill Wallace

NOTE – On campus event parking will be available during the conference. Follow signage.


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

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"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 2017. (See Guidelines for Exhibiting). Setup begins at 5pm 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 2017. (See Guidelines for Technical Solutions Exhibit for complete information). Setup begins at 5pm on Friday.

• Dinner and Social Hour

Friday evening beginning at 6 pm. (Meal on campus & included in registration fee) 

• Opening Session following dinner- (7pm)
Friday Evening- Conference Kickoff:
A report on the OISTAT Research Committee Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden, June 2016. Wendy Waszut-Barrett will share images and insights from this international adventure in Sweden including highlights from the 250th anniversary of Drottingholm's Palace Theatre and also the Royal Swedish Opera Workshops.

Northern Boundary Section membership meeting
Friday Evening, (8:00pm).

• Conference Sessions:
Saturday Morning 9-11am and afternoon 12:30-2:30pm in and around the Theatre on campus.
Select from sessions on lighting, make-up, pneumatics, scene painting, thermoplastics for costumes and props, sound and using social media in marketing.

An All-Conference Session is scheduled at 3pm:  Social Media and Marketing - exploring how to use social media to your advantage, developing policies and rules for its use and observing legal guidelines in place from publishers.  We will also discuss how to combine traditional advertising (posters, print, radio, television) with social media to best utilize resources and budget.

Final Wrap-up session
4:15 pm on Saturday. Design Awards will be announced.

& Saturday Session information.

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

Area Hotels Near Hamline University:

Area Hotels – prices may vary. This is a partial list. The following have consistently good ratings:

Best Western 
Bandana Square on Energy Park Drive, St. Paul,MN  

Country Inn & Suites 
2905 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, MN
651-628-3500 or 800-456-4000

Courtyard by Marriott 
Country Road C and 35W, Roseville, MN

Days Inn Roseville 
2550 N. Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul, MN  
651-636-6730 or 800-329-7466 

Embassy Suites Hotel- Saint Paul
175 East 10th Street, St. Paul, MN 

Site Hosts
  • Faculty and Staff at Hamline University- primary contact- Bill Wallace 651-523-2405
• 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:
• Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Hamline University Campus Map

USITT National Conference 2017
March 8-11, St. Louis, MO

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