Beginning its life as a late entry into the programming of the 2010 CITT Annual Conference Saturday morning sessions, the “How Much Rope Do You Give Them?” series gives educationally-based Production Managers and Technical Directors the chance to discuss issues that concern their day-to-day activities working in a college or university theatre school.

The idea for an on-going forum germinated from lively discussions at post-session social hours during the 2010 P.M.Arts conference. Attendee Susann Hudson, TD and Instructor at Acadia University, and Director Peter Fleming, Production and Operations Manager at Ryerson Theatre School, decided to test the waters of interest in Halifax, where Susann had been asked to provide content for a CITT session. A surprisingly large and enthusiastic crowd filled the conference room and the morning was deemed a success, with participants wanting further opportunities to engage with each other.

What started as a wide-ranging overview of the student training experience has now found shape in the form of targeted sessions, each one designed to tackle a group-generated topic. Out of feedback from Halifax, our first P.M.Arts Education Roundtable looked at the various ways Production students are graded in Theatre Schools.  This topic was then further discussed and developed at the Victoria, B.C. 2011 CITT Annual conference.  Our second roundtable looked at whether the educational realm is a filter for the professional world.  Again this was further dicsussed at the London, ON 2012 CITT Annual Conference.  

This event is not being offered at the 2017 conference to make room for our 10th anniversary celebrations but we look forward to future roundtables. 

2016 Conference Roundtable