Post-Conference Professional Development Workshops

 

Are you fascinated by digital rendering but unsure how to get started? This beginning-level workshop will share research, tips, organizational strategies, and activities to push costume designers away from their No. 2 pencils and onto their iPads to create dynamic and professional sketches. This workshop centers on using Procreate exclusively. Yes, you will need to have an Apple iPad, an Apple pencil/stylus, and the Procreate app. This workshop aims to serve as a first step toward discovering your own artistic style within a new medium. An advanced-level workshop will be offered consecutively.

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Presenter 1: Lauren T. Roark (Costume Designer) is the head of graduate costume design in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Select regional credits include the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Great Lake Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her work has been featured in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Young Designers’ Forum Exhibition and she was awarded the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence. Lauren has worked in costume shops spanning three continents, including Brazil and Hong Kong. She holds an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. To learn more, visit www.laurentroark.com.

Presenter 2: Eric Abele is a theatrical designer and construction artist, who specializes in costume and puppet design for Theatre for Young Audiences. Professionally he has designed costumes for Baltimore/DC area theatres including Everyman Theatre, REP Stage, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, and Interrobang Theatre Company. In addition to his design work, Eric is an experienced costume crafts artisan who has created puppets and/or specialty hats for a variety of theatres across the country, including the Off-Broadway production of In Transit and the national tour of Motherhood: the Musical. At UMBC, he teaches Costume Design and Advanced Costume Design and a wide range of courses within the department including Introduction to Theatre, Senior Capstone, and Fashion, Culture and Society. His current research interests include digital costume rendering techniques, incorporating more realistic applications of pattern, bodies, and texture within a sketch. Additionally, Eric is also a Yoga Alliance 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is interested in developing yogic techniques within pedagogy, as well as teaching yoga classes around the Baltimore area. Eric is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

 
 
 

This second workshop in the Design with Procreate Series will build upon the coloring skills learned in the Beginner workshop. Each participant will be guided through how to generate their own sketches in Procreate with professional rendering techniques through collage. Experience with Procreate (only available on iPad) is a pre-requisite for this course. You will need to have an Apple iPad, an Apple pencil/stylus, and the Procreate app. This workshop aims to serve as a next step toward discovering your own artistic style within a new medium. This is a good follow-up to the Beginner workshop.

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Presenter 1: Lauren T. Roark (Costume Designer) is the head of graduate costume design in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Select regional credits include the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Great Lake Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her work has been featured in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Young Designers’ Forum Exhibition and she was awarded the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence. Lauren has worked in costume shops spanning three continents, including Brazil and Hong Kong. She holds an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. To learn more, visit www.laurentroark.com.

Presenter 2: Eric Abele is a theatrical designer and construction artist, who specializes in costume and puppet design for Theatre for Young Audiences. Professionally he has designed costumes for Baltimore/DC area theatres including Everyman Theatre, REP Stage, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, and Interrobang Theatre Company. In addition to his design work, Eric is an experienced costume crafts artisan who has created puppets and/or specialty hats for a variety of theatres across the country, including the Off-Broadway production of In Transit and the national tour of Motherhood: the Musical. At UMBC, he teaches Costume Design and Advanced Costume Design and a wide range of courses within the department including Introduction to Theatre, Senior Capstone, and Fashion, Culture and Society. His current research interests include digital costume rendering techniques, incorporating more realistic applications of pattern, bodies, and texture within a sketch. Additionally, Eric is also a Yoga Alliance 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is interested in developing yogic techniques within pedagogy, as well as teaching yoga classes around the Baltimore area. Eric is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

 
 
 

This workshop will focus on using Sketchbook Pro application, Sketchbook Pro is a well-established digital “sketchbook” or digital art software used by millions from the maker Autodesk. This program is widely accessible to both Android, PC and Apple users on both desktop and mobile platforms. AutoDesk offers Sketchbook free to students and educators making it affordable and accessible to a range of individuals. This workshop will introduce concepts and process of digital rendering while also exploring all the features Sketchbook places at your fingertips. We will learn to import and create custom brushes, develop custom palettes and play with a large range of media. Whether you are new to digital rendering or looking for accessible alternatives this intuitive software leaves you with a menu-free canvas to render and explore. Download https://sketchbook.com/ to your device to be read for this PDW. This will be a zoom meeting format (for ease of sharing screens) brought to you by the Education Commission.

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Presenter: Ronnie Chamberlain is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance in Costume Design, Technology and Makeup. When she is not teaching or designing, Ronnie is supervising student designers and technicians in their work on our productions. She embraces technology and is always looking to learn new applications and techniques to bring to NKU and its students. Mrs. Chamberlain teaches The Business of Theater, Costume Design, Costume History, Costume Crafts, Costume Technology and Advanced Makeup.

 
 
 

In this PDW, we will learn to create different scenes in OBS by populating them with various input sources. Sources can range from video and audio inputs, application windows, browser windows, display captures, text, and media files. Additionally, we will look at the parameters which can be manipulated for each source, such as video filters, audio effects, position, and size. We will also explore how using OBS Ninja will allow us to populate scenes with video feeds from different locations with extremely low latency.

OBS will record video or stream it to various services. We will explore various settings to use with several streaming platforms. With the OBS VirtualCam plugin, the OBS output becomes recognizable as separate video source, allowing it to be used as a camera in conferencing software. Download https://obsproject.com/ to your device to be read for this PDW. This will be a zoom meeting format (for ease of sharing screens) brought to you by the Education Commission.

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Presenter: Michael Benson is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Mary Washington. For over 25 years, Michael has worked as a scenic designer, technical director, sound designer and theatre technician for organizations across the country such as The Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Opera, the American Heartland Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Northern Stage, and Pittsburgh Musical Theatre. Mr. Benson received his MFA in Theatre from Penn State University and formerly taught at the University of Central Missouri. Mr. Benson specializes in the use and instruction of digital technology such as CAD modeling and rendering, photo and video manipulation, and DAWs.

 
 
 

In this PDW, you'll be guided through a bridle analysis, load analysis, making and reading floor markings, making and breaking truss connections, wrapping truss, preparing bridles, and more. Though this PDW will be presented virtually, participants will receive a kit of materials to allow for hands-on participation, including a scale box truss, slings, steels, and shackles.

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Presenters: Ethan Gilson is the owner of Entertainment Rigging Services LLC, a company that specializes in entertainment rigging inspections, training, design, & installation. In 2005, he received one of the first certificates granted by the ETCP in Arena and Theatre Rigging (Cert. # 0048). Gilson has established himself as an authority in the field, and since 2014, has served as an ETCP Rigging Certification Subject Matter Expert, a position which includes designing questions for certification exams. In 2020 he was a recipient of the ESTA TSP “Above and Beyond Award” which celebrates those volunteers that have made significant contributions or effort that advances the Technical Standards Program. In 2012, Gilson became an ETCP Recognized Trainer and launched Entertainment Rigging Sessions to prepare today’s riggers for the industry’s explosive growth and to promote safety standards throughout it. These sessions are recognized by the ETCP as qualifying instruction for certification/re-certification. Gilson is a member of the Event Safety Alliance and its Safety Summit Core Development Committee, whose goal is to coordinate with the ETCP to promote safety, training, and certification throughout the industry. Gilson has partnered with manufacturers such as Total Structures, the annual LDI trade show, the Event Safety Alli ance, various colleges/universities, unions, and local manufacturers to provide educational rigging sessions, tailoring sessions to meet the needs of each class. Gilson is the host of Shackles, Burlap, & Lies, a podcast about the Entertainment Rigging industry and the people who work in it.

Ed Leahy is Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager at Flyhouse, and an entertainment industry veteran. He develops and implements Flyhouse safe rigging training curriculum for theater technicians at convention centers, universities, commercial venues, and cruise ships around the globe. Before Flyhouse, Ed was Technical Director for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (2003- 2014), supervising 150 shows, including national and international tours and transfer productions. He is also an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School of DePaul University, focusing on technical theater production. An active member of USITT, Ed helps to promote and teach the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes. As part of ESTA’s Technical Standards Program, Ed serves on the Rigging Working Group helping to write and edit standards for the entertainment industry. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger (Arena and Theatre) and Recognized Trainer. Ed holds an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware.

Siobhan Colleen is an entertainment rigger, safety instructor, and content creator. She was in Tech Services at the Disneyland Resort, a team lead for Criss Angel’s Mindfreak at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, and a team lead for Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda. Today, she teaches at-height workers how to get out of bad situations as an ENSA Instructor. Siobhan also helps students, educators, and job seekers find career possibilities through her YouTube channel and podcast, Industry Explorers. In her free time, Siobhan enjoys fitness, cuddling her dog, and making her partner’s eyes roll with her hilarious puns.

Christopher Morris “Topher” is an Associate Trainer for Flyhouse’s Cruise Ship Division, and an active member of USITT serving on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. He has taught the entry level section of the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes and he’s an ETCP Certified Rigger for Theatre. Topher is an Associate Professor of Design and technology at Salem State University, where he teaches scenic and sound design, technical direction, stage rigging and stage automation. His resume also includes work with American Players Theatre, Tibbits Opera House, and The Santa Fe Opera. Topher has an MFA in Technical Production from the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware

Katrina Puleo is an Entertainment Production Rigger who began her training in the Orlando, FL area and has been based in Las Vegas, NV since the end of 2012. A graduate of the University of Central Florida’s schools of Theatre & Film (with dual degrees), she is ETCP Arena Rigging Certified, CM Pro Tech/Road Tech Certified, Sprat Rope Access Certified & holds a current OSHA 30. She has been working in the industry professionally for the last 14 years and currently holds (1) of (2) positions as a Rigging Supervisor/Lead for the Wynn/Encore Hotels in Las Vegas through her Employer, Rigging Technologies. Over the years she has worked as a Rigging Technician/Lead Rigging Technician for Universal Studios Florida, as an on-call house Rigger for the Orange County Convention Center (in Orlando, FL), as well as on (2) Cirque Du Soleil Resident shows, Zarkanna and MJ One for 6+years. She also continues to work as both a Lead Rigger for the MGM Grand Conference Center property as well as doing Rope Access work and working as a High Rigger (when time permits) at T-Mobile Arena. Katrina loves cooking, hiking, her cats, comic books, movies and has this year been learning to snowboard during the down time the pandemic has created. She is excited to be able to give back and participate in the USITT Rigging program, as she feels strongly that a solid foundation in any specialty is very important and she enjoys passing along skills to those interested and eager to become both Riggers and/or more well-rounded Theatrical/Film Technicians.

Brian Phillips is an ETCP-certified theatrical rigger and an Associate Trainer for Flyhouse, providing training and equipment inspections throughout the world for companies such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Cirque du Soleil. He is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 635. Brian is also Technical Director at Ohio Northern University. Before that, he served as technical director for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where he worked on more than 30 world-premiere productions. Brian graduated from ONU with a BA in communication arts-theatre and a minor in industrial technology, and he later received an MFA in technical direction from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

 
 
 

In the workshop, we will split time between instruction and laboratory sessions, learning how to use the Audacity® software through the completion of creative exercises. Participants will learn to input and layer audio files within the software, cut apart, remove, and duplicate sounds to create new compositions, and export audio for a variety of uses, including podcasting and streaming video. Participants will practice the basics of “cleaning” of original recordings to remove background noise and enhance vocal quality. Participants will also engage in the creation of their own, short, time-based projects to build lasting connections between workshop content and participants’ own creative processes. We will also reserve time for smaller, affinity-group discussions, providing opportunities for participants to self-identify areas of interest to continue discussion with a broader group (technical capabilities, design opportunities, assignment design, etc.). Download https://www.audacityteam.org/download/ to your device to be read for this PDW. This will be a zoom meeting format (for ease of sharing screens) brought to you by the Education Commission.

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Presenter: Justin Thomas is associate professor of theatre and design and chair of the theatre and dance department at Grinnell College. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in theatrical design from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and communication from Kalamazoo College.

At Grinnell, Thomas’ has been able to pursue two of his greatest passions: teaching and making theatre. Thomas’ courses run the gamut of theatrical design and technology, theatre history, dramatic literature, and disability, accessibility, and inclusive arts practices. As a professional designer, his work includes lighting, scenery, and projections, which have been produced by the Lincoln Center, Studio Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, Farmers’ Alley Theatre, Theatre Gigante, Happenstance Theatre, the 21st Century Consort, the Washington National Cathedral, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Rorschach Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, The Festival Playhouse, Potomac Theatre Project, Daniel Phoenix Singh/Dakshina Dance Company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, John Britto Dance Company, and the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Internationally, Thomas’ work has been presented throughout India, Bangladesh, France, and Russia.

Thomas has been an active member of USITT since 2007, serving on a variety of conference panels and co-teaching a professional development workshop on online portfolio design.