March, 2013 Issue   

Late Night Musings from the Chair





Section Notices

Elections for Officers at National Conference
U of Mn Alumni & Friends Gathering
Newsletter Archive Links
  • Time to Renew Your Membership?

Production Casebook

Tracking Platforms, Hidden Doors, Disappearing stairs in Legally Blonde, the Musical

People, Places and Happenings

Productions Around the Region


Who's Minding the Store?


Resources & Info

  • Member Renewal Form
  • Mission & Information


Northern Boundary Section
Fall Regional Conference

Friday, September 7 & Saturday September 8, 2012

Our fall conference will be held this year at the University of Minnesota- Duluth, Duluth, MN. Conference events will be held in the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on the UMD campus.


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

• "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 2012. (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 2012. (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)
Opening Session following dinner- Friday Evening- Northern Boundary Membership meeting (8pm). Introduction to sustainability in theatre work with Minnesota Theatre Alliance
• After the membership meeting (9:30pm), Bonfire at Park Point Hosted by UMD Usitt Student Chapter OR Harbor Cruise on Lake Superior (included in registration fee)

Workshop Sessions: Saturday Morning and afternoon at Marshall Performing Arts Center. Select from sessions on Period Patterning, Photoshop Rendering, LEDs, Advanced QLab, Historical Scene Painting Technique, Makeup Design, Theatre Architecture Renovation, Q & A with Vendors, and Shared Theater Spaces.
Final Wrap-up session 4:00 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 4:45pm

Hotel: (The hotel below has a room block set aside until August 20 if you are interested)
• Edgewater Resort and Waterpark (Bring your swim suit!)
Information about the hotel accommodations:
To make an Online Reservation, go to :
Group Code:  8448
Online Passcode:  37000024
Room Rate:  $99.00 + 13.375% tax

Reservations at Group Rate will be accepted until August 20, 2012.


Site Hosts
• Faculty and Staff at UMD- Mark Harvey, Curtis Phillips, Laura Piotrowski and Pat Dennis.
• MaryBeth Gagner, from Hamline and NBS Vice-Chair for Programming ( 763-350-2650)

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:
• Marshall Performing Arts Center, UMD
1215 Ordean Court Duluth, MN 55812

The map below shows the campus, parking areas and location of the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC).



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