USITT Webinars

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In this webinar we will discuss the dangers of out-of-balance single and double reeve systems as well as highlight several methods of handling these situations.



Tyler DeLong is the owner/name partner in DeLong Rigging Solutions. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger in both Theatrical and Arena Rigging (Certification # 2771) and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. Tyler has his OSHA 30 as well as being certified in numerous man-lifts and material handlers. He earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Technology from Indiana University (class of 2010). Tyler has spent the majority of his career working as a touring technician, primarily as the Tour Rigger/Automation Tech. He also has spent some time as the Stage Carpenter at the Santa Fe Opera, as a touring Production Manager for Feld Entertainment. His work has taken him all over North America, South America, and Asia.


USITT hosts designer Paul Tazewell for a conversation on his life and illustrious career.



Paul Tazewell has designed Broadway shows, theatre, film and television, dance, and opera for over 25 years. Starting his Broadway career with Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk directed by George C. Wolfe, he has since designed the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Hamilton; Escape to Margaritaville; Summer; In the Heights; The Color Purple (2005); Dr. Zhivago; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam; Lombardi; Magic/Bird; Side Show; A Streetcar Named Desire; Jesus Christ Superstar; Guys and Dolls; A Raisin in the Sun; and On the Town. In 2016, he received both a Tony Award®, for Hamilton, and an Emmy Award, for "The Wiz Live!" (NBC). Recent television work: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (HBO) starring Oprah Winfrey and "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" (NBC) featuring John Legend for which he received an Emmy nomination. He has been nominated for the Tony Award® six times, has received the Princess Grace Statue Award, Henry Hewes Design Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, and the TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. His costume work has been photographed for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, and The Bloomberg Design Issue, and he is a featured artist in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's web series The Artist Project and the companion book by Phaidon. He currently lives in New York City with his husband and their dog, Harpo.


Are you a new instructor? Are you a graduate student preparing to teach for the first time? This introductory workshop will get you started on the fundamentals of course design and syllabus preparation, project scaffolding, timelines, and academic assessment for courses in theatre design and technology. We will also introduce some basic pedagogical terms it may be helpful to know. Whether you are excited or nervous about your new class, we invite you to join us!



Ashley Bellet is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at Purdue University. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; she holds BAs in English and Theatre Design from The University of the South at Sewanee and an MFA in Costume and Scenic Design from The University of Memphis. Ashley designed and taught previously at The University of Memphis, Oklahoma City University, Millikin University, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and at The University of Tulsa. Her research interests include postdramatic theatre aesthetics, material culture studies, and visual expressions of posthumanism on stage as well as the pedagogy of design in contemporary theatre studies. Ashley has presented her research and pedagogical approaches to teaching design at ATHE, AATE, USITT, and KCACTF. She is the Associate Editor for Education for TD&T, the Vice President for Commissions, and serves on the Board of Directors for UISTT. She has worked as a costume crafts artisan at American Players Theatre and The Santa Fe Opera, and has designed for The Potsdam Music Theatre, Light Opera Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, The Kentucky Repertory Theatre, Theatre Tulsa, Theatre Memphis, and Playhouse on the Square, among others.

DeMara Cabrera is the Costume Designer and Instructor for the Theatre Arts Department at Oregon State University. She received her BA in Drama from Stanford University in 2004 and her MFA from Boston University in 2013. DeMara worked as an Assistant Professor at Central Connecticut State University for two years. She has also worked as an Instructor, Designer, and Costume Shop Manager at Linfield College (2007). Favorite credits include: Women in Congress (Linfield College, ACTF Meritorious Achievement in Design award), The Dialogues of the Carmelites (Huntington Theatre and Boston University Opera Institute), Angels in America and Hair (Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT), A Servant of Two Masters (Central Connecticut State University), Romeo and Juliet (Bard in the Quad), Sense and Sensibility (Oregon State University), Shakespeare in Love (Oregon State University). DeMara’s online portfolio can be viewed at: DeMara is the Co-Vice Commissioner for Education, Diversity, and Inclusion for USITT’s Education Commission.


This course offers virtual on-the-job training for riggers of all experience levels. We will focus on the functional aspects of up rigging, including (but not limited to): Harness, lanyard, and rope management, working on a beam, how to wrap a steel basket, secure and strike it, truss climbing, timber hitches, equipment inspection, basic bridle theory, and fall protection fundamentals.

Most of what you will need to know to perform up rigging duties in an arena setting, and whatever else you have questions about.

This course is worth 1.5 ETCP renewal credits and will be limited to 25 participants. This webinar is being brought to you in part by Bigger Hammer Production Services.



Phil van Hest provides Rigging, Fall Protection and Heavy Equipment instruction in the LA area. Before entering the world of rigging safety, Phil toured the world as a comic/writer/performer and thought twice about mentioning it; rigging and safety are famously humorless subjects. Phil is the Safety and Rigging Manager for Bigger Hammer Production Services, and an ETCP Recognized Trainer holding ETCP certifications in Arena and Theatrical rigging. He currently resides in Orange County, another place in California named after a thing that used to be there before it got paved over.


How To Turn On Closed Captioning for USITT Online Learning


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From iOS:

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  • LinkedIn does not support auto-generated Closed Captioning.  There are instructions on how to work around this by uploading a SubRip file. More info at this link.