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This session discusses the media designer’s process for presenting design ideas, designing and documenting the system, and all of the paperwork required to go from concept to design. See examples presented from working digital media designers and discuss how workflow changes between different types of projects.



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Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Digital Media Workflow: Best Practices in Presentation and Paperwork
Original Go Live Date: April 13, 2020
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In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey dropped 50+ inches of rain in the Houston metro area. This led to exhaustive flooding all over the city, including inundating the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage and Props storage areas with more than 19 feet of water. This session will review the damage caused to the Alley Theatre properties inventory and the subsequent salvage and recovery operations. Karin Rabe Vance, Alley Theatre Prop Master, will take us through the efforts they undertook to salvage any recoverable props while also taking a full inventory of the unrecoverable items. She’ll include some best practices and tips for determining priority items, cleaning processes and products, and how to determine insurance values for treasured props both shop built and purchased. Presented by the Education Commission.



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Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey - Alley Theatre's Prop Salvage and Recovery
Original Go Live Date: April 15, 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: Costume Shop Management ABBCs
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    A-Alley, BB-Broadway & Bournemouth, Sea...attle. An exploration of different costume shop management styles, sizes, and genres: Broadway, opera/ballet, regional, and international. Listen to long-time industry costume shop managers discuss and compare notes with each other on their shop management successes and innovations.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Costume Shop Management ABBCs
    Original Go Live Date: April 21, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Stage Management Paperwork through the Centuries - A Virtual Exhibition
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    In honor of the Year of the Stage Manager 2020, dedicated to celebrating and educating, explore how theatrical paperwork has evolved. From the prompter and stage director/theatre manager origins of the past to the modern idea of stage manager, examples range from centuries-old prompt scripts and paperwork to the present day. Curated by Erin Joy Swank & Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier, along with Tina Shackleford.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Stage Management Paperwork through the Centuries - A Virtual Exhibition
    Original Go Live Date: April 22, 2020

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    Collapse  USITT Forum@Four: New Recommendations for Sound Documentation and Graphics
    $10 | Free for USITT members


    An introduction to, and summary of, the draft of the new recommendations for sound system documentation for theatre. Prepared over the previous 2+ years, with the input and collaboration of Broadway designers, touring designers, educators, and more, this major expansion of the extant recommendations addresses (for the first time) all of the standard paperwork forms needed to document a contemporary sound system design.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: New Recommendations for Sound Documentation and Graphics
    Original Go Live Date: April 23, 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
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    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 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
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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: Get The Point! Backstage Safety For Stage Weaponry
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    This session discusses strategies for safely storing and maintaining your stage weaponry of various types and qualities at a variety of levels of production. Panelists will discuss procedures to help you work successfully with your colleagues, performers, administrators and local law enforcement successfully both in and out of the production requirements. Presented by the Education Commission.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Get The Point! Backstage Safety For Stage Weaponry
    Original Go Live Date: May 07, 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: 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
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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
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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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