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See You in Kentucky at USITT!

Set design and construction in your future?

It’s that time of the year again: the annual Conference and StageExpo put on by the Association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals – the organization widely known as USITT.

Are you going to USITT this year – March 20-23 in Louisville? If so, look for Chicago Scenic’s reps at Table 421.

They’ll be on hand to share insights and ideas from our 40-years in theatre design and set construction – a core foundation of our work that also includes custom trade show displays, corporate event design, museum exhibit fabrication, and exhibit installation.

Maybe you’re just about to graduate from college or you’re looking for your next scenic job. Chicago Scenic can provide you with a unique opportunity to perfect your skills across a wide selection of projects and industries. And that makes you a more interesting and valuable addition to future employers of all kinds.

Meet and talk scenic careers with our two team professionals:

Doug Pokorny, Project Manager

Doug joined the Chicago Scenic team in 2016 and spent 20 years at Harpo Studios working as a master carpenter and managing automation for the Oprah Show. Talk to Doug about project estimating, crew management, carpentry work, and operating and maintaining stage automation systems.

Doug graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology; also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brian Gonner, Technical Designer

Brian joined Chicago Scenic’s technical design team in 2018; before that, he worked as assistant technical director at the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis. Talk to Brian about his technical and software experience, working under demanding deadlines, and transforming project designs from the back of a cocktail napkin sketch into detailed construction drawings.

Brian earned an MFA in Scenic Technology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; also earned a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology, University of Evansville, Indiana

Attend the Student/Early Career TD Roundtable

Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 21, 2:45- 4:00 p.m.

Our own Brian Gonner will be one of the featured panelists.

Explore internship or employment opportunities

Bring your resume or portfolio to our booth. While we won’t be holding formal interviews, we’re open to talking about opportunities and how your experience might make you a strong addition to our team. If you’re not attending USITT send your resume to by March 27 at 5 p.m.

See You in Kentucky at USITT!