Are you Ready to ZOOM? What we’ve figured out so far.
Friday, June 12 | 1 pm – 3 pm EST
Since the announcement of the pandemic and the state of emergency in all provinces, our landscape has been filled with mass cancellations of all in-person gatherings (classes, meetings, events and productions). Some companies have been experimenting with what it means to move activities online to varying degrees of success. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, our panellists will share what they have learned while producing online content for their companies using the ZOOM platform. Join a national discussion on this topic moderated by SMArts Stage Managing the Arts Executive Director, Janelle Rainville.
How to Return – Re-imagining “Normal”
Monday, June 15 | 1 pm – 3 pm EST
While we all long to return to our venues and productions, reopening plans must be customized to reflect our unique needs and challenges. As COVID-19 guidance evolves, let’s talk about what to believe and how to start planning. Join this moderated discussion to explore resources and ideas, focusing on the roles of the Production Manager and Technical Director. Conversation will be moderated by Health & Safety Consultant, Janet Sellery.
- Paul Fujimoto-Pihl – Project Manager, Grand Theatre (London, ON)
- Melynda Jurgenson – Associate Director, Technical Operations, Canadian Opera Company (Toronto, ON)
- Kevin Tanner – Managing Director of Production, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, AB)
- Ace Martens – Production Manager, The Arts Club (Vancouver, BC)
- Cathy Knowsley – Director, HiViz Event Management Limited (New Zealand)
Remote Collaboration between Designers & Production
Friday, June 19 | 1 pm – 3 pm EST
Join moderator Rick Banville and a panel of Designers, Production Managers, and Technical Directors in a discussion about working remotely. Our panel will identify strategies and tools that have worked for them in the past, and ones that haven’t. Thinking of our present situation, we’ll talk about what public health restrictions mean for designer-production department collaboration across disciplines. How do you select fabric/give notes on a finish/perform a fitting/troubleshoot design/implementation issues when you can’t get close to each other? Looking forward, we’ll talk about how we’d like to work in the future, and what we collectively want to see change.
Finally, we’ll also talk about the reality of schedules and workloads from both the designer and TD/PM perspective. We rely on each other so much for getting a show from concept to reality, and this is an opportunity to learn about what we really need from each other, and brainstorm ways to make the process smoother for everyone.
Moderated by: Rick Banville