USITT 2019 is coming up on March 20-23 in Louisville, and MWS is thrilled to be back for our second year. We’ll be there with some select items on sale, a surprise display and lots of love for all of our theater tech friends!
USITT 2019: Booth 229
We’ll be at booth 229 this year and for the first time, we will be selling products that you have asked for. This is a great chance to get 15% off of some select goodies, like Ben Nye Makeup, MWS Bitelites, and McCalls Cosplay patterns. You can also geek out with books on Cosplay armor, props, sewing, illumination, and painting. There’s always more to learn, more to experiment with and farther reaches of your imagination to explore! We’ll also have set bags and costume bags from Tas Merah to get you prepared for your next show.
USITT 2019: Events
There’s sure to be some great events at the conference, and we’re particularly looking forward to Cheryl speaking on a panel hosted by Local 764 on Saturday morning the last day of the conference.
ABC’S of Working in Wardrobe: IATSE TWU 764’s essential list
Saturday, March 23, 2019: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
This panel will address the vocabulary, skills, and work involved in having a professional career working backstage or behind the camera costuming in theater, television, and film. Professional costumers deal with costumes from start to finish: from shopping the fabrics, building the costumes, maintaining them thru production to packing the costumes when the job finishes. Along with that journey, a costumer has a variety of responsibilities, including accommodating actors needs, creating characters that cross traditional gender boundaries, and of course making a costume change in a blink of an eye. Costumers will use the alphabet to help attendees better understand what a modern professional Costumer career is like, and how pre-professionals can prepare for it.
Cheryl is covering the letter C and will be talking all things continuity. She’ll be offering tips and serving up stories from her days in the trenches!
Sally Ann Parsons, Costume Design & Technology Commission Distinguished Achievement Award Presentation
Thursday, March 21, 2019: 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
We’re also looking forward to joining the Costume Design & Technology Commission as it honors and thanks Sally Ann Parsons for her astounding career and work in Costume Design & Technology. Sally Ann Parsons, along with her husband James Meares, founded Parsons-Meares costume studio in New York in 1980. Parsons-Meares grew to become one of the premier costume shops in New York City, producing costumes for, among others, Sophisticated Ladies, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Sunset Boulevard, Starlight Express, Will Rogers Follies, Victor Victoria, Guys and Dolls, Wonderful Town, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wicked, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Aladdin, and most recently Hamilton.
USITT 2019: On Display
MWS will be unveiling a special display- for now, we’ll just say that it’s an extraordinary costume created by Becka Noel that incorporates all thermoplastic materials and Ben Nye Makeup. It’s a thing of beauty, a lesson in meticulous work and super impressive… you won’t want to miss it!
USITT 2019: A Gathering of Friends
What we love most about this event is truly the chance to see friends and colleagues. We love supporting each other’s work and seeing what everyone is up to. Looking forward to seeing friends from Worbla, Ben Nye, Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines and also Florida State University, Cheryl’s alma mater. Go FSU!
Can’t wait to see you at booth 229!