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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.



Connect with fellow USITT members, students, performers, riggers, technicians, stage production professionals and academicians from the five-state Northwest Section. This is a great opportunity to network, discuss technical theatre and show off the things you have been doing while the theatres are closed. The big picture topics are: how are you doing during the pandemic; what are you doing to face the enormous challenges of the pandemic, and what's on your mind and what bothers you the most as we create the New Normal (aka Q & A)? We as a community of theater professionals, want you to share with your community what matters the most. We are here to support you.

This is open to anyone. While it may feel discouraging to face the challenges of a pandemic, theaters and the creative artists behind every production, will bounce back with an even higher level of success - which has been true each and every time our industry has faced wars, depressions and other cataclysmic events, over the past two hundred years. Whether you want to listen in, add to the discussion - or even float some new ideas for this new era in American theater, we encourage you to sign up today.



Moderators: Samuel Mollner, Joseph Diehl, and Aaron Dyszelski.


Join Technical Production's Vice Commissioner for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for a free-ranging panel discussion with a group of women working in technical production. Panelists will share stories and experiences from their careers into technical production, speak about the intersection of their identity and their careers, and answer questions from attendees. Questions for the panel may be submitted in advance at



Presenters: Mary Jean “MJ” Sedlock is the Vice Commissioner for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Technical Production Commission. She is also the Production Manager and Technical Director for the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine, where she teaches classes in Stagecraft, Drafting, Advanced Stagecraft and Stage Management. MJ holds a B.S. in Theatre Design/Production from Illinois State University, an M.F.A. in Scenic Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.B.A. from the Maine Business School. Concurrent with her role at UMaine, MJ works as the Production Manager for Opera House Arts in Stonington, ME and as the Production Manager for the International Association of Performing Arts for Youth Showcase and Conference in Philadelphia, PA. To view selected examples of her professional work, please visit

Karn Richoux hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, and teaches technical theatre at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. She has her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Production of Theatre from Florida State University. Karn has worked for 8 years at summer theatres in Minnesota and Maine, with one summer as the ATD at the Guthrie, and was the Technical Director and Technical Theatre Teacher at McCallum Fine Arts Academy, a high school in Austin, TX for three years. She enjoys passing on the experience of hands-on learning and collaboration that Technical Theatre provides to the next generation of theatre artists. Questions for the panel may be submitted in advance at

Jacqueline (Jackie) Deniz Young is currently the Technical Director at Two River Theater, a LORT D Regional Theater in Red Bank, NJ. She has previously held positions at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts (Theater Department Technical Director), Studio Theatre (Interim Technical Director), Montclair State University College of the Arts (Assistant Technical Director), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Co-Interim Technical Director). She has worked on productions with NYU Tisch, The Shop Theater, Prototype Festival, Berkley Repertory Theater, and Yale Repertory Theater. Before making Technical Direction her main focus, Jackie worked as a production stage manager, lighting technician, carpenter, and welder. Her freelance adventures have taken her to McCarter Theatre, The Sheen Center, Long Wharf Theatre, The Watermill Center, Black Walnut, NY Shakespeare Festival / The Public Theater, Juilliard, 59 E 59th St Theaters, Primary Stages, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company, and others. Jackie holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Drama and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University.

Sam Miller currently serves as the Faculty Technical Director for New World School of the Arts at Miami-Dade College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production for the Theatre from the School of Theatre at Florida State University. She recently has been the Director of Production for Miami Music Festival, a summer training institute for classical musicians. Miller previously served as Lecturer of Technical Production and Faculty, Technical Director for the University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theater, Technical Director for Ohio Light Opera, Potsdam Music Theater, Nova Southeastern University and the Bristol Riverside Theater in Bristol, PA. She has been an active member of USITT since 2010.


The technical production commission is starting a monthly mentorship series focusing on our student and early career members. This first session will be focused on networking and discussion with these folks, going over the ideas for future sessions, getting input from the group on what is most needed and beneficial for the following sessions, setting up community guidelines for this space, and a round of introductions. Please join Latiana “LT” Gourzong, the VC for Mentorship with TPR for the start of this series. If you are unable to attend, feel free to reach out to LT at with any ideas or questions you have about this space.



Presenter: Latiana "LT" Gourzong (she/her/hers) is from Ocean Township, NJ and started as the Technical Director at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA January of 2020. She received her MFA in Technical Design and Production MFA from Yale School of Drama in 2019 and BFA in Technical Direction from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in May of 2013. She has worked for a variety of theaters and freelanced as a carpenter and TD throughout her career. LT has been involved in USITT since 2012, received the KM Fabrics Technical Production Award in 2019, and is currently the Vice-Commissioner of Mentorship in the Technical Production Commission.


Last summer, we discussed the issues involved as some Colleges and Universities prepared to return, live, to the rehearsal room. Part 2 will be an update: What were the issues? Were the challenges what we had anticipated, or were there new discoveries? How did we see the traditional SM tasks change or stay the same in this new world in our efforts to be productive and safe? Join a panel of Stage Management Faculty to discuss and share your own stories.

(Note: this session will not consider digital/remote rehearsals. It will focus on the in-person rehearsal room.)



Presenters: Tina Shackleford teaches in the Stage and Production Management Program in the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and has previously taught at the University of Iowa and the University of Texas at Austin. She has been an AEA Stage Manager for over twenty years, with credits across the United States with an emphasis on New Work, Musicals, and a little bit of Opera. For USITT, she serves as the Management Commissioner (2017-22), on the Board of Directors (2017-22), is a founding member of the Institute’s EDI Gateway Mentor Program, and as a mentor for the Stage Management Mentor Project, serving as its Coordinator 2013-16. Like many on this panel, she holds an MFA from the University of California San Diego.

Chris Sadler is an Associate Professor at The University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama, heading the stage management emphasis and teaching multiple courses in stage & theatre management and dramatic literature. He holds an MFA in stage management from the University of California San Diego and a BFA from Ithaca College. A proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 1999, Chris has a successful freelancing career having been on stage management teams for over 100 productions at theatres nationwide. Additionally, Chris participates with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a stage management respondent at regional festivals since 2013 and has been involved with the USITT Stage Management Mentor Project since 2014.

Evangeline Rose Whitlock is the incoming Assistant Professor of Stage Management at Webster University. Prior to that, she lived and worked in New York City and was the Visiting Assistant Arts Professor of Stage Management at New York University, and has also taught and mentored student stage managers at Adelphi University, Brooklyn College, and Baylor University. Whitlock has stage management experience on and off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, on international and national tours, with ballet and contemporary dance companies, and large-scale corporate and industrial events.