PLASA Focus: Nashville was Time Well Spent
Last week, Mark T. Black, Jeff Craycraft, and Marta Stout attended the PLASA: Focus Nashville show. The conference was held at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and according to all three, it went very well.
Mark Black was able to get away from the conference floor to go visit several local venues. Of particular interest was Vanderbilt University's Neely Auditorium, which houses a tension wire grid that was installed back in 1976. "We like to go see grids in different venues, even if we didn't do the install," says Black. He also met with folks from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival; spent an afternoon touring the various performance spaces at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center; and spent his final morning in Nashville touring the brand new Music City Center.
Jeff Craycraft was impressed with the intimate feel of the convention as well as the traffic on the show floor. "I expected to see a lot of local folks at the show but we had visitors from Indiana and Minneapolis," he said. "I was able to spend quality time with visitors to our booth. There was no rush and I could tell that people were comfortable taking the time to ask questions."
PLASA: Focus Nashville was Marta's first trade show with IAStage. "I asked to go to this one specifically because it was a Focus event. The Focus events are designed to have a regional emphasis, which naturally makes for a smaller trade show. I thought it would be easier to watch and learn from Mark and Jeff in a more laid back environment." Stout, who grew up in the Knoxville area, also thought it would be fun to take a look at the middle Tennessee area from another side of the entertainment industry. "I remember walking on the Neely grid back in 1989 when I was just a teenager," she said. "I saw folks on the conference floor that I hadn't seen since 1993! It was great!"
IAStage will be sending another merry band of reps to SETC in Mobile, AL, and yet another to USITT in Ft. Worth next month. We'll keep you posted!