- by Jacob Coakley
California State University, Los Angeles, will host the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), California Section’s sixth annual Career Fair and Student Competition The event will take place Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the State Playhouse, on the California State University, Los Angeles campus. The Student Competition is open to all areas of design, technical production and stage management and is free to currently registered students at a college, university, or high school in California. Students should submit their application for the competition by Thursday, Jan. 13.
“We are overjoyed that this is the first time that California State University, Los Angeles has had the opportunity to host this event,” said Professor Anne E. McMills, the newly-named head of design at Cal State L.A, in an email. “When we first heard there was a venue opening for the event, we jumped on it immediately! Hosting the USITT California Career Fair at our university is a perfect kick-off for us as we work towards the newly-envisioned Design and Production Option curriculum that we plan to unveil within the next year.”
Cal State L.A.'s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and the newly-named Head of Design, Professor Anne E. McMills, are working on re-imagining a program worthy of National Association of Schools of Theatre accreditation and viable to become a contender in the field within the upcoming years.
“Having this conference on our campus is the perfect storm for promoting our new program,” continued McMills. “With companies such as Disney, Rosco, RoseBrand, ETC, GAM, and Vari*Lite gracing our corridors for the conference, only the best things can follow. We look forward to all of the visiting students, faculty, universities, vendors, and professionals that will visit our campus and get to know Cal State L.A. a little better.”
Institute seeking students to participate in theatre competition
Cal State L.A. to host USITT Career Fair and Student Competition
Los Angeles, CA—The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), California Section, is calling for all college and high school students to participate in its 6th Annual Career Fair and Student Competition. The event, hosted by the University’s Department of Music, Dance and Theatre, will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the State Playhouse, on the California State University, Los Angeles campus.
The Student Competition is open to all areas of design, technical production and stage management. Students have the opportunity to showcase their work, receive feedback from professionals working in the field. Awards are presented and appraised on the basis of quality, effectiveness, originality, and visual presentation techniques.
This competition is free to currently registered students at a college, university, or high school in California. Students should submit their application for the competition by Thursday, Jan. 13. Winners will receive a free student registration pass to attend the USITT Conference in Milwaukee, WI, March 20–23, 2013.
The Career Fair will feature opportunities for attendees to network and learn from theatre practitioners from all over California. A mini Stage Expo will be held, with vendors from all over California in attendance, showcasing their products ranging from theatrical softgoods and rigging supplies to lighting control consoles and new LED lighting technology. Universities and training programs will also be in attendance sharing information about graduate degree programs and opportunities.
Additionally, professionals from the Los Angeles theatre community will be at the event conducting portfolio reviews in all areas, as well as leading seminars and workshops. Numerous theatrical vendors as well as producing organizations will be accepting applications for summer internships as well as full-time or production hiring opportunities.
The USITT is a place to network, exchange ideas, and grow. The Institute has been serving professionals and pre-professionals in design, production, and technology for the performing arts since 1960.
Cal State L.A. is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the 10 and 710 freeway intersection. Public permit parking is available at the upper level of Parking Structure C. For more information, go to the USITT California web site: http://www.socalusitt.org/.
9:30 a.m. Members meeting, Student Competition sign-ups
10 a.m. Welcome remarks
10:30 a.m.-noon Installation and Portfolio reviews
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Career expo and tour
1-33:30 p.m. Master classes
3:30 p.m. Announcement of Student Competition winners