USITT 2015 broke all previous attendance records, attracting nearly 5,500 people to Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center last week for the backstage industry’s biggest annual event. Over 280 exhibitors staffed booths with the latest entertainment products for the largest Stage Expo ever – and 170-plus have already signed on for USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City, according to organizers.
Terrence Spivey, artistic director of Cleveland’s Karamu House, urged all technical theatre practitioners to recruit and mentor more students of colour in his Keynote address at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Spivey opened USITT’s 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center with a speech reflecting on the history of black theatre in the U.S. and Karamu House’s success as the nation’s oldest black theatre.
Solotech has announced the opening of a new store in Quebec City. With the recent merger of Solotech Quebec Sales and Rentals divisions under the same roof, the company says new Solotech store now occupies the largest audiovisual equipment sales space in Quebec. The store sells a wide range of products in the fields of audio, lighting, DJ, acoustics, and studio, but now it also offers a Solotech Express Rental Counter for standard equipment rentals.
Notice from USITT:
All three ETCP examinations will be held at USITT in Cincinnati, OH on the morning of Saturday, March 21, 2015. Candidates who wish to take more than one exam should contact ETCP. USITT members and employees receive a $100 discount on examination fees. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than Feb. 28, 2015. The ETCP office is located at 630 9th Ave., Suite 609, New York, New York, 10036.
Christie has announced that it has acquired Cologne-based coolux GmbH (‘coolux’), a developer and supplier of 3D compositing and rendering systems, best known for its Pandoras Box product family. coolux will be integrated into Christie’s Global Market Solutions team, maintaining its office in Cologne, Germany.
PLASA’s month-long elections to determine positions on its European and North American Regional Boards, together with its central governing body, concluded at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.
Companies and individuals from PLASA’s worldwide membership voted in the elections, which were conducted via a secure online poll.
Solotech has acquired Toronto-based company Midnite Hour Productions.
According to François Ménard, CEO of Solotech, this strategic move will allow Solotech to consolidate its position in the Greater Toronto market in addition to joining a team of experts in tailor-made solutions for lighting, video, rigging, and decor for stage, film, and corporate events. Midnite Hour’s founders, Marty Anderson and Louis Racine, and their employees will now be part of the larger Solotech team.
The governing body of the Parnelli Awards has awarded Canadian lighting designer Howard Ungerleider with the 2014 Parnelli Visionary Award for his outstanding career and innovations in the lighting and special effect fields. Ungerleider was presented with the award at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 2014.
James Thomas Engineering has joined the Milos Group of companies under the TOMCAT banner. James Thomas Engineering has been one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum trussing, rigging and ground support to North American and international clients since 1977. Its General Purpose, Supertruss and HD truss systems are used throughout the industry for professional outdoor concert, theatre, and corporate venue productions.
Show Distribution Corporation has announced the purchase of all capital stock of Niscon Inc. of Mississauga, ON, a company specializing in the design, engineering and implementation of motion control systems. Niscon will continue to operate as an independent company from its current production and administrative head office. Its products will be integrated into Show Distribution’s rigging portfolio and will allow the company to offer turnkey solutions to live event professionals and particularly to the touring industry as well as for permanent installations.