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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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: 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.

 
 
 

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: 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.