September 2015

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September 2015

Conference & Stage Expo

Blow Up Something in Salt Lake

Rob Eastman-Mullins Scene Design & Technology Commission

Photos/Courtesy Rob Eastman-Mullins

About this time of the year, most are thinking about the upcoming season.

“How are we going to build that with no budget? How can I get that onstage without making an enemy of the lighting designer and the TD? Did I get that egg salad sandwich out of the shop fridge before I left for the summer?”

The Annual Conference & Stage Expo most likely is the furthest from anyone’s mind. Cincinnati seems like just yesterday and Salt Lake City is next year! But there is a useful Professional Development Workshop scheduled for the USITT 2016 in Utah that is a spin-off of a popular session presented in Cincinnati and worthy of attention.

You Used What?! Less Conventional Materials & Styles in Scenic Design, the standing room only session from the Scene Design & Technology Commission, introduced Finnish scenographer Sampo Pyhälä and his fascinating inflatable creations to rapt attendees. Mr. Pyhälä’s work with off-the-box-store-shelf materials to create scenic pieces, props, puppets, costumes, and other toys presents a new set of tools and materials for the designer, artisan, and technician to employ.

He will bring his inflatables workshop to these shores for a PDW 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday March 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Participants will get hands-on experience and create inflatables of their own design using familiar materials and simple methods. Enter curious and leave with a new arsenal of methods to implement designs.

Register with the conference’s Early Registration.