USITT Webinars

USITT is pleased to offer two brand new webinar series, "New@Noon" and "Forum@Four," as a way to provide those in the technical theatre and live entertainment industries with online education during this difficult time that would normally have been brought to you at our Conference and Stage Expo in Houston.

These new offerings, however, are not meant to replace the Conference in any way, so we are holding these webinars FREE of charge for anyone who may be interested, not just USITT members. New@Noon and Forum@Four will take place from Monday through Thursday at noon and at 4 p.m. EDT, respectively, via the popular online conference application, Zoom.

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The New@Noon series will be similar to our New Products Showcase that takes place every year at the annual Conference and Stage Expo. Companies who were set to exhibit their latest tech will now take the virtual stage instead to explain what the product is and to answer questions that participants may have.

These webinars will be streamed live on Zoom, as well as on USITT's Facebook page. To watch on Zoom, click the link below for the session you wish to take part in to register in advance. For Facebook Live, head over to our Facebook page, and the webinar will be the featured video when it goes live.

View the latest scheduled webinars and their descriptions below. More will be added throughout the month of April as information is gathered.

 

Monday, April 6: Cable Munkey LLC Presents its New Product, "Cable Munkey™"

Webinar description: Cable Munkey™ easily slips onto battens or truss giving the user a quick and easy way to attach the cable. Data and power cables each run in their own separate hook for easy access, troubleshooting, and reduced electrical interference. With integrated mousing points, the cable can be secured for temporary use, permanent installations, or tours. Place a Cable Munkey™ every four feet and you’re ready to go.

Presenter: Jonathan Allender-Zivic is the Owner and Inventor of Cable Munkey™. He founded the company with the goal of making the lives easier of anyone who has to deal with cable management after many years of teaching student workers how to hang, focus and troubleshoot he decided there had to be a quicker easier way of managing cable. When Jonathan is not working on Cable Munkey business, he is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of South Dakota, teaching lighting and sound design. He designs both academically and professionally across the U.S. as part of his creative scholarship for the University. Jonathan is currently the Vice Commissioner of Education and Training for the Lighting Commission, and the KCACTF Region 5 Festival Technical Coordinator. He is also an ETC EOS Family Contract Trainer.

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Tuesday, April 7: Little Giant Ladder Systems Presents "King Kombo™"

Webinar description: You need a ladder that helps you get stuff done with ease. The Little Giant® King Kombo™ is the pinnacle of ladder technology, offering a variety of beneficial features that make your ladder safer and more versatile than ever. The King Kombo is the winner of the 2019 OH&S New Product of the Year Award and is also the winner of the 2019 Pro Tool Innovation Award. In both awards, the ladder was recognized for its innovation and safety-promoting nature.

This 3-in-1 multi-position ladder easily converts to A-frame, extension and leaning configurations, giving you the perfect tool for any job. The crowning gem of the King Kombo is its rotating wall pad. Now, you can safely set up your ladder on inside and outside corners, walls, and studs. The climbing side of the ladder features wide-flared legs for increased side-tip stability. The extension side of the ladder has straight-line legs that are narrow enough to fit between studs. Access tight workspaces between wall studs, ceiling trusses, and roof or attic access ports. Made from lightweight, durable fiberglass, you can work around electricity without fear of conductivity. The Hi-Viz green color also promotes increased visibility to decrease ladder bumping. On the King Kombo Industrial and Technical models, you can enjoy the benefits of Ground Cue®, the bottom rung alert system. Descend the ladder with confidence. The Industrial and Technical King Kombo ladders also feature a revolutionary V-bar. When in its extension configuration, the non-marring V-bar can grip inside and outside corners, walls, and studs. Meeting or exceeding all OSHA and ANSI standards, this type IAA ladder is rated to hold 375 lbs.

Presenter: Kristy Dunkley has been in the ladder business for about five years. Her first position with Little Giant Ladders was in Dealer Customer Service. Over time, she worked her way up the ladder (no pun intended) to work in the Marketing Department, as the Customer Service Manager, and with Government Sales. Kristy is now a Senior Account Executive. She is a Safety Director, with the specific mission of preventing ladder accidents and saving lives by promoting ladder safety training and ladder design innovations. Her goal is the same as yours, getting everyone home to their families at the end of the day. Kristy has 9 children and is very family-oriented. In her free time, Kristy enjoys sports, outdoors, hiking, camping and anything that involves a little bit of competition.

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Wednesday, April 8: Vectorworks Presents Updates to "Spotlight," "Vision," and "Braceworks"

Webinar description: 2D/3D design software, previsualization software, and rigging analysis software.

Presenter: Frank Brault, senior entertainment technologist at Vectorworks, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience in scenic and lighting design, software development, and training. Over the years, he has personally trained more than 2,000 Vectorworks users through seminars, onsite training, and one-on-one webinars. He also created the Theatrical Lighting Toolkit, which was the precursor to Vectorworks Spotlight, as well as the initial release of the Space Planning suite of functionality in the Architect application. He designed and largely coded the first version of the Vectorworks Landmark application. Brault is concurrently a faculty member of the Towson University Theatre Department where he teaches an independent study studio course.

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Thursday, April 9: Techs Against Insanity

Webinar description: NINJA is excited to announce our newest product, TECHS AGAINST INSANITY — the game for the crew who are probably missing their cues right now. Alright, we're all missing our cues right now (that's fair), but when it comes time to return to work, let our new game keep you entertained for hours. Also, come and get an update on some of our other new designs.

Presenter: Terrence Williams is currently a Producer for The Works Entertainment, a Cirque du Soleil affiliate that produces multiple magic and circus shows internationally, including The Illusionists, Now You See Me LIVE, and Circus 1903, among others.  Terrence founded NINJA in 2017 as a celebration for those who work in the dark, creating the real magic for audiences nightly.

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forum at four

 

The Forum@Four series is essentially taking a selection of curated sessions and translating them to a virtual environment. These webinars are brought to you by the various USITT commissions and other industry experts, and presenters will be available during the sessions to answer questions that participants may have.

Similar to the New@Noon series, the Forum@Four will be available on Zoom, however they will NOT be streamed simultaneously on Facebook Live. To watch on Zoom, click the link below for the session you wish to take part in to register in advance.

View the latest scheduled webinars and their descriptions below. More will be added throughout the month of April as information is gathered.

 

Monday, April 6: Contract Negotiation Strategies for Lessening the Stage Management Gender Wage Gap

Webinar description: 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

Presenter: Terrence R. Williams is an internationally-touring General Stage Manager having worked with such distinguished productions as The Illusionists, Circus 1903, Absinthe and Illusionist David Copperfield, among others. Terrence has helmed four Australian National Tours as well as multiple tours through Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, and various parts of the Middle East.  His work has been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, the Rachael Ray Show, the TODAY Show, and America's Got Talent. Currently overseeing 13 live touring productions worldwide, he has turned his focus towards stage management education and leadership training within the industry.

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Tuesday, April 7: If you can't find it, you can't use it - Costume Inventory Resources

Webinar description: Only you can turn the stage from a dark, silent floor to a dazzling scene. But if you can't find the right costume, prop or setpiece, microphone or lights - how will you do it? You don't want to make or buy everything again. In this session, you will see the benefits of creating an inventory of all your properties. This presentation will help you learn what you need, write a plan, set a budget, create a shopping list and timeline for starting your inventory project. Whether you have thousands of costumes, hundreds of pieces of sound equipment, a warehouse of furniture or the world's large gobo collection — creating and maintaining an inventory will help you.

Presenter: Margaret Messick is the owner and database designer for Costume Inventory Resources. She has been designing database applications for over 30 years and has had a love of sewing since her teens. In 2010, she combined these interests to create the Theatre Inventory Database. Now with customers in 26 countries and over 800 installations of her software she has helped hundreds of theatres and schools manage their inventory.

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Wednesday, April 8: 3D Modeling for Theatre & Exhibit Design

Webinar description: Journey into the exciting world of 3D Visualization utilizing Trimble Sketchup Software.

Presenter: Robert Mark Morgan is a Teaching Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has designed professionally in the areas of theatre, film, museum, and theme park venues. Avatar the Exhibition (museum exhibit) originally designed for Experience Music Project in Seattle toured in the U.S. and Canada for three years. His designs have been seen onstage nationally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Studio Arena (Buffalo, NY), Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, MN), Cleveland Play House, the MUNY – St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Barrington Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. Current projects include Into the Breeches at Cleveland Play House (Sept. 2019) and Asolo Repertory Theatre (Feb. 2020).

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Thursday, April 9: Lighting Large Scale Productions

Webinar description: From the theatre to Times Square and from the studio to a stadium, how do you navigate and manage a rig with 500+ fixtures? This intermediate-level session will delve into the process of designing, engineering, and managing large scale productions from start to finish.

Presenters:

  • Dylan Bomgardner — (Moderator) Lighting Designer, Available Light
  • Robb Jibson — Multi-discipline Designer
  • Steven Rosen — Founder and Creative Director of Available Light
  • Travis Shupe — Freelance Lighting Programmer, Electrician, and Lighting Director
  • Jordan Yeo — President, Jordan Yeo Production Services, LLC

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