2020 SETC - Convention News

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“This Is Your Half-Hour Call” LOUISVILLE, KY | FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 1, 2020

Look inside to see what we’re bringing to the stage for one of the nation’s largest theatre conventions. SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE CONFERENCE

Our Mission: Connecting You to Opportunities in Theatre Nationwide

#SETC2020 See You There > > > > > REGULAR REGISTRATION DEADLINE < < < < < Jan. 22, 2020, Noon ET www.setc.org/register ON-SITE REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN Wed. Feb. 26 | Noon – 8 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 27 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fri. Feb. 28 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. Feb. 29 | 8 a.m. – Noon MAIN CONVENTION VENUE Kentucky International Convention Center 221 S. 4th St. | Downtown Louisville OFF-SITE FESTIVAL VENUES Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater | 501 W. Main St. YPAS at duPont Manual High School | 1517 S. 2nd St. ALL PROGRAMMING SUBJEC T TO CHANGE

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400+ WORKSHOPS & EVENTS Enjoy Training & Networking at All Levels Sessions kick off Wednesday afternoon and continue through Saturday. A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE Visit www.setc.org/schedule today to start exploring the 2020 SETC Convention. Our interactive online schedule — powered by Sched and sponsored by Arts People — allows you to filter events and zoom in on programming that’s right for you. We take a 360-degree approach to our offerings and strive to provide practical development and meaningful exchanges for professionals at all levels and in all areas of our industry. Create a free Sched account to build and save your own custom schedule. The information listed on Sched will update in real time, making it a great supplement to the printed program book you’ll receive on site at check-in. A downloadable app version will be available in February. https://2020setcconvention.sched.com TRACK TYPES For Arts Administrators For Designers/Technicians For Directors For Educators For Performers For Playwrights For Stage Managers For Theatre-Makers Across Disciplines WORKSHOP SKILL LEVELS Basic/Beginner Intermediate Advanced

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SETC CONVENTION AT A GLANCE TUES., FEB. 25, 2020 Pre-Convention SETC Committee Meetings | OSHA Training Day 1 +

WED., FEB. 26, 2020 Pre-Convention SETC Board Meetings | OSHA Training Day 2 + 15th Annual Teachers Institute + | ATHE-LI Intensive + Registration & Check-In Opens at Noon! Workshops Begin | Ready to Direct Competition Begins + Prep Sessions for Pro Auditions, Theatre Job Fair & Undergrad Auditions + SETC Orientation | Design/Tech Mixer | Disney Cocktail Reception + Secondary School Theatre Festival Kickoff +

THURS., FEB. 27, 2020 Workshops | Networking Events | Meetings Festival Performances | Exhibit Hall | Theatre Job Fair + Pro Auditions + | Undergrad Auditions & Interviews + Thursday Keynote | Design Keynotes | Stage Management Games 10-Minute Play Performances | Fringe Festival Kickoff

FRI., FEB. 28, 2020 Workshops | Networking Events | Meetings | Play Readings Festival Performances | Exhibit Hall | Live Podcast Recording Theatre Job Fair + | Pro Auditions + | Grad Auditions & Interviews + Friday Lunch + | Friday Keynote | Design/Tech Awards Ceremony

SAT., FEB. 29, 2020 Workshops | Networking Events | Meetings | Festival Performances Exhibit Hall closes at 1 p.m. | Theatre Job Fair + closes at noon Distinguished History Award Keynote | SETC Hall of Fame Induction Pro Auditions + | Festival Ceremonies | President’s Reception Gala & Award Ceremony + | Afterparty Dance

SUN., MARCH 1, 2020 SETC Board Meetings

+ designates events/activities not included with SETC Convention registration; additional invitations/applications/tickets/fees may be required for participation.

CONVENTION KEYNOTES Thursday, Friday and Saturday will include an afternoon break in workshop programming for our featured keynote presentations. Come for the inspiration, and stay for a Q&A session each day. Mary Page Nance | Thursday, 2:30 p.m. Matthew Aaron Stern | Friday, 2:30 p.m. Distinguished History Award Keynote | Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Jackie Alexander & Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin SETC honors the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, producers of the National Black Theatre Festival, as the 2020 Distinguished History Award recipient.

DESIGN KEYNOTES A panel of distinguished designers will share stories and insights from their careers and answer questions from the audience in a group keynote on Thursday evening. Gregg Barnes | Costume Anna Louizos | Scenic Howell Binkley | Lighting To Be Announced! | Sound

ATTN: UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE DESIGNERS AND TECHNICIANS! Apply to enter the Design Competition to compete for prizes and have your work adjudicated by these acclaimed designers. | www.setc.org/register

READ MORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.setc.org / keynotes

SESSION SPOTLIGHTS Open Opportunities for Professional Development These specially curated sessions are open to all registered attendees. INCLUSION TRAINING Sessions will focus on disability, ethnic/racial and LGBTQ+ inclusion for actors, technicians and administrators. Get ready for thoughtful perspectives and a strategic look forward to meaningful action. Check the schedule! COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY UNCONFERENCE & NETWORKING This sequence of events will give college/university theatre faculty and administrators a chance to explore pressing issues in theatre programs and on campuses across the country while sharing ideas, solutions and support. Meet & Greet: Friday, 9–11 a.m.; Break-Out Discussions: Friday, 4–6 p.m.; College/University Reception & Meeting: Friday, 6–7 p.m., Sponsored by Barbizon Lighting Company and Concord Theatricals PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PANELS FOR EMERGING ARTISTS Louisville theatre leaders will shine a light on their professional operations. From Booking to Settlement: Wednesday, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Explore working in a presenting venue and follow the process of taking a show from booking to financial settlement. Kentucky Performing Arts staff will be on hand to share how they get the show from the road to the stage. Teching & Opening a Show: Saturday, 10:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Watch a last tech rehearsal and hear from Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming in the final moments of tech/prep for ATL’s Professional Training Company showcase. Limited free tickets available at On-Site Registration & Check-In. ADVANCED AIRBRUSHING: WORKING IN REAL TIME Geared toward advanced makeup students and working professionals, this open masterclass will feature live demos and opportunities for hands-on experience. Led by University of West Georgia’s Head of Design of Theatre Brad Darvas with support from Norcostco’s Meghan Bernstein, this advanced session will examine a variety of real world, high pressure makeup application situations in two two-hour sessions over two days. Check the schedule! ATTN: UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE MAKEUP ARTISTS! Norcostco is sponsoring a new Makeup Design category in the Design Competition | www.setc.org/register

SPECIAL TRAINING ADD-ONS + ATHE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AT SETC | $250 Intensive Training: Wednesday, 8 a.m. – Noon and 1–5 p.m. Follow Up Sessions: Friday, 4:30–5:45 p.m.; Saturday, 9–10:15 a.m. This opportunity for professional development and mentorship connections prepares faculty members for leadership roles in higher education. Limited to 25–30 participants. SIGN UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.setc.org / athe OSHA 10-HOUR GENERAL TRAINING | $30 Part 1: Tuesday, 12–9 p.m. Part 2: Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Are you and your colleagues up to date on workplace safety standards specific to the live entertainment industry? Get to Louisville early for the training you need. OSHA card and training booklet included. SIGN UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.setc.org / osha TEACHERS INSTITUTE | $85 Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. In its 15th year, this all-day seminar will welcome Tectonic Theater Project as they share their devising method Moment Work™ with teachers and teaching artists. Cost includes lunch. Limited to 40 participants. SIGN UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.setc.org / teachers-institute

LISTEN IN: LIVE PODCAST RECORDING The Farm Theater’s Bullpen Sessions Host Padraic Lillis will produce a live podcast from the SETC Convention featuring three surprise SETC guests! All attendees are invited, but seating will be limited. Now in its second season, Bullpen Sessions shares conversations with working theatre professionals geared toward early-career artists and those who train/support them. Interested in creating your own podcast? Check the schedule for a bonus how-to workshop with Lillis: “Podcasting: Extending the Conversation.”

The Kentucky Center will host SETC’s 2020 Secondary School Theatre Festival.

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES Catch a Show While You’re in Town SETC Convention registration gives you entry to five theatre festivals throughout the week. Support your fellow theatre artists and immerse yourself in live theatre! Check your printed program or the Sched app when you arrive on site for the final schedule of all performances. COMMUNITY THEATRE FESTIVAL Award-winning community theatres from around the Southeast will perform for the regional title at the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) at duPont Manual High School in charming Old Louisville. Awards sponsored by Dramatists Play Service www.setc.org / community-theatre SECONDARY SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL Enjoy an energetic atmosphere as the Southeast’s talented high school theatre groups showcase their award-winning work at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater in downtown Louisville for a chance at the regional title. Program sponsored by Hollins University | Ticketing sponsored by Arts People Awards sponsored by Norcostco, Inc. Festival participants will be invited to RSVP to an opening night Pizza Party and Masterclass with Mary Page Nance on Wednesday sponsored by PerformerStuff.com. Plus, watch for info about #CurtainUpYall, an immersive convention challenge sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University. www.setc.org / secondary-school-theatre THEATRE FOR YOUTH INVITATIONAL FESTIVAL Theatre ETC! presents “The Odyssey” Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents “Huck Finn” InnOVATION Arts Academy presents “Once on This Island JR” www.setc.org/theatre-for-youth

The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) will host hundreds of SETC events, including on-site festivals.

10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL | Sponsored by Hollins Playwright’s Lab This is one of SETC’s late night highlights! Don’t miss performances of 10-minute plays that have been conceived, written and rehearsed by SETC Convention attendees over 24 hours. Sign up if you want to participate/create! www.setc.org / ten-minute 17 TH ANNUAL SETC FRINGE FESTIVAL Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre presents “Lost at Santa’s Village” Dick Satori presents “Monkey Off Back - Circus Still in Town” Erin Parsons and Connor Graham present “Hear I Go” Aaron Gotlieb, The Fool Errant presents “The Attic” David Gaines presents “Big Top” John Hancock Productions presents “The Greatest Theatrical Event...EVER!” Cody Clark Magic presents “A Different Way of Thinking” The Little Company presents “This is My Heart for You” www.setc.org / fringe

CELEBRATE NEW WORK Play Readings & Devised Theatre SETC / STAGE RIGHTS READY TO PUBLISH AWARD The winner will be announced online by Jan. 13! Reading: Friday, 4:30 p.m. CHARLES M. GETCHELL NEW PLAY AWARD “25 Light Years From Now” by Rachel Bykowski. Reading: Friday, 7 p.m. DEVISED THEATRE FOR CHANGE – OPIOID ADDICTION Experience a thought-provoking play devised over several months by 15 students from three high schools in different states. This pilot program tackles the national opioid crisis. Performance & Discussion: Saturday, Time TBA

EXHIBIT HALL Explore the Show Floor So many people to talk to. So much to do and see. Make time to enjoy what the Exhibit Hall has to offer. COMMERCIAL EXHIBITOR BOOTH LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE www.setc.org/commercial-exhibitors

ATTN: COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, AND TRAINING PROGRAMS! Reserve Your Ed Expo Booth by Jan. 22 www.setc.org/ed-expo

COMMERCIAL EXHIBITS Over 50 Commercial Exhibitors are eager to share their industry insights and expertise with you. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the latest theatre equipment, products, services and supplies — and to make invaluable connections with publishers, production houses, costume shops, ticketing services and more. EDUCATION EXPO The Ed Expo features over 100 colleges, universities and training programs. Come prepared with your resume, headshot, portfolio and questions! School reps are excited to talk to you about your educational goals and interests.

Go online to see a list of which Commercial and Educational Exhibitors have already reserved a booth in the 2020 SETC Exhibit Hall. LEARN MORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.setc.org / exhibit-hall

LET THE GAMES BEGIN Stage Management Games Sponsored by EmptySpace Technology Up to 25 student stage managers from all training levels are invited to compete on a first-come, first-served basis in a round-robin of timed events! Winners are announced at Friday evening’s Design/Tech Awards Ceremony. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. | KICC Ballroom B

ATTN: STAGE MANAGERS! Sign Up to Participate On Site www.setc.org/stage-management-games

Go Beyond the Booths There’s more than one good reason to head to the Exhibit Hall. BEER BREAK Sponsored by Vari-Lite / Strand Stroll the aisles while enjoying a refreshment! Cash bar. Thursday, 5–6:30 p.m. CONVENTION GEAR This annual SETC shop is moving to the Exhibit Hall in 2020! Swing by to purchase SETC and theatre-related goods. All sales support the SETC Scholarship/Award Fund. FREE HEADSHOT BOOTH Sponsored by Altman Lighting NEW THIS YEAR! All convention attendees are invited to get a free professional headshot taken in the Exhibit Hall! SCANTrivia | PLAY - SCAN - WIN Sponsored by Production Advantage NEW THIS YEAR! Get points for engaging with participating exhibitors! Top scorers can win free 2021 SETC Convention registration and other prizes. PROFESSIONAL DIVISION GRAB N’ GO LUNCH NEW THIS YEAR! SETC will treat professional representatives from Theatre Job Fair, Spring Professional Auditions and Commercial Exhibits to a light grab n’ go lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Time to hit the Exhibit Hall floor and network! Friday, 12:30–2 p.m. By invitation only; RSVP required by Jan. 22.

DESIGN COMPETITION A Display of Technical Talents Undergraduate- and graduate-level designers and technicians showcase their work in this annual competition. Swing by their display tables in the Exhibit Hall during viewing hours to be thoroughly impressed! Attend the festive Design/Tech Awards Ceremony on Friday evening to celebrate their accomplishments.

ATTN: DESIGN/TECH STUDENTS! Register and Apply by Jan. 22 www.setc.org/design-competition


ATTN: COMPANIES & TALENT! Register and Apply by Jan. 15 www. setc.org/spring-professional

Sponsored by Actors Connection Nearly all 780 audition spots are sold out! Actors, singers and dancers who participate in these auditions must meet certain qualifications or must have passed through professional screening auditions. Hiring companies from across the nation find troves of talent at SETC. Actors, Check the Schedule for SETC Prep Sessions: “Professional Auditions: Actor Audition Space Check” “Dance Prep: Preparation, Presentation & Career Planning” “Musical Theatre Coaching Sessions”

THEATRE JOB FAIR Interview for Offstage Jobs

ATTN: COMPANIES & CANDIDATES! Register and Apply by Jan. 22 www. setc.org/theatre-job-fair

Companies seek candidates to fill 4,000+ jobs in all areas of the theatre industry. First-time job seekers and seasoned professionals alike can connect to new opportunities in these in-person interviews. Pre-registration is required for hiring companies and recommended for candidates. Check the Schedule for a Special SETC Prep Session: “Theatre Job Fair: Production Resume Review”

READY TO DIRECT An Immersive Competition

ATTN: COMPANIES & DIRECTORS! Register and Apply by Jan. 22 www. setc.org/ready-to-direct

A select group of pre-registered early-career directors participate in an immersive schedule of directing-focused events on Wednesday and Thursday that are open to observation by companies interested in hiring a Ready to Direct candidate: 1st Rehearsal, Offstage Showcase, and Ready to Direct Discussion.

OPPORTUNITY ADD-ONS + FIND YOUR SCHOOL Auditions & Interviews Sponsored by Actors Connection Theatre programs from across the U.S. attend the SETC Convention to recruit undergraduate and graduate students through acting auditions and design/ tech interviews/portfolio reviews. Actors, Check the Schedule for SETC Prep Sessions: “Prepare Your SETC Undergrad Audition with the Accompanist” “Musical Theatre Coaching Sessions”

ATTN: SCHOOLS & STUDENTS! Register and Apply by Jan. 22 www.setc.org/undergrad-school www.setc.org/grad-school


RECEPTIONS Socialize Over Shared Interests Connect with your theatre community at these special networking and social events. COCKTAIL RECEPTION FOR PRESENTERS & COMPANY REPS Sponsored by Disney Theatrical Group This opening-night reception welcomes presenters and company representatives. By invitation only. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. DESIGN / TECH MIXER Sponsored by InterAmerica Stage & 4Wall Entertainment All techies and designers are welcome! Snacks and cash bar. Wednesday, 8 p.m. WOMEN IN THEATRE (WIT) HAPPY HOUR Come join conversations surrounding WiT initiatives. To be announced! THEATRE FOR YOUTH RECEPTION | Sponsored by Dramatic Publishing If your focus is theatre for youth, please plan to attend. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY LUNCH | $24 Sponsored by the 10 State Organizations of SETC Enjoy lunch, door prizes and entertainment. Friday, 12:30 p.m. Purchase Your Ticket by Jan. 22 | General Seating | www.setc.org/register

ALL-STATE MEETING & SOCIAL Get together with members of your home state and grow your network at this combined meeting and social gathering. Cash bar. Friday, 4:30 p.m. COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY RECEPTION & MEETING Sponsored by Barbizon Lighting Company & Concord Theatricals This reception and division meeting caps off a day of unconference discussions. Friday, 6 p.m. PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION All are welcome at the pre-gala cocktail hour! Cash bar. Saturday, 7 p.m. GALA & AWARDS CEREMONY | $32 This closing ceremony is an evening of comradery, dinner, celebration and SETC awards. Afterparty Dance to immediately follow. Saturday, 8 p.m. Purchase Your Ticket by Jan. 22 | www.setc.org/register

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE Thanks to Our Convention Sponsors The 2020 SETC Convention would not be possible without the support of many generous sponsors.


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Actors Connection Altman Lighting Arts People Barbizon Lighting Company Break A Leg Network Broadway Media Distribution Clinton Press Concord Theatricals Costume Society of America Disney Theatrical Group Dramatic Publishing Dramatists Play Service EmptySpace Technology ETC Fern Expo Hollins Playwright’s Lab Hollins University IA Stage

Middle Tennessee State University Norcostco, Inc. Outdoor Theatre Parent Artist Advocacy League PerformerStuff.com Production Advantage Productions Unlimited, Inc. Sculptural Arts Coating Shure, Inc. Stage Rights Vari-Lite / Strand XS Lighting & Sound 4Wall Entertainment 10 State Organizations of SETC: ACT, FTC, GTC, KTA, MTA, NCTC, SCTA, TTA, VTA & WVTA

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Cover Image: “Stained Glass” by Ingrid DeSanctis, premiere, JMU Theatre, Virginia​, April 2018; Scenic Design by William Boles; Lighting Design and Photo by Richard Finkelstein.

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