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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.

USITT Jobs Database

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!

SETC Covid-19 Theatre Resources

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.

Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic Webinar

HowlRound plus a group of artists, arts administrators, and others from around the US on held a panel: Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic on Monday March, 16 2020. Here is 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.

Stage Managers Association Free Job Posting Service

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 Offers Free LearningStage Courses

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 Offers Free Online Behavioral Health Screening

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.

Point Source Audio Shares How to Practice SAFE Microphone Etiquette

Some precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of spreading anything around from point Source Audio via Stage directions.

IATSE Encourages You toTell Congress to Include Displaced Entertainment Workers in Relief Package

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’s Full Online Education Catalog Open to all Through June 12

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.

Obsidian Control Systems to Offer Free Weekly Online Training Classes

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.

Theatre Art Life Gives Free Access to Archive of Articles From Industry Professionals

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
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 for one week.

Cast Software Hosting Free One-Hour Long Webinars

CAST will be hosting FREE one-hour long webinars every Monday for five straight weeks for their industry-standard wysiwyg light design software.

Lightwright Offers Emergency License

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.

Strand Lighting Waives Training Costs

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.

ACT Lighting Offers Free ACT Academy Online Courses

All ACT Academy online courses are available for FREE from now until June 1st. Use the Promo Code: act4me.

Figure 53 Gives Educational Users Free Use of QLab 4 Pro Bundle

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 and email

The Virtual Theatre Offers Program for Free

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 Offering Free Video Lectures

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.

Christian Jackson to Stream Live Tutorial for MA lighting International grandMA2 Console

Christian Jackson will be streaming a live tutorial for the MA Lighting International grandMA2 console on Youtube tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. EST.

The live stream will cover topics such as programming, data management, cloning, using the bitmap engine, and timecoding. Going a few steps further, I'll show you how to integrate other systems including Showkontrol, Resolume, Madrix, Capture, and more.

Chicago Flyhouse Offers Free Daily Online Classes

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 Offers Instructions for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your ETC Consoles

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.

USITT Lighting Commission Compiles List of Resources

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.

Take Home a NEW MagicQ MQ70 Console

Enter now to win the new MagicQ MQ70 Console! Be one of the first with creativity that fits in the carry-on. Contestants will have the chance to program a massive, 200-fixture CHAUVET Professional rig formerly set to premiere at PL+S 2020. Read the full competition rules before entering. The first 25 entries will receive a MagicDMX Test Kit. The top 3 runner-ups will receive a premium swag bag. The deadline is April 10, 2020.

7 Scenic Art projects to Try at Home

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.

Resources for Scenic Artists

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."

Let Vari-Lite and Strand Teach You the Basics of the World of Lighting Systems Design Online

Vari-Lite and Starand are offering free courses to help dealers, reps, engineers, specifiers, and consultants gain additional product and systems knowledge.

disguise Designer Software is Now Free Until September

disguise is giving everyone 6 months FREE access to its Designer software until the end of September, as well as discounted dongles.

Avolites Academy: Offers Free Online Learning Sessions

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:

Disney: Imagineering in a Box

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.

Claude Heinz Design Offers Emergency Licenses for LXSeries Pro

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.

Event Safety Alliance’s Program Changes in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

Cuelist Wants to Help You Work Through This Tough Time

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.

TCG: Contact your Members of Congress Immediately on COVID-19 Stimulus Package

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.

Stage Research Offers Free Software Programs

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.

Backstage Academy Puts Together List of Companies Offering Training

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.

Virtually Prepared: A FREE Conference

Join the first virtual attractions conference to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and network with fellow industry professionals to bring conversation about COVID-19 into the forefront. These are conversations we need to have about our community to show people they are not alone and to combat the growing panic by connecting people in a constructive way. This virtual conference will take place March 28-29, 2020. Watch this video on how to register.

CovidCulture: The Latest News and Information for the Arts Sector Workforce

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.

Artist Relief Tree Offers Helpful Resources

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.

L-Acoustics Offers Free Webinars

From March 30th to April 3rd, their webinars will focus on Loudspeaker System Tuning. Follow along daily at 8:00 a.m. PST/5:00 p.m. CET #safeandsound at home! Each webinar will feature a different L-Acoustics specialist plus a panel of their Application Engineers from around the world sharing their insights! Miss a webinar? Catch up on past sessions on YouTube.


Monday (March 30) - M1 Overview

Tuesday (March 31) - M1 Walk-Through (Basics)

Wednesday (April 1) - Loudspeaker Calibration Workflow

Thursday (April 2) - M1 Walk-Through (Advanced)

Friday (April 3) - Measurement Quality and Representativity

Columbus McKinnon Offers Free Webinars on Thursdays and Fridays Throughout April

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:

Thursdays @ 11am ET
Fridays @ 9am ET

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!

Broadway Stage Management Symposium Offers Stage Management Tech Webinars

Learn about cool stage management tech! You probably have some spare time, so use it to learn new hard skills. They'll have demos, instruction, deep dives, and discussion about the technology some of their partners have created just for stage managers.

First up is Empty Space Technology and their Virtual Callboard, Friday 4/3 at 4:00 p.m. EST (check your time zone). They are also making a donation to BCEFA for every attendee, so sign up asap! Click here to register for this free program.

Theatre Art Life Offering Webinar: Working in Stage Management Teams

Join TheatreArtLife’s discussion forum with Stage Managers; Anna Robb, Dean Jewel, Rebecca Rees, Madison Burkett and Nathan Grimoulas. Register here for free.

Cast Software BlackTrax Webinar: Generative Media and Lighting for Theatrical Productions

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.

Broadway Green Alliance Offering Green Learning Sessions

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.

View the full schedule and registration information, here.

ADJ To Host ‘Stay Connected’ Series Of Educational Live Videos

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.

Vista by Chroma-Q Offering FREE Vista 3 Lighting and Media Control Training

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.

ETC and High End Systems Turn Focus to Education

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 Sound Academy Free Webinars

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.

Neumann Microphone Basics – Free Webinars

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.