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Participants in a special workshop at the 2009 Annual Conference & Stage Expo will receive a guided tour of Stage Expo to help them experience the wide variety of programs and services which are available to assist them.

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Plan Workshop for High School Teachers

Michael Mehler
Vice-President for Programming

USITT is working with Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) to offer a special series of intensive seminars in scenery, lighting, and sound. Participants will earn Continuing Education Units for the 9-hour workshop. Members of both organizations are putting together the finishing details of this workshop, which will be posted online as soon as they are available.

The weekend workshop will begin Friday evening, March 20 in conjunction with USITT’s 2009 Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio. and continue all day Saturday, March 21.

In addition to the three seminars, there will be a guided tour of Stage Expo and a wrap-up session during which participants will meet USITT Commission representatives and discover resources available to improve the design, technical, and management components of productions at the high school level.

As part of the special registration for this workshop, participants who arrive early on Friday also will receive a complimentary conference pass so they may attend regular conference sessions until the workshop begins.

Plans are to offer weekend workshops as a regular part of the Conference programming in the future. Reaching out to high school instructors broadens the membership base for USITT and, more importantly, improves the skill sets that undergraduates bring to colleges and universities. However, the agreement with EdTA is that no weekend workshop will be offered in 2010 in keeping with the focused programming at USITT’s 50th celebration.

Special thanks go to the Education Commission, particularly Tony Hardin and William Kenyon, for doing much of the organizational work in putting together these seminars.

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