"I'm In Charge of the Theatre, Now What?" - Maintaining Your Theatre and Protecting Your Investment
Theatre educators are often asked to take on the management of their performance spaces, sometimes with little or no prior knowledge and few resources. The problem is, that without resources to help gain a more complete understanding of the unique needs of these spaces, they can fall quickly into disrepair, or worst case scenario, become dangerous. Tech Theatre expert Dana Taylor takes us through the basics of managing theatre spaces, offers tips and advice, and points the way to advocacy for your program needs.
Dana W. Taylor spent over twenty-five years teaching technical theatre at the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy (Mt. Vernon, IN). He is a writer in the area of technical theatre and served ten years as technical editor for "Dramatics Magazine" and "Teaching Theatre Journal" and was also technical editor for "Basic Drama Projects" 9th Edition and “Concert Lighting: The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting” 4th Edition. He received the Founder's Award from the Educational Theatre Association in 2011 and in 2014, was the first high school educator to receive the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's Distinguished Achievement Award for Education.
Dana is a past board member of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association and is a current board member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He is the working group leader for the BACKstage Exam, a joint effort of EdTA and USITT. https://www.usitt.org/education-training/backstage-exam