Technical Director

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 ...

FREE Braceworks™ Webinar – Register Today!

FREE WEBINAR – MARCH 20, 2018 via www.vectorworks.net Did you know that Vectorworks’ new add-on module, Braceworks™, provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load? Proper truss design is crucial to ensuring the safety and success of entertainment design projects. In this webinar Moritz Staffel, managing director at DeerSoft GmbH, will provide you with an in-depth look at how to conduct structural analysis in the entertainment field directly within Vectorworks®  software using the Braceworks™ add-on. Attendees will also learn about the improvements to truss tools, the difference between distributed and point leads, and how to properly support trusses. Learning Objectives: Examine the uses of th...

FREE 1 Hour Webinar: Designing in 3D for Broadway’s “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”

Want to know how to model completely in 3D for theater productions? Join Amanda Stephens, senior associate designer at David Korins Design, Inc., for a free, one-hour webinar as she walks through her workflow for the Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Attendees will learn best practices and tips and tricks on importing DWGs, using symbols, and moving from 2D drafting to 3D modeling. Wednesday, January 24 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Learning Objectives: Discover the advantages of working in 3D over 2D and how this applied to Dear Evan Hansen. Explore how to work with 3D models to create sheet layouts that look like 2D drawings. Find out how to integrate video elements into the design via precise storyboarding. Learn how the real-time 3D model was created in Dear Evan Hansen to assis...

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...

Hemp Houses: Know the Ropes

The National Theatre in Washington, D.C., recently replaced its hemp-and-sandbag system, pictured above, with a counterweight system (see below). How modernization and automation are rendering a once-common rigging system a historic relic. BY LISA LACROCE PATTERSON   In 1991, I was on staff at New York City’s Theatre for a New Audience when founding artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz and his team produced a revival of Romeo and Juliet at the Victory Theater on West 42nd Street. I remember being in that huge, musty theatre with the company for the first time. The Victory dated back to 1900, yet the young, energetic actors ran around the place like it was their own personal playground, climbing to various levels and remarking on the theatre’s historic details. With a sense of awe and ex...

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...

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