This topic has 19 replies, 14 voices, and was last updated 2 years, 2 months ago by Rachel.

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  • #14896
     paintcab
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    I am curious if anyone else is interested in arranging visits to other shops? I’m between Philly and NY and think it would be cool to arrange visits to meet with other scenic’s briefly and tour their shop/facilities. Online photos are fine, but to get a sense of the flow or challenges of other work spaces could be very educational. Also, meeting other scenics face to face (I don’t go to USITT) would be nice. Am I alone in this?

    I would obviously arrange this with the other charge. Also, I’d try to get my theatre to foot at least the time spent and hopefully the travel. I live within 2 hours of so many theatre companies and shops. It just seems like such a resource to see what works in person and speak to some of the common problems we have face to face.

    Why don’t more of us take the time to check out other shops? Too little time? Not interested enough? No money from your budget to give to time or travel? Simply too difficult to arrange? Have you tried before? Please tell.

    I’m open to anyone who wants to visit our shops. You can plan in advance or call the day before and if I’m here, I’m sure I can carve out 30 minutes to chat and show you around.

    We all have such varied experiences. I’m so interested in hearing the tale of the…

    What am I not thinking about that makes this not happen?

    #15734
     Lili Lennox
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    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

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    You aren’t alone in thinking this would be cool! The five of us who comprise the Guild board are constantly thinking about ways that we can get Scenics together in person, sharing stories and information with each other. We’re batting around some possible ideas of how to do that successfully in smaller regions, just like you’re proposing– would you be interested in being our guinea pig and helping us test one of our concepts at your shop?

    #15735
     paintcab
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    Sure thing. I”m in Princeton. Just under an hour from Philly. It’s about 90 minutes to NY by train. 3 hours from DC.

    I’ve got a nice sized shop and a 2 co-pro season (we are building neither!) We’ll be busy in September and then starting in late January. Oct, Nov and Dec are all very light for us this year.

    Now where did a put my guinea snout???

    #15736
     Tessa Broyles
    • Experience: 0-5 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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    Is there a way to see where other guild members are (what city, what shop) besides publicly asking on the forum and hoping they see and respond? Because when I move to a new city, I would love to be able to see who is around and what shops guild members work at, which ties into your idea of visiting each other’s shops.

    #15737
     Tina Yager
    Admin
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

    There is not a public member list with locations and we promised not to share private information like name, location and email when you signed up. We do have a pin map of general locations without names if you are curious where members are generally located. We’ve also been discussing updating the forum to be more user friendly and easier for people to create galleries and profiles for fellow members to see. We are talking over a plan with our website designer right now.

    Another member suggested that profile names be real names so that when people respond, they know who they are talking to. Any opinions about this? What would you like to be able to do on the password protected area of the Guild website?

    How about small or regional events? Anyone else interested in attending or hosting? Do you want something relaxed like a long coffee break or happy hour? Structured like a demo or class? Silly like a paint skills competition?

    Tina

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    #15738
     Anne Clark
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

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    I would be interested in this. I can see about offering a tour of my shops/theaters at the REP at University of Delaware. We are also very busy through the Fall and in January through March. Let me know!

    #15739

    My shop is always open for a tour! And I love more relaxed get togethers, such as coffee, at least for the first time meeting people. Also, Cinci is fairly tight-knit when it comes to theater, so I can usually be able to get people into a couple other major theaters in the area.

    Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati

    Rachel Kuhn:

    #15740
     KarenGlass
    • Experience: 20+ years
    • Scenic Status: Part Time Regular

    Hello all,

    This where your regional section of USITT may be willing to help. The Ohio Valley Section is always looking for programing, and we have been talking about trying to some things that are a bit more social in nature.

    Rachel, I’d love to talk to you about scheduling a Ciny shop crawl. If you are interested, please contact me. glass@setonhill.edu

    #15741
     EvanWRapp
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    My employer out of Lititz, PA is located on the Rock Lititz campus. There are several companies involved in the entertainment industry right around our area and it could be a good place to get something together. For those unfamiliar, we are about 3 hours from NYC, 1.5 from Philly, and a solid 2 from DC.

    Link to Rock Lititz for those interested https://rocklititz.com/home” class=”bbcode_url”>https://rocklititz.com/home

    #15742
     Rachael Claxton
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

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    Louisville isn’t that far from Cincinnati so I’d love to be included in that shop crawl! (Or get together of sorts) I’m looking to set up a shop visit to Actors Theatre during USITT this year, so stay tuned for more on that!

    #15743
     Jamie Clausius
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

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    I am always up for a shop tour! Also, I am the Charge Artist at Tobins Lake Studios and would be happy to host a visit. A big draw back is we are relatively isolated so you have to really want to make the trip, and I’d imagine nowhere else is really convenient enough to visit at the same time. Oh well, offer is open to anyone down the line!

    Having said that I will be at USITT and would love to take a shop tour of ATL (Great idea Rachel, thank you!) or anywhere that is convenient. Love this idea!

    -Jamie Clausius

    Tobins Lake Studios

    #15744
     paintcab
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Regular

    Howdy folks! I’ve been checking on our schedule and it looks like we have three options to have a meet and greet here at McCarter Theatre Center production shops in Princeton, NJ. We have three dates available, March 30, April 6th and May 11th. Those are all Saturdays. There will be an email/post that goes out to those folks in my area. Thanks Tina Y!

    March 30th would allow anyone coming to see Ken Ludwig’s Gods of Comedy matinee at 2pm. Jason Sherwood is the scenic designer. On May 11th there is a matinee of Skylight, designed by Beowulf Borritt. I will work on getting as many comps as I can once I know what date is preferred.

    I’m thinking a brunch type thing from 10-2 or 3. We can tour the shops and then take over the break room for chatting. I am very open to suggestions.

    Our shop is about a 4-5 block walk from the Princeton Junction train station on the Northeast Corridor NJ Transit line. The shop address is 755 Alexander Road, Princeton NJ. We have plenty of parking available at the shops.

    The theater is about 2 miles away on the Princeton University campus. Princeton is a lovely little town if you want to make a full day of it. Parking near the theater has meters and there is a garage nearby. I believe the garage is free on weekends. I’d recommend carpooling to those who would like to see the show.

    Carrie Ballenger (& Sue DeConcini)

    #15745
     Tina Yager
    Admin
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

    Many members have requested opportunities to meet with colleagues in their area, and we’d like to make it easy for members to hold a social event. I’ve been reaching out to people who’ve mentioned interest in hosting something like this already. Please email me at tyager@scenicguild.org if hosting this is something that appeals to you.

    The Guild can help with bagel/sandwich funds. Instead of a poll, I could send a bcc email to members within a short radius of your shop. Let’s coordinate an email to send.

    Tina

    #15746

    Yes yes yes. This would be awesome. My shop is West Philadelphia and most of the theatres are in Center city. I would love to explore other shops and see what others are doing. Also I’m probably a bit greener than many others and would always like to make new friends and connections. Someone to nerd out with and expand network. Count me in

    -Fitch

    #15747
     Tina Yager
    Admin
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

    Here is the invite we sent to Scenics in Carrie’s region. If you’d like to do something similar the Guild would love to help get the word out for you!

    Send me an email and we can coordinate a message.

    Tyager@scenicguild.org

    http://eepurl.com/get1av

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