Innovative solutions to production problems recognized
LED-powered fireflies by the University of Maryland, a rig for “flying” a 600-pound cage at Carnegie Mellon University, and an interactive video puppet from New York City College of Technology are the winning projects in USITT’s 2013 Tech Expo, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology announced.
USITT’s Tech Expo, held every other year, spotlights creative solutions to theatre production problems. USITT, the national association for backstage professionals, invites entries for a juried competition and a published exhibit catalog.
The top three projects are featured in USITT’s quarterly journal, and winning team members get $250 cash prizes, said USITT Tech Expo Chair Rob Kerby.
Kerby’s committee received 30-plus entries and selected 17 for inclusion in the 2013 catalog and display at USITT’s 2013 Annual Conference & Stage Expo last month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The 2013 winners chosen at the conference are:
Tech Expo advances USITT’s mission to enhance the knowledge and skills of its members and the performing arts design and technology community. USITT, founded in 1960, provides networking, education, and career advancement opportunities to its 4,000 members from the backstage industry.
Kerby said Tech Expo is proof that necessity is indeed the mother of invention.
“I applaud each and every entry for their creativity, ingenuity and ability to work under the constraints (of) time, money and manpower,” Kerby wrote in the 2013 Tech Expo catalog.
The catalog is itself a useful manual of creative approaches to stage production solutions. The 2013 catalog – and the 13 previous Tech Expo catalogs – can be purchased at www.usitt.org/store.