The CSU Design Forum is a learning series that brings together artists, educators, organizers and makers from around the state and across the country in order to share their diverse knowledge and experiences with the students of CSU and the greater community.

All events will take place on the Zoom virtual meeting platform. To add an event (and the Zoom link) to your calendar, click READ MORE in the event description, then click on ADD EVENT TO MY CALENDAR on the event page. You can also click HERE to go directly to the Zoom session.

CSU Design Forum has a live transcription option available to all attendees.

Thursday, September 16th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Green Stage #1: Sustainable Approaches for Set Design and Technical Direction

Join us for a conversation with designers Sandra Goldmark and Edward Morris and production manager Mike Banta, three of the authors of the Sustainable Production Toolkit, a step-by-step guide to making performing arts organizations more sustainable.


Thursday, September 23, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Choreography: Movement Design & Technology

Live theatre and film director & choreographer Anjela Vega will join us for a conversation about working as Francis Ford Coppola's movement coordinator using 30 cameras, moving sets and death-defying stunts.


Thursday, October 7, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Stage Management & Production Management

Join us for a conversation with stage managers Kayla Hammett and Rubén Bolivar and production managers Samantha Sintef and Christy Weikel. The panel will talk about early career stage management, when to join Actor's Equity (the union for actors & stage managers), what a production manager does and the skills needed for a stage manager to become a production manager.


Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Costume Design: Collaboration on the Musical Carrie

Professional costume designer Adriana Lámbarri and director Brady Schwind will join us for a conversation followed by a question and answer session with webinar attendees about her costume design for the Los Angeles production of Carrie the Musical.


Thursday, November 11, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Professional Practice #1: Contracts and Fees

In an industry with so many variables and so little transparency, it can be difficult to define how much your services are worth or to adequately protect yourself in the contracting process. In this event, Amith Chandrashaker, Ásta Bennie Hostetter, Christopher Vergara and Kimie Nishikawa will provide guidance for young designers negotiating their first jobs in the field.


Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Sound Design

Three professional sound designers, Chris Darbassie, Elisabeth Weidner and Melanie Chen Cole will join us for a round table conversation followed by a question and answer session with webinar attendees.


Thursday, December 2, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Lighting Design: Theme Parks

Join us for a conversation with Disney Entertainment's principle lighting designer KC Wilkerson. KC Wilkerson will talk about designing for themed entertainment, working for "the mouse", maintaining an independent artistic career and creating work/life balance.