We want to be cutting-edge, try new things, use old things in new and unexpected ways, and evolve our art and our craft. How do you train the next generation of theatre designers and technicians in a field that has endless possibilities, where only they can set the boundaries from themselves? It is essential to investigate the current state of affairs and then embrace or depart from the methods, tools and practices. As a designer, educator, and life-long student, I take the time to look at what is being produced, from manufacturers and artists, and assess. Public articulation is now part of the process.
Recently, a number of professionals shared their experiences and innovations at the USITT Upstate NY Regional Section spring event, held at the University at Buffalo. I invite you to read reactions to the day at http://www.tdsquared.org.