August, 2021 Issue

From the Chair...


Why Is It So Hot Out!?!?!  Outdoor Theatre In July

Creating Epic Worlds and Engaging Content…
Using Epic Games' Unreal Engine to Create Content for Use in Live Performance


Project Support Associate- NORCOSTCO
Costume Designer/ Costume Supervisor- St. Olaf College



Fall Plans
Newsletter Archive Links
Time to Renew Your Membership?


Schuler Shook Leadership Transition
Gopher Stage Lighting- New Rigging Project Manager
JTH Lighting Alliance- Two New Employees
Monkey Wrench Productions- Waking up from Covid!
Productions Around The Region





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From the Chair

by Corey Shelsta, NBS Section Chairperson

Todd     It’s that time of year again that the summer winds down and those of us in the academic world think of going back to school.  Summer theatres are winding down, and we are getting ready for our fall and winter seasons.  Dwindling supplies of gaff tape need to be restocked.  I also find myself lurking around those end-of-the-summer yard sales, looking for treasures to add to prop storage.
    I was really excited to play to live audiences again over the summer.  They were distanced of course, basically sitting in every other row.  Our attendance was down from years past, but that was to be expected.  We actually exceeded the numbers we had estimated, so that in itself was a great thing.  People were eager to get out and see live entertainment again.  I hope all of you that worked in summer theatre this summer had a similar, positive experience.
    My son, whom I have written about often, graduated last May with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology.  He is living and working in New York City.  It was slow at first, but as the city has started to revive and theatres, museums and other venues have been re-opening, things have picked up.  To the extent that he could be working seven days a week if he chose to.  Fortunately, he is not.  He and I have talked a lot over the years about a balance between work and personal life, especially in our chosen careers.  And I have written about it in past columns here as well.  Finding that balance between work and personal life to keep ourselves healthy – both physically and mentally.  I am happy he is eating better, getting more sleep, and generally taking better care of himself now that he is done with school and in the “real world”.  Of course there will always be overnight load outs (and at time-and-a-half pay, they are hard to pass up).  But it’s important we find our balance and do what we need for ourselves.
    An important part of leading a balanced and fulfilling personal life can be finding a partner/spouse/soul-mate that understands what it means to be part of this industry.  Someone who understands our schedules.  The odd hours, the frenetic push to get a show open, the long hours researching, sketching, planning, and drafting.  Two days ago marked our 26th anniversary.  Many of you know my wife, Stacy.  She has been incredibly supportive over the years, putting up with all the rehearsals, load ins, strikes, and work travel.  I know I would not be where I am today without her support and encouragement.  Homework for you all – take a few minutes to thank the person or persons in your life that you rely on and have been there for you when you need them.
    I am hoping we can all get together at some point this fall for a conference of some sort. We are considering a few options, and hopefully more to come soon!   [ ]