USITT Show & New World Rigging Symposium Heading to Kentucky

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) says its 50th stage expo and conference is on track to be its largest to date. The show, which takes place from March 20-23 in Louisville, KY, will host more than 200 educational sessions, hands-on trainings, and demos, while the expo will host more than 300 exhibitors.

The expo floor will house six stages presenting costume and makeup demos, tutorials, fashion shows, book signings, speakers, award presentations, the Tech Olympics, and exhibits featuring costume, scenic, and international designs.

Conference sessions will include conversations with directors about media design, emerging issues in entertainment engineering, and lighting special events like fashion, car, and trade shows and corporate events.

As well, after premiering in 2018, the second annual New World Rigging Symposium, an event presented by USITT and ESTA, will take place March 19-20 in tandem with the USITT Show. The event provides opportunities for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.

Jim Digby, founder and chairman of the Event Safety Alliance and an industry veteran will be delivering the keynote address. Symposium attendees receive a free stage expo pass as a part of their registration. Discounts on full conference registration are also available.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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