Professional Development Workshops
Professional Development Workshops are held on Monday March 12, Tuesday March 13, and Saturday March 17. These are extra-cost items and need to be registered for in advance. Please check the dates and times carefully before registering.
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Monday, March 12 & Tuesday, March 13
Monday, March 12
Tuesday, March 13
Saturday, March 17
OSHA 10 - General Entertainment Safety
This customized OSHA 10 Training is brought to you by the IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund and USITT as a part of the alliance between these organizations and OSHA. The OSHA 10-hour program provides a variety of training on general industry safety and health regulations for both entry-level and experienced workers. Upon completion of both days, you will have earned your OSHA 10 card. It covers OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as general industry safety and health principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA general industry standards. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. This training is customized for and uses examples from the Entertainment Industry. Additional registration fee required.
Monday 1pm-6pm, Tuesday 10am-6pm
Presenters: Joe Aldridge, Eddie Raymond, Alan Rowe, Mike Murphy, Kent Jorgenson
Price: $50 member/$75 non-member
Digital Costume Design Rendering and Collaging
In-depth instruction on how to draw, render and fully design costumes using online tools and software. Grounded in the use of Photoshop, learn the process of building a costume design from scratch, including information on digital tools and painting techniques. Instruction will include: techniques for painting, texturing, layering, and adding special effects.
There will be a preparation packet sent to the participants prior to the workshop. Copies of Rafael Jaen's upcoming book Digital Costume Design and Collaboration: Applications in Academia, Theatre and Film will be available.
Presenter: Rafael Jaen
Price: $175 Member/$210 Non-Member
A Tour of Local Fort Lauderdale/Miami Are Performing Arts & Entertainment Venues
Tour local Fort Lauderdale/Miami venues and learn about the arts culture of the region. Transportation provided.
Presenter: David Vieira
Price: $75 member/$100 non-member
USITT Electrical Workshop
This one day basic/intermediate level electrical workshop covers many items in the ETCP Electrician Candidate Handbook outline. It will explain the basics of entertainment electrical systems, including an overview of the National Electrical Code® and NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces. ETCP certificants can use the course for renewal credits.
Presenters: Jerry Gorrell, Mitch Hefter
Price: $345 member/$400 non-member
Flat Pattern Draft a 19th Century Corset
Focusing on the method in the book Stays and Corsets Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body, by Mandy Barrington, this day-long workshop will teach attendees how to flat pattern draft an accurate individual 19th-century corset for a contemporary body shape.
Attendees will learn the complete process of creating a flat pattern draft from an original corset found in a museum collection. Starting from measurements and mathematical formulas, attendees will learn the process of creating a pattern that is unique to the wearer - drafting individual basic block (sloper) patterns for themselves during the session and converting this to new historic stays or corset patterns.
Physical examples of the various corsets included in the book, plus construction samples and tips on methods of constructing stays and corsets will also be included. This provides valuable information and greater understanding of the corset making process. An insight into the second volume of Stays and Corsets with information on the new patterns that will appear in the book will be provided.
Participants will receive a copy of Stays and Corsets Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body.
Presenter: Mandy Barrington
Price: $275 member/$330 non-member
Lighting Design Masterclass: From Basements to Broadway, every week is tech week
Join Ken Bilington and Paul Miller as they share design and career insights to working professionally in the field of lighting in the modern entertainment industry. Learn what you need to know to build a career as a designer, assistant or programmer for Broadway, regional theatre, theme parks, and television.
Presenters: Ken Billington, Paul Miller
Price: $325 member/$390 non-member
Bravery in the Face of a Grant
Deciding to write a grant can be overwhelming and intimidating. Fear no more! This workshop will go through the process from search to submit by breaking it down into manageable sections that anyone can follow. Break down the parts of a grant proposal and how to write the grant to get the best result from the granting organization. Also, how to find grants that may be a good fit for your theatre or project.
Chair: Trish Hausmann
Presenters: Ouida Maedel, Erin McCann-Sabo
Price: $150 member/$180 non-member
Ninja Photo Triage: Rescuing bad photos from impossible circumstances
This workshop will demonstrate the many tools and strategies by which stage photography can enhance your work as designers, technicians, and/or educators. Workshop participants will be introduced to a wide array of tools and strategies that will allow the participant to overcome the limitations of the photographic past. The workshop will explore the tools and techniques that can meet the challenges of resuscitating archive photos or more recent photos with limited equipment. Learn how to squeeze the best quality image out of the equipment you already own! Learn, how hundreds of lighting combinations in a scenic model can be demonstrated by taking only three photos. The workshop will explore a variety of software and hardware, including affordable wireless lighting, enhanced cell phone photos, and 360-degree photography. Participants should have a basic knowledge of their camera and Photoshop. Use of a personal laptop is required.
Presenter: Richard Finkelstein
Price: $135 member/$175 non-member
Cultural Appropriation in the World of Costume Design & Technology
What is cultural appropriation? How does it differ from a stereotype? How can research allow you as Costume Designer & Technician to move beyond these social pitfalls? Learn methods, and ways of thinking about characters, cultures, diversity and how to structure your research and ask the important questions about productions involving portrayals of cultures and characters differing from your own experiences. The Costume Design & Technology Commission encourages costume, hair and makeup students, industry professionals and academic professionals to attend. For those at an academic institution or business, a certificate of attendance will be issued at the completion, which is often recognized for continuing diversity and inclusion training.
Presenters: Jenny Kenyon, Rafael Jaen
Price: $25 member/$50 non-member
TellTaleHeart: Themed Attraction Charrette
Create the concept design for a themed entertainment attraction with mentorship and guidance from longtime industry professionals George Head and USITT Distinguished Award Winning Michael Devine. Small group teams will learn the process that themed entertainment designers use to begin to develop their ideas for attractions, exhibits, and other visitor experiences and will produce their own unique idea for Edgar Allen Poe’s The Telltale Heart. Non-traditional ideas welcomed!
Presenters: Karen Maness, Michael Devine, George Head
Price: $125 member/$160 non-member