This month's post is coming a little late because I wanted to confirm the details of what I have to report. I am happy to say that Childsplay has been invited to speak about our sustainability initiative this March at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conference in Charlotte, NC. Childsplay’s technical director, Jeff Lemire, and I will be speaking on a panel along with Charles Deull from the Broadway Green Alliance and Richard Cuthbert of Global Design Solutions in the UK. It’s the beginning of taking our Think It! initiative to a wider audience and hopefully the start of a movement in our industry to be more thoughtful about how our work impacts our environment.
The following day, I will be attending the Production Manager’s Forum spring meeting. Coincidentally, the PMF has decided to invite technical directors to this spring’s meeting in an attempt to foster a network among TDs the same way that the production manager’s and prop master’s groups have grown. It’s also a great opportunity for Jeff and I to speak with representatives from both professional and academic theatres from across the country and share what we’ve learned.
In the meantime, we’re aiming to hold one more sustainable stagecraft summit that will focus on network building among the theatres here in the Phoenix area. I’ll be back next month to let you know how it went.
-Anthony Runfola, Childsplay