The first ever Prop Lab experience will be happening on the Stage Expo floor in Fort Lauderdale.
The lab will provide demonstrations and hands-on activities led by esteemed properties masters, educators, artisans, puppet makers, and fight masters throughout the Conference.
“Props have become a great resource for people to learn tricks of the trade, ideas, and techniques on how to take ordinary objects and make them extraordinary,” said properties master and USITT 2017 Early Career Honors speaker Jay Duckworth. “We want to do our best to serve this diverse community, so, we are bringing in some of the top people in the field to help guide folks in some of the older traditions and cutting-edge procedures.”
Session participation is limited for these exclusive experiences. Stay tuned for sign ups in the coming weeks.
Thursday, March 15
Welcoming Our Robot Overlords with Adam Daley, support by Karen Rabe
Overcome your fear of new technology and integrating it into your work with robots and quick Prototype. Get hands-on with a 3D printer and learn rapid prototyping 3D printing and robot making for props. Learn how to use this equipment, when you need to build models at ¼” scale. Exchange ideas with your peers.
Friday, March 16
Puppet Master James Ortiz, support by Liz Hastings
Learn puppet making from renowned puppet master James Ortiz.  James is a NYC-based actor, director, writer and puppet designer, and co-artistic director of Strangemen & Co. Design.
Saturday, March 17
Blood Pack Demos- with stage combat expert Rick Sordalet, support by Jay Duckworth.
Tricks with blood bags with stage combat expert.
To explore all Props Lab events, click here.


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