Toronto Promotions Coordinator
The October issue of Sightlines highlighted
some of the Regional Attractions available to
those attending the upcoming USITT Conference. Here are
additional regional programming highlights for the Toronto
2005 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in March.
Theatre Ontario Safety
Saturday, March 19, 2005 2:30 p.m. - 3:50
Theatre Ontario is an arts service organization
serving both community and professional theatres
in Ontario, and provides several useful links
between the two groups. It has initiated a major safety
program to raise awareness at all levels of theatre activity.
In particular, it has sent professionals to conduct safety
audits for community theatres.
Ray Salverda, one of those
professionals, will describe this innovative
approach and how it was conducted. For a description of
their program see: theatreontario.org/content/health.htm
From Doing It To Teaching It
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
reverse and dispute the old aphorism: those who do can't
Graduate school is not the only
route to a teaching career. This is particularly
true in Canadian post-secondary theatre production and
design programs, where - in marked
contrast with American schools - faculty members
with graduate degrees are the exception. Nevertheless,
there are many faculty in the United States and
elsewhere who established their professional careers
before they began teaching.
How do professionals begin academic
careers, and what do we have to learn in order
to become good teachers? How do we adjust to dealing with
students, and how do we sustain our professional careers?
How, if we choose, do we leave academia and rejoin the
profession full time? The panel consists of a group of
people who have faced and answered these questions.
Morgan - SM Arts: Giving Notes
Saturday, March 19, 2005 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Morgan is one of Canada's senior stage managers
who has, quite literally, written the book on
Stage Management: Stage
Managing The Arts In Canada (S.M. Arts, Toronto, 2000).
He also runs a popular series of annual workshops,
SM Arts, that features seminars by stage managers
for stage managers on a wide range of topics and
this workshop, Mr. Morgan will lead a seminar
on Giving Notes, an introduction into the art
of giving notes to cast, crew, and production staff. This
skill is very important to the wellbeing of
a production and is often one of the last techniques to
be learned as a stage manager.
Summer Stock - Theatre
Friday, March 18, 2005 4:45 p.m. - 6:05 p.m.
Ontario has one of the greatest concentrations
of summer theatre companies in North America.
These range from the two largest repertory theatres
on the continent (the Stratford and Shaw Festivals), to
several outdoor Shakespeare companies, to companies performing
in barns and second-story, century-old opera houses.
See www.summertheatre.org to
get some idea of the scope of this activity.
Production staff from several of these
companies will share their experiences in mounting summer
theatre productions in small-town Canada where physical
resources and labor may be in short supply. A short video
of Drayton Entertainment's
operations at five widely separated theatres will
introduce the session.
Cirque du Soleil Super Session
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
session promises to be one of the highlights of
the Conference. Several members of the design
and production staff of the world-renowned Cirque du
Soleil will lead this expanded session. This will be
a multi-disciplinary exploration of their innovative
design and production techniques.
for the élan of their
production, the people from Cirque also put on great presentations
for their peers. Don't miss this one.
this is not strictly a Regional session but
rather an event co-sponsored by the Costume, Technical
Production, and Scene Design Commissions.
The Toronto Four
Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Friday, March 18, 2005
Finally, in a brief update,
it is confirmed that a limited number of hard hat
tours of the new opera house will be available following
Stock - Theatre
Production session. That session is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2005 from 4:45 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. The Centre will still be under
construction during the Conference. Remember,
you can keep an eye on the progress of construction at www.fourseasonscentre.ca