While we all patiently wait out our moment to return to festivals and events, I thought this would be a good time to come together and utilize our collective experiences and resources to create a set of hands-on (but socially distant) tutorial sessions for local event professionals.
The result is our first Production Workshop – running for 2 days on June 8th and 9th at Soundcheck’s Warehouse (1901 E 51st St, Austin TX 78723) – and registration is now open!
UPDATE: The first Workshop is now full; however, please apply if you’re still interested as we will put you on a wait list, and if there is enough demand, will open up a second Workshop, to be held June 15-16 also at Soundcheck Austin.
Rehearsal Room A – Where the majority of Sessions will take place
Here’s how it will work:
Registration is just $30/day, all of which goes to cover the cost of the venue rental (we received a generous discount – thank you, Soundcheck!). There will be opportunities to donate/tip your teachers via online payments if you feel like you really enjoyed your session(s).
There will be 3 groups of 4 people each. These small groups will help encourage more interaction and hands-on learning.
We will be following the State of Texas’ guidelines for being around each other during these times, which will include the following from all attendees:
Capacity of all rooms must remain at 25% or less
Everyone must wear a mask
Everyone will practice social distancing and keep 6 feet apart from each other
Where applicable, gloves will be provided so you all can touch gear
Gear will be wiped down / sanitized between sessions
Be prepared for a temperature check when you arrive each day
During longer breaks, we will require everyone to leave the main space so we can properly ventilate it
Bathrooms will be limited to 1 or 2 persons at a time (Soundcheck will make the final call here).
Extra hand sanitizer will be made available
The 2-hour Sessions start at 9am each day – 4 sessions each day in total, so expect your total time at the Workshop to last from approx 9am to 7pm (Monday June 15th and Tuesday, June 16th), and will consist of:
Day 1 – Audio – provided by Miller Pro Audio
Day 1 – Lighting – provided by ILIOS Productions
Day 1 – 1 Hour Lunch Break Offsite
Day 1- Backline – provided by Soundcheck
Day 1 – Video/LED – provided by ILIOS Productions
Day 2 – Event and Crowd Safety / COVID Updates – provided by Code4
Day 2 – Rigging/Labor – provided by JTP
Day 2 – 1 hour Lunch Break Offsite
Day 2 – Power – provided by Event Power
Day 2 – Leadership / Full Team Q&A – provided by Mike Hanley and others
The focus of these sessions are to empower you to understand what it takes for each element (i.e., audio, lighting) to load in, load out, advance, and execute their jobs day of show. You’ll see why they need the time and personnel they need to do their jobs properly, and you’ll likely be able to save yourself (and your clients) time and money when asking for future quotes because you can better plan for what you both need from each other.
Everyone who is selected to attend will also receive a session curriculum with suggested (but not mandatory) reading, a glossary of key terms, and other details.
Afterward, I request that everyone provides us with feedback so we can look to improve for future workshops.