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People who attended the Developing the Design Idea session during the 2004 Annual Conference & Stage Expo were fully engaged in the process. In 2005, a Professional Development Workshop will allow more time to focus on the topic.

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Explore Design Process
In Two-Day Workshop

Ann Cadaret
PDW Session Chair

Join the Developing The Design Idea Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, 2005 in Toronto. This is a long-awaited, two-day session focusing on the design process; the core and foundation of how designers initiate design ideas.

The Scene Design Commission is sponsoring it, but all designers are welcome to participate. The Commission is looking forward to a mix of working designers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty. The outstanding panel of designers includes Ming Cho Lee, Ursula Belden, Ron Naversen, Marianne Custer, and Nic Ularu.

There will be two days to engage in the design process individually and as a group. This is not a how-to session. It is about how designers transform words and/or music into visual imagery, and discover the worlds in which these plays take place by examining the characters. Goals will include discovering an approach to one of three plays in the context of storytelling, the action, and living the life of the play.

Participants must be well prepared for this PDW. Specifically, they must have read all three plays: Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, and Strauss' Elektra. They will also need to bring research, picture files, and some art supplies. The session will also provide some art supplies as well as some copying services. Participants will receive more specific information after they sign up for the workshop.

Letters of invitation on USITT letterhead will be sent to anyone who needs this to help with funding or support. E-mail Ann Cadaret at with “USITT PDW letter” in the subject line to request one. Those who provided their e-mail addresses in this session in Long Beach will receive e-mails to confirm “snail mail” addresses.

Fee for this Professional Development Workshop is $360 for USITT members. To sign up, please click here (link to member online registration).

This promises to be an outstanding session for all designers and we are looking forward to your joining us. Sign up early as space is limited.

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