Jul
17
7:00 pm19:00

Aging in the Performing Arts

  • Phoenix Theater

Intergenerational experience is invaluable in the arts, getting people of multiple ages working together to pass down knowledge. How are legacies defined and secured? How do those people who work in the arts transmit their expertise and wisdom to others? How can we assure that intergenerational work can be a true collaborative, mentoring experience? And how does the scope and purpose of work change as we get older? Our panel discusses these questions, followed by a Q&A period.

Oct
16
7:00 pm19:00

Production Managers' Meet Up

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

We know that one of the biggest factors we continue to hear from both employers and prospective employees is that it is hard to for each to meet the other. So we’ll be continuing our Production Managers Meet-Up series from last year, bringing production managers and those looking to expand their networks together to learn more about each other and the industry.

We’ll be bringing in Sara Shives of the Jungle Theater (and many other gigs across the globe!) and Karen Quisenberry of the Minnesota Opera to speak briefly about their work, their careers and their organizations. Q&As will follow all sessions, with open mingling in the relaxed environment of the Phoenix Theater lobby! Come meet and learn from your fellow arts workers and employers!


Jun
19
Jun 20

Arena Ground Rigging

  • O’Shaughnessy Theater

By popular demand, our Arena Ground Rigging workshop is back! Local riggers Kerry Korman and Roger Rosvold will again lead this important class; now improved based on our analysis and your feedback!

Are you flying truss? Hoisting speaker stacks? Prepping motors? Lifting scenery? It’s all rigging and there’s always a demand for competent riggers!

Every rigging project has a ground rigging element: a team of folk who prepare the gear and provide critical support to the folks who are up high. Even though their feet never leave the floor, these folks are still riggers, and their expertise and skill can and do make all the difference in the world between a good, easy rigging experience and a lot of frustration for other stagehands and needless expense for clients.

This class is specifically designed for arena or convention center ground rigging, but all the techniques covered apply to theatrical rigging. Whether you’re new to this kind of work, or you’ve been doing it for a few years, our instructors will draw on their training and extensive personal work experience to teach you the must-knows of ground rigging, as well as many tips and tricks that make a job easier and better for everyone.

By the time you’re done, you’re going to be able to:

  • identify common rigging gear and hardware
  • set up "rig world” safely and effectively
  • read floor marks and communicate information clearly with the other riggers
  • assemble bridles and tie work ropes into them
  • know how to support upriggers in your collaboration
  • prep, check and run motors

Whether you work at a production company or plan to take event, arena and rock-and-roll calls as a hand, you’re going to find a lot of demand for these highly desired skills!

PLEASE NOTE that we require all participants to be able to reliably tie a bowline. When you arrive at the venue, one of the instructors will hand you a length of rope. You will have 60 seconds to tie a bowline any way you like. At the end of that time, or when you hand the rope back to the instructor, there must be a bowline successfully tied in it. We will send you home without a refund if you are not able to do so.

Please dress appropriately: closed-toe work shoes or boots are required. People wearing open-toes shoes or sandals will not be allowed to participate in the practicals (and most of this class is practical!).

THIS IS A TWO DAY, 10-HOUR WORKSHOP
Monday, June 19 / 12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20 / 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.)

O’Shaughnessy Theater
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

Tickets are $80. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24.
GET TICKETS HERE

Sponsored by IATSE Local 13.

Scholarships are available! Contact info@techtoolstraining.org for details.

May
27
9:00 am09:00

Wig Basics Workshop

  • Guthrie Theater

Wigs are transformative. Few tools in art are as personal, as powerful, or as demanding as wigs and facial hair. A well-made, well-maintained and properly suited wig is a sublime character and narrative tool. Yet few people think about the intricate complexity, brilliant artistry and supreme craftpersonship that underlies this discipline.

In this highly practical workshop, Guthrie Theater Wig Master Laura Adams and Wig Designer Tricia Stogsdill will teach core skills and ideas that are the foundational basis of this amazing art and trade.

Participants will get an overview of the design process from concept to execution, including how to do research for designs and interpreting that research for the realities of production. Additionally, participants will have plenty of hands-on time, during which they will learn:

  • The difference between store-bought and hand-tied wigs (and how to make store-bought wigs work for the stage and for you!).
  • How to do wig preps, before a wig is worn.
  • How to make a mold of a head.
  • How to apply facial hair

A large portion of the time will also be devoted to learning the technique of tying the knots to attach the hair to a wig foundation (also known as ventilating). This is a tremendously important and useful skill and skilled craftspeople are in high demand!

This is a basic-level, one-day workshop and there are no prerequisites. All materials will be provided.

Get your ticket at Eventbrite now!

Saturday, May 27 / 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
45 minute lunch break at approximately noon; lunch is provided.

Guthrie Theater Wig Shop
Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis

Thanks to generous support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the cost for this workshop is only $75, approximately 30% of typical cost. Guthrie Staff receive 20% off. Limited scholarship options exist; inquire about scholarships by emailing info@techtoolstraining.org.

May
22
7:00 pm19:00

Stage Managers' Meet Up

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Are you a Stage Manager? Do you want to know more about stage management? Do you just want to hang out with some of the brilliant people that really keep the shows running? Well, here’s a chance for just that!

Stage Managers rarely get a chance to work with one another. Most shows employ only one Stage Manager, and they’re the only member of the production team that stay with a show all the way from beginning to end. Often the first to arrive and last to leave, veterans of the industry know them as the heart, soul and head of the show. For our first Community Meet-Up of 2017, we again are celebrating Stage Managers by bring them together for a powerhouse gathering!

We’ll kick things off with a short formal discussion, followed by casual socializing in the relaxed environment of the Phoenix Theater!

May
5
May 6

Puppet, Prop and Scenic Mechanization Workshop

Need a cabinet to magically open and close? A mask to pop up and down? Flowers to dance?

Mechanization is the art and craft of making things move. No surprise that it plays a big role in most solutions to these problems and is a major part of most modern scene and props shops.

Technical Director Adriane Heflin and Props Director Sue Brockman, both of the nationally renowned Children’s Theater Company, join forces to teach this fantastic workshop on the core skills and ideas behind Mechanization.

Participants will spend one session in the Props Shop and the other in the Scene Shop, learning techniques actually used by the CTC and other seasoned veteran craftpeople in making things dance, spin, wilt, bounce and move!

Participants will put all this knowledge to use in making their own project in this hands-on practical workshop.

THIS IS A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP
Friday, May 5 / 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 / 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Come to the Stage Door. Be sure to dress in practical and safe work clothes: Closed-toed, comfortable shoes. No loose clothing that might get snagged in tools and on construction materials. Please tie up long hair.

Tickets are $100. Spots are limited, so get yours now! Scholarships are available—email us to ask. CTC Staff receive a 20% discount. Use code CTC2016

This price, approximately 30% of the usual price for this type of workshop, is made possible by the generous support of MRAC, and the Legacy Funding, and covers instruction, materials, venue and refreshments.

Apr
24
7:00 pm19:00

Politics and Production

Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

On the production side of things, our jobs rarely involve making decisions about the overall message, goals or politics of the art work we contribute to. From production managers to stagehands, our positions have varying degrees of influence over these kinds of decisions. So how do we think about our own politics? How do political messages manifest in the decisions we make as professionals? What does “activism” or “advocacy” mean in a production context? And what happens if our responsibilities lead us to service messages we find troubling?

Conventional wisdom says that for every production, political messages are the domain of artistic departments—production departments are just the hands. Does this define a lucky few at the top of this hierarchy as the “visionaries” and “leaders” while the rest of us simply show up to use our skills to support that vision without question? Or is it a matter of simple necessity to get the work done quickly and efficiently? And either way, what does it mean for larger questions of art and advocacy?

Please join us for a Panel Discussion on this important topic!

 

Apr
21
Apr 22

Costume Basics

In this practical workshop, celebrated local costumes professionals Rich Hamson and Kathy Kohl will call on their decades of knowledge and experience as designers, shop supervisors and craftspersons to teach core basic techniques, as well as tips and tricks that they’ve learned over the years.

In this workshop participants will step through one specific (and especially instructive) process for creating a costume. Participants will:

  • Learn how to conduct a fitting session
  • Make a sloper, the basic building block of all pattern-making
  • Learn core craft techniques for measuring, sewing and construction
  • Learn key hand stitching skills called for in many costume shops
  • Learn proper operation and maintenance for sewing machines
  • Learn how to think about costumes and crafting, avoiding common pitfalls
  • Create a corrected custom pattern fit to themselves to take home for future reference

This is a two day workshop. Participants are required to attend both days.
Friday, April 21 / 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 / 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Collective Spaces Costume Space
2500 University Avenue W, Suite C-2
St. Paul, MN 55114
For location details and parking: https://cspaces.org/location/

All materials provided. In order to ensure sufficient and correct materials are available, participants will be asked to provide chest measurement at registration (shirt size or bra measurement will do).

Tickets are $100. Spots are limited, so get yours now. Scholarships are available—email us to ask.

This price, approximately 30% of the usual price for this type of workshop, is made possible by the generous support of MRAC, and the Legacy Funding, and covers instruction, materials, venue and refreshments.

Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

Let's Talk: Health & Safety Rights for Individual Artists

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

While the Performing Arts industry is overall quite safe, that doesn't mean it isn't without some serious health, safety, and wellness risks. Long hours, late hours, infrastructure that creates dangerous working conditions, chemical and poor air quality exposure, and even harassment in the workplace are more commonplace than we would like to admit. Many of these issues are deeply ingrained in our culture, our working traditions, and policies. We all have rights and responsibilities around these issues, and all of us--from the managers and decision-makers, to employees, contractors, and volunteers on the ground--begin by having the right and the responsibility to be informed on those rights. Join us for this incredible gathering with employment lawyers and a representative from OSHA, as we discuss our well-being as individuals, as organizations and as an industry.

Presented by the Minnesota Theater Alliance

Nov
14
Nov 15

Arts Community Game Night

  • 2500 University Avenue W Suite B8 St. Paul, MN 55114

Throw off some of the stress of the Holiday Show Season and warm yourself with fun and games amongst great company and cheer!

Technical Tools of the Trade is hosting a board game night, hopefully the first of many this winter.

Monday November 14th
5:30pm - midnight

2500 University Avenue W
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Suite B8 (ground floor, just past the stairs!)

The Green Line stops at Raymond Avenue, 2 blocks away.

Bus Routes 16 and 63 stop directly outside the building; Bus Routes 67 and 87 stop by the Raymond Avenue light rail stop, 2 blocks away.

Free and open to all; some light snacks provided.

All games provided. (A list of the games coming soon!)

Come and go as you need.

Note that this is at the intersection of Highway 280 and University Avenue. This is NOT next to the TCF Stadium.

Street parking is free south of the building, or metered on University Avenue itself.

Oct
20
7:00 pm19:00

Working in the Performing Arts

  • Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center, Augsburg College

Working in the Performing Arts is exciting, challenging and dynamic. However, it can also be as confusing, uncertain and varied as the industry itself. Where does one begin? How does one keep going? How does one make a living?

Our panel of top, local, working professionals will address exactly this important topic. Hailing from a variety of fields of expertise and at different points in their careers, their combined years of experience will be brought to bear in a fascinating and educational discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

Admission is Free & Open to all.

Thursday, October 20th
7pm - 9pm

Tjornhom-Nelson Theater
Foss Center
Augsburg College
625 22nd Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

What Happens After Opening?

  • Pillsbury House Theatre

While we talk a lot about what goes into getting a show to opening, that’s hardly the end of the matter. But what happens after a show opens? Whether it’s a music concert, dance or theatre, there’s a whole host of responsibilities and people carrying them out to ensure everything runs safely and effectively.

These running crews and stage managers are, deliberately invisible: if their presence is noticed, it usually means something has gone wrong. However, the work requires great expertise, intuition and trust. It’s also some of the most reliable and stable work in the industry.

Our panel of seasoned, local running crews will discuss what goes into what they do, how they got where they are and the challenges and brilliancies of their profession.

Join us for a rare and riveting look at a very important, very large yet often ignored sector of our industry.

This Event is Free & Open to All.

Monday October 17th
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pillsbury House + Theater
3501 Chicago Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Oct
7
Oct 8

Prop, Puppet, & Scenic Mechanization Workshop

  • Children's Theatre Company

Need a cabinet to magically open and close? A mask to pop up and down? Flowers to dance?

Mechanization is the art and craft of making things move. No surprise that it plays a big role in most solutions to these problems and is a major part of most modern scene and props shops.

Technical Director Adriane Heflin and Props Director Sue Brockman, both of the nationally renowned Children’s Theater Company, join forces to teach this fantastic workshop on the core skills and ideas behind Mechanization.

Participants will spend one session in the Props Shop and the other in the Scene Shop, learning techniques actually used by the CTC and other seasoned veteran craftpeople in making things dance, spin, wilt, bounce and move!

Participants will put all this knowledge to use in making their own project in this hands-on practical workshop.

THIS IS A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP

Friday October 7th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday October 8th 9:30am - 1:30pm

Tickets are $80. Spots are limited, so get yours now!

Scholarships are available, if needed.
CTC Staff receive a 20% discount with code CTC2016.

Children’s Theater Company
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Come to the Stage Door.

Be sure to dress in practical and safe work clothes: closed toed comfortable shoes, no loose clothing that might get snagged in tools and on construction materials. Please tie up long hair.

Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

Community Meet-up: Stage Managers

  • Pillsbury House Theatre

Are you a Stage Manager? Do you want to know more about Stage Management? Do you just want to hang out with some of the brilliant people that really keep the shows running? Well, here’s a chance for just that!

Stage Managers rarely get a chance to work with one another. Most shows employ only one Stage Manager, and they’re the only member of the Production Team that stay with a show all the way from beginning to end. Often the first to arrive and last to leave, veterans of the industry know them as the heart, soul and head of the show. So for our last Community Meet-Up of 2016 we want to celebrate Stage Managers, bring them together for a powerhouse gathering!

With Special Guests Tree O’Halloran (Guthrie Theater), Elizabeth MacNally (Pillsbury House + Theater), Jenny Friend (Children’s Theater Company) and Sarah Salisbury (Illusion Theater).

We’ll kick things off with a short formal discussion, followed by casual socializing with food and drinks!

Monday, October 3rd
7pm - 9pm

Pillsbury House + Theater
3501 Chicago Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Aug
26
Aug 27

Arena Ground Rigging Basics RETURNS!

  • O'Shaugnessy Auditorium

By popular demand, our Arena Ground Rigging workshop is back! Local riggers Kerry Korman and Roger Rosvold will again lead this important class.

Are you flying truss? Hoisting speaker stacks? Prepping motors? Lifting scenery? It’s all rigging and there’s always a demand for competent riggers!

Every rigging project has a ground rigging element: a team of folk who prepare the gear and provide critical support to the folks who are up high. Even though their feet never leave the floor, these folks are still riggers, and their expertise and skill can and do make all the difference in the world between a good, easy rigging experience and a lot of frustration for other stagehands and needless expense for clients.

This class is specifically designed for arena or convention center ground rigging, but all the techniques covered apply to theatrical rigging. Whether you’re new to this kind of work, or you’ve been doing it for a few years, our instructors will draw on their training and extensive personal work experience to teach you the must-knows of ground rigging, as well as many tips and tricks that make a job easier and better for everyone.

By the time you’re done, you’re going to be able to:

  • identify common rigging gear and hardware

  • set up "rig world” safely and effectively

  • read floor marks and communicate information clearly with the other riggers

  • assemble bridles and tie work ropes into them

  • know how to support upriggers in your collaboration

  • prep, check and run motors

Whether you work at a production company or plan to take event, arena and rock-and-roll calls as a hand, you’re going to find a lot of demand for these highly desired skills!

We are requiring the following as prerequisites for this workshop. If you are unable to do any of the following, please DO NOT take this workshop, but instead stay tuned for our Basic Rigging workshop, coming up soon!

-Reliably tie a bowline.

-Reliably tie a clove hitch.

Please dress appropriately: closed-toe work shoes or boots are required. People wearing open-toes shoes or sandals will not be allowed to participate in the practicals (and most of this class is practical!).

This is a TWO DAY WORKSHOP:

Friday August 26th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday August 27th 9:30am - 1:30pm

O’Shaughnessy Theater
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Sponsored by IATSE Local 13.
IATSE Local 13 Referral List members get 50% off!

Scholarships are available! Contact info@techtoolstraining.org for details.

Aug
22
7:00 pm19:00

Meet-Up: Meet the Production Managers, Round 3

  • Steppingstone Theatre

One of the biggest factors we keep hearing from both employers and prospective employees is that it is hard to for each to meet the other. This year, we will be hosting a series of events to bring hiring production managers, experienced stagehands and designers, and those looking to expand their networks together.

We’ll be bringing in two production managers to speak briefly about getting work at their organizations. Q&As will follow all sessions, with open mingling, with food and drink as well! Come meet and learn from your fellow arts workers and employers!

The third (and last for 2016) session is:

Monday, August 22nd
7pm – 9pm

SteppingStone Theater
55 Victoria St. N
St. Paul, MN 55104

Please note that the Production Managers panel will begin at 7:05pm!

For our third session we are joined by Ellen Baker of the Children’s Theater Company and Allen Weeks, until recently of Penumbra Theater and now the new PM at Theatre Latte Da.

Aug
19
Aug 20

Costume Crafts 2-Day Workshop

  • Collective Spaces Costume Space

Making, altering and repairing costumes is a highly skilled discipline that is always in demand and with applications far beyond the performing arts.

In this practical workshop, celebrated local costumes professionals Rich Hamson and Kathy Kohl will call on their decades of knowledge and experience as designers, shop supervisors and craftspersons to teach core basic techniques, as well as tips and tricks that they’ve learned over the years.

In this workshop participants will step through one specific (and especially instructive) process for creating a costume. Participants will:

  • Learn how to conduct a fitting session

  • Make a sloper, the basic building block of all pattern-making

  • Learn core craft techniques for measuring, sewing and construction

  • Learn key hand stitching skills called for in many costume shops

  • Learn proper operation and maintenance for sewing machines

  • Learn how to think about costumes and crafting, avoiding common pitfalls

  • Create a corrected custom pattern fit to themselves to take home for future reference

This is a two day workshop. Participants are required to attend both days.

Friday August 19th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday August 20th 9am - 1pm

Collective Spaces Costume Space
2500 University Avenue W, Suite C-2 (Top Floor)
St Paul, MN 55114

All materials provided. In order to ensure sufficient and correct materials are available, participants will be asked to provide chest measurement at registration (shirt size or bra measurement will do).


Thanks to generous support from MRAC the cost for this workshop is only $80. Limited scholarships are available. Email info@techtoolstraining.org to inquire.

Jul
15
Jul 16

Low Voltage Power 2-Day Workshop

  • Guthrie Theater Light Lab

Need a prop or costume to light up? Using wireless data? These are only a couple of the applications of low voltage power. Safe and portable, low voltage power is incredibly useful.

The ideas and techniques vary enough from 110v power that it is important to learn each its own right.

In this practical class, you’ll learn the basics of working with low voltage power. You will get hands-on time:

  • Soldering
  • Working with wire strippers and crimps for 18 - 22ga wire
  • Learning to use a multimeter as a voltmeter, ammeter and continuity tester
  • Learning basic circuiting ideas and practices
  • Building circuits with switches and low-voltage lamps
  • Working with different types of batteries and chargers

For your final project you’ll build an electrified prop that you’ll get to take home!

Please note: we will not be covering schematics, working with ethernet or phone cables, or the theory and science of electricity. This is a purely practical, technical class.

Guthrie Theater Light Lab
(in the Basement, enter via the Stage Door)
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Friday July 15th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday July 16th 9:30am - 1:30pm

Instructors:
Andrew Sullivan, Guthrie Theater Master Electrician
Barry Browning, Lighting Designer and Master Electrician

Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

Meet Up: Meet the Production Managers, Round 2

  • Mixed Blood Theatre Company

One of the biggest factors we keep hearing from both employers and prospective employees is that it is hard to for each to meet the other. This year, we will be hosting a series of events to bring hiring production managers, experienced stagehands and designers, and those looking to expand their networks together.

We’ll be bringing in two production managers to speak briefly about getting work at their organizations, and a veteran stagehand and a veteran designer to speak about working in the industry. Q&As will follow all sessions, with open mingling, with food and drink as well! Come meet and learn from your fellow arts workers and employers!
 
The first session is:
Monday, June 27th
7pm – 9pm

Mixed Blood Theatre Company
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55454
 
Please note that the Production Managers panel will begin at 7:05pm!

For our second session we are joined by David "DStew" Stewart of the Guthrie Theater and Matt "Earl" Earley of Mixed Blood Theater.

Jun
25
10:30 am10:30

Costumes Panel Discussion

  • Pillsbury House Theatre

Costumes: the one thing every show has. It’s possible to do a show without scenery & props, lights or sound (outdoor summer shows do this frequently), but even if all the performers are naked, someone’s making decisions about how that works and what that looks like.

Costumes: the design department that works most closely with the performers, literally tailoring the design to the actors.

Join four prominent costume designers and craftspeople as they talk about their discipline: getting into it, challenges and rewards, and more in this incredible field!

This 90 minute panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and an informal meet-and-greet.

Panelists:

Lynn Farrington, Resident Costume Designer, Macalester College
Rich Hamson, Costume Designer, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters
Amy Kaufman, Costume Designer
Kathy Kohl, Costume Designer

Saturday, June 25th at 10:30am

Pillsbury House Theater
3501 Chicago Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

 

May
23
7:00 pm19:00

Meet Up: Meet the Production Managers

  • Steppingstone Theatre

One of the biggest factors we keep hearing from both employers and prospective employees is that it is hard to for each to meet the other. This year, we will be hosting a series of events to bring hiring production managers, experienced stagehands and designers, and those looking to expand their networks together.

We’ll be bringing in two production managers to speak briefly about getting work at their organizations, and a veteran stagehand and a veteran designer to speak about working in the industry. Q&As will follow all sessions, with open mingling, with food and drink to follow! Come meet and learn from your fellow arts workers and employers!

The first session is:

Monday, May 23rd
7pm – 9pm

Stepping Stone Theater
55 Victoria Street North,
St. Paul, MN 55104

 

Please note that the Production Managers panel will begin at 7:05pm!

For this session, Karen Quisenberry of the Minnesota Opera and Megan West of Park Square Theater will speak, moderated by well-known Arts Administrator Robin Gillette.

Megan West has been the Production Manager at Park Square Theatre for the last eight years. Growing the position from a part time position managing 7 productions a season to a full time position that manages 19 productions spanning across two stages and ranging between 12 mainstage subscriptions plays and musicals, an ever expanded list of rentals, 4 partner productions and a few special collaborations. Three years ago she started a production internship program that helps foster young and early career production administrators to learn about production management, auditioning and the art of collaboration in the arts. Megan will take over as Board Chair of the Minnesota Theatre Alliance and serves on the Twin Cities Actors Equity Liaison committee.

May
20
1:00 pm13:00

QLab 3 VIdeo Workshop

  • Steppingstone Theatre

Video is a powerful and versatile component that is seeing more and more use in local theatre. Manipulating and cuing video for the performing arts is sometimes seen as a stumbling block for those companies wishing to use it. However, beyond being an industry standard for audio, QLab 3 is also a powerful video control and cuing software. It’s also very affordable, with great rental rates if you aren’t going to do enough to justify purchasing a license.

In this 5-hour course, top local designer Andrew Mayer will walk you through the basics of manipulating and cuing video with QLab 3. Starting with some basic content (video and static image) files, you’ll learn to:

  • Manipulate geometries

  • Apply effects

  • Play with the qualities of the file

  • Program cues

  • Deal with multiple outputs

All within QLab 3!

If you’re looking to get started with video design, this is just the course for you.


Please note that we will not be covering anything to do with generating content from scratch. That’s it’s own topic and class! We will only manipulate pre-existing content.

DATE: Friday, May 20th at 1:00pm to 6:00pm

COST: $50

 

May
16
7:00 pm19:00

Copyright/Intellectual Property Law Seminar

  • Ivy Building for the Arts

For many writers, designers, craftspersons, directors, and producers, questions of copyright, intellectual property, and ownership rights are serious and frequent concerns. In this seminar, practicing Attorney Patricia Zurlo, a well-known figure in the arts scene in her own right, will lead a discussion and Q&A on precisely these issues.

Patricia will start with a short presentation, explaining core terms, concepts and ideas so that we’re all starting from the same place, and then will open the floor to discuss YOUR questions!
 

Monday, May 16th
7pm – 9pm

Frank Theater Rehearsal Space
Ivy Building
(enter through the green door on 27th Street, go up the stairs)

 

Follow the signs to get to Frank Theater!

The comfortable and cozy Frank Theater rehearsal space in the Ivy Building is a great place to have such a conversation. Thank you to Frank Theater for their generosity in hosting!

Like all Tech Tools seminars, this event is free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served.

 

Arena Ground Rigging 2-Day Workshop
Mar
25
Mar 26

Arena Ground Rigging 2-Day Workshop

By popular demand, our Arena Ground Rigging workshop is back! Local riggers Kerry Korman and Roger Rosvold will again lead this important class.

Are you flying truss? Hoisting speaker stacks? Prepping motors? Lifting scenery? It’s all rigging and there’s always a demand for competent riggers!

Every rigging project has a ground rigging element: a team of folk who prepare the gear and provide critical support to the folks who are up high. Even if their feet never leave the floor level, these folks are still riggers, and their expertise and skill can and do make all the difference in the world between a good, easy rigging experience and a lot of frustration for clients and other stagehands.

This class is specifically designed for event or “arena” ground rigging, but all the techniques are also used in theatrical rigging. Whether you’re new to this kind of work, or you’ve been doing it for a few years, our instructors will draw on their training and extensive personal work experience to teach you the must-knows of ground rigging, as well as many tips and tricks that make a job easier and better for everyone.

By the time you’re done, you’re going to be able to:

  • easily identify rigging gear and hardware
  • set up "rig world” safely and effectively
  • read floor marks and communicate information clearly with the other riggers
  • assemble bridles and tie work ropes into them
  • know how to support upriggers in your collaboration
  • prep, check and run motors

If you want to work for a production company, large theatre, or take event, arena and rock-and-roll calls, you’re going to find a very employable use for these skills!

We are REQUIRING the following as prerequisite for this workshop: RELIABLY TIE A BOWLINE. If you are unable to do tie a bowline reliably, please DO NOT take this workshop and instead stay posted for our Basic Rigging workshop, coming up soon!

Please dress appropriately: closed-toe work shoes or boots are required. People wearing open-toes shoes or sandals will not be allowed to participate in the practicals (and most of this class is practical!).

This is a TWO DAY WORKSHOP:

Friday March 25th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday March 26th 9:30am - 1:30pm

LOCATION:
O’Shaughnessy Theater
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

 

Tickets are $80. Walk-ups will not be accepted as we will need to prepare enough gear for everyone to work with. Registration will close at 5pm on Wednesday March 23rd.

IATSE Local 13 Referral List members get 50% off - just use discount code IATSE13 at check out!

Scholarships are available! Contact info@techtoolstraining.org for details.

Oct
23
Oct 25

“A Touch of Dada”-Improvised, Waste-Based Mask and Costume Workshop

  • Bedlam Theatre Design Center

Plumbing Christopher Lutter’s gold-mine of collected waste-stream materials, found objects and curiosities, participants will learn methods of construction of costumes, masks and puppeted accessories, in the creation of their very own, over-the-top (or, for that matter, “under-the-bottom”) wearable art-piece.

A strong emphasis is placed upon methods of “following-the-material” in our development of the pieces—with a healthy dose of embracing the nonsensical and absurd.

Pieces will be fully student driven, with Chris providing support in methods of construction and the development of movement mechanical and animation elements, if so desired.

The goal of this workshop is to broaden participants’ knowledge of materials and methods of theatrical art construction.

Workshop will culminate with an optional absurdly-outlandish “masquerade” promenade, through the Farmer’s Market in St Paul’s Lowertown district, on Halloween Day, October 31st.

THIS IS A 3 DAY WORKSHOP
Friday, October 23 7-9PM
Saturday,  October 24 1-4PM
Sunday, October 25 1-4PM

Tickets are $80. Walk-ups will not be accepted as we will need to prepare enough materials for everyone to work with. Registration will close at 11 am on Thursday October 22nd.

Bedlam Members get a 20% discount
As always, scholarship opportunity is available! Contact Laura Wilhelm at techtools@bedlamtheatre.org to apply!

*Photos taken at this event may be used for Technical Tools of the Trade's promotional use.

Oct
16
9:30 am09:30

Wardrobe Workshop

  • Guthrie Theatre

Wardrobe crews are the great unsung heroes of the theater.
Split-second costume change? Wardrobe.
Pants need a fix in the middle of a show? Wardrobe.
Nine show week and your clothes still smell like a spring breeze? Wardrobe.
Two show day and your wig still looks fantastic and feels comfortable? Wardrobe.

In this 6-hour workshop, Guthrie Theater Wardrobe Supervisor Amber Brown and Wardrobe Crewperson Paul Bigot will cover all the essentials of being one of the most hands-on and employable of the crews who actually run the shows.

You’ll learn tips and tricks for quick gotta-happen-now repairs during a show, how to set up and manage quick change stations and dressing rooms, and how to do quick changes for men’s and women’s clothing. You’ll also get hands-on time with techniques and skills for maintenance between shows: longer lasting repairs for common issues, the basics of machine sewing, pressing & steaming for theater costumes (which isn’t quite the same as your own clothes!) and garment care.

You’ll get a brief introduction to wigs, but this workshop’s primary focus is costumes. When you’re done, you should be ready to give it a go!

Meet at the Guthrie Theater Stage Door at 9:25am, Friday October 16th
This class will run until 4:00pm with lunch provided at 12:45pm.

Cost: $60 (includes materials and lunch); please make sure to fill out the questionnaire on Eventbrite about dietary restrictions when registering.

Due to material requirements, no walk-ups will be accepted! Registration will close at 11am on Thursday the 15th.

Scholarships are available. Contact Laura at techtools@bedlamtheatre.org for details.

All Bedlam Members get 20% off.
All Guthrie Staff get 20% off.
Contact Mary at mary@bedlamtheatre.org for details.

*Photos taken at this event may be used for Technical Tools of the Trade's promotional use.

Oct
12
6:30 pm18:30

Aging in the Performing Arts Roundtable Discussion

  • Guthrie Theatre

Aging affects everyone and a life in the performing arts industry is no exception. Despite the popular perception of the industry as a young person’s world, and certainly one that fetishizes youth, it only takes a few moments in most performing arts circles to realize that not everyone is, well, young.

While our focus is on Production Department disciplines, we feel that this is a discussion that would be done a disservice by starting with such a narrow focus. So please join us for a roundtable discussion celebrating, exploring and sharing the joys, glories and challenges of aging in the performing arts.

Special Guests: Warren Bowles, Cinday Lindau, Lynn Musgrave, Dean Holzman, and Mary Novodvorsky

Monday October 12th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Guthrie Theater, Rehearsal Room 2
212 E. 2nd Street
Come to the Stage Door to the right of the 2nd Street entrance to be buzzed in.

Part of Technical Tools of the Trade Fall Discussion Series 2015
Also check out Working Gig to GigEmployment Law, and Women Managers (in Production Departments).

All of these events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL! Preregistration is greatly appreciated as it helps us gauge how many snacks to bring!

 *Photos taken at this event may be used for Technical Tools of the Trade's promotional use.

Oct
10
3:00 pm15:00

Women Managers (in Production Departments) Panel Discussion

  • Jungle Theatre

As the face of production departments around the country is changing, so too is the composition of the management of those departments. Come join us for a discussion with some of the most experienced women managers in production departments around the Twin Cities as we celebrate the positive changes and explore the continuing challenges in our culture and industry.

Moderated by Wendy Knox, Artistic Director of Frank Theater.
Panelists: Adriane Heflin, Amy Schmidt, Karen Quisenberry, and Gretchen Katt

Saturday October 10th 3pm - 5pm
Jungle Theater, Lobby
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Come in the main doors off Lyndale and keep going straight

Part of Technical Tools of the Trade Fall Discussion Series 2015
Also check out Working Gig to GigEmployment Law, and Aging in the Performing Arts

All of these events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL! Preregistration is greatly appreciated as it helps us gauge how many snacks to bring!

 *Photos taken at this event may be used for Technical Tools of the Trade's promotional use.

Oct
5
6:30 pm18:30

Employment Law Panel Discussion

  • Guthrie Theatre

Have you ever wondered what your rights are under the law? What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? What protections does the law afford and does it not?

Being informed is hugely important. Understanding what the options in front of you mean will help you navigate the murky waters of working in the arts world! Come join our two employment attorneys as they discuss with you - and each other - the nebulous, very interesting and extremely important world of employment law!

Presenters: Presented by Ashley Thronson and Brittany Bachman Skemp of the employment law firm Nichols Kaster Attorneys at Law.
Check them out at: http://www.nka.com/

Monday October 5th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Guthrie Theater, Rehearsal Room 2
212 E. 2nd Street
Come to the Stage Door to the right of the 2nd Street entrance to be buzzed in.

Part of Technical Tools of the Trade Fall Discussion Series 2015
Also check out Working Gig to GigWomen Managers (in Production Departments), and Aging in the Performing Arts

All of these events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL! Preregistration is greatly appreciated as it helps us gauge how many snacks to bring!

 *Photos taken at this event may be used for Technical Tools of the Trade's promotional use.

Oct
3
3:00 pm15:00

Working Gig to Gig: Freelancing in Theater & Dance

  • Jungle Theatre

In an interview, a British stage technician once described his working life as akin to a “turtle; hiding in my shell until the phone rang and I emerged, blinking, into the darkness, to work furiously alongside old mates… then, the work complete, a retreat back into that shell to await that call anew.”
For the vast numbers of us without “house positions”, this is probably an eerily accurate depiction. Join our panel of freelance designer/technicians as they share their experience, thoughts and advice on working in the industry from a wide variety of perspectives!

Moderated by Robin Gillette

Panelists: Abbee Warmboe (Props/Carpentry/Puppetry), Karin Olson (Lighting), Sonya Berlovitz (Costumes/Hats), Kate Sutton-Johnson (Scenic/Props)

Saturday October 3rd 3pm - 5pm
Jungle Theater, Lobby
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Come in the main doors off Lyndale and keep going straight.

Part of Technical Tools of the Trade Fall Discussion Series 2015
Also check out Employment Law, Women Managers (in Production Departments), and Aging in the Performing Arts

All of these events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL! Preregistration is greatly appreciated as it helps us gauge how many snacks to bring!

 *Photos taken at this event may be used for Technical Tools of the Trade's promotional use.

Sep
25
Sep 26

Basic Rigging

  • Guthrie Theatre

Hanging things. Installations, theatre, dance, concerts: no matter what the event, we often find ourselves wanting to hang things from other things. When not done right, it can appear fine while in reality be catastrophic. However, the basic skills are easy to learn and extremely marketable. Unsure how to start? Take this class!

NOTE: Everything in this class is required knowledge for our Ground Rigging and Theatre Rigging workshops. Arena and Theatre Rigging are extremely similar and both use everything covered in this class.

In two 4 hour sessions our instructors will cover:

·       How to rig a traveler track, what all the parts are, and what that box of rubber washers is for.
·       How to use wire rope clips on aircraft cable of several sizes, and why the torque wrench is your very best friend.
·       How to use Nico-Press tools and sleeves, when they’re a good idea and when you should avoid them.
·       Hanging curtains and other scenery in places with no fly systems
·       No height to fly, yet still want a drop? Learn the wonders of oleo drops, where you can fly full stage size drops with minimum height needs (and minimal costs)!
·       Identify all basic rigging hardware, and what each piece does, and how strong each is.
·       When it’s okay to use rope and when it isn’t.
·       Who to call when you absolutely, positively have to rig a trick by tomorrow (and you’re far from the usual support networks).
·       2 knots you have to know (& three others that make life better)

THIS IS A TWO DAY WORKSHOP:
FRIDAY SEPT 25th 1:30PM - 5:30PM
SATURDAY SEPT 26th 9:30AM - 1:30PM

Tickets are $80. Walk-ups will not be accepted as we will need to prepare enough gear for everyone to work with. Registration will close at 11 am on Thursday Sept 24th.

IATSE Local 13 Referral List members get 50% off! Contact mary@bedlamtheatre.org for the promo code.
Bedlam Members get a 20% discount
As always, scholarship opportunity is available! Contact Laura Wilhelm at techtools@bedlamtheatre.org to apply!

*Photos taken at this event may be used for Technical Tools of the Trade's promotional use.