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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.



Presenter: 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).


Join lighting designers Jim Streeter, Christina Watanabe, Adam Honore, and Hideaki Tsutsui as they discuss their careers, process, and what inspires them.



Presenters: Jim Streeter is currently the Production Manger for Film and Performance Theatre located in Frist Campus Center at Princeton University. Mr. Streeter has been the Lighting Designer/Master Electrician for Princeton University's Program in Theater and Dance, where he designed the lighting for productions of A Test of Love, A Little Night Music, Cabaret, Yankee Dawg, You Die, The Vagina Monologues, The Crucible, The Duchess of Malfi, HAMLETMACHINE, Twelfth Night, The Maids, A Delicate Balance, Happy Days, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull and premieres of student works Who Am I Without You, Chamber Music, Mixed Drinks, Invitation to the Blues, Utopia Parkway, Shadowman, The Tire Iron(Beer,Pool and Darts), Of Beauty Born and T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland.

Mr. Streeter has also served as the Resident Lighting Designer for the BodyHype Dance Company at Princeton University. He has designed lighting and visual effects for A Sacred Place, choreographed by Jacques D'amboise, Negotiations, choreographed by Ze'eva Cohen and Aleta Hayes, Chamber Pieces, choreogrraphed by Ze'eva Cohen, Aleta Hayes and Jill Sigman and the Body Hype Dance Company at Princeton University. Other works include, Konvergence and Rosemary with Ginger for the Acting Studio, Inc. in New York City, The Sound of Music and Phantom for Rockwell Productions, The Glass Menagerie and A Lifetime on the Streets for Trenton State College Theater, The Rothchilds for Bristol Riverside Theatre, Jungle Coup, Moby Dick and the American Premiere of The Graduate for Stageworks/Summit and the premiere of Cynthia Lee Smith's The Night Spirit for the Aphre Behn Theatre Co. He is a graduate of the Center for Media Arts and studied lighting design at The Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.

Christina Watanabe is a New York City-based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events. Recent: Guys and Dolls (Virginia Stage Company), As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), pathetic (Minor Theatre), The Wild Party (Post Theatre Company), Peer Gynt (Barnard), Heartbreak House (Gingold Theatrical Group), A Christmas Carol (FL Rep), Into the Woods (Charlottesville Opera), The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Weir, Fireflies, and Private Lives (White Heron Theatre Company), Scissoring (INTAR), Dido of Idaho (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Small World: a fantasia (59E59), Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement (INTAR), Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane), I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio). TV: Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State (CNN). Her work has been seen at multiple venues in and around NYC including The Public Theatre (Under the Radar), The Bushwick Starr, Theatre for the New City, and The Living Theatre.

Christina has designed and mentored at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (The Tempest, Macbeth, Violet) and with the Yale Dramatic Association (A Midsummer Night's Dream). She is the lighting design lead for Ralph Lauren’s Madison Avenue windows. Christina has toured internationally with Shen Wei Dance Arts, domestically with Jonah Bokaer, and regionally with So Percussion. Christina also served as a lighting coordinator at Lincoln Center Festival (2013, 2015-17). She was a panelist for The League of Professional Theatre Women’s “A Discussion: Designers and Directors”. Visiting Arts Faculty: NYU Tisch. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829.

Christina is honored to have been chosen as a USITT Gateway Mentor at their 2018, 2019, and 2020 conferences.

An avid cyclist, Christina enjoys distance rides as well as city communicating. She travels, drinks tea, and loves horror films. Below are some of her favorite pictures taken while traveling.

Adam Honore is a Harlem-based lighting designer for plays, musicals, and live events. His résumé includes off-Broadway productions, regional shows, national tours, and international premieres. Internationally, Adam's work has been seen in Austria, Canada, and the Philippines, where he designed the international premiere of FUN HOME, which was directed by Bobby Garcia and featured Tony Award winner Lea Salonga. Adam is a Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, and Helen Hayes Award Nominee; AUDELCO Award Recipient, and a Member of Live Design Magazine’s "30 Under 30."

Hideaki Tsutsui Hideaki is from Sapporo, Japan earned a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at Florida State University and is a member of USA829.

New York credits include Lantern Floating for Peace at Lincoln Center, Tony Award-winning Choreographer Garth Fagan’s 40th-anniversary piece; Thanks 40 at Joyce theatre, Mikel Rouse’s Gravity Radio at Brooklyn Academy of Music, three seasons as the principle LD for the Midtown International Theatre Festival where he designed numerous productions such as Rhinoceros and City of Dreams. He also designed lighting for Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos at Brooklyn Academy of Music and National Tour of Moscow Circus USA tour. He was also the Assistant Lighting Designer for Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer on OMNIUM GATHERUM.

Hideaki has been working internationally as the Lighting Designer/Director for shows such as Cook, Dixon and Young (formally known as Three Mo’ Tenors), Sing Along Santa in Seoul, Korea, Failing Kansas in Melbourne Australia. Hideaki is also the Lighting Designer for Mikel Rouse’s Cameraworld, Music for Minorities, and The End of Cinematics, which had a successful run in NYC and Westend. It was also featured in Live Design Magazine and Prague Quadrennial 2007.

Before he joined University of Texas at El Paso as the lighting design professor, he was the lighting designer and VP of Operations at Eggshell Light Company in Hawaii, where he designed over 100 corporate events, concerts and television shows. A few of the events he designed for were; PBS Hawaii, Cindy Lauper, Nissin Cup Noodle, General Motors, Boeing, Coors, LPGA, Subaru, Kaiser Permanente, KTC Japan, and FENDI. In 2011, Hideaki was one of the lighting designers to work on APEC 2011 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Recent projects include Sweeney Todd at Madison Opera, Mikel Rouse’s The Demo World Premier at Stanford and Virginia Arts Festival 20th Anniversary Gala, which featured some of the greatest dance companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Group, Tokyo Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Hideaki continues to work such events as Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii, which attracts 50,000 spectators each year and NCAA final Four Promotional Videos for CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting Systems, which works have been broadcasted nationally and internationally.


Join Tony Award-winning collaborators, Director Julie Taymor and Lighting Designer Don Holder as they discuss the process of working together to build a production. The first in USITT Collaboration Conversations, Taymor and Holder each won Tony Awards for The Lion King. This discussion of the designer/director collaboration will give you insight into the process and the synergy that can develop when two artistic minds meld to bring a vision to life.

Register today and take the opportunity to gain inspiration from a pair of the creatives behind Broadway’s highest grossing and third-longest running production in history.



Guests: Julie Taymor As a Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winning and Oscar® nominated artist, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction.

Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony Award nominations, with Julie receiving awards for Best Director and Costume Designer. She was the first woman in theatrical history to receive the award for Best Direction of a Musical. In addition to her Tony Awards, she also received awards for her puppet, costume, and mask designs. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played over 100 cities in 19 countries, and its worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.

Her credits also include the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, at the Public Theater and a cinematic version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed during her critically acclaimed, sold-out stage production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Additional credits: Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, which earned five Tony Award nominations including one for her direction. Operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Die Zauberflöte (in repertory at the Met), The Magic Flute (the abridged English version, which inaugurated a PBS series entitled Great Performances at the Met); and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Film credits include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida, starring Salma Hayek; Across the Universe; and The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater, the recipient of the 2015 Shakespeare Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and a 2017 Disney Legends Award honoree. She recently directed M. Butterfly starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

In 2016, Ms. Taymor created the Taymor World Theater Fellowship for enterprising American theater directors (ages 21-34) to experience a year-long immersion in theater in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, and/or the Middle East. Her film credits include, most recently released, THE GLORIAS, starring Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler and Janelle Monae.

Donald Holder has worked extensively in theater, opera, dance, and architectural and television lighting in the US and abroad for over 25 years. He has designed more than 50 Broadway productions, has been nominated for thirteen Tony awards, winning the Tony for Best Lighting Design for The Lion King and the 2008 revival of South Pacific. His recent Broadway productions include Tootsie, Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Anastasia, She Loves Me, Fiddler On The Roof, The Bridges Of Madison County, The King and I, Bullets Over Broadway, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, On The Twentieth Century, and Golden Boy. Projects at the NY Metropolitan Opera include Rigoletto (2021), Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalilah, Otello, Julie Taymor's production of The Magic Flute, and Two Boys (also at the English National Opera). He has worked at most of the nation's leading resident theatres, including Baltimore's Center Stage, Arena Stage, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His television and film work includes the theatrical lighting for seasons one and two of Smash (NBC-Dreamworks), and for the Warner Brothers feature film Oceans 8. Mr. Holder is head of the lighting design program at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate from Muhlenberg College, and is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Yale University School of Drama.

Moderator: Autum Casey is a freelance designer based in New York, working on and off-Broadway as well as regionally. Primarily focused on lighting and projection design for theatre and dance, her credits also include architectural lighting design, scenic and costume design, and intermedia collaboration. She teaches Lighting Design at Barnard College; previous academic positions include George Mason University and Texas A&M University. She currently serves as the Commissioner for the Lighting Design and Technology Commission on USITT.


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.