New ‘Tech Talks’  Series Centers on Technical Theatre as Career Path

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

Want to learn more about sound, lighting, set and costume design?

Sign up for Alabama State University’s Department of Theatre Arts’ inaugural "Tech Talks" Series, a discussion panel focusing on Technical Theatre as a career path and its implementation.

Participants will gain confidence in the field of technical theatre in the impactful five-part series that kicks off Oct. 18 and will repeat Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 15. All sessions, which are free to the public, will be virtual via Zoom from 7 p.m. to  8:30 p.m.

Each session will consist of two to three various acclaimed theatre professionals, with an in-house moderator. The panelists include David Grindle, executive director of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology); David “DStew” Stewart, production manager with Disney Live Entertainment; Kathy Perkins, USITT’s 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award winner for Education and Lighting Design; Melanie Chen Cole, professional sound designer and member of USA 829; Rachael Blackwell, lighting supervisor for Gibney Dance in New York; and many more.

Although the event is free, online registration is required through Eventbrite:

For more information about “Tech Talks,” call the Department of Theatre Arts in the  College of Visual and Performing Arts at 334-229-6929/4551 or email

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