ETC’s CUE (Create. Understand. Experience.) professional-development conference is to be held June 26–28, 2015 in Madison, WI. Organizers say it will have something for designers and programmers of all skill levels, whether they have years of experience in the most well-known venues, are just getting started in their careers, or consider lighting to be their hobby or side job. The conference is designed to be beneficial for professionals who work with all different kinds of lighting, including for theater, houses of worship, broadcast, dance, academic institutions, architecture, live events, and more.
This summer’s CUE conference will be the third end-user event that ETC has held. “The 2013 ETC conference gave me the skills I needed to come back to my theater and successfully train our current board operator, who had no previous ETC Eos-family knowledge,” says Kearston Dillard-Scott, a lighting supervisor at the Virginia Opera Association. “I was also able to gain more knowledge about maintaining systems and used that knowledge to help other venues maintain their consoles and equipment.”
Matt Hazard, the lighting-studio manager for the Department of Theatre at the Ohio State University, who attended both CUE 2011 and CUE 2013, adds, “I learned about trends in specifying gear for installations and newly-constructed spaces. One of the sessions specifically addressed hybrid theaters, the expanding use of LEDs, and the diminishing need for dimmers. This has been very relevant in one of my technical classes, where we are examining an actual renovation plan for a branch campus.”
The hands-on classes are designed to gives attendees the time to fully grasp new concepts and to create designs using what they learned.
The understand part of CUE can come about from attendees networking with other lighting professionals, both from their industry and outside of it. ETC encourages attendees to share their own experiences and swap ideas.
To get more information and to register, go to www.etcconnect.com/CUE.