event recordings

Costume Design for Film - Camille Benda 

Advice and approach for designing costumes for period film pieces.


Open Round Table - Three Choreographers discuss their Collaboration with Designers

A conversation with Alvin Rangel-Alvarado, Courtney Ozovek & Lisa D. Long


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Using SketchUp for Television - Elizabeth Kloczkowski

An overview on how to use SketchUp and Podium for scenic renderings.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Role of a Production Manager - Lawrence Bennett

Larry Bennett speaks about his experience as a black person working in technical theater and offers insightful advice about starting out in the business and on how to bring both your professional skills and your humanity to the job.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

How Designers can Incorporate Automation  - J.R. Norman Luker

How designers can creatively add automation to stage productions.


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Theatre Practice-as-Research: Using Digital Media for Race/Gender/Sexuality - Dr. D. A-R. Forbes-Erickson

Examining the link between the racial and sexual other’s image and word.  


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Life as an Assistant Lighting Designer on Broadway - Anne E. McMills   

Life as an Assistant Lighting Designer on Broadway.  


Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Life and Art of Lighting for Film

Mextly Couzin hosts a conversation with Director of Photography Luis Perez.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Advanced, Multi-Platform Digital Rendering - Eric Broadwater 

Creating workflows for Multi-Platform Digital Rendering.


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Puppetry: Performing Objects - Sarah Krainin

Part I - Introduction to Styles of Puppetry in Contemporary Performance

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Projection Design - David Bengali

A conversation with David Bengali about his work and his thoughts for young artists interested in pursuing a career in projection design. 


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Collaboration: Design for Dance - Joe Goode & Erik Flatmo

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Adapting Musicals to the Smallish Stage - Richard Olmsted, Ulises Alcala

A director designer team discusses their working process.


Thursday, December 3, 2020

Lighting for Opera - David Jacques

Lighting for Opera: The techniques and practicalities of lighting operas internationally and domestically.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Advice for Early Career Designers - David Ivers 

David Ivers imparts advice and answers questions from early career designers wishing to work in American Regional Theatres.  


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Advice for Set Designers working with Scenic Artists - A Panel of Scenic Artists 

Two scenic artists Heidi Enzlin Cole & Ana Martinez  discuss best practices, give advice and field questions how designers can better communicate with the scenic charge artist.  They will also  give advice and field questions on how to start your career as a scenic painter in the entertainment industry.  What techniques to work on and what tools to buy. 


Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Work of Production Designers & Art Directors 

Production Designer Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini and Art Director Jerry Sonnenberg will discuss the inner workings of the art department and the relationship between the production designer & the art director in feature films, TV commercials, music videos, & episodic series.  This is a great place to ask your questions about getting into the art department. 


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Trans+ and Non-Binary Theater Artists

Trans+ and non-binary artists are making increasingly important artistic and cultural contributions to the performing arts while simultaneously paving the way for a more aware and accepting future.   Join us for a conversation with Ari Herzog, Calvin Anderson, Kate McGee, Lisa Scheps, Qween Jean and Randy Wong-Westbrooke as they speak about navigating attitudes towards gender in the workplace and finding community in the performing arts.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Meow Wolf: an interactive, mind-bending art experience.  

Meow Wolf is comprised of over 200 full-time employees and hundreds of other collaborators, creating and supporting art across a variety of media, including architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, video production, cross-reality (AR/VR/MR), music, audio engineering, narrative writing, costuming, performance, and more.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Design for Devised Work

Much of our academic training focuses on script analysis as a starting point for design but that is often not possible when devising a new piece.  In this conversation, Cricket Myers, Dr. Gina Sandi-Diaz, Lena Sands, Kyla Kazuschyk and Pamela Rodriguez share their insights and experiences in working in devised theater and the unique challenges and opportunities involved in making this work.


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Theatrical Fly Systems and Rigging

Introduction to Fly System components, and safe operation with a unit on hardware and rigging followed by a Q&A session. Lead by Professor Chris Eicher who has worked for professional theatre companies, gone on national tours and is currently the Head of Design at California State University, Bakersfield. 


Thursday, September 16th, 2021

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, November 11, 2021

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 provide guidance for young designers negotiating their first jobs in the field. 


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Sound Design

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


Thursday, February 10th, 2022

The Green Stage #2: Sustainable Approaches in Lighting, Media and Sound Design 

A conversation about sustainability with composer and sound designer Debashis Sinha, lighting designer Renée Brode, lighting and media designer Ian Garrett, and practitioner-researcher in intermedial performance, digital scenography & Australian performance design Tessa Rixon.


Thursday, February 24th, 2022

Working with the Costume Shop 

Amy Hutto, the costume shop manager at South Coast Repertory Theatre, talks about how a costume shop works and how the shop interfaces with designers.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Professional Practice #2: Financial Planning for Freelance Artists

Are you worried about how to make ends meet in the performing arts?  Wondering how to manage paying off your student loans?  Bailie Slevin, the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting firm geared specifically towards creatives and freelancers, joins us to talk about financial planning and managing our mental health around these often stressful issues.


Thursday, November 17th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

The Green Stage #3: Sustainable Approaches in Costume Design and Craft

In this third installment in our series about sustainable design in the theater we speak with Hahnji Jang, and Minji Kim, whose combined work includes costume design for theater, dance and television as well as fashion design and fibre arts.


February 23rd, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

Audio Paths

How theatrical sound design training prepares you for other industries

In this conversation we talk with successful theatrical sound designers who have transitioned to related occupations, including Jill Du Boff, audio director of Marvel Entertainment, Gilly Moon, who designs for themed events, film and video games, Noelle Hoffman, a successful sound designer now working as a project manager for Mattel, and Corinne Carrillo, who designs audio, video, and control systems for themed entertainment 


March 2nd, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time


Crucial Tax Tips for Freelancers

Join us for a presentation from the folks at Brass Taxes who can answer all of your questions about taxes, including the ones you didn't know you were supposed to ask!  


March 9th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time

Prague Quadrennial 2023

Student Involvement in the World's Premiere Theatrical Design Exposition

California State University Long Beach professor Emily MacDonald will share info about student travel to the 2023 Prague Quadrennial, a globally recognized, 10-day event of exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops, happenings, parades, symposia, and performances.


March 30, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pacific Time


 A Panel with Jessica Champagne-Hansen and Camille Schenkkan, authors of Navigating a Career in Technical Entertainment: Your Creative Career Guidebook explores tools, strategies, and motivational advice from a wide range of industry professionals for navigating an artistic career in design and technology in entertainment.