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USITT - Ohio Valley 2017 Fall Conference

Akron School for the Arts at Firestone Community Learning Center


USITT - Ohio Valley Section

Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


USITT - Ohio Valley Section's Fall Conference will be held this year at the Akron School for the Arts at Firestone High School, a new building that opened with the 2016-2017 school year. The Arts Wing where the conference will be held features a mainstage proscenium theatre with 700 seats (500 on the main floor), a black box classroom with 22' ceilings and numerous classrooms, meeting spaces, scene shop and media center.

Akron School for the Arts

Please join us for a day full of theatre sessions and activities.

Akron School for the Arts at Firestone Community Learning Center

470 Castle Blvd

Akron OH 44313

(330) 618-1501



Something new this year is a dual track: one specially designed for high school students; another for college students and professionals.


Interested in Presenting a Session? We are accepting applications through September 5, 2017. Propose Your Workshop.


A sampling of the programming is below, subject to change. Schedules to be set at a later date. 

High School Track

  • “Cos Play and Creating your own Prop from Scratch” - Tom Fiocchi, Ohio University
  • “Local 48: How can I Join the Local Hiring Hall, or What are the Advantages of Being in the Stagehand’s Union?" - Irene Mack-Shafer, Local 48, the University of Akron
  • "Pieces and Parts, From Head to Toes" Costuming hands-on workshop - Irene Mack-Shafer, the University of Akron
  • "It's All About You"  or "What's Your Story?" A beginning portfolio workshop - Tammy Honesty, Kent State University
  • “Teaching Stage Managers” For the HS teacher or after school volunteer - Elynmarie Kazle, the Akron School for the Arts
  • “What is theatre architecture?”  What is in this profession for a student interested in engineering - Van Phillips/Ray Kent

College/Professional Track

  • “What questions to ask when you build or renovate a new building?” Panel including: Ray Kent (architect), Mark A. Zimmerman (teacher with a new building), Van Phillips (consultant) moderated by Michael Mehler
  • “Production Management for the Small School” How do I develop my production program with a small but mighty pool of human resources? For the small college or high school program. - Elynmarie Kazle, the Akron School for the Arts
  • "Professional problem-solving" A session featuring questions and answers from some of the top professional stage managers around the country. - Sponsored by the Stage Managers’ Association and Actors Equity Association
  • "Working with Puppets" Discussing/working with turning a 2-D rendering into a 3-D model, and how it can be decorated or used to create patterns. -Melanie Mortimore
  • “Working with Wire” Basic jewelry wire work, and some basic millinery wire work...wrapping techniques, information on types of wire, how to work with it to get the best out of it and keep it from failing. -Melanie Mortimore


Peggy Ezekiel Awards

The Peggy Ezekiel Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in Design and Technology for any produced work by a USITT/Ohio Valley Section member or for any produced work by a non-member for a production within the USITT/Ohio Valley Section. Registration to sign up for the awards will be open soon.



Akron School of the Arts

470 Castle Blvd

Akron, OH 44313



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