SPMinars: like webinars but better
What’s a SPMinar? It’s like webinar but better. Animatronics, firearms safety, blood recipes,
fake (and real) food. Props professionals share their tips and tricks (almost) monthly via our YouTube channel.
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Increasing Your Shelf Life: Physical Safety in Props
Join us for a discussion on physical safety in the prop shop and how we as prop people and theater technicians can Increase our Shelf Life.
We’ll be joined by Lara Musard, the Properties Manager at the Court Theater, Deb Morgan, mostly retired, but still freelancing Prop Designer and Manager, and Kristi Ross-Clausen, Theatre Safety Expert and Teacher to talk about our physical safety in the prop shop.
We’ll be sharing data gathered from a S*P*M survey on prop shop safety, discussing ways we can build on the tools we already have around us to work smarter and safer, and empowering ourselves and others to open up this conversation with their respective organizations.
Life is Hard, Puppets Aren’t: Tips and Tricks for Puppet Building Part 2
If you’ve ever wondered what type of mechanism to use on a puppet or how to keep the fur out of the way while stitching, then Nikki is here to help! In this webinar, she will talk about the different type of puppets, puppet mechanisms, and show different puppets from the First Stage stock.
Nikki is proud to be finishing her 9th season as the Prop Master at First Stage in Milwaukee, WI. In Wisconsin, she has worked as a Prop Master or Prop Artisan at many theatres, some of her favorites include Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Renaissance Theaterworks. For eight summers she called Winona, MN her home where she served as the Properties Director at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Recently, she has also worked with Kohl’s Wild Theatre at the Milwaukee County Zoo, repairing and building puppets for their in house and touring shows.
Animatronics - Where Objects Come to Life
In this SPMinar, viewers will learn what animatronics are and where they are used. They will then learn some of the basic technology to add movement and control to their own creations.
Eric Hart is the interim Director of Animatronics at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has built props and effects for shows on and off Broadway, regional theaters and operas, films and commercials. He has been a member of SPM since 2009.