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USITT Community Conversations | No More 10-out-of-12s – Safety Discussion

Stage Directions • Industry News • March 31, 2021

Here is the video of the most recent USITT Community Conversation: No More 10-out-of-12s – Safety Discussion that aired on Wednesday March 31, 2021. This discussion focused on the Health & Safety impact of the 10 out of 12 schedule. The panel included Ruth Anne Watkins, Bryan Huneycutt, Catherine Campbell, Brian Smallwood, and Production Manager David “dstew” Stewart.

For years, 10-out-of-12 technical rehearsals and six-day work weeks have been seen by theater workers as mandatory. In trying to uphold the spirit of “The show must go on,” theater practitioners in both professional and academic settings have repeatedly pushed themselves far beyond their physical and mental limits, jeopardizing both their health and their future.

Ruth Anne Watkins
is the Association Production Manager at Baltimore Center Stage. She served as a Production Stage Manager at Shanghai Disney World and helped open that park.

Bryan Huneycutt has spent over 35 years in the Performing Arts. He is a Co-Founder of the Safety Advisors Forum-Live Entertainment (SAF-LE) and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, where he leads the Safety & Health Commission. Huneycutt is the President and CEO for HuneyBadger Entertainment Consulting.

Catherine Campbell (She/Her/Hers) is the Production Manager for Mixed Blood Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where theatre lives at the intersection of authenticity and virtuosity, while championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism through exceptional artistry, catalytic relationships, and universal access. Previously, she held positions in Production and Artist Management with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University, Public Theater, Hollywood Bowl, and beyond. She is a co-chair of the Production Manager’s Forum Diversity and Inclusion, Membership, and Early Career Committee.

Brian Smallwood worked for 10 years in New York City. During that time, he project managed as a Technical Director and Production Manager for dozens of Off and Off-Off Broadway companies. He co-founded a production company called No Time for Love Productions, which served companies including the Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York Musical Festival, and New York Photo Festival, and Second Stage. In 2010, Smallwood began studying at the Yale School of Drama in the Technical Design and Production program. He graduated with an MFA with the class of 2013. As far as his teaching career, in 2013 Smallwood taught at Arizona State University as a Clinical Assistant Professor/ Technical Director. Most recently, he served as Assistant Professor/ Technical Director at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 2014 to 2019. Smallwood’s research interests include structural engineering for production and increasing productivity through employee wellness. Be sure to check out Smallwood’s book: Productivity Through Wellness for the Theatre Technician: Increasing Productivity, Avoiding Burnout, and Maximizing the Value of An Hour.


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