Spring 2021 EVENTS

The CSU Design Forum is an ambitious new learning series for students of theatrical design and technology. While the Coronovirus has separated us in many ways, the switch to digital platforms creates an exciting new opportunity to bring 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 now has a live transcription option available to all attendees.

Thursday, February 4, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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.


April 15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Stage Management Round Table Discussion

Jamie Tucker, CSU Fullerton Assist Professor of Stage Management and Department Production Stage Manager, hosts a conversation with a panel of four stage managers Randall K. Lum, Brian S Newman, J. Jason Daunter, and Moira Gleason. Please bring your questions as they share their knowledge and experiences from stage managing in American Regional Theatres, National & International Tours , Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Cirque du Soleil and Broadway.

Thursday, April 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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 will share their insights and experiences in working in devised theater and the unique challenges and opportunities in making this work.


Thursday, April 29, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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. This will be lead by Professor Chris Eicher who has worked for professional theatre companies, went on national tours and is currently the Head of Design at California State University, Bakersfield.


Tuesday, May 4, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Latinx Community Resources

Join us for a conversation with La Gente members Courtney Flores, Gabriel Barrera, Haydee Zelideth Antuñano and Tanya Orellana. La Gente (pronounced: HEHN-teh), which means “The People”, seeks to increase visibility, engagement and advocacy for Latinx designers, technicians, and managers in the field of theatrical performance.