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$10 | Free for USITT members


Are you no longer allowed to use your stage without a railing “at all times”? Are you no longer able to build escape stairs and paint them black because they are a “hazard”? Have you been told the Fire Curtain must be lowered at all times when the theatre is not in use? Do you know better but just can’t produce the documentation to prove to your school officials you’re in compliance? Or, do you need to hone your OSHA & ANSI knowledge to keep you, your students, your staff, and your guests, safe?

 

Join USITT in a conversation with OSHA Authorized Trainers & ANSI experts who take you through the OSHA codes and ANSI standards that apply to you and your space and let you know where you can locate this information for future needs. Anyone who oversees or works in a venue should sit in on this webinar and you may just want to invite your colleagues, administration, or even janitorial staff if they are the only ones deemed “qualified” enough to do some of the work.

The specific topics in this conversation plus Q&A, you will not want to miss, will include:

• ANSI Standards

• Manually-Operated Counterweight system

• Fire Curtains

• Slipperiness of Stages

• Inspections and use logs

• Fall Protection

• Written Plan

• 4-foot falls must be protected

• Fronts of stages exempted (Though they recommend safety nets)

• Fixed Ladders

• Portable Ladders

• Catwalks and ladder entrances

• Personnel Lifts

• Manufacturer's recommend use/best practice

• Electrical

• General Electrical Safety

• Egress

• Clear Paths of egress

• Communication

• Posting

• Training

 



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Formats Available: Business of the Business Webinar: OSHA In Your Theatre?
Original Go Live Date: February 28, 2020

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Contract Negotiation Strategies for Lessening the Stage Management Gender Wage Gap
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    While there are legitimate reasons whereby one person should rightfully earn more than another, gender should not be among them. And yet, a recent study of college graduates [1] found that, on average, 57 percent of identifying males negotiated contracts upon offer compared to only 8 percent of identifying females. As a former internationally-touring GSM turned Director of Operations and Producer, Terrence Williams brings a unique perspective, having sat on both sides of the negotiating table and having offered numerous contracts to crew members around the world. Join him as he takes you through some common deal structures, ways in which gender wage gaps form in the entertainment industry, and both common and uncommon negotiating strategies for employees. Attendees will learn to form their own personal strategy for wage growth, as well as gain an understanding of the behind-the-scene dynamics governing wages within the industry. [1] Study conducted by economists Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever in their book Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Contract Negotiation Strategies for Lessening the Stage Management Gender Wage Gap
    Original Go Live Date: April 06, 2020

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: How to be an Assistant Stage Manager
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    What does it take to be an effective and supportive Assistant Stage Manager? Join us to explore the role of the Assistant Stage Manager within the Production Process, within the SM team, and beyond! We will explore the specifics of what it means to ASM for Broadway, for an Opera, and as a resident ASM.



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    Formats Available: Streaming
    Original Go Live Date: April 20, 2020

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Uplifting the Artist
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    Freelance designers and individual artists have unique proximity to the heartbeat of the theatre field. They work at numerous venues each season, in many cases over multiple years and multiple visits, thus experiencing a variety of institutional cultures first hand. However, unlike Actors Equity, there are no industry-wide standards for engaging freelance artists. How can institutions incorporate the learning and experience of the freelance artists they hire more deeply into their organization’s fabric, acknowledging the invaluable nature of their vantage point? Especially during this time when the entire field is on a forced pause.

    In this session, we explore how guest artists are welcomed and valued by the institutions that invite them through their doors. We will discuss implementing industry-wide standards, creating sustainable feedback loops, recommended best practices sourced from the community at large, and how we can move forward as a community.

     



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Uplifting the Artist
    Original Go Live Date: April 28, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Mic Sanitation Tips
    Registration Free


    This presentation covers various ways to sanitize microphones.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Mic Sanitation Tips
    Original Go Live Date: April 29, 2020
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    Collapse Business of the Business Webinar: Freelance Pricing & Finance
    $10 | Free for USITT members


    This course is designed for those intending to be self-employed or start their own small business. The course teaches the basics associated with pricing a product or service and determining how much product or service must be sold in order to generate a desired level of profit. The course also teaches the basics associated with determining and paying the required taxes on the profit generated.

     



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    Formats Available: Freelance Pricing and Finance Webinar
    Original Go Live Date: May 04, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Social Distancing and the Law
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    As a result of COVID-19, there are lots of questions you will find yourself asking for the first time.  "I work back of house close to other people, so if I get sick, can I sue?"  "Can our ushers eject a patron who stands too close to other people in line?"  "Does someone who looks sick have a right to come in?"  We will address these and many more practical legal questions about how to reopen in a reasonably safe and healthy way.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Social Distancing and the Law
    Original Go Live Date: May 05, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Build A Powerful LinkedIn Profile - A Professional Recruiter
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    20 steps to a build a powerful LinkedIn profile that will grab a recruiter's attention.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Build A Powerful LinkedIn Profile | A Professional Recruiter's View
    Original Go Live Date: May 12, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: On The Horizon - Forecasting The Future Of Theatre Education
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    This Webinar is a follow up to the 2019 conference session and winter TD&T article, Is Now When We Panic?. This session will explore data-driven trends in art and design academic program structures and how they align with contemporary administrative expectations and funding models. What are we seeing now across the country, what can we expect and how might it inform, or even dictate, curriculum innovation in the next ten years.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: On The Horizon - Forecasting The Future Of Theatre Education
    Original Go Live Date: May 13, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Preparing your Venue and Facility for Re-opening after COVID-19 Closures
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    This Webinar is a follow up to the 2019 conference session and winter TD&T article, Is Now When We Panic?. This session will explore data-driven trends in art and design academic program structures and how they align with contemporary administrative expectations and funding models. What are we seeing now across the country, what can we expect and how might it inform, or even dictate, curriculum innovation in the next ten years.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: On The Horizon - Forecasting The Future Of Theatre Education
    Original Go Live Date: May 13, 2020

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: The Future of Entertainment Automation is epiQ
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    On this episode of Forum@Four, USITT is talking to Jim Love, VP and Global Head of TAIT Navigator, about the future of entertainment automation, and it's epiQ™! TAIT's newest entertainment automation console, epiQ™, is built for iQ powered by Navigator and unifies the control of live event automation in one cohesive experience giving the user the confidence and power to maximize the creative potential of any live event. Whether a first-time learner or a highly experienced show operator, after watching this episode of Forum @ Four, viewers will have a first-look at the epiQ console, learn how to use epiQ's hardware features efficiently and operate automated elements in a virtual theatre setting. Presenter: As the VP, Global Head of TAIT Navigator, Jim Love focuses on the perpetual innovation and convergence of entertainment automation and live experiences on a global scale. Jim, and a team of skilled software and controls engineers spread around the world, design, code, and test TAIT’s entertainment automation software and hardware to maximize creative potential for a diverse range of projects of every scope and scale. The unique opportunity to redefine the boundaries of technological possibility driven by creative visionaries is what initially attracted Jim to the field, who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Moving forward, Jim continues to innovate and deliver cutting-edge technology for TAIT Navigator allowing automation users in all entertainment fields to deliver comprehensive, safe, and consumer-enthused experiences.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: The Future of Entertainment Automation is epiQ™
    Original Go Live Date: May 14, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Strategic Plans: How to Use Them to Get What You Need
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    Most academics never read the strategic plans written by their institutions as they are seen as an administrative hoop used for assessment (yuck). But I am here to show how leaning into administrative assessments via strategic plans can help you get what you need while helping administrators get what they need- a win-win. This webinar will walk through the process of deciphering a strategic plan for the purpose of requesting resources and/or equipment in a way that supports administrative assessment goals.

     

    Presenter: Frani Geiger Rollins (Assistant Professor of Design and Technology @Mercer University) Frani Geiger Rollins is the Assistant Professor of Design and Technology at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She earned her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon, and her B.A. in Theatre at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She is the Poster Session Chair for USITT’s Education Commission Poster Session. Her current research interests focus on the relationships between administration and programs in Higher Education, and the scholarship of learning and teaching theatre at the University Level.

     



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four — Strategic Plans: How to Use Them to Get What You Need
    Original Go Live Date: May 27, 2020

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Large Scale Touring Productions: Challenges, Solutions, and Process
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    Touring large scale productions has always been a challenge and especially when the productions are traveling internationally. Starting from applying for international visas till the company re-entered in its own country there are several hidden IF and BUT. This webinar is a walkthrough to this whole journey, from the eye of a Production Manager/ Technical Director to India's most traveled show 'The Manganiyar Seduction.' The webinar will focus on Technical issues while reflecting on international visa intricacies, performing in various venues, and technical requirements- controls of unions in various countries.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Large Scale Touring Productions: Challenges, Solutions, and Process
    Original Go Live Date: June 03, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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    In part 1 of this series, Jenn Schwartz and Jason Wells are joined by Jared Mezzocchi, Eamonn Farrell, and Andy Carluccio, to discuss how each production used Zoom differently, used add on technologies, and overcame the various abilities of the computers each cast member had access to. These choices drive many of the decisions you make in planning online productions.



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    Formats Available: USITT's Lessons Learned Part 1: Tech Platforms for Online Performance
    Original Go Live Date: June 15, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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    In part 2 of this series, hear Jenn Schwartz and Jason Wells discuss how each of their companies adapted and morphed traditional roles to the unique challenges and requirements of online production, when Designer, Stage Manager, and Technician all mean different things when you take your show online.



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    Formats Available: USITT's Lessons Learned Part 2: Roles and Expectations in Online Performance
    Original Go Live Date: June 22, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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    Jenn Schwartz and Jason Wells wrap up the series with a discussion of the impact the move online had on the rehearsal and performance process. From zoom etiquette to helping the performer get some sense of audience engagement, each production learned lessons and adapted in different ways. This session will offer some help as you begin to think about how things work in the online production world.



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    Formats Available: USITT's Lessons Learned Part 3: Rehearsal and Performance Processes Online
    Original Go Live Date: June 29, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

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    Collapse OSHA In Your Theatre? Part 2: Continuing the Conversation
    $10 | Free for USITT members


    In Part 1 of the conversation, Joe Aldridge & Eddie Raymond, both OSHA Authorized Trainers & ANSI experts, took you through the OSHA codes and ANSI standards that apply to you and your space and let you know where you can locate this information for future needs.

    During Part 2 of this webinar series, Joe and Eddie covered the following:

    • Fall Protection
    • Written Plan is required
    • Four-foot falls must be protected
    • Fronts of stages exempted (Through recommend safety nets)
    • Fixed Ladders
    • Portable Ladders
    • Catwalks and ladder entrances
    • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
      • Rescue
      • Training/Practice
    • Respiratory Protection
    • Physicals
    • COVID-19 and the OSHA response

     



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    Formats Available: OSHA In Your Theatre? Part 2: Continuing The Conversation
    Original Go Live Date: July 20, 2020

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