During this unprecedented time, USITT is here to provide resources to our membership and beyond. Online learning, job opportunities, and industry resources are available year-round for those who may be out of work, those who are having to navigate the waters of teaching classes online that traditionally would not be suited as web-based education, and more.
Explore current job listings from some of the top organizations in our industry.
There are an abundance of companies actively seeking those looking for summer work. During trying times such as these, we want you to feel secure knowing steady work and career opportunities are available to you.
Be proactive! Provide to us your contact information, areas of interest, as well as a link to your LinkedIn profile to begin networking! Once you provide us with your information, we’ll get the word out to potential employers. By doing so, you will save valuable time not having to seek out employers individually and be one of the first to have your resume looked at by hundreds of companies and potential employers!
For all of our Front of House Engineers, Lighting Designers, and Technicians out there, Martin Professional has been offering free learning sessions since April, which have all been recorded and uploaded to their YouTube channel!
Hughston Engineering UVC Machines
Hughston Engineering in South San Francisco, CA has begun to manufacture UVC decontamination units for use in the entertainment industry. Their current plan is to lease these at around $150/week. They cost about $2800 to manufacture.
UVC refers to ultraviolet light with wavelengths between 200 – 280 nanometers (nm). Light in the UVC wavelength can be used for disinfecting water, sterilizing surfaces, destroying harmful micro-organisms in food products and in air.
These units are made with consideration to keep users safe while using the machines and to kill the virus in a matter of seconds. The efficacy of the unit is based on intensity and proximity. Both are calculated for this application.
The Local 16 Training Trust was given a Beta sample of the machine to use in the training facility. It has been used to decontaminate wireless mics, cell phones, keyboards, gloves, masks and myriad other items used in the video teaching studio. There have been no ill effects to any of the gear used in the machine.
To contact Hughston Engineering:
Lance Hughston, SR.
By: Steven Wolff
As we look forward, we must reimagine how we connect with people (artists, employees, board members, partners, audiences and communities), redesign programs and services, and reinvent business models. Along the way we must also reframe our place in community, serve as anchor institutions, and shift perspectives from beneficiary of recovery to partner in recovery.
In just a few short weeks, the COVID-19 health crisis has had an unprecedented impact on our world-wide economy and social environment. In this paper, we describe a five-stage framework: focusing on resilience, readiness, reimagination, recapitalization, and return.
Because arts venues were the first to close and may be among the last to re-open, a myriad of issues may emerge; from the time and conditions required to restart ‘the art’ to customer willingness to be in large venues; from the economic impact of closure to the necessary resources (leadership, human and financial) to return.
There will be much change in the arts and culture space in the coming months. It is a real opportunity for anchor cultural institutions to evolve and step into more significant community development and public value roles.
Over the next weeks and months, AMS will continue to document and share examples of this evolution. We welcome your stories about innovative and creative examples of the public value of our sector and look forward to continuing the conversation. Look for future updates.
Steven Wolff is a Principal with AMS Planning & Research.
SETC has put together a useful list of resources to look into for assistance during this unpredictable period. From teaching and student resources to ways to stream Broadway plays, this is one collection of suggestions to take a look at.
HowlRound plus a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the US held a panel: Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic. Click the link in the title for a recording of the live streamed webinar panel. [The recording of Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic is both American Sign Language interpreted & Closed Captioned.]
They discussed how COVID-19 is impacting freelance artists (those who identify as independent contractors) from all disciplines and where artists can look for support in this complicated moment. The conversation focused on shared resources (legal, advocacy, how to take your work virtual, finding emergency funding, and financial best practices in crisis) and building and grounding our national community.
The Stage Managers' Association of the United States has opened its free job posting service to businesses, campaigns, and employers — part of the live entertainment industry or not — in order for those who are out of work to seek out employment opportunities.
ETC is offering all of their LearningStage online courses for FREE until May 15. This is an excellent resource to utilize during this time, and we encourage our members to take full advantage of this opportunity for continued education.
Behind the Scenes announces an online behavioral health screening program as part of its Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative. These free screenings are completely anonymous, private, easily accessible, and quick to complete.
Some precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of spreading anything around from point Source Audio via Stage directions.
Entertainment workers shouldn’t be collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19. We need a special Emergency Coronavirus Economic Support Benefit geared to include workers who have a bona fide, good faith offer to work that gets canceled due to the coronavirus. *Please note that personal info is used to match your letter to the proper congress representatives.*
AVIXA is opening its full online training catalog to all AV professionals, regardless of membership level. Effective immediately, they are waiving online access fees and Elite seat limitations through June 12. That means you and your entire team can now access ALL of AVIXA’s online training. They hope this will give you and your team the opportunity to learn new topics, work toward CTS certification, or earn CTS-RUs if already CTS certified, even if you are home.
In order to provide valuable educational resources during this challenging time, Obsidian will offer free weekly training sessions covering the ONYX control platform and new NETRON data distribution range. These classes will be hosted online and are available globally for anyone interested in learning more about Obsidian’s lighting control products.
TheatreArtLife would like to offer anyone in the industry a week free to access over 1000 articles from industry professionals around the globe. Becoming a member for a week will also give you 50% off everything on their Education page.
Here’s how you qualify:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Provide your name, location and write a short paragraph on how COVID-19 is affecting your work/industry.
3. Finish the email with YES, the above information can be public / NO, I would prefer the above information to remain private
They will get back to you with a User Name and Password to access TheatreArtLife.com for one week.
CAST will be hosting FREE one-hour long webinars every Monday for five straight weeks for their industry-standard wysiwyg light design software.
Many colleges and universities who use Lightwright are now conducting classes remotely, which means their students do not have access to the school’s computer lab and Lightwright licenses. A special emergency Lightwright license is now available for anyone who needs to use Lightwright under these circumstances between now and June 1, 2020.
Vectorworks Offers Free Spotlight Essentials Seminars
Vectorworks is offering free Spotlight Essentials Seminars. Use the code TRAINMENOW for a 100% discount.
Interested in lighting console training? Bobby Harrell of Strand announced on Facebook that training costs will be waived. “Anyone that wants Strand console online training, you can go to our website and send a request for online training. All normal online training costs have been waived for the next few weeks to help our entertainment lighting community.”
Let Strand teach you the basics of the world of lighting systems design online as well as learn more about its consoles, dimming and distribution, and networking products.
Strand offer the following free courses to help dealers, reps, engineers, specifiers, and consultants gain additional product and systems knowledge. There is further information and course descriptions on its Online Training page.
All ACT Academy online courses are available for FREE from now until June 1st. Use the Promo Code: act4me.
Giving educational users free use of QLab 4 Pro bundle until June 1, to support teachers and students “during social distancing.” Anyone with a .edu email address can have a free temporary QLab 4 Pro Bundle. Create your account at qlab.app/account and email email@example.com.
A 3D set design tool for the Theatre Arts Classroom, The Virtual Theatre, will be offering the program for free for the next three months. Log on and select the ‘FREE ONLINE’ product and purchase. There is also the choice of an optional donation, if you’d like to help with development.
John Huntington, professor of Entertainment Technology, sound engineer, and author of the book Show Networks and Control Systems is offering free video lectures on his Control Geek website based on the chapters of his book.
Chicago Flyhouse is offering daily free online classes in rigging and safety topics, which can be found here. They will be offering as many classes as possible, for as long as people are stuck at home. There is a cap on class numbers, and they fill up quickly, so register today! Topics are announced early in the week for the following week.
ETC gives you tips on how to clean and disinfect your ETC consoles. The information in the post is provided to assist in troubleshooting. Perform work at your own risk. ENSURE ANY POWER FROM DEVICES HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED BEFORE SERVICING ANY EQUIPMENT. If you do not feel comfortable performing the work, please contact ETC or your local service center. Be aware that ETC and its Affiliates are not responsible for any damage or injury caused by service of our products by anyone other than us or our authorized service providers, and such damage is excluded from the product’s warranty. Also, never spray any substance directly on any of your equipment.
Our lighting commission has compiled a healthy list of resources that is growing by the minute! Take a look and add any resources that you don't see to keep the list current.
This article seeks to offer something for every skill level and ability, from students who possess art supplies at home to those from other disciplines with much more limited resources.
The Guild of Scenic Artists are putting together a list of resources for you to reference during this time. " We’re developing resources and tools to help meet your industry challenges, curated with the info you need, and not the stuff you don’t."
Vari-Lite and Starand are offering free courses to help dealers, reps, engineers, specifiers, and consultants gain additional product and systems knowledge.
disguise is giving everyone 6 months FREE access to its Designer software until the end of September, as well as discounted dongles.
Avolites is offering a range of free online learning sessions as a part of Avolites Academy for users to learn more about their products during the COVID-19 shutdown. Over the coming days and weeks Avolites will be giving you the opportunity to improve or update your skills via online webchat, training, or tutorials from our Facebook community forums for both Titan and Ai platforms.
Notch – Access Notch Builder Learner
Avolites has teamed up with Notch to bring you easy access to their powerful Notch Builder Learner software so you can practice and improve on your generative content building skills! If you are an Ai user who already owns a Notch Codemeter key, you can access the Notch Builder Learner software for free. Simply click this link and download your free Notch Builder Licence. If you do not own a Codemeter Key, the full package is available here.
Barbizon Lighting Offers Free Electrician's Handbook App
Barbizon Lighting’s extremely popular, and impossible-to-keep-in-stock-to-meet-demand, Electrician’s Handbook has been updated and is now available electronically as an updated FREE app in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play for Android users!
You can download the new versions here:
Imagineering in a Box is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences. The online curriculum aims to ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and encourage innovation in the minds of students and teachers alike, while creating fun and engaging opportunities to explore new concepts.
Due to the Covid19 emergency, Claude Heinz Design is making a temporary LXSeries Pro license available for free to anyone. The license can be installed in LXBeams or LXFree for Java (v2.3.5) and provides access to the full functions of LXSeries Pro during the current emergency. The temporary license requires an Internet connection for authorization when the application starts. The emergency license will remain enabled through at least May of 2020.
In response to the catastrophic effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the live event industry, the Event Safety Alliance is making it easier to access their guidance, training, and membership programs to ensure that they remain available to everyone during this challenging period.
Josh Epstein, designer and developer of Cuelist, an innovative, digital collaboration tool for live events, would like to help people communicate during the COVID-19 shutdown. Therefore, Cuelist is offering a multitude of changes to get through the tough months ahead.
Congress is working quickly to decide the contents of a massive COVID-19 relief bill. Theatres and theatre artists across the country need to speak up. And if you are among the very many advocates who have weighed in already, TCG thanks you and asks you to contact Congress again. TCG is working in close collaboration with sister organizations in the Performing Arts Alliance and the Cultural Advocacy Group.
During this time of idle theaters and postponed projects, Stage Research is offering any of their software programs for free. Use it for what you want - learn something new, coordinate frequencies, create that highly complex sound design, upgrade your personal equipment to the latest version of our software, or upgrade your professional equipment at the shop, in school, or your theatre. For free. "It's on us." Hoping to ease the challenges we are all dealing with at this time. Any "purchase" during this period of time is seriously free. After we get through this COVID-19 period, Stage Research will restore pricing however that will not affect any product that you get today. Order from their store the normal way and use this code: SUPPORTARTS to get your 100% discount.
Our industry is uniting to provide free training opportunities for students and live events professionals during these uncertain times. On Backstage Academy's website you'll find an expandable list of companies, their training opportunities and links to find out more. Their page is live and will be updated as they hear of online industry training opportunities.
Arts Professional is removing their subscription paywall for all Covid-19 related news*, resources and content to support arts workers. Responding to the coronavirus pandemic, from today you’ll be able to access CovidCulture, a dedicated space for all the news on how the coronavirus is affecting arts workers. Updated regularly, CovidCulture microsite will bring you the latest resources, news, ideas, and information to help sustain cultural organizations, creative careers, and support the sector’s workers.
The current global health crisis has already had a severe impact on arts and culture. Artist Relief Tree is set up to collect donations from those of us with the means to help. They intend to support artists, particularly freelance artists and technicians.
Registration is now open for “Frequent & Periodic Inspection of CM-ET Lodestar & Prostar Electric Chain Hoists.”
This 4-part series is an early-release course completely new to the CMCO curriculum including one 30-minute trainer per week with additional support via CM's Facebook page.
There are now two time slots to choose from:
If you can’t make either time slot, do not worry - all course registrants will receive recordings of each session to watch at a time that suits their schedule.
Additionally, CM will be providing an EMEA supplement with additional information on regional codes and standards to coincide with this training.
You now have the option to claim 2 ETCP credits after finishing the course!
Join TheatreArtLife’s discussion forum with Stage Managers; Anna Robb, Dean Jewel, Rebecca Rees, Madison Burkett and Nathan Grimoulas. Register here for free.
Ohio State University used BlackTrax as part of the lighting and media design for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in an intimate theatre space. This webinar will demonstrate how to integrate automation seamlessly into your design process.
The webinar taking place on May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT will be hosted by Alex Oliszewski, Assistant Professor of Media Design for the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University, who has a joint appointment between the Department of Theatre and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).
Alex is also the co-author of "Digital Media, Projection, & Technology for Theatre", which covers the foundational skills, best practices and real-world considerations of integrating digital media projections into theatre. Outlining the nine phases of the digital media/projection designer's workflow, the book discusses everything from the first steps of landing a job to reading and analyzing the script, creating content, all the way through to opening night and archiving a design. Register for this webinar, here.
As our theatre community braves this uncertain time, the COVID-19 pandemic - like the climate crisis - forces us to think about the resilience, community, and hope needed in the face of a global challenge.
That’s why the BGA is hosting virtual sessions aimed at harnessing creative ways to remain connected to each other and the earth.
BGA will offer weekly virtual classroom sessions on Zoom covering a wide range of green topics and hosted by members of the theatre and environmental community. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Over the next few weeks, ADJ will host a series of live video broadcasts that will provide educational content and in-depth product overviews. Each installment of ‘Stay Connected’ will have a specific focus and provide an opportunity for lighting and event professionals to upskill from the safety and comfort of their own homes ready for when the COVID-19 pandemic is over and the world is ready to celebrate! Hosted from ADJ’s Los Angeles HQ by members of the company’s in-house team of technical experts, each Stay Connected video broadcast will take place at 12pm (Pacific Time) / 21:00 (Central Europe Time) and focus on a different lighting/video technology or application. Each ADJ Stay Connected session will be broadcast live on Facebook. See the full schedule here.
Free Webinar: Global Events Day
With the current state of the live events industry, the time to bring virtual events to the forefront has never been more necessary. To help event professionals sharpen their skills during this time, PSAV and their family of companies are launching a series of free educational webinars. The series kicks off on April 2 at 10 a.m. EST with Global Virtual Events Day, where you’ll learn how to effectively create an impactful virtual event from start to finish. More information and registration, here.
Join experts for FREE Vista 3 lighting and media control training, from the comfort of your own home. Every Wednesday and Thursday throughout April, they will be bringing you free Vista 3 training webinars on a range of topics, including; programming techniques and tips for a variety of different applications. More information, here.
Earlier this month, the companies announced that all the online classes on their LearningStage platform would be free until May 15. Last week, the new educational website Study Hall was launched. Located via users’ MyETC account, the new page includes both curated and new content, including tailored articles and videos as well as links to helpful content. ETC is excited to add new live events to the offerings.
The live webinars, roundtables, and Q&As will be led by both employee experts and members around the industry with global content geared toward all ETC and High End users, including several events in other languages. Events will also be recorded and listed on the Study Hall page for future viewings.
Sennheiser is pleased to announce a series of webinars for their customers and partners. Join them online in the coming weeks to learn about a wide range of topics, from RF and microphone basics, to roundtable discussions with sound engineers, as well as a chance to put your questions to our application engineering team. View the full schedule here.
In cooperation with the Sennheiser Sound Academy, Neumann will be offering detailed webinars on the basics of microphone technology in the coming weeks. In three one-hour sessions, trainer John McGregor will discuss all important aspects of Neumann studio microphones: Starting with the most important theoretical principles, through practical tips and application hints, to product care and maintenance. View the full schedule and register here.
CHAUVET Professional has added a new Thursday Tech Talk Series to its extensive training library to help lighting designers and programmers acquire new skills and sharpen existing ones. The series will be streamed every Thursday at 2 pm EDT (7 pm GMT) on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, YouTube Live, and LinkedIn Live.
Conducted by CHAUVET Professional product managers, Thursday Tech Talks will feature “How To,” “New Tech,” and “Design Tip” formats covering a wide range of lighting and video wall subjects. The recorded sessions will also be available anytime, here or on the CHAUVET Professional YouTube page.
The April schedule of Thursday Tech Talks includes:
- Field Servicing for Moving Heads, which covers suggested cleaning supplies, and practical tips on checking moving parts, cleaning optics, removing dust and grime buildup, and setting up a cleaning schedule. April 9
- Pixel Mapping Products Without Using Dedicated Pixel Mapping Software, which shows how to create stunning images across multiple fixture types using a lighting desk. April 16
- Red Shift, which offers a description of Red Shift and explores how the different ways it is achieved with LED fixtures. Also included is a sneak peek at upcoming innovations in some popular Ovation products. April 23
- Preset Synch Function, which looks at how syncing the menu settings of your lights in advance can save countless hours of set-up time. April 30
Vectorworks Online Training delivers in-depth, customizable programs in a convenient virtual setting. Improve your skills without leaving your office. Click here for upcoming training events dates.
Green Hippo is offering free online webinars over the next few weeks to cover several different topics catered for new and existing Hippo users. See the full schedule and register, here.
For easy access to these popular course offerings, simply click on the Zoom link to join the English sessions at the scheduled times: https://zoom.us/j/598994117
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, our teammates from Meyer Sound Mexico will host a Spanish language session at the same time. To join, simply click the Spanish-language Zoom link at the scheduled times: https://zoom.us/j/439882997
Sessions run approximately one hour, are free and no registration required. Upcoming training sessions are listed in the Meyer Sound events calendar on their Facebook.
The webinars are recorded and archived on YouTube.
ARRI Academy “Lighting Systems Control” with Lighting Professional/Author Richard Cadena goes over the basics of digital lighting control technologies. Whether you are starting out in the lighting industry or looking to streamline your production workflow, this 11-lesson video course is the ultimate guide to get you up and running with digital lighting control, using DMX, RDM, Wireless DMX, and ethernet-based networks. Click here for instructor information, class modules, and more.
HARMAN is offering two different workshop series trhoughout these unrpecedented times. Check them both out below.
HARMAN is thrilled to invite leading Front of House Engineers, Lighting Designers, Technicians and other knowledge experts in the industry to share workshops of their secret methods, tips and tricks.
Join knowledge experts from HARMAN audio, lighting, video and control for live in-depth product and solution webinars.
Audinate is pleased to offer over 25 free online learning opportunities this month– some available in a variety of languages.
This is a great opportunity to officially obtain new Dante Certifications, learn about Dante Domain Manager and join interesting discussions on case studies and Dante design principles.
These webinars will cover topics including: Dante design and case studies; Dante Domain Manager; and Dante Certification Program.
- Dante Domain Manager
These courses are ideal for Dante system designers, as well as those interesting in being users or resellers of Dante Domain Manager. Participants should possess Dante Level 2 Certification (Level 3 preferred) or have a background in networking. It is also beneficial to have watched the In Depth Tour of Dante Domain Manager.
- Dante Certification Program
The Dante Certification Program lets your employers and customers know that you have the knowledge and skills to implement Dante networks. In the listings below, classes have been organized in a succession through the Dante Certification and the Dante Domain Manager training. Attendees are welcome to pick up at their skill level and attend from different paths as scheduling allows.
In addition, all levels of Dante Certification are approved for AVIXA CTS RU Credit. For more information, click here.
For more information on these webinars and to register, click here.
ChamSys continues to build on its global commitment to education, making webinar bookings and 20-minute appointment consultations found on the training page available in German, Italian, and Spanish versions. The company has also broadened the scope of its training with the addition of new Live MagicQ sessions that will stream every Tuesday at 11 am EDT (4 pm BST).
Conducted by the ChamSys training staff, the new sessions will delve deeply into key MagicQ software capabilities, such as mapping complex fixtures, FX setup, and tracking. In addition to being live streamed on Facebook, the lessons will also be made available on IGTV.
The new MagicQ material, which will be available only in English initially, will feature the following topics:
- Control and Mapping of Complex Fixtures with Multiple Elements, which covers subjects like Ind/Dup, element selection, and non-linear shape fixtures used in Grids—April 14
- Better Busking with the Execute Window, which offers tips on setting up grids with groups, palettes and cues—April 21
- FX 101, which looks at setting up custom FX, group FX and playing back FX—April 28
- Faster Programming with Tracking, which explains tracking, detailing how it works with MQ, and also HLF, viewing tracking, block cue and block FX—May 5
- Advanced Pixel Mapping, which covers pixel mapper FX, movies, GIFs and live feeds—May 12
- Effective Playback with Options, which provides a detailed review of topics like advanced cue stack options, fader options and playback holdover—May 19
- Timecode with MagicQ, which examines issues relating to timecode on cue stacks
Use promo code "act4me" to access all of ACT Lighting's online training courses for FREE through June 1, 2020. Click here to see their full list of offerings.
Let Vari-Lite and Strand teach you the basics of the world of lighting systems design online. They are offering free courses to help dealers, reps, engineers, specifiers, and consultants gain additional product and systems knowledge. Click here to see the full schedule of offerings, course descriptions and to register.
AVIXA™ understands that many of your projects and events have been put on hold, interrupting your everyday routine. Registering for a webinar is a great way to follow industry trends and stay up to date while practicing social distancing. Click here to see and register for the large offering of webinars available from AVIXA.
Woza Africa: Theatre in the African Context is a free digital education resource designed for secondary schools, drama/ theatre groups or interested individuals who may want to use it, especially with the current challenges of home schooling.
The Toolkit was designed by one of the African Theatre Association (AfTA) members, Prof. Yvette Hutchison, to introduce teachers, theatre groups and students anywhere in the world to a wide range of African approaches to storytelling, historical and cultural frames of reference, and ways of being in the world.
COURSES NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU ON-LINE!
The COVID-19 restrictions have temporarily interrupted our ability to present our informational sessions in person at events, trade shows and at your facilities.
Therefore, we’ve made “virtually attending” these courses easy! You can watch on your screen, wherever that may be. AIA accredited courses are available as well*. Follow these simple steps:
STEP 1: Review the calendar for applicable courses
STEP 2: Register here
STEP 3: Add the course to your calendar with applicable link to join the webinar.