USITT Webinars

Monday, Sept. 21: Accessibility in Costuming

Monday, Sept. 21: Accessibility in Costuming

This webinar will present methods to center accessibility in the costume process from the page to the stage. Further, we will examine the intersectional benefits that occur when accessibility takes focus for the designers, technicians, performers, and audience. By sharing research, case studies, and best practices around accessibility, we can take important steps to make our creative and technical work in the theatre more equitable for everyone.

Time: 7 p.m. EDT

Price: FREE to members, $15 to non-members

Presenter: Aly Amidei has been the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at UNC-Charlotte since 2015. She teaches Costume Design I and II, Stage Makeup, and special topics courses in costuming, clothing history, and costume crafts. She has worked as a designer and playwright based in Chicago for the last 18 years. She is an ensemble member of Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company and Lifeline Theatre. Her costume and makeup designs have been seen at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre of San Antonio, Irish Theater of Chicago, Buffalo Theater Ensemble, Dupage Opera, Stage Left, Artistic Home, House Theater of Chicago, Piven Workshop, and Vitalist Theater. Previously, she worked for 15 years as the costume and makeup coordinator for the College of DuPage theater and dance department.

Her creative research focus concerns the role of the ‘designer as dramaturg’. She practices this research by designing new works and re-envisioned classics through the concept of ‘world-building.’ She also advocates for equity and accessibility in Costume Design. 

Aly received her BA in Theatre from Knox College, an MFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon, and a Certificate in Fashion Design from the College of Dupage.

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Monday, Sept. 28: Makeup Safety and Aging Techniques for Virtual Teaching

This webinar will cover some safety applications for makeup prep, show techniques for applying makeup in a class using zoom and remote learning tools, as well as illustrate 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.

Time: 7 p.m. EDT

Price: FREE to members, $15 to non-members

Presenter: Gene Flaharty, Makeup Artist/Instructor, has been doing professional makeup for TV, Film, print, and theatre for over 38 years. He enjoys teaching at a local college and doing makeup on celebrities like Martin Short, Dee Wallace Stone and David Ogden Stiers. He has designed over 200 different theater productions. He enjoys makeup education as he does lecture/demonstrations across the country in his full-time position as Education, Theatrical Retail Specialist/Makeup Artist for Mehron Inc in New York. He has designed characters for Haunted Houses for theme packs across the country, worked on national and regional tours of Cats, Addams Family, Spamalot, Kinky Boots, and Shrek. Gene has been published with articles “Stretching Your Makeup”, “How Safe is Your Makeup”, and “How to Start Your First Makeup Kit."

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Monday, Oct. 12: The Sustainable Production Toolkit: Sustainable Practices post-COVID

Our industry faces severe social and economic impacts of Covid-19. Theatre makers are also engaged in reckoning with systemic racism. Alongside the global pandemic and the legacy of white supremacy looms another destabilizing reality: climate change. These three crises are not a coincidence: they are deeply interconnected. Their confluence at this moment demands that we re-examine our “business as usual” and embrace new responsibilities — and opportunities — as we look forward.

The Sustainable Production Toolkit is a comprehensive guide, with concrete tools and best practices for prioritizing the intertwined needs for greater environmental, human, and financial sustainability in our industry. Modules include how to frame and facilitate these conversations with your colleagues; how to budget for reduced emissions from scenery, costumes and props; how to approach transitioning to LED lighting; air travel; and development opportunities.

Time: 7 p.m. EDT

Price: FREE to members, $15 to non-members

Presenters: Sandra Goldmark is a set designer, teacher, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on circular economy solutions to overconsumption and climate change. She is a Professor and Director of Sustainability at Barnard College, and the author of the upcoming book Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet.

Edward T. Morris is a set and projection designer and sustainability advocate. Along with Elizabeth Mak, Lauren Gaston, Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta he co-authored the Sustainable Production Toolkit. He teaches design and dramaturgy at The New School and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829. He lectures on sustainable design and organizes panel discussions on many subjects for Wingspace Theatrical Design.

Lauren Gaston is a costume designer, illustrator, and entrepreneur. Her design work has been featured by The Juilliard School and most recently by Time Lapse Dance in NYC. Along with Michael Banta, Sandra Goldmark, Elizabeth Mak and Edward T. Morris she is a co-author of The Sustainable Production Toolkit. In exploring approaches to circular design and production, she has co-hosted panels on sustainability in theatre with fellow designer Megan Quarles at FABSCRAP and The Theatre Communications Group.  She is currently a member of The Creative Entrepreneur Project at The Actors Fund.

Michael Banta is Production Manager, Barnard College, Department of Theatre.

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Monday, Oct. 19: Stage Management Theory as a Guide to Practice: Cultivating a Creative Approach

The presenters will speak about themes from their new book, Stage Management Theory as a Guide to Practice: Cultivating a Creative Approach. As expressed in the introduction, “throughout the years, our discussions and debates around stage management methodology have been a through-line in our relationship. This book reflects our identities at this point in our lives: mid-career women — one Black, and one White — who are educators and stage managers, spouses, parents, and leaders in our field. We will speak about our focus on anti-racist stage management education and the practices outlined in the HowlRound Essay we published in July.”

Time: 7 p.m. EDT

Price: FREE to members, $15 to non-members

Presenters: Lisa Porter is a Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego, where she has taught since 2005. She is the Head of the MFA in Stage Management and teaches graduate and undergraduate stage management. She has also developed courses related to creativity, neuroscience, disability, and performance. Lisa has taught in the MFA Stage Management program at Yale School of Drama, and has led international classes in Singapore, Taiwan, and China.

Working in diverse venues on six continents, Lisa’s career has included international projects with Laurie Anderson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anne Bogart, Hal Hartley, Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad Ensemble, White Oak Dance Project, and Robert Wilson. She has collaborated extensively on multiple intercultural productions with Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen and TheatreWorks Singapore. Her New York and Regional credits include productions with Christopher Ashley, Charles Busch, Jonathan Demme, Richard Foreman, Doug Hughes, Tina Landau, Kenny Leon, Suzan-Lori Parks, Darko Tresnjak, and Mark Wing-Davey. She has also produced and stage managed non-profit and corporate events since 1996. She has recently co-published, with Narda E. Alcorn, Stage Management Theory as a Guide to Practice: Cultivating a Creative Approach and the essay We Commit to Anti-Racist Stage Management Education on HowlRound.

Narda E. Alcorn is a Professor and Stage Manager who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. In 2019, Narda was appointed Chair of the Stage Management Program at Yale School of Drama. She has been Head of Stage Management for New York University, DePaul University, and State University of New York at Purchase. She received DePaul’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 and The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration in 2017. 

On Broadway, Narda has had collaborations with the Tony-winning directors Kenny Leon, Bartlett Sher, and George C. Wolfe. She premiered four of Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright August Wilson’s Century Cycle plays, and stage managed two Broadway revivals of his work. Her New York and Regional credits include productions with Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Billy Crystal, Kevin Kline, Annette Bening, Phylicia Rashad, David Schwimmer, and Richard Foreman. Narda was a long-time stage manager on the Broadway production of The Lion King, and she has collaborated with the celebrated MacArthur Fellows, composer George E. Lewis and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. She has recently co-published, with Lisa Porter, Stage Management Theory as a Guide to Practice: Cultivating a Creative Approach and the essay We Commit to Anti-Racist Stage Management Education on HowlRound.

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Monday, Oct. 26: Know Your (Copy)Rights: When Fair Use Becomes Infringement

Have you ever played recorded music during a scene change, projected a picture you didn't take, or sent a name-brand soda can onstage as a prop? Have you designed a set based on someone's artwork, or blocked a scene the same way as another production? Most artists have, whether they remember it or not. 

In today’s culture, new art increasingly borrows from preexisting work, references popular culture, or incorporates real-world people, brands, or products. Unfortunately, few artists or managers have ready access to a lawyer in their organization, or even know someone to turn to when questions arise. This session will outline the contours of what artists absolutely can or cannot do and arm the viewer with knowledge and examples to understand the grey area in between. 

Time: 7 p.m. EDT

Price: FREE to members, $15 to non-members

Presenters: Matt Davis is the Production Manager for the Philadelphia Theatre Company and holds a M.F.A. in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama. Prior to joining PTC, Matt was the Production Manager for New York Stage and Film, a leading new works incubator. Before moving to the east coast, Matt was the Technical Production Manager for the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, as well as Adjunct Faculty member at Pepperdine University, and has worked nationally and internationally on tour. Matt is the author of Intellectual Property for Producing Theatres, a handbook outlining the core principles of copyright, and other protections that are often mistaken for copyright. It prepares the reader with vocabulary and background knowledge so they can converse effectively with an expert (and know when one is required).

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ed comm

*NEW DATES ADDED*

Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Dec. 18 — USITT's Education Commission Presents: Online & Distance Learning

The USITT Education Commission welcomes all members of USITT to join a series of conversations specifically aimed at sharing online and distance-based teaching practices. Whether you are looking for innovative approaches to challenging circumstances this fall, or are able to share successful ideas with others this is an opportunity to specifically connect with academic colleagues in your discipline.

Time: 4-5 p.m. EDT for each day

Price: FREE

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news at noon

USITT News@Noon webinars have replaced our New@Noon series and will be posted every Tuesday at Noon EDT on Facebook and Instagram! News@Noon will provide you the latest and most up-to-date Industry news, give you a behind-the-scenes look at everything USITT, and keep you up to date on all things related to our 2021 Conference and Stage Expo coming up March 2021 in Columbus, OH.

To watch on Facebook, head over to our Facebook page, and click on the "videos" tab. To watch on Instagram, head over to our profile by clicking here.

To watch the recordings of our previous New@Noon webinars, click here.