Fall Conference 2018 at California University of Pennsylvania: Registration Open


California University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, NOVEMBER 10, 2018

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

USITT - Ohio Valley Section's Fall Conference will be held this year at Steele Hall, California University of Pennsylvania. The town of California, PA was founded in the Monongahela River Valley in 1849. The University was founded in 1852 and is part of the PASSHE school system. Undergraduate enrollment at Cal U is about 5,500 students. The campus is 294 acres.

Steele Hall facilities include: Steele stage, a 613-seat proscenium theatre, the Blaney Theatre, a 139 seat Black box Studio Theatre, a Lighting Lab/design classroom (with full grid and 21 iMac computers with Vectorworks, AutoDesk, Qlab, Nomad and Adobe software), a full scene shop, costume shop and theatre classroom.

Cal U is in the process of stage 2 of a state of the art sound sound installation including new digital Yamaha boards, Dante software, and a complete overhaul of all speakers, microphones and comm systems. Intertech is completing the sound renovation and will present a session. A detailed schedule of sessions and events will be available soon. As always, we will have a section meeting, The Peggy Ezekiel Awards, news about opportunities in the section and beyond, and loads of networking.

Please join us for a day full of theatre sessions and activities.

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High School Student   $15

College Student OVS Member    $15

College Student Non Member   $25
(includes a year of membership)

Individual OVS Member  $25

Individual non-member   $50
(includes a year of membership)



Steele Hall
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Avenue
California PA 15419

Contact: Deborra Bergmark Peelor
peelor@calu.edu  724-396-3404

On Campus Parking is available for $5 and will be available with registration.




Keynote Speaker: John Siciliano

John-Siciliano-headshotMost notably seen on a recurring role on the CBS hit series, "Bull," John Siciliano is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Point Park University, and an amputee who has overcome his challenges to compete in the 1996 International Paralympic Games in Atlanta.

Since then, he has earned his SAG card and is currently teaching a class on acting in front of the camera at Point Park, in between his travels to New York to shoot for "Bull."

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(subject to change)

  • Shadow Puppets with Sabrina Hykes-Davis, California University of Pennsylvania
  • Painting: Layering – The Path to Realisim with MK Hughes, Point Park University
  • Understanding Theatre Structure and Rigging with Herman Sayre, Vincent Lighting Systems & Matt Courtney , ETC
  • ETC Nomad Essentials with Jonathan Robert Bucci, Integrated Theatre Systems/ETC
  • Free Form Leather Mask Making Basics with Melanie Mortimore, Miami University of Ohio
  • Hair Basics with Joni Farquhar, California University of Pennsylvania
  • Introduction to 3D Printing with Karen Glass, Seton Hill University
  • Estonian Theatre Practices with Kathleen DeVault, Ohio Northern University
  • Yamaha Console System with Greg Davis, California University of Pennsylvania
  • Upcycling Old Lighting Units to LED with Deborra Bergmark Peelor, California University of Pennsylvania
  • ETC Ion & Element Essentials with Jonathan Robert Bucci, Integrated Theatre Systems & ETC

Questions regarding sessions and workshops should be directed to Melanie Mortimore, VC of Programming  mortimm@miamioh.edu

Peggy Ezekiel Awards

The Peggy Ezekiel Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in Design and Technology. Any produced work by a USITT/Ohio Valley Section member or any produced work by a non-member for a production within the USITT/Ohio Valley Section. Adjudication takes place during the Fall Conference and on display through out the day to all attendees. Each conference registrant is invited to submit an entry for adjudication. The top ten submissions are used to create an exhibit member organizations can display during the following year. The OVS also transports the exhibit to the National Conference to display with Cover the Walls. The top three student submissions are awarded a complimentary pass to the conference by USITT National.

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