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Welcome to the Summer 2019 issue of TD&T. As is our summer tradition, we bring you the keynote from the spring USITT Conference & Stage Expo as well as coverage of several award-winning projects from the 2019 USITT Tech Expo.

Also, Shura Pollatsek and Mitchell Wilson discuss productions by Nashville Ballet and Kansas City Ballet in an exploration of the collaborative relationship between costume designers and choreographers. Interviews with the production teams shed light on the crucial conversations about fabric, fit, and movement, and the symbiotic relationship of design and choreography.

Jackie Taylor's inspirational keynote speech had us all quoting her mother's advice to seven-year-old Jackie: "Handle it!" I'm thrilled to be able to share her wisdom with everyone who was not able to join us in March and to provide those who have heard it with a refreshing reminder.

Caitlyn Garrity explores some of the reasons why women might be leaving technical theatre positions as they grow older. This survey-driven work references some successful models and provides suggestions that might help us all address this ongoing concern.

John Huntington revisits his 2002 TD&T article with an updated assessment of how undergraduate theatre training programs can best position students to work in the ever-expanding world of entertainment technology.

Our featured Tech Expo projects include articles about ways to repurpose existing products or adapt newer technologies for use in theatrical applications. For example, small, portable fog machines can be built with vaping technology, explains Dominic Abbenante. Gail Argetsinger draws inspiration from vintage hoop skirts to solve articulated movement challenges for contemporary monster costumes. Nate Pohl offers an approach to building portable, dimmable, and pole-based chandeliers that actors can move around the stage. Kyle Spens & Andrea Bullock share their approach to creating trick arrows with automated mousetrap technology. And finally, Steph Waaser adapts water-activated fabric to create the effect of toxic waste slowly creeping down a moving scenic unit. We are excited to share these innovative solutions and hope the detailed instructions will help to inspire readers faced with similar production challenges.

I also want to take this moment to acknowledge some of our TD&T Editorial Board members, without whom none of these issues would be possible. Many thanks to Shane Kelly for serving for three years as the Associate Editor for Technical Production. A hearty welcome to our new Editorial Board Members Erin Freeman (Technical Production), Patrick Barrett (Architecture) and Deanna Fitzgerald (General Editor); Ray Kent will also be moving over to the new Digital Media Associate Editor line.

--Eileen Curley, Editor

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Author:Curley, Eileen
Publication:TD&T (Theatre Design & Technology)
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Date:Jun 22, 2019
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