Wig Workshop I: Learning the Basics
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Wig Workshop I: Learning the Basics

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, very 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 Jess Rau 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 class and there are no prerequisites. This is a One-Day Workshop.

Saturday August 11th, 9am - 3:45pm.
45 minute lunch break at approximately noon; lunch is provided.

Guthrie Theater Wig Shop
Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

All materials will be provided.


This workshopis made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. With this support we are able to offer this workshop for only $75, approximately 30% of typical cost.
Guthrie Staff receive 20% off. Limited Scholarship options exist.
For information on scholarships, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email info@techtoolstraining.org.

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Wig Workshop II: Wig Sets & Styling (Intermediate)
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Wig Workshop II: Wig Sets & Styling (Intermediate)

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, very 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 Jess Rau will teach core skills and ideas that are the foundational basis of this amazing art and trade.

This intermediate level workshop will walk you through the magic of making a store-bought wig into something you can use on the stage. Participants will focus on learning how to set and comb out wigs to create period specific styles.

Participants will have plenty of hands-on time, during which they will learn:

  • The anatomy of a store-bought wig.

  • Proper blocking techniques.

  • How to attach a lace front to a store-bought wig.

  • Basic thermal and wet roller sets.

  • Comb-out techniques.

This is an intermediate level class and builds upon the Wigs I: Learning the Basics class. While participation in that workshop is not required, it will be assumed that you know the following:

  • The basics of the design process, including research.

  • How to do wig preps, before a wig is worn.

  • How to make a mold of an actor’s head.

  • Ventilating.

Not knowing the above will hinder you from truly benefitting from this workshop.

This is a One-Day Workshop.

Saturday August 25th, 9am - 3:45pm.
45 minute lunch break at approximately noon; lunch is provided.

Guthrie Theater Wig Shop
Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

All materials will be provided.

 

This workshop is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. With this support we are able to offer this workshop for only $75, approximately 30% of typical cost.
Guthrie Staff receive 20% off. Limited Scholarship options exist.

For information on scholarships, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email info@techtoolstraining.org.

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Jul
21
10:30 AM10:30

Discrimination and Harassment Law (an Educational Presentation and Q&A)

Each and every one of us has the right to just and favourable work conditions, to equal pay for equal work, and a high quality of life.

But the reality is that these rights, ratified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are not part of the daily existence of many people. Among the many struggles and obstacles faced in our working lives, discrimination and harassment hold a place of particular distinction. With the advent of the social media movements, such as #MeToo, and a highly polarized political climate, how to address harassment and discrimination are at the forefront of many of our minds. However, few workplace hazards are rife with such misinformation, dangerous assumptions, and poor access to resources for resolution as discrimination and harassment.

In this seminar, practicing attorney and employment and labour law expert Justin Cummins brings his considerable experience, depth of knowledge, and approachability to help us understand just what are our rights and legal resources are when it comes to discrimination and harassment. Along with his long history as an advocate for human rights, justice, and worker’s rights, Justin is well versed in the arts and entertainment industry. Among his many clients, he counts the local stagehand’s union, IATSE Local 13, and will be able to speak to the unique challenges we face when dealing with harassment and discrimination in the theatrical world.

Join us as Justin navigates harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace with us.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Light refreshments will be available; gluten-free options will be available.

Saturday July 21st
10:30am - 12:30pm

Mixed Blood Theater
1501 S 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454

About Justin Cummins:
Justin prosecutes cases of retaliation, harassment, and discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas. He also litigates labor law, wage, non-compete, consumer, and constitutional claims. In addition, Justin provides strategic advice to individuals and labor organizations in non-litigation as well as contractual matters.
Justin has taught courses on employment law and civil rights litigation at the University of Minnesota Law School and Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and he spearheaded the development of the Workers' Rights Clinic at the University of Minnesota. He is also past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section and a past Officer of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Eighth Circuit and Minnesota Boards. Justin is fluent in Spanish.

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Jul
7
8:30 AM08:30

Steel Working and Welding Workshop

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Children’s Theatre Company Scene Shop
Saturday July 7th 8:30am - 5pm; 30 minute lunch provided at 12:30pm
This is a one day workshop

Register here!

Instructors:
Scenic Carpenter Kristin Larsen
Scenic Carpenter Molly Diers

Working with steel is quickly becoming virtually a prerequisite for employment at most scene shops around the country. The techniques of this incredibly versatile and useful skill also transfer easily to industries and activities besides technical theatre, and its applications are widespread indeed.

Guided by our highly experienced instructors, who pack a solid 4 decades of practical experience between them, in all manner of shops, including commercial shops, large regional theatres and small out-of-your-garage operations, this extremely practical and hands-on workshop will teach you:

  • How to prepare for welding, including laying out a work area and jigging out a project.

  • Different types of steel by gauge and shape, and what that means for a welding project.

  • Practical experience in working with the most common types of steel in theatrical and film applications, including but not limited to 16ga and 18ga box steel and schedule 40 pipe.

  • How to set up a welder.

  • Basic welder troubleshooting and maintenance.

  • The basics of making a strong weld.

  • How to assess a weld that’s already been laid down.

And it will give you plenty of practice time with these experienced instructors right there to give immediate feedback!

Please note that we will NOT be covering the cutting of steel!

This workshop does not assume any prior knowledge of steelworking. However, given the fact that steelworking is easy to learn but impossible to improve without real-world practice time, this workshop is also tremendously useful for those who have some basic knowledge but wish to hone their skills. Our experienced instructors will provide instruction, suggestions and technique rooted in years of actual practice.

All work will be done with gas wire-feed MIG welders. All materials, tools and safety equipment will be provided.

Please dress safely and appropriately for this kind of work: wear closed-toed shoes, long hair should be tied up. Your clothes will likely get dirty. You will be wearing a full-face welding hood and a heavy leather or canvas jacket or sleeves, and heavy gauntlets, at any time you are welding (which is most of the time). All the aforementioned safety wear will be provided.

Price: $100

Normally a $300 cost, we are able to offer this at a $200 reduction or 66% savings thanks to generous funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council via the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment and the generous support of the Children’s Theatre Company.

Scholarships exist! If you need a scholarship, please contact us at info@techtoolstraining.org.

In general, our scholarships offer 50% off in exchange for coming an hour early and staying an hour late to help set up and clean up.

That said, it is important to us that people are able to afford our workshops. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions.

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Jun
30
9:30 AM09:30

Scenic Production Community Gathering

Scenery. The first thing anyone sees on stage.

Whether as audience or folks working in the industry, we spend so much time and energy thinking about, working with and being influenced by the scenery yet we spend comparatively little time thinking about and celebrating the folks that actually put that stuff on the stage.

This community gathering is for those people: the technical directors who plan and budget, advise and cajole; the drafters and assistant technical directors who create the specifics; the carpenters who actually make the scenery and, of course, the painters who actually turn it all into pure magic. This is for all those folk, whether at your workplace they’re different people or all the same person.

If you’re in Scenic Production, or you’re interested in it and the especially the folks in it, come by, have some brunch, meet some friends you’ve always known and some others you haven’t met yet. Two special guests will lead us in a short structured conversation to get the ball rolling then we’ll just let things fly as they will!

This event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

Light refreshments will be served; gluten-free options will be available.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@techtoolstraining.org

 

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Avenue S,
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Saturday, June 30th, 9:30am - 11:30am

Special Guests: TBA

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QLab 3 Video Fundamentals Workshop
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

QLab 3 Video Fundamentals Workshop

In this practical workshop, Media and Lighting Designer Kathy Maxwell and award-winning Sound and Media Designer C. Andrew Mayer will cover the fundamentals of working with Qlab 3 for video.

Learners will work in pairs at fully functional and licensed QLab 3 stations. The goal is to teach participants the core skills they will need to start working with QLab Video systems on A/V calls as technicians, as programmers in theatres and to get them started with the skills they need if they want to be designers.

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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!

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Educating & Empowering Individuals on Theater Health and Safety
Oct
7
3:30 PM15:30

Educating & Empowering Individuals on Theater Health and Safety

How do we stay informed and empowered to create safe and humane working conditions for everyone in our creative processes, with the resources at hand?
Please join us as we examine this critical question, and hear from leading national theater health and safety experts about what we can do, as individuals and in our organizations to improve health and safety for all theater-makers.
 

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Electrical Basics Workshop
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Electrical Basics Workshop

  • Children's Theatre Company (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The fundamental principles of electricity are important to grasp for everyone who works with it. Electricity and electrical devices are an integral part of modern life, and technicians who understand power and wiring are in demand in theater, film, museums, outdoor live concerts, and more. Whether building a drop box with solenoids, building practicals, working with automation, or doing almost any lighting project, the ideas and basic skills at work build upon a common base of knowledge.

In this workshop, Lighting Technician Paul Epton and Guthrie Staff Lighting Programmer Angelina Vyushkova teach the core skills and concepts of working with electricity and electrical equipment for the stage.

Basic info

THIS IS A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP
Friday, August 25 / 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 26 / 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

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

Tickets are $100. Materials are included.

This price is approximately 35% of the standard rate for a workshop of this type. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Limited scholarship options exist; inquire about scholarships by emailing info@techtoolstraining.org.

CTC staff are elegible for a 20% discount on tickets. Contact Cody Chen for details.

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Low Voltage Power Workshop
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Low Voltage Power Workshop

  • Children's Theater Company (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have a costume that needs to light up? A prop that needs a little automation? Some remote control action? Then you’ve probably wound up using something that runs on low-voltage power! In this practical two-day workshop, you’ll learn the basic skills and ideas of working with low voltage power and components.

This is a TWO DAY WORKSHOP
Friday, July 28 / 1:00–5:30 pm
Saturday, July 29 / 9:30 am–1:30 pm

Instructors: Angelina Vyushkova, Guthrie Theater Staff Electrician and Lighting Programmer, and Logan Jambik, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters Technical Director

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Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Aging in the Performing Arts

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.

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Jun
19
to Jun 20

Arena Ground Rigging

  • O’Shaughnessy Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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May
27
9:00 AM09:00

Wig Basics Workshop

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.

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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!

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May
5
to 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.

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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!

 

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Apr
21
to 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.

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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

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Nov
14
to Nov 15

Arts Community Game Night

  • 2500 University Avenue W Suite B8 St. Paul, MN 55114 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Working in the Performing Arts

  • Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center, Augsburg College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

What Happens After Opening?

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

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Oct
7
to Oct 8

Prop, Puppet, & Scenic Mechanization Workshop

  • Children's Theatre Company (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Community Meet-up: Stage Managers

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

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Aug
26
to Aug 27

Arena Ground Rigging Basics RETURNS!

  • O'Shaugnessy Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Meet-Up: Meet the Production Managers, Round 3

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.

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Aug
19
to Aug 20

Costume Crafts 2-Day Workshop

  • Collective Spaces Costume Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Jul
15
to Jul 16

Low Voltage Power 2-Day Workshop

  • Guthrie Theater Light Lab (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Meet Up: Meet the Production Managers, Round 2

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.

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Jun
25
10:30 AM10:30

Costumes Panel Discussion

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

 

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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Meet Up: Meet the Production Managers

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.

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May
20
1:00 PM13:00

QLab 3 VIdeo Workshop

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

 

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