My name is Anne Willingham and I am the new Educational Outreach Director at Bradfield Stage Lighting. We have just launched an education program designed specifically to help high school drama teachers. We know that often teachers are asked to not only teach a full load of drama and performance classes, but are also expected to teach the technical elements as well. On top of a full class load you are asked to design the show, build and paint the set, hang the lights and see that all of the technical chores are done. It is a lot of ground to cover, especially if technical theatre is not your forte`.
We would like to help! We now offer a variety of classes on lighting, scenery and design. We would be happy to present either a classroom based lecture for your students or a hands-on workshop for students and volunteers. If you have a need that is not being covered by the technical theatre community please let me know and we will try to help.
I would love the opportunity to come meet you and hear about your program. There are exciting things going on in Middle Tennessee! I have a “bag of swag” for you and would relish the chance to come tromp around your theatre space. I am, after all, a theatre nerd at heart and love poking around backstage. Drop me an email and let me know what I can do for you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Part B of our outreach is this blog. Every week or so I will be posting a new entry. These entries will range from how-to help for the DIY theatre tech to tales from backstage to new equipment that I am excited about. You just never know what will show up. If you have a topic you would like discussed feel free to email me and let me know. I will do my best to cover it.
Education is key to building strong theatre technicians. We are excited to have the chance to help train the next generation! Let us know how we can help you!