The Lake Travis High School Technical Theatre Department’s student chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology was recently featured in the quarterly journal Protocol. Protocol is published by the Entertainment Services & Technology Association, a non-profit trade association. ESTA members are responsible for creating some of the most important programs in the industry including the Technical Standards Program, the Entertainment Technician Certification Program, and Behind the Scenes Charity.
The LTHS Technical Theatre Department was recognized for its donation to the Behind the Scenes charity. Bill Sapsis, BTS board member and one of the most recognized experts in entertainment rigging, paid a visit to LTHS in the fall of 2016 and met with the students who organized the effort. While there, Mr. Sapsis shared stories from his experience in the entertainment industry and tips for students looking to enter the industry. In February, ESTA and BTS Executive Director Lori Rubinstein met with LTHS Technical Theatre 3 and 4 students and shared stories of how Behind the Scenes has helped sick and injured entertainment industry professionals..
This year’s USITT chapter officers have set a goal to surpass last year’s donation to BTS. They have collected donations during major productions at the LTISD Performing Arts Center. Read the article on page 80 (also posted below) to learn more about the charity, as well as the LTHS chapter’s involvement. For more information on BTS, visit its website.
The LTHS Technical Theatre Department is lead by Performing Arts Center Managing Director K.J. Bartosh and Director of Fine Arts Charles Aguillon.