USITT 2015 Expo Launches with Terrence Spivey Address

Jacob Coakley

The 2015 USITT Conference and Stage Expo opened this morning with Terrence Spivey delivering a call for greater diversity in the arts as well as exhorting artists everywhere to use the power of the arts to bridge racial divides and promote a healing, unified society. “There's a fear in not understanding other cultures. This is our chance in the arts,” Spivey said. “Art is the savior, the healing process.” You can read my full coverage of Spivey’s address on TheaterFace.com here. I will be live-blogging sessions throughout the USITT Expo (which runs March 18-21), including the RC4 Wireless session on wireless dimming for props, costumes and set pieces on Wednesday afternoon. You can find all the live-blogs on the TheatreFace.com home page. And the quickest way to stay up to date with everything that’s happening at the show, including new products, pics from the show floor, live-tweets from sessions and more is to follow Stage Directions on Twitter.

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Judges Named for 2015 Rose Brand/USITT Action Design Competition

Naomi Crews

The fourth Rose Brand/USITT Action Design Competition -- which challenges student designers from around the country to create the best scenic environment possible given limited supplies, limited time to design, and limited time to get to know their teammates -- will be judged by Tony Award-winning costume designer Jane Greenwood, Douglas Schmidt, Teresa Eyring, and Terrence Spivey.

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Record-breaking USITT 2015 Show Adds New Attractions

Naomi Crews

In addition to showcasing manufacturers and their gear -- including new technology on their Innovation Stage --  the 55th annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo will include such special sessions as Japanese master mask-maker Hideta Kitazawa, one of the last wood mask carvers in Tokyo, discussing the history, art, and techniques of Noh mask-making and Lighting Designer Xochitl Gonzalez Quintanilla of Mexico, winner of the 2013 World Stage Design award for outstanding lighting design, presenting examples of her work. 

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