Tech Talks


DanceATL Tech Talks are production and design workshops that provide a platform for experts in the field to share their knowledge and an opportunity for members of the Atlanta dance community to learn about production and design for dance and performing arts.

Upcoming Tech Talks

Live-Streaming 101 | May 27, 2021 at 7pm | Zoom (register here)

Want to learn how to seamlessly livestream your event or performance on a DIY budget? Join us on May 27th at 7PM to find out how! Our expert host Loren McFalls holds a degree in Television Production and has live-streamed events for New York Comic Con, Nike Women’s Marathon and Google Next to name a few. She also produced the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, an outdoor summer festival featuring independent artists. 

In this one-hour interactive workshop, Loren will discuss different applications for live streaming, what equipment is necessary, the personnel needed to manage a successful event, and what skills are transferable to live streaming among our existing network & peers. She will also cover how to make a livestream more accessible to viewers with hearing impairments as well as how to keep a stream more engaging (i.e. zoom fatigue and how to beat it)! The discussion will be geared towards performances, classes, and workshops in the dance community, but the best practices can be used laterally for any type of live streaming. Time will allow for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. Closed captioning will be made available. DanceATL members can attend this event for free and access the link via the member dashboard. Non-Members can register by May 23rd for an EarlyBird discount of $5. Registration after this date will increase to $10. Non-Members register here.

Loren McFalls

Loren McFalls is a dancer and choreographer for both stage and film as well as an integrated events producer. She has been training in dance for over 25 years and has been in events for over 10 years. In 2008, Loren attended Drexel University on a dance performance scholarship where she was heavily involved in the Philadelphia artists’ community while receiving a B.S. in Television Production. After graduating she started an artists’ collective in the city to showcase awesome female-identifying folks while working on events such as New York Comic Con, Nike Women’s Marathon, Google I/O, CES, and Google Next. She produced and performed for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, independent artists showcases, and a recurring outdoor summer festival when she wasn’t traveling the U.S. working on large-scale live events. Loren has taught ballet classes since she was in high school and has choreographed for several music videos and short films. Recently moved back to Atlanta from Philadelphia and Los Angeles in 2020, she has spent the last year working exclusively in the virtual event space for clients such as the Democratic National Convention, the United States of Young Women, Twitch, TikTok, GitHub, and Carnegie Hall.

Past Tech Talks

Stage Management | November 11, 2020 at 5pm

At the helm of every smooth running show is a well equipped stage manager. You’ve heard them calling cues or reminding you to sign in at the callboard, but what else do stage managers do and why is it so important? Join us on Zoom as we clear up some of the mystery behind the stage management profession. During this talk, we will discuss the roles of a stage manager in a variety of settings, why stage management is vital to a production, what to look for when hiring a stage manager, and how to best communicate and interact with your stage manager. We will also provide samples of stage management paperwork and then open up the floor to a Q&A session. A recording is available for members and can be accessed in your member dashboard.

Angelina Pellini. Photo by Jason Getz.

Angelina Pellini is currently a freelance Stage Manager based in Atlanta, GA. She is a part-time staff member at Emory University, serving as the Resident Stage Manager for the Emory Dance Program. Additionally, she works for companies such as Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, the Atlanta Ballet, Full Radius Dance, the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, staibdance, Kennesaw State University, Theatrical Outfit, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Angelina spends her summers in Vail, CO at the Vail Dance Festival as the Assistant Stage Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from Kennesaw State University where she graduated summa cum laude and with honors scholar distinction. While pursuing her career in production, she finds joy in teaching ballet and contemporary to high school students at Cumming Ballet Theatre

Sharon C. Carelock

Sharon C. Carelock graduated from both the Emory Department of Theater and Dance and the Florida State University School of Dance. While pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she spent time with prestigious faculty and notable guest artists honing the skills needed to become a proficient stage and production manager and developing her artistic voice as a director and performer. Carelock is grateful to those who have poured into her and for the opportunities to share her gifts.

Lighting Design for Dance

November 23, 2019 at 4pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory Dance Studio

The tech talk we know you’ve been asking for. Greg Catellier (Emory Dance) and Heather Pynne (Emory Performing Arts Studio) will discuss some basic lighting design information and tips on how to talk to your lighting designer. Following this discussion, we’ll show you how each of us would approach lighting the same piece and give you a chance to try it out yourselves.This discussion will take place between two of Emory Dance Company’s performances, and we highly encourage you to attend one of the two performances to spark your questions before or to re-frame your thoughts on lighting after.

Production and Design

June 2, 2019 at 2pm

Core Dance Downstairs Studios

You have the vision; we have the framework.
Seasoned dance professionals Greg Catellier, Joe Futral, and Heather Pynne sit down together to answer your questions about production and design for dance artists. Why should I hire a designer? How do I make a production schedule? Do I need a tech rider? (What is a tech rider, anyway?) We’ll do our best to answer all these and more, hopefully sparking some creative flames along the way. In the first of these free talks, we’ll look at the broad strokes of production and design, taking plenty of your questions along the way.

Q Lab

October 20, 2019 at 11am

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory Dance Studio

Q-lab is the industry standard for playing sound and video files in live theater, but this Mac based program has a lot offer choreographers rehearsing in the studio. In this hands-on workshop, Greg Catellier (Emory Dance) and Heather Pynne (Emory Performing Arts Studio) will give you a primer on using QLab in the studio and as a tool to improve the structure of your tech, rather than an obstacle to overcome. We’ll go over the basics and also get into more advanced topics, as time and interest allows. While we will primarily be focusing on audio, we will touch on using QLab for video projection and lighting. Heather will also go over QLab’s little sibling for the smaller Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, etc.): Go Button.