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USITT News: Registration Deadline, August 19th for the Inaugural Digital Media Symposium

Stage Directions • Industry News • July 30, 2019

The deadline is fast approaching for the inaugural USITT Digital Media Symposium that takes place September 4-6 in Binghamton, NY. You only have until August 19th to register for this symposium, which takes place in association with the LUMA Festival. The Digital Media Symposium will offer two exciting days of digital media creation, education, and artistry to attendees. USITT’s Digital Media Commission brings state-of-the-art learning in the field of digital media, projection design, and implementation in the performing arts. Here’s a video preview from USITT: 

About the Symposium

The symposium kicks off Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, with a casual networking reception for attendees in downtown Binghamton.

Ana Herruzo’s keynote starts the morning on Thursday, Sept. 5, focusing on her world of video, projection, and programming design and it concludes with a sponsor-driven session before lunch. A full afternoon of content follows, including two USITT Digital Media Commission-curated workshops: Dig Deep – An In-Depth Look at Creating Content for Projection Mapping and the Live Events Industry and A 3D World…A Deep Dive into Content Design for 3D Surfaces.

Thursday evening will be located in downtown Binghamton for a boozy “tech crawl” — an industry spin on the traditional pub crawl! Experience local spirits and fare while discussing the work and installations in progress on the surrounding streets.

Educational content will continue on Friday with two sponsor-driven sessions preceding an informative and in-depth address by the inestimable Drama Desk, Olivier, and Tony Award-winning Finn Ross. The afternoon rounds out with a panel discussion by the artists involved in the LUMA Festival. To close the symposium, everyone will gather for a light reception before participants head out to experience the wonder that is the LUMA Festival.

A shot from the LUMA Festival; the nation’s leading projection arts festival in Binghamton, NY

About Ana Herruzo
Ana Herruzo is an architect, designer, and programmer working at the intersection of art, technology, and architecture. She has worked on projects for high-profile companies such as Samsung, Nike, Google, and NASA. Her focus is on the combination of lighting, audio and video with the physical environment, materials, and human interaction.

Synthesizing disciplines, she creates spatial experiences for wide-ranging applications such as art installations, live music events, film, robotics, and architecture. Herruzo is the co-founder of art collective NaiveLaser, and interactive agency VIRTULABS performing Creative and Technical Direction for diverse projects.

About Finn Ross
Finn Ross is a Tony Award-winning video designer for live performance and co-creative director of London-based FRAY Studio. He specializes in integrating live and pre-recorded images, animations, or anything else you can imagine, into a live performance environment. He has worked in all facets of digital media from fringe to Broadway and pop to opera.

Some of Ross’ most recent projects include video design for Broadway’s Frozen, Mean Girls, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two. He delivers both the content and the systems by which it is realized, ensuring a fluid process from conception to production.

USITT Digital Media Symposium Registration Information
Digital Media Symposium pricing is as follows: USITT Member: $350, USITT Student Member: $150, Non-Member: $450.
Prices include events, sessions, access to speakers, and breakfast and lunch each day.
* Registration is set to close on August 19 *

Hotel Acommodations
The official housing deadline has passed but we suggest you contact the hotel and tell them you are attending the symposium. They may be able to honor our room rate.

DoubleTree by Hilton
225 Water St.
Binghamton, N.Y. 13901

Room Type Rate
Queen/Queen $139
Deluxe King $139

*Rates do not include applicable taxes (8% sales tax plus 5% occupancy tax, or current tax rates)*
**Cut-off date for reservations is 08/12/2019**

Please call 607-722-7575 for reservations and use group code USI

Symposium registration details are available on the USITT website.

The USITT Digital Media Symposium is made possible in part by its Gold Level sponsor Notch; Silver Level sponsors Show Sage LLC./Watchout, Green Hippo, and 7thSense Design.

Further information from USITT:

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialog among practitioners, educators, and students. USITT was founded in 1960 as an organization to promote dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology.
Today, the Institute boasts thousands of members at all levels of their careers and has embraced the new technologies being used in entertainment.  USITT is now the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry.

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