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2017 Fall Conference Workshop Descriptions

Basic Introduction to Portfolio Development

Tammy Honesty, Kent State University

Portfolio: Everyone needs a portfolio.  What?!? Yes, everyone needs a portfolio. What is a portfolio? How do I put one together?  Why do I need one?  Is it going to cost me a lot of money?  All these questions will be answered addressing how to create a portfolio for college entrance, summer job, life after college, etc.  A variety of options will be discussed ranging from very low cost to higher cost.


Advanced Portfolio Workshop

Tammy Honesty, Kent State University

A more hands on, advanced discussion of portfolio creation.  Bring your portfolio supplies, laptop, etc  How do I put a professional portfolio together? Who is the audience for my work? Can’t I just have a website?  Is it going to cost me a lot of money? All these questions will be addressed while discussing portfolios for graduate school interviews, summer jobs, and for getting that first job out of college.  Low cost and high cost options will be discussed.


Knot the Best Knot Show

Curtis Mortimore, Miami University with Christopher Seifert and Heather Sinclair, Kent State University Graduate Assistants

A session for all ages, but targeted for beginner and novice theatre technicians.  An introduction to rope and a group of basic knots every technician should be familiar with.  A hands-on exploration of a variety of knot techniques for stagehands, rigging, and life.


Paper Puppet Being Created

Paper Puppets and Beyond

Melanie Mortimore, Miami University

Creating puppets out of paper offers a low cost option for puppetry work, but also a look at the formation of two dimensional drawings/shapes and how they transform into three dimensional shapes.  In addition, there are several artistic variations on what can be done with these puppets, how how to manipulate therm.  Space is limited as several patterns will be passed out to be put together.


Working With Wire in Jewelry and Millinery

Melanie Mortimore, Miami University

Wire beading and clasp attachments depend on working with various wires, and knowing the proper tools and techniques to achieve your goals.  The same can be said for working with millinery wire to create wire foundations for millinery, costume or properties structures.  Space is limited as this will be a hand’s on workshop to practice some of these techniques.


A Rockin' Roller Creates Interesting Textures

Rockin' Rollers: Making and Using Textured Paint Rollers

Karen Glass, Kathleen Adler, Trenae Waller, Seton Hill University

The lowly paint roller cover can be transformed into a dazzling array of specialized painting tools to create pattern and texture. After a brief introduction, try your hand at creating a roller and see what effects you can create.


Selecting Lighting Gel - Tips and Tricks!

Matthew P. Benjamin, Wright State Unviersity

An introduction to the art of choosing gel for lighting instruments to attain the effect you are trying to achieve.


Content Use Laws for Theatrical Design

Deborra Bergmark Peelor, Sabrina Hykes-Davis, Monica Ruane Rogers, University of California, Pennsylvania

Educating Student Designers about Copyright, Public Use, Creative Comment Content for use in their work.  Providing Educators with a framework to work with their University Libraries providing resources for Content   We have worked closely with our University Librarian creating websites and resource banks for student designers.  Each semester, Monica visits the classroom and we have lessons regarding laws of public use and resources for content.  This has been extremely helpful for design, but also for students writing research papers for class.


Theatrical Sound Production

Dwight Brown, Good Sounds

Addressing the necessary steps to help ensure a successful production from the point of a sound engineer. The session touches on everything from script preparation to proper sound system configuration, setting proper gain structure to managing wireless microphones. It will deal with how to properly EQ microphones and how to conduct a proper mic check. It will also explain the differences in microphone choices and how to best select the right mic for the job.


Exploring Effects Processing in Sound Design

Nicholas Drashner, Kent State University

This session presents a variety of effects processing techniques and how they can be utilized as tools in the sound design process.


Digital Costume Design for the Beginner

Meta Lasch, West Liberty University

Digital rendering for the beginning artist using the Ipad and computer generated rendering techniques.


Pieces and Parts, From Head to Toes

Irene Mack Shafer, Akron University

An overview of essential details that make costume effective followed by a hand’s on project that will give participants an opportunity to learn and use costuming skills to change an ordinary piece of clothing into a detail specific costume.


Basics of Scenic Model Building

Christopher Rees, West Liberty University

Hands on workshop of basic techniques to create scenic models for theatrical scenery.


Oh The Places You Will Go!

Richard Deenis, West Liberty University

Making a living with a theater degree!


Production Management for the Small School

Elynmarie Kazle, Akron School for the Arts. Tina Shackleford, Carnegie Mellon University.

How do I develop my production program with a small but mighty pool of human resources for the small college or high school program?  Starting with stage management skills, get your students involved in a variety of programs on your campus or school.


Moving Beyond the Facade Wall: Using Script Analysis and Directing Concepts within the Scene Designer’s Process

Carl Walling, University of Findlay

This session focuses script analysis methods to encourage creative performance design solutions and facilitate collaborative discussions with directors and other designers. In some cases, introductory design textbooks introduce script analysis to emerging designers through scenographic representation (such as the given circumstances: time, place, economics, etc.), design principles (color, design harmony, unity, etc.), historical research and production metaphors.  As an extension of these important script analysis tools, this presentation considers how introductory methods in directing and acting can benefit an emerging designer’s process. This hands-on session will use the presentation room as a creative sandbox exploring concepts in balance, levels, boundaries, tension, pathways and character objective analysis. This session serves as an introduction these concepts for high school and 1st/2nd year undergraduate students interested in scenic or lighting design (particularly those who have not had an opportunity to take directing or script analysis courses).


International Learning Opportunities with Professional Organizations

Carl Walling, University of Findlay

This session focuses on the various learning opportunities for university students, educators and industry professionals through international professional organizations.  The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) is a network of over 30 national design associations across the globe. The organization has commissions focusing on Performance Design, Technology, Architecture, Publication & Communication, Education and Research. OISTAT hosts several symposiums, events and conferences each year. Every four years, OISTAT members organize World Stage Design—– an international design festival containing a public design exhibition, symposiums, masterclasses and international performances.   Beyond OISTAT, additional information will be shared about the upcoming 2019 Prague Quadrennial and other upcoming international events focused on performance design and technology. As an extension of the sessions topic, there will be a conversation about how to participate in future events, how to find student funding opportunities and various ways to connect with international theatre organizations.


CosPlay and Creating your own Prop

Tom Fiocchi, Ohio University

A 7 Step approach to properties building.  This session will discuss establishing parameters,  scaling, research, engineering, construction and finishing.


Programming Intelligent Lights

Tom West, Western Reserve Academy

What are these fancy lights and how do we make the best use of them for our production.


Basic Corrective Makeup

Callie Carroll, West Liberty University

Best practices for applying makeup to prepare for a head shot.  Tricks to emphasize the parts of their faces you like and diminish the parts you don't. This is not a hands on workshop, but it does welcome conversation, questions, and up close looks at the makeup


Questions to Ask When Renovating a Theatre

Michael Mehler, Mark Zimmerman, James Welch, Van Phillips and Elynmarie Kazle

Panel discussion on the Akron School for the Arts/Firestone and the fun and challeng of working in a new building.

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