December 2014

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December 2014

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Regional Sections

Upstate New York: Completing Plans for Winter Meeting, Job Fair

The Upstate New York Regional Section's Frank Willard Winter Sectional Meeting and Job Fair will be February 7 at SUNY-Binghamton.

Organizers are looking for theatre companies to invite to the job fair in addition to those from previous years. Forward a name and contact information for any suggestions to Katie Gilliland. The last speakers for the workshops are being confirmed, and the schedule will be posted shortly on the website.

Midwest: October Events Include Workshops, Job Seeking Ideas

The Midwest Regional Section held two successful events in October.

The first event kicked off October 4 with two, all-day workshops at the University of Michigan at Flint. The Costume session was led by Adam Dill, costume shop supervisor at UM-Flint, and guest presenter Rick Tuckett, costume director for the School of Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona. The session was taught to costume design and technology students and focused on tailoring techniques using the Sartor System of flat pattern drafting of historic men's wear for the stage. It is a simplified method of drafting originated by Robert W. Trump. The presenters also introduced other tailoring construction methods including tailor worked buttonholes, welt pockets, and pad stitching. The students created basic body blocks drafted using the Sartor System and practiced the tailoring techniques taught. Michelle Hathaway, a student at the school ,summed up the session well with, "Math is fun! It is a different way of using my creative side."

The other session took place in the studio theatre space that was converted into an ETC Ion console training space with nine console workstations. ETC trainers Ellen White and Spencer Lyons took participants through Ion programming from the basics to more intermediate skills.

The second October event took place in the Mill Theatre at Elmhurst College in a jointly sponsored event among the Midwest Regional Section, Chicago Spotlight, and Elmhurst College. Rick Arnold, technical director of the Mill Theatre, moderated the program. Drawing from their wealth of experience, professionals from Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Chicago Spotlight, Inc., and First Folio Theatre shared their perspectives on what they look for in applicants or candidates in terms of their resumes and portfolios. They focused on how the individuals present themselves and discussed the attributes of print and/or digital portfolios. Mr. Arnold summed up the day: "In spite of the low numbers, I thought it was a good event in terms of message and affability of those involved."

The Midwest Regional Section is looking ahead to its winter event, Newsies: Backstage and Onstage on December 13 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts in Chicago. For information, contact Steve Jacobs, Midwest Section Programming chair, at

Costume Event - October 4

Ion Training - October 4

Portfolio - October 11