USITT - Forum@Four - Digital Media Workflow: Best Practices in Presentation and Paperwork

Webinar description: This session discusses the media designer’s process for presenting design ideas, designing and documenting the system, and all of the paperwork required to go from concept to design. See examples presented from working digital media designers and discuss how workflow changes between different types of projects.


Alex Oliszewski's specialization is in theatrical media design and devising. His technical knowledge includes sound, lighting, stagecraft, and performance in video, musical, dance, play, and interactive forms. He has consulted Cirque du Soleil. He is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University with a joint appointment between the Department of Theatre and The Advanced Computing Center for Art's and Design. He teaches courses in Experiential Media Design, Media and Projections Design for Theatre, and History of Performance in Media. His MFA graduate studies in Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Theatre at Arizona State University include coursework from The Herberger School of Theatre and Film and The School of Arts, Media + Engineering. His interdisciplinary experience has included work on an NSF-funded project focused on developing online resources to boost the retention of women in STEM fields.

Katherine Freer is a multimedia designer working in theater, installation, and film. Frequent collaborations include Liz Leman, Ping Chong, Ty Defoe, Carl Cofield, Tim Bond Kamilah Forbes, Talvin Wilks, Andrew Scoville, and Tamilla Woodard. Recent designs: Ajijaak on Turtle Island (New Victory, dir. Ty Defoe and Heather Henson), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theater, dir. Kamilah Forbes), the Convent (ArtNY, dir. Daniel Talbott), Antigone (Richard Rogers Amphitheater, dir. Carl Cofield), Cellular Songs (BAM Harvey, by Meredith Monk), Next to Normal (Syracuse Stage, dir. Bob Hupp), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Syracuse Stage, dir. Risa Brainin). Katherine is a proud member of USA829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design.

Jeromy Hopgood is an Associate Professor of design and Technology at Eastern Michigan University, where he coordinates the multidisciplinary Entertainment Design & Technology program. He previously taught design at Appalachian State University in North Carolina and the University of Kentucky. He is also the author of "QLab 3 Show Control," a guidebook on Figure 53’s popular show control software as well as the forthcoming "Dance Production: Design & Technology" published by Focal Press. Recently, Jeromy joined the faculty of professional instructors at LDI, teaching QLab-based projection design at the LDI Institute at Arizona State University. In addition to teaching, he is the resident scenic designer for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan. Jeromy works professionally in scenery, lighting, projections, and sound design. He was an assistant scenic designer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival for its Tony-Award-Winning season.

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