Registration for the following Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) may be completed during your USITT23 registration process.


Architectural Tour of St. Louis Area Theatres SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 15
- 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
Join an Architecture Commission sponsored event that takes attendees on tour to multiple venues throughout the St. Louis area. Transportation and lunch will be provided. Specific venues and meeting designation TBA. Advanced registration and additional fee required. This course provides 4 AIA LU|HSW. This group will be meeting in the lobby of the Americas Center at 8:30a and the tour will return to the same location by 4:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 15 - 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

After last year's popular session on CLO3D, we bring you an opportunity to learn more about using the software. Create digital patterns and drape them in real time of avatars of your performer. Learn to make multiple sizes quickly, make changes quickly after muslin fittings, or even be able to skip the mockup all together! Improve your shop's workflow with CLO3D! Bring your personal laptop and 3-button mouse. Advanced registration and additional fee required. 

It's All About the Bones SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 15 - 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

Buying bones can be confusing; it's not just about "spiral bones or spring steel bones". Bones are used for corsets, stays, bodices and doublets too. In fact, they can be used to create huge puff sleeve heads and panniers. In this "hands on" class you will get to make several different types of bone casings using different types of bones. All samples (approx. 10, yours to keep) will be sewn on one length of fabric so you can see (feel) and compare the results. A discussion of bone types and qualities will help you see that just because 3 bones look alike - doesn't mean they are the same. Sample garments will be available to better illustrate how bone function can vary, so you can better understand how to know which bone is right for a specific project. Learn to make bone casings with seam allowance, using casing tape, make curved bone casings, and invisible ones too! The session will help you understand which type of bone to use - when. We'll even explore sew through bones- you might be surprised how good these can be!  Advanced registration and additional fee required. 

Scene Design & Technology

Scenic Design Workflow in Vectorworks
Wednesday, March 15 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

Designed for intermediate users, this workshop will walk step-by-step through a scenic design workflow and will cover 2D drafting and 3D modeling in Vectorworks. By the end of the course, you will have the skills to create 2D drafted ground plans, elevations, and section views, along with perspective drawings and rendered 3D models. Some beginning experience with 2D drafting in Vectorworks is required including familiarity with basic tools, layers and classes. No previous 3D experience is necessary. If you are already familiar with 3D modeling Vectorworks, you will speed up your work with new tips on document organization, viewports, sheet layers, saved views, importing, modeling, and rendering. Educators will benefit from a step-by-step approach to teaching Vectorworks and will receive lesson outlines and additional project ideas. Advanced registration and additional fee required. Attendees should bring their own computer with Vectorworks installed. There will be a one hour lunch break where attendees will be on their own. 

USITT  Special Events

Foundations of Entertainment Rigging   
Wednesday, March 15 & Thursday, March 16 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)

While there is no substitute for experience when it comes to rigging, this class will present the fundamental concepts that underpin good rigging practices. Taught by trainers with more than 40 years combined experience in the field, topics are derived from the ETCP list of critical knowledge areas for riggers and will vary to suit the learners in the room. Presentation of information will be approachable for early career participants while also providing a depth of discussion through examples and case studies that will bring value and engagement to more experienced riggers. In addition to instructional content, resources for further learning and reference will be featured and explored. Participants will walk away with improved confidence, knowing more about both the "how" and the "why" of entertainment rigging.  This is a two-day class run on both Wednesday, March 15 & Thursday, March 16 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Advanced registration and additional fee required. There will be a one hour lunch break where attendees will be on their own. 

OSHA 10 - General Entertainment Safety
Wednesday, March 15 & Thursday, March 16 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)

This customized OSHA 10 Training is brought to you by the IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund and USITT as a part of the alliance between these organizations and OSHA. The OSHA 10-hour program provides a variety of training on general industry safety and health regulations for both entry-level and experienced workers. Upon completion of both days you will have earned your OSHA 10 card. It covers OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as general industry safety and health principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA general industry standards. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. This training is customized for and uses examples from the Entertainment Industry. This is a two-day class run on both Wednesday, March 15 & Thursday, March 16 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own. 


ETC Eos Family Console Level 2
Wednesday, March 15 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

Build on the basics for better programming!

Ready to move beyond the basics with your Eos family console? Build the skills you need to take your programming to the next level. Going beyond our Level 1 training, this class will get you going with additional features and functions of your console and get you on your way to programming like a pro.

It is highly recommended that you are familiar with ETC consoles before attending this Level 2 class.

Level 1 videos and the workbook are available here.

Session Highlights:
  • Understand display layouts and workspaces
  • Record and recall Snapshots
  • Record and recall Palettes and Presets
  • Set up and use Direct Selects
  • Take advantage of Discrete Timing and Multipart cues
  • Create and use Relative and Absolute Effects
  • Create and use a basic Magic Sheets
ETCP Certificants will also receive 6 continuing education renewal credits.

ETC Eos Family Console Level 3
Thursday, March 16 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)

More features to help work faster and more efficiently

Think you know all there is to know about your console? Our Level 3 class will teach even the most seasoned professionals a thing or two about the features of their console. This class is perfect for programmers who are proficient with the functions covered in Levels 1 & 2 training and ready to learn more.

Ideally you have completed a Level 2 class BEFORE taking this advanced class.

Session Highlights:
  • Define and use Highlight, Lowlight, and custom RemDim
  • Use the Fan function on encoders, the command line, and for references
  • Apply and store Filters
  • Use manual playback functions like Make Null, Make Manual, Capture
  • Create advanced palette and preset modifiers
  • Use advanced cues, like Multipart, and Multiple cue lists
  • Create and use Macros
  • Additional Magic Sheet features
ETCP Certificants will also receive 6 continuing education renewal credits.



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