Fall Conference 2018 at California University of Pennsylvania: Registration/Submissions Open



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.


Interested in Presenting a Session?

We are accepting applications through September 15, 2018.

 Propose Your Session or Workshop

A sampling of the programming is below, subject to change. Schedules to be set at a later date. 

  • “Nomad Training Session” Steele Design Lab – Jonathan Bucci, Integrated Theatre Systems
  • “Automated Rigging”—Herman Sayer, Vincent Lighting Systems and ETC Rigging *Architecture Certifications
  • “From Analog to Digital, a Sound Installation” -- Dave Baret, Intertech
  • “Etiquette During Tech” -- a Panel Discussion Rob Connick, California University
  • “ETC Consoles” -- Adam Leong, Integrated Theatre Systems
  • “Hair and Wigs” -- Joni Farquhar, California University
  • “Puppetry and Animatronics” -- Sabrina Hykes-Davis, California University
  • “Upcycling Old Theatrical Lighting Fixtures to LED” – Deborra Bergmark Peelor, California University

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.

Submissions for the awards will be open soon.

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