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Alfred University students, faculty attend USITT Upstate NY Winter Session and Job Fair

Ten Alfred University Performance Design and Technology Students and three faculty members recently attended the United States Institute for Theater Technology Upstate New York Winter Session and Job Fair in Syracuse.


Ten Alfred University Performance Design and Technology Students and three faculty members recently attended the United States Institute for Theater Technology Upstate New York Winter Session and Job Fair in Syracuse. 

Hosted by Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama, the Winter Session was an opportunity for students, educators, and theater professionals to focus on topics such as costuming, stage management, electrical theory, and sound design.  Students also participated in hands-on workshops for painting and knot tying.

Alfred University’s Costume Shop Manager Debbie MacCrea was a feature presenter, conducting a session, Constructing Costumes on the Half Scale.  She discussed flat patterning techniques and methods for experimenting with fabrics to create different effects on fitted costume pieces. Ideally suited to experimental costume work and for those somewhat new to making costumes, half-scale work allows a quick but detailed mock-up garment to made, testing all design and fit aspects before creating the full-size, finished piece. The session included examples of student work to illustrate the different methods, styles and possibilities.

 Students making the trip to Syracuse included:  Luci Busch,  Ronan Adams,  Katie Maher,  Caleb  Scott,  Autumn Maggi,  Mike Piekunka, Shannon Klotz, Ethan Samaha,  Marysia Lelakowski-Josephson, and  Gillian Rosmarino.

 In addition to MacCrea, Maureen Weiss, Associate Professor Performance Design, and Zachary Hamm, Clinical Associate Professor/Technical Director, accompanied the students to Syracuse.

 In preparation for the job fair, the Performing Arts Division and the Robert R. McComesy Career Development Center presented a series of workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and preparing for the summer job and internship market.  Students had the opportunity to submit resumes to seven theatre companies, including the Hangar Theatre, The Rev Theatre Company, and Glimmerglass Opera. Several students had follow-up on-site interviews at the session. Assisting them in those efforts were Corey Fecteau, Art Advisor/Service Learning Coordinator at the Robert R. McComesy Career Development Center, and Colleen Wahl, visiting assistant professor of dance,