USITT Webinars

Monday, Aug. 10 — Props Paperwork: Using off-the-Shelf Software to Manage Show Files

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July 8, July 22, Aug. 5, and Aug. 19: Education Commission: 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

Registration link: Click here

Monday, Aug. 10 — Props Paperwork: Using off-the-Shelf Software to Manage Show Files

Webinar Description: Explore, examine, and demystify some lesser-known features of MS Office and Google Software. Creating forms, sheets, labels, work orders, and show books all from a single source is the focus. The goal is to limit keystrokes and data entry and focus on information manipulation.

Presenter: Larry Heyman is an associate professor of properties design and fabrication at Oklahoma City University. He holds an MFA in properties design from the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. He has 34 years’ experience in the world of props and set decorations for both theatre and film. He has also spent time as an instructional technology specialist, teaching about integrating software into everyday use. He uses plain English, to explore and teach about the various applications.

Courses he has developed include Properties Design and Fabrication, Materials and Processes, Period Style, and Decor. He supervises prop masters and set decorators for university productions and focuses on practical, real-world solutions to common problems.

Time: 7 p.m. EDT

Price: FREE for USITT members; $10 for non-members

Advanced registration link: Click here

Tuesday, Aug. 18 — Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Tools and Resources

Webinar Description: Even without the uncertainties of life in a pandemic, the unique environment, and stresses of working in the entertainment industry are extremely challenging. It’s critical to make sure you, and those you care about, stay healthy; mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Learn about the tools and resources available through the Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative including a peer-to-peer chat app, online therapist finder that only includes therapists who understand the industry, anonymous online behavioral self-assessments to help understand what you’re feeling, easy to navigate resource links, and suicide prevention information presented by the Executive Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Presenters: Dr. John Draper ( has nearly 30 years of experience in crisis intervention and suicide prevention work, and is considered an international expert in crisis contact center practices (hotline, online chat, text services, etc.). Since 2004, Dr. Draper has been the Executive Director of the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK), overseeing all aspects of this service—including its subnetwork, the Disaster Distress Helpline—and the Lifeline’s partnership with the VA in administering the Veteran’s Crisis Line. As an expert in crisis services, Dr. Draper has regularly engaged with print, broadcast and web-based media for over 20 years.

Lori Rubinstein ( is the Executive Director of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. Behind the Scenes has partnered with other concerned organizations, employers and individuals to launch the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative for the Entertainment Industry.

Lori was the Executive Director of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) for almost 30 years until her retirement in 2018. Her experience in the industry also includes working with a stage and lighting supply company, theatrical consultancy firm, manufacturer of entertainment products, and as a lighting designer and stage manager.

Time: 2:30 p.m. EDT

Price: FREE

Advanced registration link: Click here

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.