Technical Director

Registration for the 2019 New World Rigging Symposium – Opens Nov 1st

REGISTRATION OPENING NOVEMBER 1 ESTA and USITT announce the second New World Rigging Symposium, taking place March 19-20, 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville, KY. Building on the enormous success of this year’s inaugural symposium, the 2019 event will once again provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies and help shape the future of the industry. Attendees at the 2018 symposium were impressed with the knowledge and passion of the presenters and their fellow attendees, which made for an educational and inspirational event. The mix of professional riggers, engineers, health and safety professionals, venue managers, educators, and manufact...

USITT19 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – NOW OPEN!

Registration Info More than 300 exhibitors will span across 43,000 square feet of Stage Expo floor demonstrating new products, speaking with attendees, and displaying the industry’s latest and greatest. Four days of technical theatre and live entertainment innovation under one roof makes for an technical theatre industry lover’s dream 5,000 + attendees will take part in over 200 sessions and educational opportunities providing credits, knowledge, and new tips and tricks USITT Conference We’ve been waiting for you! USITT19 is an extravaganza of technical theatre wonder. The industry’s top companies collide with attendees providing a hub for innovation, new technology, education, and networking. The Stage Expo floor delivers a show like no other while over 200 educational sessions and hands-...

Register for the LiNK Grad School Auditions & Interviews! (Hosted by USITT & SETC)

Where Master’s Candidates and Recruiters Connect SETC and USITT partner each fall to bring graduate theatre degree programs together with people considering options for interviews, auditions, and information exchange. Connect with more than 50 programs across theatre disciplines including Acting, Design, Technology, and Management. Explore your options for advanced education and find your dream grad program in one convenient, affordable location. 5th Annual LiNK When: Nov. 9-11, 2018 Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Airport  |  Atlanta, GA For Candidates Register early with your resume, portfolio, and head shot for advance review by recruiters. $50 Early Registration: Aug. 1 – Sept. 12, 2018 $75 Late Registration: Sept. 13 – Oct. 24, 2018 $95 Onsite Registration: Onsite...

Register for the 4th Annual Vectorworks Design Summit

4th Annual Vectorworks Design Summit November 4-6, 2018 Phoenix, AZ We’re cranking up the heat at the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit. Join us in sunny Arizona at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass for an exciting three days of indispensable workshops, inspired design, and improved connections. Located in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, the Sheraton Grand celebrates the Gila River Indian heritage and culture. Extend your stay and enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, a world-class spa, and more! Registration You can pay one low price for two full days of in-depth training with Vectorworks software. No matter your industry or level of experience, you can’t afford to miss this valuable opportunity. REGULAR CONFERENCE – $599 ...

Vintage Photos of Life before AutoCAD

via www.vinate.es Before the advent of AutoCAD and other drafting softwares, the engineering drawings were made on sheet of papers using drawing boards. Many equipments were required to complete a given drawing such as drawing board, different grade pencils, Erasers T-squares, Set square etc. Almost 20 years ago, engineers and toolmakers used to draw all things on paper with the help of drafting tools and pencils. Drafting was indeed was tedious and time-consuming. Designing and putting everything on paper was a tough job, maybe that’s why the need of creation of AutoCAD software came up. The major disadvantage of paper based design was that, you can not actually change it after it’s been put on paper. So if design is changed, then start making sketches over! AutoCAD and all that softwares...

Inside the Santa Fe Opera Scene Shop

BY JORDAN EDDY via www.themagsantafe.com “They’ll say, ‘Why won’t it just float there?’” Scott Schreck says with a little smirk. “Then I go, ‘I’ll tell you what, let me work on that antigravity device for you.’” He’s talking through the joys and difficulties of translating artistic visions to brick and mortar, his principal mission as technical director of the Santa Fe Opera. Moments later, Schreck reveals that he may, in fact, possess gravity-defying powers. In his last job, a five-and-a-half-year stint as technical director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., one production called for a full bandstand to hover above the stage. “It was [Rodgers and Hammerstein’s] Carousel. They wanted a gazebo on top of a platform, with two bridges extending from it so the actors could walk across,” he sa...

Scene Shops: The General Layout

BY GEORGE LEDO via www.setdesignandtech.wordpress.com Now and then I see a post in the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) open forum regarding ideas for a new scene shop, or tools, or something related, so I decided to do a few pieces here. This first one is about scene shops in general, the second will be about work areas and storage of tools and equipment, and subsequent ones will be about related subjects. First off, a scene shop is nothing more than a dedicated place to build custom items which may be made of wood, plastic, metal, or other materials. The process, the tools, the ideal layout, and everything else are pretty much the same as in any other custom shop that specializes in these materials, the main difference being that the scene shop is used to build scenery instead of c...

Know Before You Go: A USITT 2018 Guide

BY: JENN SHURON via www.usittshow.com   Know where you’re going and when Already registered? Great! Pick up your badge during these hours Find your way on the Expo Floor with the Stage Expo Map Plan out your schedule and stay current with room changes and other announcements with the USITT Show App.  Get your hands dirty Sign up for these Demos and Trainings to enhance your Conference experience. Is your first choice full? Check back for cancellations throughout the week: Console Training Prop Lab Lighting Studio Costume Lab Sound Lab Makeup Lab Expo Extravaganza! Make these Stage Expo areas part of your schedule: Interview Area: Make your LinkedIn profile visible to recruiters and set up meetings with exhibitors in the interview area. Resume Doctor: Looking to polish your resume? Stop by ...

National Association of Music Merchants – 2018 NAMM Show

THE NAMM SHOW  is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.  This year’s NAMM Show will take place January 25-28, 2018. As an attendee, you can… Explore products from more than 2,000 exhibitors, showcasing over 7,000 brands. LEARN from industry experts at hundreds of educational sessions. Connect with other industry professionals at more than 150 networking events. Spot i...

MAC Encore Lighting Products – 2018 Winter Demo Tour (RSVP TODAY!)

Experience Martin by HARMAN’s new  MAC Encore™ Line of products. With the success of our fall tour and the addition of our recently introduced MAC Encore Wash products, we’re excited to get back on the road this winter! Our 2018 demo tour hits the U.S. in January and February 2018, and is the best opportunity to experience firsthand, the new whisper-silent benchmark in performance lighting.  Also learn about light quality measurement and LED lighting design while seeing some of the industry’s best products working in real-time. We will also be bringing a lineup of some of our most popular products including: the full complement of Martin VDO Creative Video products including Sceptron, Face 5, and P3 along with products from JBL and Soundcraft. Each event day is open from 10:30a...

How to Rig and then Quickly Restore a Falling Bookcase

BY: JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com “And that my friend is why I’m never allowed in Cook County without my state issued ID and an International Order of Odd Fellows ring.” “I hate to interrupt such an interesting story,” Alex said, “But we just got an email from the stage manager. Looks like they want the stage right shelf over the computer to fall and then restore in a six-second blackout.” That’s the shelf with all the teaching books on it, yeah?, I ask. “I’m afraid so, and if it falls all the way down the weight will break the computer monitor on the desk below it.” Let’s noodle on this tonight and see what we can come up with, I conclude. Alex mocked up a shelf the same size as the one on the set so we could try a few things out. Sce...

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

via etnow.com ESTA and PLASA announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper. In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design tr...

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