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USITT Midwest Regional Section presents a variety of programs during the year throughout the four states of the Midwest Section.We are committed to presenting programming that helps to educate our membership about new technologies and trends in all areas of the theatre and entertainment industries.

Check out our 2016-17 Programming Calendar!

Programs are only open to members and newly joined members. The pre-registration cost of attending any program is $5, plus any materials cost.)

Information on events may change often!

April 22: Creating an Emergency Action Plan & South Bend River Lights Installation Presentation – University of Notre Dame, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Join us at University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN in the DeBartolo PAC on April 22nd  for an important and insightful session on Emergency Action Plans (EAP). Everything you need to know: Information, resources and discussion to create and implement an  EAP for your venue.
Late in the afternoon and following the EAP session, the Section will host a backstage presentation by integrator Mike Brubaker of Associated Controls + Design on the innovative and interactive public art installation: South Bend River Lights (featured in the Dec. 2015 issue of Lighting & Sound America) designed by professional lighting designer and Indiana University Professor Emeritus in Lighting Design, Robert Shakespeare. You will leave this session with a wealth of free resources, a firm direction on how to format and write your plan.
Member rates are only $5, and $10 for non-members for this event only.
Please note: 
April 22 is Notre Dame’s annual spring football scrimmage at 12:30.
Traffic on campus will be increased however, all parking is free and first come first serve, so please allow extra time. If staying overnight, early hotel reservations are suggested.   Parking and campus map:
Creating Emergency Action Plans & South Bend River Lights Installation: (April 22)  (South Bend is on EST)
Program Schedule
9:00-4:00 pm Creating Emergency Action Plans Some of the topics to be covered:
• Am I required to have an EAP ? • What is an EAP? (OSHA Requirements)
• What are the other key Elements of an EAP • Free Resources for developing an EAP
• Who to get involved in developing your EAP • Evaluating you venue in terms of creating an EAP
• Writing your EAP • Implementing your EAP, including training
• Reviewing and Revising your EAP
The program will include a short tour of the DeBartolo PAC focused on EAP’s as well as a 1 hr. lunch break. Near by lunch options can be found across the street (see for more!)
We will conclude the afternoon with a roundtable of emergency officials to discuss how your venue and first responders can and should work together.
4:00 EAP Program ends at Notre Dame
5:30 South Bend River Lights Meet Downtown South Bend on the deck outside the East Bank Emporium, 121 Niles Avenue, (parking available adjacent) for backstage tour of installation and equipment involved in South Bend River Lights. According the the New York Times: “…the dazzling River Lights public art installation, which bathes a cascading stretch of South Bend’s principal waterway in a rainbow of hues, are reinvigorating the city center.”
• River Lights – Physical Overview
• Functional Requirements
• Lighting System components
• Control System – Physical Design
• Control System – programming
7:00 Group dinner and networking at the Emporium Restaurant, overlooking River Lights
8:15 Watch River Lights come on and interact with it, sending flows of colored lights back and forth across the river

If you have questions about an event, please contact Steve Jacobs, Vice-Chair for Programming at