USITT - Forum@4 - An Online Approach to Old Problems: Archiving Technical Theatre History FB Group

Webinar description: On June 11, 2013, a small niche Facebook Group was created by two members of the George Izenour Penn State project. The intent was to allow its participants to continue the conversations they started and share their discoveries post-project. Little did the creators realize that what was intended to be for a few people would turn into something much greater; something that would grow beyond the borders of its intention and become a worldwide meeting spot for artists, researchers, students, and teachers alike. Come join us as we discuss how an online approach can help you find information to old problems and listen as we share stories of how this group impacted our work and what the future may hold.


Wendy Waszut-Barrett is a historical consultant and artist, specializing in the restoration and replication of painted scenery for historic performance venues such as the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Her passion, however, is the preservation of theatrical heritage and the continued training in historical scene painting techniques. Waszut-Barrett also works as a scenic art instructor across the country, sharing her knowledge of the dry pigment paint system and studio-style that was used to create historical scenery during the turn-of-the-twentieth-century.

R.W. (Rick) Boychuk ( @RickBoychuk ) has been a student, teacher, technical director, IA Stagehand, designer and recently inventor, and now an author. A graduate of University of Saskatchewan in technical theater, he has worked in the industry for over 40 years. Rick owns and operates Grid Well, Inc in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Richard Bryant is the founder of the ATTH FB Group and an Assistant Professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago's Academy for the Performing Arts. He holds a BFA (Theatre) for the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and an MA (Drama) from Roosevelt University in Chicago. The interest into theatre production research began with a USITT sponsored project at Penn State on the George Izenour Collection and he hasn't looked back since. He serves as a member of the USITT Publications Committee and is currently the USITT representative to the OISTAT Publication and Communication Committee.

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