What we do, and why:
How do theater technicians and designers expand their skills, network with others and build sustainable careers?
The Twin Cities theater community has a strong base of designers and technicians, but how will the next generation develop?
Science and art are interrelated and relevant, but how do we encourage their exploration and support?
In partnership with Bedlam Theatre, Wu Chen Khoo and Laura Wilhelm have set out to bring people together to learn from each other, making our field better as a whole.
Outside of an academic setting, many local experts simply felt that they didn't have a good vehicle to pass on their knowledge and experience.
On-the-job training is expensive for employers, as well as difficult in the short time frames that characterize the industry; design and vocational workshops are expensive when done on an intimate scale; creating connections between experts willing to teach, people eager to learn, and suitable learning labs is challenging.
Tech Tools serves a wide community: from the child excited about music, to the middle or high school student exploring technical theater, to recent college graduates, all the way to working professionals in all disciplines of the theater.
Learning each others' tricks and techniques makes us all better theater professionals. Our styles are still our own, only our repertoire, our "bag of tricks" has grown more diverse.
But more than that, learning from each other broadens our perspective on the world: it gives us more tools with which to explore and understand each other and our environments.