October 2015

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October 2015

Commissions

CD&T Plans Special PDW Sessions for Salt Lake City

Mary Carol "M.C." Friedrich CD&T Commission VC Programming

The Costume Design & Technology Commission will take advantage of wonderful opportunities at the 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo host city, Salt Lake City, Utah. The staff of the Pioneer Theatre Company (above) will share their expertise through two Professional Development Workshops.

That’s Bloody Great! will be held all day Tuesday, March 15, and will include guidance on collaborating with a fight choreographer, preparing and testing blood effects, and cleanup. In what may be a wonderfully messy PDW, participants will do fabric staining and cleaning tests, learn to make and use blood eggs, and much more.

In Quick Change Artistry on Wednesday, March 16, the Pioneer Theatre Company costume shop staff, whose productions include Les Miserables and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, will share their experiences and solutions for quick changes: design and planning, construction, paperwork, training of wardrobe crew, wig prep, and setting up the quick change itself.

Look for these and other sessions when registration opens for USITT 2016 at the website, www.usittshow.org.

Other exciting costume sessions in the works for USITT 2016:

Hands-On Costume Design: Pin It!¬†with Jessica Mueller of VC Hands-On Design CD&T, will explore the concept board as an exciting tool used in communicating strong visual ideas in costume design. This will be an opportunity to go old school, working with fellow designers to create character concept boards by sifting through visual research for “pins” to add to the board.

Participants will need lots of magazines- so start saving them! Anyone who has old magazines to donate or who can transport magazines to Salt Lake City, please email Jessica Mueller, Vice-Commissioner of Design at jessica.mueller@belmont.edu.

Hands-On Technology: Needle Arts with Stacey Galloway, VC-Hands-On Technology CD&T, will explore the necessary and creative needle skills of times past that have been passed down through generations. Presenters will share the history and artistry of techniques such as embroidery, beading, tatting, crotchet, and smocking. Participants will be able to select from demonstrations of various techniques and put their newfound skills into practice.

¬†Join this session and celebrate the “maker” inside!