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ESTA Acquires the North American Theatre Engineering & Architecture Conference
ESTA has welcomed the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference ( NATE- AC ) as the newest addition to its community . The association is the new host of the quadrennial conference , the fifth iteration of which will take place in July 2024 in New York .
Created by Bill Sapsis of Sapsis Rigging , NATE- AC was first produced in 2008 . Since then , it has been bringing together the architects , engineers , consultants , and manufacturers who are responsible for designing , building , and renovating theatres . NATEAC also facilitates communication between those groups and end users . Over the course of a weekend , conference-goers attend panels and exchange ideas at social events like an evening boat cruise in New York Harbor , dinner at Sardi ’ s , and a cocktail reception .
“ I believe ESTA and NATEAC will be a natural fit ,” Sapsis says . “ After 14 years of developing this conference , I ’ m looking forward to its continued growth under ESTA ’ s wing .” ESTA intends for Sapsis to continue to be a presence at future conferences as NATEAC ’ s director emeritus .
ESTA President Todd Spencer says he envisions significant gains for all involved . “ As an industry , we need to throw open the doors and include diverse voices to increase the value of networking events , training , and resources . Connecting the theatre , engineering , and architectural community that NATEAC serves with ESTA ’ s wide variety of members , our certifications programs , and our technical standards creates immense value for everyone .” ESTA is also taking this opportunity to extend new benefits to members , including early access to conference registration and member discounts on admission .
For more information , go to www . esta . org and fill out a brief form at esta . org / nateac , to receive the latest information about NATEAC 2024 . Summer 2022 | 13