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Rendez-vous 2017 - Session details

Introduction to MA dot2

Date: Thursday August 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m.
Location: Trade Show Floor, Main Stage, Imperial Theatre
Discipline: Lighting
Level: General (for all)
Description: Introduction to MA Lighting dot2 series. The participant will be able to STORE PATCH and PLAYBACK on MA dot2. Open for 12 people
After attending this workshop...: Attendees will be able to STORE PATCH and PLAYBACK on MA dot2.
Presenter: Alexandre Monast
Bio notes: Alexandre Monast has worked with the famed Cirque du Soleil. He began as a console operator and moving light technician on one of the troupes touring shows then subsequently worked on three others as lighting director, programmer and assistant lighting designer.
 

Microphone Techniques for Live and Theatrical Sound

Date: Thursday August 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Room 1
Discipline: Education; Front of House; Sound
Level: General (for all)
Description: This session will explore some of the common microphone techniques in theatre and live sound and dispel common myths about microphones. Live demonstrations and interactive listening examples will be provided. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about getting the most from your microphones.
After attending this workshop...: Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about getting the most from your DPA microphones.
Presenter: Geoff Maurice
Bio notes: Geoff Maurice while a youngster in the Professional Audio industry, has grown over the last 10 years to become the Manager of all Technical Sales at GerrAudio Distribution. Geoff's background comes from many years of experience in theatrical sound using DPA microphones. With this, Geoff is leading an educational effort by offering "how-to" sessions similar to this seminar to demonstrate what can be achieved when equipped with the right tools. Geoff is based out of GerrAudio's head office in Brockville, ON.
 

Wireless Lighting Control with W-DMX

Date: Thursday August 10, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Room 1
Discipline: Lighting
Level: General (for all)
Description: Attendees will learn about the latest wireless lighting control technology using W-DMX G5 products from Wireless Solutions. Products and concepts are applicable for touring as well as portable and permanent installations.
After attending this workshop...: Attendees will learn the basic concepts of wireless lighting control, become familiar with the wide range of W-DMX products, and know how to set up and operate a wireless system. Technical theory and practical concepts will be presented in a simple easy-to-understand manner.
Presenter: Kyle Morton
Bio notes: Kyle Morton has seven years of experience in entertainment production. Kyle has operated, installed, manufactured, managed, inspected, and sold stage equipment worldwide, providing him with vast, real-world show experience. Administrative experience plus work “in the trenches” make him uniquely qualified for blending theory and practice in a hands-on seminar.

Truss Unraveled 

Date: Friday August 11, 2017 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Main Stage
Discipline: Architecture; Design; Education; Health & Safety; Lighting; Rigging; Sound
Level: Introduction
Description: This educational session will introduce participants to a myriad of technical and safety strategies regarding trussing. Workshop Highlights: 1. Learn efficient and safe truss building practices 2. Educate students about trussing options 3. Review the Technicalities of Trussing (i.e. calculating loads on structures, etc.) and learn how to read load tables in truss
After attending this workshop...: After attending this session, attendees will be able to: Calculate loads and forces on truss, understand best trussing options for various types of projects, understand and initiate best safety practices, distinguish between the various trussing types and understand efficient truss building methods.
Presenter: Matthijs Meijer, Distributor Manager, Prolyte Group  & Remi Bourgeois, Prolyte Sales Representative, A.C. Lighting Inc. 

Staging the Scottish Rite: Masonic Scenery Design

Date: Friday August 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Saint John Theatre Company, BMO Hub
Discipline: Architecture; Design; Education; Lighting; Props; Rigging; Wardrobe; Scenic Art
Level: General (for all)
Description: The Ancient and Accepted Scottish of Freemasonry was propelled to the forefront of the American fraternal movement at the end of the nineteenth century when portions of their ritual moved from the lodge room floor to the elevated stage. The evolution of fraternal stages paralleled the rise of the scenic studio system and regalia houses. Scottish Rite stages have become literal time capsules that hold the original rigging, painted scenery, lighting systems, and costumes from the 1890s through 1960s. The ever-shifting aesthetic of scenic art and stage design can be traced through degree productions produced by theatre manufacturers. This workshop will look in depth at the historic staging techniques still used throughout the United States in Scottish Rite theatre. Attendees will become familiar with this primary resource that is still available throughout North America.
After attending this workshop...: Attendees will be able to understand how the Ancient and Accepted Scottish of Freemasonry was propelled to the forefront of the American fraternal movement, paralleling the rise of scenic studios and regalia houses that mass-produced a material culture shared by both the fraternity and the commercial stage.
Presenter: Wendy Waszut-Barrett, Ph.D. 
Bio notes: Wendy Waszut-Barrett is a scenic artist, designer, and historical consultant, specializing in painted scenery and costumes created for Freemasonry. Founder of Bella Scena, LLC, a company specializing in the evaluation, restoration, replication, and appraisal of historical scenery collections, she has worked throughout United States for almost three decades. Waszut-Barrett is currently working on a book about the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Theatre and its 1912 scenery collection, scheduled for publication in 2018 by the Museum of New Mexico Press. 

Český Krumlov: Baroque Theatre Scenery and Machinery

Date: Friday August 11, 2017
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Room 1
Discipline: Architecture; Design; Rigging
Level: General (for all)
Description: "The Baroque Theater at the Český Krumlov castle is a gem in the crown of theater heritage on our planet". These are the poetic words with which Professor Peter Perina characterized the castle theater stage. In 1992, the supporters of the castle theater and employees of the Český Krumlov Castle established the foundation in order to restore the theater building. (website of the Český Krumlov Castle.) Professor Perina will give us a look at the historical Cesky Krumlov Castle Theatre of the Czech Republic. The theatre was built in 1765-66. It is one of the few operating Baroque theatres still in existence. Along with a history of the theatre, Professor Peter Perina will provide us with insights as to how the theatre machinery and scenery worked, and, very interestingly, how the machinery came to be. As a primer for the session you may like to visit YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjHniWTxe_s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niBSzam6E2Q to view a video of a portion of a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the theatre.
After attending this workshop...: The attendee will have met a Canadian who is playing a crucial role in saving and restoring a world heritage theatre, learn about the theatre and how the plays and operas were staged in the late 18th century and have an appreciation of the evolution of the scenic presentation of our art.
Presenter: Peter Perina (Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University)
Bio notes: Professor Perina graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Prague in 1964 and worked professionally in Czechoslovakia for 3 years before moving to Ottawa in 1967. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan from 1970 - 1972 and joined the faculty of the Dalhousie's Department of Theatre in 1972. He has designed 343 productions and guest lectured in Canada, USA, and the Czech Republic. Professor Perina is the Chair of the Baroque Theatre Foundation at the Castle of Český Krumlov and a member of the Board of Perspective, Association of Historic Theatres in Europe.

After the Fall: Do you have a rescue plan?

Date: Friday August 11, 2017 
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Location: Imperial Theatre, Room 1
Discipline: Education; Health & Safety; Rigging
Level: General (for all)
Description: When you are working at heights a rescue plan is not just a good idea, it is mandatory. A discussion of what is in a good rescue plan and how to implement it effectively in your specific venue.
After attending this workshop...: After attending this session, attendees will be able to: Effectively plan and implement a venue specific rescue plan.
Presenter: Morgan Myler
Bio Notes: A graduate of Sheridan College, Morgan has worked for 25 years in movies and television with a primary focus on live events. He has been designing systems, educating, and incorporating his knowledge of rigging and practical effects into shows across North America. After an injury prevented him from working for about a year, he refocused on education, skills, and safety for the Entertainment Industry. Each Halloween, Morgan produces a large theatrical haunt for children in Hamilton.

Scenic Historic Techniques

Date: Friday August 11, 2017 and Saturday August 12
Time: Friday 1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. + short introduction on Friday 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Saint John Theatre Company BMO Scenic Shop
Discipline: Scenic Art
Level: Intermediate
Description: Come join Jenny Knott, Rosco paint product manager/scenic artist, and Wendy Waszut-Barrett, Scenic Artist/Historian, get hands on practice and skill refinement with 2 half days of painting with historic techniques. We will take a look at historic Scottish Rite Temple backdrops, focusing on the brushstrokes that create light, shadow and volume in the most effortless and economical ways. Discussion of dry pigments, use, history as well as modern "ready mixed" paints and their advantages will increase your knowledge to assist in making decisions on recreating and/or restoring a historic setting/drop for your theatre, film/tv or display. The past definitely influences the future.
After attending this workshop...: The attendee will be able to: -Recreate historic techniques of painting light, shadow, and reflected light. -Learn how to use 1 or 2 brushes to create multiple shapes. -Add new resources to their library for historic references and elevations.
Presenter: Jenny Knott and Wendy Waszut-Barrett
Bio notes: Jenny Knott graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City with an MFA in Design and Technology. Jenny has freelanced as a Scenic Artist for over 30 years, working for regional theatres including Missouri Rep (now KC Rep), Arena Stage, the Guthrie and Goodspeed Opera House as well as union scene shops, film and television. She has been an artist in residence/instructor at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Jenny is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 as well as a past member of USITT's Board of Directors. She joined Rosco as their Paint Product Manager in July of 2003, traveling internationally to present seminars and workshops on scenic paint and coating techniques. Jenny continues to paint, keeping current with emerging scenic artists and new ways of approaching paint challenges. Bring on the goop and let's get creative. Wendy Waszut-Barrett, Ph.D. is an historical theatre consultant and artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She specializes in the evaluation, restoration and replication of painted scenery. Trained in historical scene painting methodology and the dry pigment painting system, she has restored over five hundred historical backdrops throughout the United States for a variety of venues, including Masonic stages.

Major System Renovations in Existing Theatres

Date: Friday August 11, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Room 1
Discipline: Architecture; Health & Safety; Lighting; Rigging; Sound
Level: General (for all)
Description: We presented a panel discussion about major renovations of existing theatres in 2016. It was quite successful and a number of people expressed interest in having another similar session in 2017.
After attending this workshop...:The attendee will have further insight into issues that may confront them when they are asked to oversee the renovation of major systems in their facilities.
Moderator: Rick Boychuk 
Panelists: Matt Farrell, Dalton Grant, Wayne Korhonen, Van Marineau, Athos Zaghi
Bio notes:
Rick Boychuk: Rick graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a theatre degree specializing in technical production. He has worked new construction and renovation projects as designer, installer and consultant. Rick will attempt to refrain from inputting; rather he will try to keep discussions on track and moving.
Matt Farrell: Matt is the  Vice President of Operations for the newly created, "Civic Theatres Toronto,"  the amalgamated entity encompassing the three City of Toronto owned performance venues.   The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts,   the Toronto Centre for the Arts and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts are all doing catch up maintenance and upgrades to the tune of some $6 million dollars this year alone
Dalton Grant: Dalton graduated from the Sheridan College Technical Production for Theatre Program as a technician in 2014. Today he works at Jack A. Frost Ltd. in sales, system design and installations. His specialties include audio, video and control systems. He also works with lighting and rigging.
Wayne Korhonen: Wayne Korhonen has worked in the theatrical, architectural and architainment industries for over 20 years. As principal of Field Service .CA, Wayne also heads up the CETEC Group - the Canadian manufacturers representative for ETC as well as Adamson Systems Engineering, Vivitek display and presentation products, RLED tungsten dimming with LED, Leon Speakers, Optec LED Displays and Terra Speakers. Wayne has a eclectic background in designing, delivering and deploying systems into new construction and renovation projects.
Van Marineau: Van is president of Joel Theatrical Rigging and has been installing rigging and other related systems into projects around the world for over 25 years. He works with architects, consultants, general contractors and Owners to conceive of and design systems and will complete the installations and inspect and maintain them.
Athos Zaghi: Athos has over 28 years of experience as an architect with a focus on the design of buildings for the performing arts.  Since 2003, he has also served as a principal member of Theatre Consultants Collaborative, a theatre consultancy with offices in the USA and Canada.  Athos initiates design concepts for performance spaces that effectively incorporate theatre technologies, the architect’s vision, and the acoustician’s shaping requirements. His approach is creative, collaborative and always mindful of client, audience and performer needs.

Performing Arts Safety Awareness Workshop

Date: Friday August 11, 2017
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Main Stage
Discipline: Health and Safety
Level: General (for all)
Presenter: Don Parman
Bio notes: Don’s twenty year career has taken him from student, to crew, to supervisor and manager. Along the way he has worked with some amazing organizations, The Massey Theatre, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Royal City Musical Theatre, The Canadian Institute for theatre technologies to name just a few. Don now brings all of that experience and love for live performance to Actsafe. From ladder safety to air quality Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of Performing arts safety.
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Mentoring for your Career - Roundtable Discussion followed by Mentor/Mentee Breakout Conversations

Date: Saturday August 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Main Stage
Discipline: Architecture; Design; Education; Front of House; Health & Safety; Human Resources; Lighting; Management; On Deck; Props; Rigging; Sound; Wardrobe
Level: General (for all)
Description: The CITT/ICTS Mentoring Project was developed at last year's Rendezvous in Winnipeg and evolved at the CITT-Ontario Ignition Event in January. This year CITT/ICTS is implementing the program for the benefit of new and experienced theatre production practitioners to build relationships within their chosen areas of theatre production. The program is intended to nurture the interest of people starting a career in the crafts, and those already working looking to broaden their knowledge of parallel crafts for their satisfaction or career advancement.
After attending this workshop...: Emerging professionals will learn practical aspects of the crafts associated in live event production while building their network of professional associates. Seasoned craftspeople will have the opportunity to discuss the joys and pratfalls of working in the industry. It is expected that both mentor and mentee will learn from one another.
Presenters: Robert Vernon and the Mentoring Working Group Panel:  Al Cushing, Angela Drainville, Mary Dupuis and Michael Harris
Bio notes: Robert Vernon has a long and varied career in theatrical and event production, starting as a carpenter at summer theatres in Ontario, Technical Director at Magnus Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Blyth Festival. Stagecraft instructor at Humber College, Ryerson University and York University. Project Coordinator at Holman Exhibits. He currently works as a Scenic Constructor at The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A former Chair of the Ontario Section and a former President of CITT.

Sailors and Stagehands - The Voyage Continues

Date: Saturday August 12, 2017
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Room 1
Discipline: History
Level: General (for all)
Description: Following up on his session in Vancouver on the relationship between things theatrical and things nautical, Peter McKinnon will share what he has learned to date.
After attending this workshop...: Attendees will be able to understand some of the complexities of what appears to be a simple bit of research!
Presenter: Peter McKinnon
Bio notes: Peter McKinnon has been a theatre educator for the last 35 years or so, having recently retired from York University. He also spent about 20 years as a lighting designer, principally for dance. He is the co-editor of the World Scenography book series, and has recelntly developed a fascination for Barooque stage machinery.

Ladies of the Backstage Roundtable Discussion

Open to all
Date: Saturday August 12, 2017
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Main Stage
Discipline: Human Resources
Level: General (for all)
Description: Professional women in the technical theatre industry are a minority, but why? What factors and challenges influence the statistics, and what can we do? What are some strategies that have proven to be successful approaches to building long term careers? This session is an opportunity to come together to discuss opportunites for female recruitment, retention, and career satisfaction. Open to all.
After attending this workshop...: This session will give an opportunity for dialogue about common issues and challenges. Attendants will be equipped with strategies for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace environment, as well as identifying methods for personal success.
Presenter: Heather Lamb
Bio notes: Heather has been a professional Production Manager and Technical Director for 18 years, and has since 2009 called Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in beautiful downtown Vancouver, home. A graduate of the Theatre Production Program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, and the Technical Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, highlights of her career include Technical Director of the Montreal and Vancouver Fringe Festivals, Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the Bethlehem 2000 Project in Bethlehem Palestine/Israel, Venue Technical Director for the Just for Laughs Festival, Technical Director of Alberta Theatre Projects, Automations Manager and Senior Entertainment Technician for Carnival Cruise Lines, and Production Manager for MVKA Productions in Vancouver. Heather has served on the National Board of Directors for CITT as both Director at Large and currently as Vice President.

All those Protocols

Date: Saturday August 12, 2017
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Room 1
Discipline: Lighting
Level: General (for all)
Description:  As the world of lighting becomes more and more automated, the amount of channels or parameters is going up. Lighting is switching over rapidly to deploying large, complex network solutions for DMX data as opposed to running a 300’ DMX cable. This seminar will cover, all the different lighting protocols that is used today (such as Art- Net, MA Net, sACN). How to configure a basic lighting network, how to use all the different protocols and when to deploy them. There will be many examples of past works to read from.
Presenter: Matthew Reicker
 

Roadhouse Roundtable: Large Events Discussion

Date: Saturday August 12, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Imperial Theatre, Main Stage
Discipline: Front of House; Health & Safety; Lighting; On Deck; Rigging; Sound
Level: General (for all)
Description:  Roundtable discussion about logistics, security, communications, crowd control, violence, emergency response, evacuations, etc. at large events
Presenter: Angela Drainville and Don Parman
Bio notes:
Angela Drainville is a live event producer and health and safety educator from Whitehorse, Yukon.  As a producer and presenter, Angela has supervised hundreds of staff and volunteers in a variety of settings. Her health and safety career has allowed Angela to develop skills in safety program management in the commercial construction, mining and industrial sectors.  This experience continually informs her ability to produce and lead live events.  Currently, Angela is the Producer and Artistic Director of Atlin Arts & Music Festival, the Manager of Production and Development at MacBride Museum, the General Manager of Big Events Yukon and a Heath & Safety Trainer with Northern Safety Network, Yukon. 
Don Parman’s twenty year career has taken him from student, to crew, to supervisor and manager. Along the way he has worked with some amazing organizations, The Massey Theatre, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Royal City Musical Theatre, The Canadian Institute for theatre technologies to name just a few. Don now brings all of that experience and love for live performance to Actsafe. From ladder safety to air quality Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of Performing arts safety.
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