USITT - Forum@4 - Student/Early Career Technical Director's Roundtable

The USITT Student/Early Career TD Round Table provides attendees access to a diverse set of panelists each year, addressing issues that are most relevant to technical directors in the Student and Early Career demographics. Panelists will share stories and experiences that shaped their career path, as well as prepared responses to a curated selection of prompts. New this year, attendees will be seated at circular tables and given opportunities for Q&A/networking amongst themselves, as well as with the panelists.

Presented by the USITT Technical Production Commission.


Mary Jean (MJ) Sedlock is the faculty Production Manager/Technical Director for University of Maine's Theatre/Dance Division. She also works as the Production Manager for Opera House Arts in Stonington, ME. She has an MFA in Scenic Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. MJ currently serves as the Treasurer for the New England Regional Section. When she's not busy with all of that, MJ's favorite hobbies are hiking, sampling craft brews, and hanging with her favorite guys-- JP and Pete the Fish.

Frankie Charles joins Minnesota Opera as the Resident Artist Assistant Technical Director for the 2019-2020 season. He graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a degree in Technical Theatre where he served as Technical Director for such productions as Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Carlos Murillo’s Augusta & Noble, and Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play by Anne Washburn. Before joining Minnesota Opera, Frankie also held positions at Theater at Monmouth, The Rev Theatre Company (Formally Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival/ Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), and was an Apprentice Stagehand at Santa Fe Opera. He will serve as Assistant Technical Director for all of the opera's 2019-20 mainstage shows, and Technical Director for Project Opera’s production of Belongings.

Zach Stribling holds a BFA from University of Evansville and a MFA in Technical Production from Florida State University he has worked professionally and as an educator for 23 years, serving as a Technical Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Faculty Technical Director at the University of Central Florida, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Florida State University. Currently he is Faculty Technical Director at the University of Kentucky and is the Coauthor of The Technical Director's Toolkit.

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