Southeastern Theatre Conference

Connecting You to Opportunities in Theatre Nationwide

Held in conjunction with the annual SETC Convention, this full-day seminar is designed for directors of theatre arts programs, teaching artists, middle and high school teachers who use theatre techniques in the classroom, and students studying to be theatre educators.

When: Sat., March 4, 2023. 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Box lunch with 45-minute break is included.)

Where: The 2023 SETC Convention, Lexington, KY

Cost: $95. Convention registration is not required.

CEUs: Click here for information on how to obtain CEUs for your participation.

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2023 Teachers Institute

Saturday, Mar. 4, 2023

Your Essential Guide to Lighting Design

Looking for a hands-on class covering basic stage lighting and design?

Join Brandon Eckstorm, Vectorworks’ product marketing manager, on March 4 for a course on placing rigging positions, designing lighting elements, and creating detailed reports and worksheets for your next live event.

Eckstorm will also share some of the invaluable Vectorworks workflow tips he’s picked up throughout his experienced career. You won’t want to miss this!

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the basic elements in creating a simple “room” for a live event.
  • Learn how to place rigging elements in Spotlight.
  • Create detailed lighting designs and worksheets using Vectorworks Spotlight.

Meet the Presenter

Brandon Eckstorm got his start in lighting and programming for the entertainment design industry as a stagehand during his college years, but eventually moved into roles in lighting design, programming, and even as a production electrician. His notable work includes lighting design and programming the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in the United States in 2010, the trailer release party and convention for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. for MSNBC, and even lighting events for the Dalai Lama, the Pope, and three presidents. A Vectorworks software user since 2005, Brandon now works as the entertainment product marketing manager at Vectorworks, Inc., connecting the industry to product development and helping train designers on how to make the most of their software tools.

Attending Teachers
This event does not require Convention Registration
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11:15 to 11:45 AM ET

Warm-Up Session with VASTA
Voice and Speech Trainers Association
(Optional for Attendees)
You can also view the warmup on-demand by clicking here

12:00 to 1:20 PM ET


1:20 to 1:40 PM ET


1:40 to 3:00 PM ET


2021 Institute Presenter

Across two decades Idris Goodwin has forged a multi-faceted career as an award-winning playwright, Break Beat poet, director, educator, and organizer.

Idris is the newly appointed Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, where he formerly taught in the department of Theatre and Dance and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2015.

His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses, and non-traditional spaces alike. He’s been honored to receive developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’Neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and The Playwrights’ Center.

In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with Nico Wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel.

Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Goodwin served two seasons as Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. He actively serves on both the advisory boards of Theatre for Young Audiences USA and Children’s Theatre Foundation Association.

A catalyst for culture, Goodwin uses his full creative powers to galvanize people to the community square. He is a creative voice for change, impassioned by art for social good.