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World of Techcraft


World of Techcraft with Lindsey McGowen and Cindy Page
Sundays, May 7, 21, 28 and June 4 (4 weeks on 4 different topics **skipping May 14**) 1-4pm

So you want to be a tech ninja? Come learn the magic art of world building, how to heighten and support your fellow improvisers from the booth, and give that extra theatrical gloss to a narrative improvised show through an engaging mix of theory, games and exercises. Over the course of four weeks we will cover lights, scoring and sound effects – and on the final week, we’ll put it all together! We will end the series with a showcase in the Weekender (on June 11). Recommended for anyone with an interest in technical improv, regardless of level.

WEEK ONE: Advanced Lighting
WEEK TWO: Scoring
WEEK THREE: Sound Effects
WEEK FOUR: Putting it all Together 

Lindsey McGowen has a BA in Technical Theater from Case Western Reserve University, and after moving to Austin from Detroit in early 2014, she quickly made herself a go-to person for technical theater needs in the area. In addition to working on Hideout mainstages such as The International Improv Experience, Boy, Howdy!, Wanderlust and Austin Secrets, she was also a technical improviser and stage manager for both the 2014 and 2015 B. Iden Payne Award-winning shows Hurly Burly and Nothing & Everything: Improvised Chekhov Plays. Outside of improv, Lindsey is a nationally touring teacher and performer in the contemporary a cappella community.

Cindy Page is an inveterate member of the Tech Ninja Death Squad. Since 2011, she has made her home in the tech booths of the Hideout and Institution theaters; providing lights and sound for shows including B. Iden Payne award winning Hurly Burly, and Hideout mainstages A Deed So Dark, Austin Secrets, and Strange Worlds. She also trained the technical improvisers for The Aftermath and SongRunner, and is a founding member of Tech Nightmare and Technical Director for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. Her rare appearances on stage usually feature a puppet, musical instrument, or both; as a performer with BatShyt Crazy Puppets, one quarter of the Tiny Cute Trio, and the non-felt bassist for Fragile Rock.

$139 / Four Weeks (3 hours each week) / Limited Space