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No More 10 out of 12s – Why it’s Time for Change | USITT Webinar Replay

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • January 27, 2021

Here’s a video replay of the most recent USITT Community Conversation: No More 10-out-of-12s – Why it’s Time for Change. 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.

In 2021, a new working partnership has been created by a group of designers, stage managers, actors, production managers, health/safety professionals, and other theater artists to finally address and demand change in theater workers’ schedules. This initial session will lay out the reasons why these changes must be made as well as begin to chart a new path for how theatre can operate in the future.

Moderated by scenic designer Regina Garcia, this panel will include sound designer Lindsay Jones (co-chair, Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association), Rachel Spencer Hewitt (founder, Parent Artist Advocacy League), and stage manager Lisa Dawn Cave.

Further information from USITT: www.usitt.org.

 

About the Panelists
Lindsay Jones
 is a composer and sound designer whose work has been seen on Broadway, tours, regional theatre, television, film, and gaming. He is the Co-Chair of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA).

Rachel Spencer Hewett is an equity actor with an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. During her time at the Yale School of Drama, she received the Pierre-André Salim Award, which is awarded to third-year students at the Yale School of Drama whose artistry, professionalism, collaborative energy, and commitment to the community have inspired their colleagues, and who show distinct promise of raising the standard of practice in the field. She is a Baker Duncan Scholar and received her BA in Drama from Trinity University in San Antonio. Rachel’s professional acting repertoire includes Broadway (King Charles III), Off-Broadway (The Seagull directed by Max Stafford Clark, the New York premiere of A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel and directed by Tina Landau, and Peter and the Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop), extensive regional work (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Bay Street Theatre with director Michael Wilson, and more), international theatre, feature films, and more.

Regina Garcia An Illinois-based scenic designer, Regina has had long-standing relationships with the St. Louis Black Rep, The Cherry Lane Theatre, and renowned Latino theaters including Repertorio Español, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, INTAR, and Pregones Theater. Regina is a Fellow of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and the Princess Grace Awards, USA. She is a company member with Rivendell Theatre Company and Teatro Vista, in Chicago, and a Regional Associate Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Recent completed projects: TimeLine Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination), Arizona Theatre Company; with upcoming projects next season at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens Theatre, Milwaukee Rep and Steppenwolf Theatre.

As an Advisory Board member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, Regina is co-champion of Café Onda’s La Esquinita; the production notebook for Latinx designers and artisans working on stages across the nation.

Lisa Dawn Cave is a stage manager, choreographer, performer, and director on Broadway and beyond.

 

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