May 12 promised 75 degrees and sunshine in the Columbus, Ohio area, not exactly a day for hiding away in front of a computer. However, 14 dedicated theatre designers and technologists paid big bucks to improve their skills in VectorWorks 3-D as part of USITT-Ohio Valley's spring professional development workshop. New York-based designer Chris Dopher led participants through the basics of VectorWorks 3-D and along the way demonstrated several shortcuts and slick tricks for working with this very powerful CAD program.
Special thanks to the staff at Otterbein College, Chris Perrota, and Deter Willis for providing the facility for training. This was very important in making the PDW affordable to member participants.
For Ohio Valley this was a financial risk because the training company required a sizable deposit. Fortunately, all seats were sold two weeks before the workshop. Given this success, the section is looking at other training seminars members might want in the future.
At the training session are: front, Jeremy Benjamin, Tammy Honesty,Tom Umfrid, Mary Tarantino; back, Kathe Devault, Richard Keith, Michael Lincoln, John Woodey, Sarah Riffle, Elliot France, Marcdus Wuebker, Deter Willis; not shown, Eddie Jackson, Matt Benjamin, and Chris Dopher, Master Teacher.