February, 2022 Edition
10 Rising Black Women to Watch in Theatre
by Nataki Garrett of American Theatre Magazine
Submitted by Nathan King
ITA Director of Communication

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director offers a timely list of colleagues to keep an eye on.

This Black History Month, as we celebrate our heroes and sheroes and pay tribute to some of the great Black artists from the past who have helped shape our current artistic landscape, it is also an ideal time to have an eye toward the future and uplift the next generation of young artists who are blazing trails today. 
February in Higher Education
by Richard Arnold, ITA College Theatre Division Representative

February is between the two benefits of belonging to the ITA for colleges and universities. Of course I am speaking of the Illinois High School Theatre Festival and the Professional Auditions. It has been a tough couple of years in regards to these two events. 
How and Why to Host an Original 10 Minute Play Festival at Your School
by Elisabeth Westphal
ITA Theatre for Young Audiences/Creative Drama Division Representative

This is an invitation and description of how to host a ten minute original play festival.
5th Annual Theatre Festival by Mandi Theatre
by Meha Mishra of Mandi Theatre
Submitted by Alka Sharma
ITA Community Theatre Division Representative

As India marked its 75th independence day anniversary, Mandi Theater, in collaboration with Consulate General of India, Chicago hosted its 5th annual theater festival.
No Lights? No Problem!
Online Lighting Design for Students
by Matt Kizer, Independent Lighting Designer
Submitted by Nathaniel Haywood
ITA Secondary School Theatre Division Representative

Whether you have students quarantined at home or you don't have the resources to use physical lighting instruments in class, teaching lighting design in theatre classes can be challenging. Students learn best when they can apply what they're learning, which is often why lighting is omitted as an area of study in class. If you're itching to include that area in your drama, theatre, or stagecraft class, then this is a fantastic resource for you! Matt Kizer has made available several interactive modules including a Color Lab, a Light Lab, and a Gobo Lab that can allow students to see the practical application of lighting choices. In addition, there are multiple articles and resources to help build a mini-lighting unit.
Someone You Should Know: Jennifer Heim
by Mark Begovich, Illinois Theatre Association Director of Membership

This month’s “Someone You Should Know” is Ms. Jennifer Heim of Jennifer Heim Photography. I met Jennifer in 2020 and immediately knew that she was fantastic. A bundle of energy and experience, Jennifer truly cares about the theatrical arts and has a wealth of knowledge to share with everyone. Jennifer Heim Photography is a Corporate Sponsor of the ITA.
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