Equity | Diversity | Inclusion
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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: Uplifting the Artist
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    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: An Online Approach to Old Problems - Archiving Technical Theatre History FB Group
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    On June 11, 2013, a small niche Facebook Group was created by two members of the George Izenour Penn State project. The intent was to allow its participants to continue the conversations they started and share their discoveries post-project. Little did the creators realize that what was intended to be for a few people would turn into something much greater; something that would grow beyond the borders of its intention and become a worldwide meeting spot for artists, researchers, students, and teachers alike. Come join us as we discuss how an online approach can help you find information to old problems and listen as we share stories of how this group impacted our work and what the future may hold.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum @ Four - An Online Approach to Old Problems: Archiving Technical Theatre History Facebook Group
    Original Go Live Date: April 30, 2020
    On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Social Distancing and the Law
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    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: Design Collaboratories - More Than a Lighting Lab
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    Because education in the theatre arts is about access to experience, most universities and colleges view their stages as their laboratories, the place where experimentation in design and performance take place. The production schedule, however, usually limits student access to these spaces. Many schools also utilize shops and alternate spaces outfitted with scaled equipment for miniature mock-ups. This session will look at the benefits to a dedicated collaboratory space: a full-scale classroom outfitted for design performance design education and experimentation. The panel will examine the unique case-study of the new, innovative, half tension-wire-grid/half motorized rigging, two-story hybrid designer's “collab-lab” at Texas Tech University. Thanks to our exhibitor for bringing us this session.



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    Formats Available: Design Collaboratories More Than a Lighting Lab
    Original Go Live Date: May 06, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: YOU Are Welcome Here! - Improving Shop Culture In Educational Theatre
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    How do we foster a comprehensive cultural attitude in educational shops that promote inclusivity and equality in order to create the type of shop we hope for in the professional world? How does one balance the creation of a fun culture without sacrificing the personal welfare of our entire community? Presented by the Education Commission.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum @ Four - YOU Are Welcome Here! : Improving Shop Culture In Educational Theatre
    Original Go Live Date: May 12, 2020
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    Collapse NEW! Makeup Safety and Aging Techniques for Virtual Teaching
    $10 | Free for USITT members


    Gene Flaharty, Makeup Artist/Instructor, covers some safety applications for makeup prep, show techniques for applying makeup in a class using zoom and remote learning tools, as well as illustrates the use of worksheets for design. Suggestions will be shared for making aging easy using the "Gene Technique," a concept the instructor developed and has taught for many years.



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    Formats Available: Virtual Makeup Techniques
    Original Go Live Date: September 28, 2020

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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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