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Online Resources List and Training Links During the COVID-19 Shutdown UPDATED May 19, 2020

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • May 19, 2020

Here are a number of training resources that manufacturers, dealers, theaters, and associations are making available to people to train, learn, and improve their skills while the industry is shut down due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We’ve also included aid and support for those who work in theater and who’ve been adversely affected by this global shutdown of theaters going dark. We’ve also included some links to fun and related items like streaming productions and operas, or links to ways to relax when you take breaks, or to give back to your community. We will post new links or updates at the top of this post:

UPDATED: May 19, 2020

Aid and Support for our Industry

IATSE Hires Epidemiologists to Consult on Reopening Procedures
IATSE announced on May 18, 2020 they have hired a team of three epidemiologists to consult the union on best practices for workers in the entertainment industry to safely return to work. The move comes as workers in all sectors of the industry face unprecedented levels of unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and employers look to find a way to resume business.

ESA’s Steven Adelman’s Webinar on Social Distancing and the Law
As a part of USITT’s Forum@Four series of webinars, Lawyer and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance Steven A. Adelman made a presentation on Social Distancing and the Law. You can watch the replay of the webinar here.

Metropolitan Opera Stage Manager Co-Authors Petition to Support Entertainment Industry Workers in the Worker Relief and Security Act
Metropolitan Opera Stage Manager, Theresa Ganley and Executive Stage Director, Paula Suozzi have started a petition on to support entertainment industry workers in the Workers Relief and Security Act. In the petition Ganley and Suozzi write, “We, the artists, craftspeople, and technicians of the Performing Arts Industry ask you to support the Worker Relief and Security Act bill released by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Jack Reed (D-RI), along with Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) to extend the $600 weekly paycheck boost beyond July 31. We implore you to continue to extend those benefits to both salaried and independently contracted entertainment industry workers.”

IATSE: Top Priorities for Entertainment Workers in Subsequent COVID-19 Legislation:
IATSE urges you to reach out to your Congressional representatives to keep entertainment workers at the top of their minds. It only takes a few minutes and is an automated process.

Former OSHA Chief David Michaels to Consult for Actors’ Equity Association on COVID-19 Safety Issues:
Actors’ Equity has announced that public health expert Dr. David Michaels will consult for the union, effective immediately to help develop new model health and safety standards for COVID-19. The news comes one week after Equity issued a statement that it is “unclear under the current circumstances” how production can resume and asked members to call their regional Equity office if they are offered work.

IATSE: Tell Congress to Include Displaced Entertainment Workers in Relief Package:
Entertainment workers shouldn’t be collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19. We need a special Emergency Coronavirus Economic Support Benefit geared to include workers who have a bona fide, good faith offer to work that gets canceled due to the coronavirus. Follow this link to automatically send a letter to your Congressional representatives

TCG Advocacy: New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans, and NEA Awards Funds to States:
Congress and the White House have just passed an “interim” COVID-19 relief bill. The deal adds funding to the existing Paycheck Protection Program administered by local lenders and the Economic Injury Disaster Relief program administered by the Small Business Administration, and provides additional resources for COVID-19 testing and hospitals. Congress is expected to take up a separate package of new and expanded COVID-19 relief measures in the weeks to come, and ongoing advocacy will be essential.

OPERA America: COVID-19 Updates for Relief:
New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans, Halt on Immigration, Arts Ed and Teaching Artistry Amid COVID-19, and NEA Awards Funds to States. The League of American Orchestras has assembled the following analysis of recent developments regarding COVID-19 relief and related issues, which it has kindly shared with OPERA America and other arts service organizations

Actors’ Equity: Tell Congress to Protect Theater Professionals Who Have Lost Their Health Care:
Theatre artists around the country are hurting. From actors on Broadway to stage managers at local theaters, thousands of members of Actors’ Equity Association have been affected by the closures and cancellations due to COVID-19. In New York, for example, unemployment claims for the entertainment industry went up 3,880% in the last week of March compared to last year, making it the industry with the third-highest increase of claims in the state. It takes less than 1 minute to fill out and sign this letter to your congressional representative. Make your voice heard to help yourselves and others in the entertainment industry. Sign the Letter

TCG Releases New Research: Coronavirus Preparedness and Impact Report:
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the release of their Coronavirus Preparedness and Impact Report, a 10-page report based on the results of a snapshot survey of TCG Member Theatres conducted in March. TCG will conduct further surveys to measure the pandemic’s impact as part of a five-point approach to holistically respond to this crisis. TCG’s efforts will help: stabilize theatres by advocating for and disseminating information about relief funds; organize them through virtual gatherings and online resource-sharing; communicate the urgent needs of theatres; innovate news ways of connecting with audiences; and transform the systemic challenges the theatre field faces to emerge stronger from this crisis. The full report can be found here.

IATSE News: Priorities for Subsequent COVID-19 Relief Legislation:
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) continues to call on Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in the next relief package. IATSE is urging Congress to prioritize the following in subsequent COVID-19 relief packages.

Sector-Wide Policy Statement on The Arts Sector and COVID-19 Relief – April 2020:
OPERA America has worked closely with other national arts service organizations through the Performing Arts Alliance and Cultural Advocacy Group to shape a sector-wide policy statement, outlining policies to support the arts amid the COVID-19 crisis. This statement has been shared with members of the House of Representatives and Senate. We encourage you to circulate this statement widely and use it as the basis for advocacy efforts with elected officials and your representatives.

Behind the Scenes Launches Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder:
The Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative, in partnership with HelpPRO, announces the launch of the Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder. The Finder only includes listings for mental health professionals who have previously worked with clients in the entertainment industry or who have personal professional experience in the industry themselves.

Testing Company Classifies ETCP Certified Technicians as Essential Personnel:
Effective immediately, eligible Candidates who have received a notification of acceptance from one of the four examinations offered by the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) may begin scheduling appointments at PSI’s owned and operated testing centers.  PSI, the testing company that provides services to ETCP, is a leading provider of licensing and certification examinations for professional organizations.

Americans For The Arts Offer Artist Relief During COVID-19 Crisis:
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

Broadway Green Celebrates Earth Day with #GreenQuarantine Free Learning Sessions:
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, be sure to check out what the Broadway Green Alliance is doing—every day—to help people learn about how to live a better, greener life. They offer a series of free virtual green learning sessions. Here’s further information and links for you to register for any of the upcoming sessions, or to tune into videos of previously aired sessions.

Joint Letter: A Message to the Working Professionals in the Entertainment Industry from Unions and Guilds:
The undersigned guilds and unions represent the diverse, professional workforce that, in ordinary times, come together on productions throughout each year to bring our stories to life for audiences across the globe. Now, in this time when the coronavirus pandemic has brought an unprecedented challenge to our industry, our solidarity is more important than ever before.

NEA Announces CARES Act Funding to Support Arts Jobs and Help Sustain Arts Organizations:
The National Endowment for the Arts announced its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close operations due to the spread of COVID-19. With the $75 million appropriated to the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act, the Arts Endowment will award 40 percent of the funds directly to state and regional arts agencies by April 30th to distribute through their funding programs. Sixty percent of the funds are designated for direct grants to nonprofit arts organizations all across the United States and will be announced by June 30th.

American Theatre Wing Launches Relief Fund for Theater Artists Across the Country:
The American Theatre Wing has outlined the first phase of its National COVID-19 Response Effort, which includes brand new, rapid funding mechanisms to help support and sustain the theater community at both the local and national level, as well as a series of new, online educational offerings to continue its mission of enriching and empowering students and emerging leaders. 

The CARES Act:
Navigating CARES Act Unemployment Assistance
The entertainment industry is experiencing an unprecedented increase in unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the CARES Act passed by congress last week will provide $260 billion in enhanced and expanded unemployment insurance (UI) to thousands of entertainment workers throughout the country who are being furloughed, laid off, or finding themselves without work through no fault of their own.

There are a number of resources – that are listed in this article – that can help you navigate UI or the benefits provided by the CARES Act, but the first and foremost should be your state’s unemployment office website, as most of the COVID-19 economic relief funding will be distributed through state UI programs.

The CARES Act – More Information on the Unemployment Insurance:
Unemployment Insurance Provisions for Creative Professionals in the CARES Act
The CARES Act creates three new UI programs: Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. All three programs are fully federally funded. This fact sheet will discuss all three, as well as “short-time compensation,” laying out what benefits are available to workers who find themselves without any or enough employment or work in these difficult times.

Go here for the rest of the post on the UI programs in the CARES Act.
Further information from the National Employment Law Project (NELP)

Industry Online Training and Learning Opportunities

Tech Table Webinar Replay: KC Wilkerson Speaks with Projection Designer Aaron Rhyne
Tech Table, a new live streamed webinar series from Project with Jason, is hosted by Lighting Designer KC Wilkerson. In the next installment, which livestreamed on Saturday, May 16, Wilkerson spoke with Projection Designer, Aaron Rhyne for an interactive conversation. You can rewatch the interactive conversation.

Shure Replay: Celebrating #SM58Day, Video of the Livestreamed Event
Every year, May 8 serves as a day of celebration for the Shure SM58® Dynamic Vocal Microphone. This year, Shure celebrated #SM58Day with a livestreamed event that featured Henry Rollins, custom giveaways, and regional online events & contests. The livestream celebration took place live on Friday, May 8. Here’s the video replay of Shure’s SM58 Day.

Shure Webinar Replay: History of the Unidyne 55 Microphone
One of the most recognizable images of a microphone is that of the Shure Model 55 Unidyne® microphone. Often referred to as “the Elvis mic”, it has a classic look that has become a cultural icon; so much so that Shure still produces them today. Shure celebrated the Unidyne with a webinar, focusing on the history of this classic microphone. You can replay the video in case you missed the original livestream.

Shure Celebrates #SM58Day With A Livestream Event:
Every year, May 8 serves as a day of celebration for the Shure SM58® Dynamic Vocal Microphone. This year, Shure will celebrate #SM58Day with a livestream event featuring Henry Rollins, custom giveaways, and regional online events & contests all week long. The livestream celebration will take place live on Friday, May 8 at 3:00 pm CDT.

Soundgirls Theater Sound Production Webinar Now Available Online:
SoundGirls and Modern Projects, Inc. presented an online panel of Working Professionals in Theater Sound where they discussed career trajectories, obstacles, access, success stories, and more. The panel was moderated by Leslie Gaston-Bird. This online panel meetup took place on April 15, and is now available online for replay.

Lectrosonics Presents “Wireless Side Chats” Video Series to Empower Experts and Beginners Alike:
Almost no modern production can function without wireless audio. And while today’s best wireless equipment is easy to use and designed to keep the thornier technical issues out of the way, many gremlins lurk invisibly in the realm of the airwaves. The more users know about them, the better their end results will be. That’s why Lectrosonics has produced the new video series Wireless Side Chats, hosted by Vice President of Sales and Marketing Karl Winkler and available as a playlist on the company’s YouTube page.

HARMAN Pro University Announces New Learning Sessions and Live Workshops Through April:
HARMAN Professional Solutions announced the continuation of the free Learning Sessions eLearning program in conjunction with HARMAN Professional University. Available Learning Sessions include lighting or audio experts from a range of productions, disciplines, and facilities.

The Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association:
Student Sound Designer Connection
In response to COVID-19, TSDCA has launched the Student Sound Designer Connection, a new Facebook group specifically for college students studying sound design to connect with one another, as well as receive mentorship from professional sound designers. For the remainder of the school year (until May 31st, 2020), TSDCA will be supporting this page to build community among these students that were suddenly forced into online learning.

Expands Training and Webinar Schedule to Provide More Frequent Programming
Shure has expanded its webinar schedule to provide more frequent content given the current industry situation. While the Shure Audio Institute (SAI) typically provided monthly training sessions, programming now will be delivered weekly. Demand for the sessions has been higher than normal, with three times the audience tuning in for recent training sessions versus previous webinars.

Audio Learning Series: On Headset
ETC is excited to introduce On Headset, a new audio series that allows listeners to program a major theatrical production in real time while listening to the audio of a lighting designer’s cueing process.

Meyer Sound:
Comprehensive Daily Online Training Program
Education has been a pillar program of Meyer Sound for decades. Today’s current circumstances called for a shift from in-person seminars to virtual classrooms. Due to overwhelming response to an initial daily offering of online training content the past few weeks, the Meyer Sound education team is now launching an ongoing comprehensive webinar program.

Barbizon Lighting:
A List of Current Free/Discounted Education and Resources For the Entertainment Industry
Barbizon Lighting is compiling a list of discounted or free educational opportunities and tools for our industry. If you aware of one not listed below email with the item and a link and we can get it added! The lights will come up again; in theatres, on film sets, museums, and theme parks. We as an industry will weather this storm together.

Broadway Stage Management Symposium:
SM Tech Friday
The Broadway Stage Management Symposium is offering free programs so you can take advantage of your spare time and learn some new hard skills about new technology for Stage Managers. These free sessions are open to all. The next seminar is coming up on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4:00pm EDT with a deep dive into very popular program Stage Write with its creator, Jeff Whiting.

Expands Training Academy, Adds Weekly Live MagicQ and Multi Language Material
ChamSys continues to build on its global commitment to education, making webinar bookings and 20-minute appointment consultations found on the training page available in German, Italian, and Spanish versions. The company has also broadened the scope of its training with the addition of new Live MagicQ sessions that will stream every Tuesday at 11 am EDT (4 pm BST).

Week of April 27 Online Learning Schedule
USITT continues both its New@Noon and Forum@Four webinars throughout the entire month of April and into the beginning of May, so be sure to check out this week’s schedule to register and get a taste of what USITT will be offering up for FREE.

Dante Free Webinar Series
Audinate is offering over 25 free online learning opportunities in the month of April. Audinate’s Dante platform distributes digital audio signals over computer networks and is designed to bring the benefits of IT networking to the professional AV industry.

DPA Microphones:
DPA Microphones Offers Online Training
DPA Microphones is providing a variety of creative online resources and virtual entertainment in the wake of the current COVID-19 situation. As part of its efforts, DPA is hosting a variety of digital content including online training webinars focused on products, segments, techniques and more; as well as interviews with industry professionals.

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre:
Backstage@Home: LED Tape with Chicago Shakespeare’s Electrics Dept.
In the Backstage@Home series from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, members of the Chicago Shakespeare Production department demonstrate the tools of the trade. In this episode, Lighting Supervisor Mac Vaughey breaks down the many potential applications of LED tape for theater and at home, and shares an illuminating tutorial.

USITT Webinars: New@Noon New Products Showcase
USITT has created two new webinar series. The first is New@Noon as a way to provide those in the technical theatre and live entertainment industries with online education. This is designed to be similar the the New Products Showcase that normally would happen at the annual Conference and Stage Expo. These webinars are FREE of charge for anyone who may be interested, not just USITT members. New@Noon will take place from Monday through Thursday at noon EDT, via the popular online conference application, Zoom.

USITT Webinars: Forum@Four Series of Curated Sessions
The second new webinar series from USITT is Forum@Four, these webinars are FREE of charge for anyone who may be interested, not just USITT members. Forum@Four will take place from Monday through Thursday at 4pm EDT, via the popular online conference application, Zoom. The Forum@Four series is essentially taking a selection of curated sessions and translating them to a virtual environment. These webinars are brought to you by the various USITT commissions and other industry experts, and presenters will be available during the sessions to answer questions that participants may have. Similar to the New@Noon series, the Forum@Four will be available on Zoom, however they will NOT be streamed simultaneously on Facebook Live.

ChamSys Training Academy Expands Online Learning Opportunities
Learning and career development continue to move forward at the ChamSys Training Academy. The lighting console maker has been actively expanding its online education resources with new courses, tutorials, and appointment opportunities being added on a continuous basis. In addition to providing programmers with the chance to sharpen their skills (and develop new ones), the academy is serving as a platform for them to remain connected to the industry in the wake of the closings and cancellations that have taken place.

Electronic Theatre Controls / High End Systems (UPDATED):
“We at ETC & High End Systems know times are tough out there for a lot of our valued users and friends in the industry. This won’t last forever, but for as long it does, we’re here for you. We are working on curating and creating new content for you during this uncertain time. For the time being, stay safe and stay connected.”

Further information on ETC and High End Systems’ Study Hall
To participate in ETC’s training programs, please visit

Click here for High End Systems’ Study Hall access.
You do need to be signed into your MyETC account to participate in ETC and High End System’s Study Hall.

MAGNUM is a full-service entertainment technology company based in Atlanta, GA. They have created a very exhaustive, and frequently updated list of training opportunities. We suggest you explore their list – Every Free Event Technology Training Class, Tutorial, and Workshop Being Offered During COVID-19 (Updating)

Upholstery How-To:
Here’s a how-to video created by the Alliance Theatre’s Properties Department. In this first installment, Episode One, Properties Manager/Master, Suzanne Cooper Morris takes you through how to reupholster an ottoman. It’s a great video to use with your classes as we all have to teach online during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Capture Visualisation:
Update to Licensing Policies Due to COVID-19
Capture Visualisation AB, the Swedish company that created Capture Visualisation software for lighting design, visualisation, and documentation, has updated its educational licensing policies. Valid until the end of August 2020, educational Capture key files can now be unlocked on computers owned by students at home.

Columbus McKinnon (UPDATED Times & Dates):
CM is offering free online training with the early-release of its Frequent & Periodic Inspection of CM-ET Lodestar & Prostar Electric Chain Hoists. This 4-part series is completely new to the CMCO curriculum including one 45-minute training per week.

Classes will live stream each Thursday and Friday, starting on April 2 and 3, and following over the next three weeks. There will be additional support via CM’s Facebook page. Attendees will be offered an online test to receive a Certification of Completion at the conclusion of the course and receive two ETCP Credits.

Sign up today at no cost to reserve your seat and share with your fellow colleagues. You only need to sign up once for all four sessions.

Stage Research:
Stage Research, Inc, creators of SFX™ sound playback software has announced free software in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown. “During this time of idle theaters and postponed projects, Stage Research is offering any of our software programs for free,” says Stage Research Founder, Carlton Guc. “Use it for what you want—learn something new, coordinate frequencies, create that highly complex sound design, upgrade your personal equipment to the latest version of our software or upgrade your professional equipment at the shop, in school, or your theater. For free. It’s on us. Hoping to ease the challenges we are all dealing with at this time. There is no deadline other than sometime after theater resumes. Order from our store the normal way and use this code: SUPPORTARTS to get your 100% discount.” Further information from Stage Research, Inc.:

disguise is giving everyone 6 months FREE access to its Designer software until the end of September, as well as discounted dongles.

Step 1: Get your USB dongle
If you don’t already have one, follow the steps below to get one.
In the webstore, click the relevant link for you and the promo code will auto-apply to your cart. You can also copy / paste the relevant code at the checkout page.
Get 50% off: Until the end of April, we are also offering all USB dongles at 50% off. Get yours now!

Have a Notch dongle? As Notch and disguise use the same ‘codemeter’ dongles, we have partnered with them on a dongle sharing scheme. If you have a Notch dongle, we can add a disguise license to it, and vice versa. Visit the Notch webstore

Claude Heintz Designs:
Due to the Covid19 emergency, Claude Heintz Design is making a temporary LXSeries Pro license available for free to anyone. The license can be installed in LXBeams or LXFree for Java (v2.3.5) and provides access to the full functions of LXSeries Pro during the current emergency. Click to Download. The temporary license requires an Internet connection for authorization when the application starts. The emergency license will remain enabled through at least May of 2020.

(UPDATED) Learn How to Access Shure Online Training
On Wednesday, March 25th, Cheryl Jennison DaProza, Chris Lyons, Sam Gibbs, and Dave Klein led a webinar discussion on how to find and access Shure training, including recorded webinars and online training. Here’s a video recording of the webinar.

Stage Managers’ Association:
The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) announces that it’s FREE Public Access Resource page is now live. Non-members can listen to featured interviews and watch selected webinars. Each Friday, the SMA will roll out new content (interviews and webinars) that non-members can access for 1 week.

Click here to listen to featured interviews and watch selected webinars. Content changes over each Friday.

Josh Epstein, designer and developer of Cuelist, a digital collaboration tool for live events, would like to help people communicate during the COVID-19 shutdown. Cuelist is offering the following changes to get through the tough months ahead:

  • For all Educational and Institutional subscriptions – unlimited collaborators through the month of June. You need only subscribe to the base plan and then let them know how many active users you need. (At the end of June, active users will automatically return to normal plan settings.) If you are already subscribed and need more active users, just contact Cuelist.
  • Individual subscriptions will now have the FREE TRIAL period extended to last either 30 days or until June 15, whichever comes later.
  • Individual subscriptions also now have a new student-pricing option. Students need only subscribe using a “.edu” email address and put the coupon code STUDENTRATE in for our discount pricing. The reduced price is $49/annually or a monthly fee of $4.95. This rate will be good for four years starting from whenever you activate your account — regardless of future student status.

Further information from Cuelist and to sign up:

Obsidian Control Systems:
Offering free weekly training sessions covering the ONYX control platform and new NETRON data distribution range. These classes will be hosted online and are available globally for anyone interested in learning more about Obsidian’s advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. For more details and registration, please visit the Obsidian Control training webpage.

Avolites is offering a range of free online learning sessions as a part of Avolites Academy for users to learn more about their products during the COVID-19 shutdown. Here’s more information from Avolites on these learning opportunities that you can take advantage.

Over the coming days and weeks, the full schedule and resources can be found on this dedicated page where we will be giving you the opportunity to improve or update your skills via online webchat, training, or tutorials from our Facebook community forums for both Titan and Ai platforms.

Avolites has partnered with Notch to provide related training:
Notch – Access Notch Builder Learner
Avolites has teamed up with Notch to bring you easy access to their powerful Notch Builder Learner software so you can practice and improve on your generative content building skills! If you are an Ai user who already owns a Notch Codemeter key, you can access the Notch Builder Learner software for free. Simply click this link and download your free Notch Builder Licence. If you do not own a Codemeter Key, the full package is available here. Get Notch Builder Learner for Free

USITT Free Teaching Archives:
The USITT Teaching Archive is a FREE online resource for teachers in areas of technical theatre and live entertainment that was assembled by the various USITT Commissions. This site is organized into disciplines related to each USITT commission. It features lesson plans for full class period exercises, week- and month-long projects, and even full semesters.

As more USITT members in the education field are finding themselves working, and teaching from home, they encourage you to take full advantage of this resource during this time and beyond.

Further information from the USITT Teaching Archives

SETC COVID-19 Theatre Resources List
The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) has put together a list of suggestions and resources to help people dealing with the shutdown of just about everything due to COVID-19. They welcome everyone to share your ideas.

Further information from SETC:

Barbizon Lighting:
Barbizon Lighting’s extremely popular, and impossible-to-keep-in-stock-to-meet-demand, Electrician’s Handbook has been updated and is now available electronically as an updated FREE app in Apple’s App Store and on Google Play for Android users!

You can download the new versions here:
iOS –
Android –

Imagineering in a Box is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences. The online curriculum aims to ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and encourage innovation in the minds of students and teachers alike, while creating fun and engaging opportunities to explore new concepts. Further information from Imagineering in a Box

Many colleges and universities who use Lightwright are now conducting classes remotely, which means their students do not have access to the school’s computer lab and Lightwright licenses. A special emergency Lightwright license is now available for anyone who needs to use Lightwright under these circumstances between now and June 1, 2020.

Go to for details.

Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC):
“We know times are tough out there for a lot of our valued users and friends in the industry. This won’t last forever, but for as long as it does, ETC is here for you. From now until May 15, ETC is offering all our LearningStage classes FREE. We will continue to offer resources over the next few weeks to help keep you learning, and adjust this timing for as long as we need. Until then, stay safe and stay connected.”

Vectorworks is offering free Spotlight Essentials Seminars. Use the code TRAINMENOW for a 100% discount.

There is also Vectorworks Training available from UK Lighting Designer, Mark Doubleday. Here’s information on his offer:
“In this uncertain time for Entertainment professionals like myself, I would like to put aside a couple of hours every other day to offer FREE Vectorworks training to any Entertainment Professional who is looking to establish new skills or refresh knowledge with Vectorworks Spotlight.”

“I am a Stage Lighting Designer based in the UK with fifteen years of experience with Vectorworks. As part of my practice I have helped train many students and professionals to use the software. Now that all my Lighting Design work has been cancelled until August, I would like to offer some assistance to my friends and colleagues who, like me have a little more time on their hands right now.”

“All sessions are one-to-one. They will be conducted using v.2020 of the software and are aimed at Spotlight users. If you have an earlier version, or are using Fundamentals, that is fine. These sessions are not aimed at any other software package and that includes the Braceworks plugin and Vectorworks Vision.” Sign-up for a free half-hour session

Strand Lighting:
Strand will be teaching the basics of lighting systems design online as well as end-users can learn more about its consoles, dimming and distribution, and networking products. Go to Strand’s Online Training page.

ACT Lighting:
From their Facebook Page: “The Show must go on” is a phrase that has inspired our industry for more than a century. In this difficult moment for our entertainment family, these words inspire us to prepare to move forward; to be better and stronger when the lights do come back on. In that spirit, all ACT Academy online courses are available for FREE from now until June 1st. Use the Promo Code: act4me

Figure 53:
Giving educational users free use of QLab 4 Pro bundle until June 1, to support teachers and students “during social distancing.” Anyone with a .edu email address can have a free temporary QLab 4 Pro Bundle. Create your account at and email

USITT Lighting Commission:
Has created a Google doc with a long list of useful links.

Behind the Scenes:
Behind the Scenes in conjunction with other concerned organizations and individuals have come together to create the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative. A series of tools and resources has been developed to not only help you but also assist you in helping your colleagues. Find links to resources, the online self-assessment tool, and information about the initiative and programs at

AVIXA is opening its full online training catalog to all AV professionals, regardless of membership level. Effective immediately, they are waiving online access fees and Elite seat limitations through June 12. That means you and your entire team can now access ALL of AVIXA’s online training. They hope this will give you and your team the opportunity to learn new topics, work toward CTS certification, or earn CTS-RUs if already CTS certified, even if you are home. ACCESS ONLINE TRAINING Note: If you are not an AVIXA member, you will be prompted to sign up as a free Basic member.

John Huntington, professor of Entertainment Technology, sound engineer, and author of the book Show Networks and Control Systems: Free video lectures on his Control Geek website based on the chapters of his book.

The Virtual Theatre:
A 3D set design tool for the Theatre Arts Classroom, The Virtual Theatre, will be offering the program for free for the next three months.  Log on and select the ‘FREE ONLINE’ product and purchase. There is also the choice of an optional donation, if you’d like to help with development.

COVID-19 Guidelines:

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Here’s a link the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and it’s wealth of resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19:
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

CDC:Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities

CDC: Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Relaxation and Fun Links:

Stratford Festival:
Stratford Festival Offers Free Shakespeare Productions
The Stratford Festival is launching a film festival during this period of social isolation, offering free streaming of 12 Shakespeare productions captured as part of its Stratford Festival On Film series. This is the first time the full-length versions of these productions have been available for free. It launches on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23, with King Lear. Each film will debut with a 7 p.m. viewing party and remain available for free for a three-week period on the Stratford Festival website.

National Theatre:
The National Theatre in the UK has launched its National Theatre at Home, which will feature free streams of some of its productions. The NT has a long history of capturing their productions for broadcast to movie theaters. Now, they will be available on YouTube for seven days. 

Opera America’s #meetopera List of Opera Companies with Online Content (Updated April 27):
In the face of venue closures, opera companies across the North America have started offering content online, allowing audiences to #meetopera digitally. Go to this link for the Current List of Opera Companies participating.

Opera Wire:
Here is a comprehensive list of all opera companies offering free streaming services right now


We will be updating this list as other resources and online training opportunities are announced.

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