Scenic Design | Props
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Registration $70 | USITT Member $60


A comparative analysis of flat production techniques.  Which are the best for tall, wide or irregularly-shaped flats?  What are the best ways to rig or move vertical scenery?  These questions and more will be discussed.

 



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Formats Available: Fundamentals: Flat Production Techniques
Original Go Live Date: February 16, 2017

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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey - Alley Theatre
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    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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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Sisters United Through 3D Scanning & Printing
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    Come learn about how Kent State University partnered with Opera di Santa Croce to create a 3D-printed replica of Pio Fedi’s "Liberty of Poetry," believed to be the inspiration of the Statue of Liberty. Pio Fedi’s “Libertá” was 3D scanned on-site over the course of three days in Florence, Italy. The scans were used to create a nearly full-scale 3D-printed reproduction which was then scenic-painted. By breaking silos of science, art, and industry, nearly 40 individuals worked on the exhibit. The 9-foot-tall replica is currently a special exhibit at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum through September 2020.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Sisters United Through 3D Scanning & Printing
    Original Go Live Date: April 23, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: A Decade of Paint Samples - A Virtual Exhibition of Scenery and Paint Samples
    $10 | Free for USITT members


    An exhibition of scenery and paint samples from the last decade of productions at the Alley Theatre. For every scenic treatment that happens on stage, the Alley Scenery and Paint Shops produce a 2' x 2' (or bigger sample) for approval from the designers. These samples have been saved and displayed for all to see. Samples include work designed by Kevin Rigdon, Vince Mountain, Hugh Landwehr, Ricardo Hernandez, Eugene Lee, Todd Rosenthal, Linda Buchanan, and more.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: A Decade of Paint Samples - A Virtual Exhibition of Scenery and Paint Samples
    Original Go Live Date: April 27, 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: An Online Approach to Old Problems - Archiving Technical Theatre History FB Group
    Registration Free


    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: 40 Yards of Blood
    Registration: $10 | USITT Member: Free


    What are the best practices in the field? Who takes on responsibilities for blood effects. Do we need a fight choreographer? Too many times we hear horror stories about people getting injured needlessly. Or effects just not working the way they should. In this program, Jay Duckworth will talk about blood recipes, blood packs, and delivery systems. We will also cover basics for small blades & blood knife safety. It will be followed up with a Q & A. Presented by the Education Commission.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: 40 Yards of Blood
    Original Go Live Date: May 04, 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: Making History
    Registration $10 | USITT Members Free


    In Hamilton, the props helped not only to tell the story but helped to create the world. How is the first rap battle like the Hulk, why does only one letter have a red ribbon on it, how does the burn letter go out at the same time as the light cue? Jay Duckworth talks about color harmony, historic documents and being in the room where it happened. Presented by the Scenic Design Commission.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum @ Four - Making History
    Original Go Live Date: May 11, 2020
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    Collapse USITT Forum@Four: Props for the Non-prop Person
    Registration: $10 | USITT Member: Free


    Props Master Jay Duckworth offers insight into what props artisans do and the scope of what goes into all that they cover, whether it be for film, video, or stage. This is great info for new props or those who are props-curious.



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    Formats Available: USITT Forum@Four: Props for the Non-prop Person
    Original Go Live Date: July 01, 2020

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  • USITT: 1 hour Learning Units

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