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Volunteer at USITT Conference22 Baltimore

MARCH 2 – 5, 2022 || USITT 2022 BALTIMORE

March 2022 is quickly approaching for this year’s in-person USITT Conference in Baltimore. With this occurring in our region, the national office is leaning on our section to provide volunteers to assist in various ways at the conference workshops.

This is a perfect opportunity for students of any age to gain resume credentials and to network with peers from other schools and industry professionals.

As a thank you for your time and labor, you will be awarded a FREE EXPO FLOOR PASS.

Please contact our section President Bill Price at wap@akt3.com to inquire about available volunteer positions. Please reach out as soon as possible as spots are limited.

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USITT Conference22 – Baltimore

The time has come for us to once again gather in-person for the annual USITT Conference.

March 2 – 5, 2022 at the Baltimore Convention Center

We are back in-person! We are excited to be together for our 62nd Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Baltimore, March 2-5, 2022 — the most anticipated gathering of the entertainment design and technology industry each year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 event will be the first in-person occurrence since 2019.

Things may look a bit different at USITT22 compared to years past, but there will be no shortage of education, hands-on activities, skill-building, and connection.

You will be able to engage in applied educational activities, sessions, panels, and more across the Institute’s 11 interest-based tracks: Architecture, Costume Design & Technology, Digital Media, Education, Engineering, Lighting Design & Technology, Management, Safety & Health, Scene Design & Technology, Sound Design & Technology, and Technical Production. Our exhibitors are ready to see you as well! USITT Stage Expo is the heart of excitement and activity at USITT Conferences. 

Click here to register!

We look forward to being together in Baltimore in just a few short weeks!

Join us at the 2021 USITT Chesapeake Expo!

The USITT Chesapeake Section is celebrating the reopening of live entertainment by hosting a Expo at West Chester University on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

This Expo is open to all and will be held from 9a-5p at the MainStage theater located at 700 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19382.

This event will feature workshops for lighting, scenery, costuming and others and will be attended by select industry companies. This is a great opportunity for the for beginning and the professional entertainment technologist to network and learn.

Event registration is now open with a special deal for our students! Click here to register.

Are you interested in hosting a workshop? You can submit your proposal at this link.

Students! Would you like to get a free pass to the National Conference being held virtually in March!!

DESIGN/TECHNICAL Students in the region of the Chesapeake Section of USITT!

USITT Chesapeake is happy to announce that we have been given a limited number of full-conference passes to the national conference being held virtually in March.  We would like to award students in our region who have an interest in attending.  If you are interested, here are the requirements:

Write a 200-word essay telling the Chesapeake board – Why USITT is important to you, and what you think attending the conference will do for you as a person wanting to work in this profession.

Your essay will be judged as follows:

50% (give 0-5 points) clearly communicates importance of USITT

40% (give 0-4 points) clearly communicates expectation of conference effect on future

10% (give 0-1 points) under 200 words 

Pretty easy!  If awarded the full-conference pass, all we ask is that you join our region, and become involved.  Even if you don’t get a pass, join us!!!

Deadline:    February 5th

The winners will be notified by February 13th

Send your essay to:    Jane Stein – jastein@vt.edu

Bill Sapsis Intimate 90 Minute Online Session

USITT CHESAPEAKE PRESENTS…

Members are invited to join Bill Sapsis for an intimate 90 minute online learning session. Event will take place on July 21st, 2020 at 10am.

Bill Sapsis announces a new training program that is social distancing compliant. There’s much more information available on the internet now that most of us are in quarantine.

These webinars are great but the information they provide tends to be general in nature and doesn’t always meet the specific needs of an organization or company. This is where Bill Sapsis can help.

Bill will bring his 45+ years of experience to your video screen for live discussions with you and your staff and crew on issues that address your specific concerns and the needs of your operation. Unlike a traditional webinar where you are lost in a sea of faces on a screen, this event will be limited to 20 participants and the content will be based on questions submitted beforehand from those registered.

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Please RSVP to Tom Haughey thaughey@wcupa.edu by July 17th with your registration request and questions for Bill Sapsis.

Thank you

Join Chesapeake: chesapeake.usitt.org

New Executive Committee – June 2020

Hello friends and comrades-

The election results are in and I’m proud to announce the election of Matthew Miller as our new member-at-large for the northern section, Bill Price as our new Chair, Kearston Dillard-Scott as 2nd Vice Chair, Tony Rosas as our new Secretary, and Jane Stein, as our new 3rd Vice Chair.

Outgoing Secretary, Anne Clark – has been a pillar to Chesapeake and we should all take a second to show our appreciation to her years of service. We wish her well and sincerely hope that she’ll continue to participate and shed light in these challenging times.
Thank you, Anne, from the bottom of my heart.

In this strange time of COVID, it’s important that we work together. Events have shut down; concerts are no-go, and the whole social distancing mandates have left us figuring out how to move on as technicians, artists, designers, and audience members. I encourage everyone to seek credible resources before they reopen venues or participate in events so that we can stay safe. Know that many of us will have to reinvent ourselves in the arts and that there will be those of us who even have to step away for a period of time. Art will prevail and it will take a community and constant communication to figure out how precisely we stay engaged. If you can and are able, I encourage you to make your voice heard. There is no “silver bullet” for the environment we’re now confronted with. Donate, speak up, and do what you do best. The worst thing you can do is to do nothing. Now, more than ever, we need involvement. If you have ideas, share them. If you disagree, use your voice.

For those of you who are wondering where you can contribute or how you can take advantage of Chesapeake and USITT resources, please email us at chesapeake@usitt.org.

Sincerely,

Jeremiah Brophy. former Chair

Covid-19 and Resources: Help is Available

Essentially our entire way of life is changing before our very eyes. No joke.

Most people are understandably concerned about how they’re going to pay rent and buy groceries. If you’ve been out of the news lately, there is talk about the FEDS dropping off $1200 checks but at this point, it’s just talk and there doesn’t seem to be a clear consensus as to what form that money is going to take – check, tax rebate, blah blah blah.

The silver lining in here is that there are an increasing amount of people pulling together and creating emergency funds specifically for the arts. Here’s a list of resources compiled online that’s pretty extensive.

Speaking from the forefront of one of these fundraising efforts, I would urge anyone and everyone to donate where they can. If you’re making money still and you can give, please do. If you’re not working, then contact some of these organizations and see if you can donate your time. Even though we’re distancing ourselves physically, it’s not the time to distance ourselves from each other as a community.

~Jeremiah Brophy

Students! Would you like to get a free pass to the National Conference in Houston!!

DESIGN/TECHNICAL Students in the region of the Chesapeake Section of USITT!

USITT Chesapeake is happy to announce that we have been given a limited number of full-conference passes to the national conference in Houston this coming April.  We would like to award students in our region who have an interest in attending.  If you are interested, here are the requirements:

Write a 200-word essay telling the Chesapeake board – Why USITT is important to you, and what you think going to the conference will do for you as a person wanting to work in this profession.

Your essay will be judged as follows:

50% (give 0-5 points) clearly communicates importance of USITT

40% (give 0-4 points) clearly communicates expectation of conference effect on future

10% (give 0-1 points) under 200 words 

Pretty easy!  If awarded the full-conference pass, all we ask is that you join our region, and become involved.  Even if you don’t get a pass, join us!!!

Deadline:    January 5th

The winners will be notified by January 11th

Send your essay to:    Jane Stein – jastein@vt.edu

Fielding Future Programming Requests

October 16, 2019

Hello Students and Faculty!

The board of USITT Chesapeake would like to know what types of programming you would be interested in attending!  We are asking you to put on your thinking caps and come up with an event – workshop, lecture, session – on something you would drive a few hours to attend.  We would ideally like to do this in an area central to our region.  There are no silly ideas, so don’t be afraid to suggest something.  

In 1960 when the national organization started, it’s purpose was to “promote dialogue, research, and learning among its practitioners”.  Now with the existence of the regional sections, we can bring more helpful, learning events closer to those in our regions.

We are eager to put together programming that will be beneficial to you, and to get you involved in our section.  Please submit you ideas to me at jastein@vt.edu.  We look forward to hearing from you!!

Sincerely,

Jeremiah Brophy

Scott Chapman

Anne Clark

Kearston Dillard-Scott

Tom Haughey

William Price

Anthony Rosas

Seth Schwartz

Jane Stein 

Students and Faculty!!!!

October 8, 2019

Hello Students and Faculty!

The board of USITT Chesapeake would like to know what types of programming you would be interested in attending!  We are asking you to put on your thinking caps and come up with an event – workshop, lecture, session – on something you would drive a few hours to attend.  We would ideally like to do this in an area central to our region.  There are no silly ideas, so don’t be afraid to suggest something.  

In 1960 when the national organization started, it’s purpose was to “promote dialogue, research, and learning among its practitioners”.  Now with the existence of the regional sections, we can bring more helpful, learning events closer to those in our regions.

We are eager to put together programming that will be beneficial to you, and to get you involved in our section.  Please submit you ideas to me at jastein@vt.edu.  We look forward to hearing from you!!

Sincerely,

Jeremiah Brophy

Scott Chapman

Anne Clark

Kearston Dillard-Scott

Tom Haughey

William Price

Anthony Rosas

Seth Schwartz

Jane Stein