Live Entertainment Technology Program Hosts Free Workshop

Published on: October 26, 2012


The live entertainment program at LSC-Montgomery, offering its first, free professional development workshop in December, provided program graduate Randy Hall hands-on experience with lighting design and set-up in the state-of-the-art audio visual lab.

For those wanting to pursue or advance a career in live entertainment technology, or for those who teach in this specialized field, the state’s only live entertainment technology (LET) program will host a free professional development workshop on Saturday, December 1, at Lone Star College-Montgomery.

In this workshop, attendees will learn strategies for successful lighting, audio and digital media design, and implementation. This is ideal for novice to intermediate level teachers/designers/technicians needing to advance their lighting, audio and media projection skills.  

The workshop is free and open to the first 20 who enroll.

“Anyone with an interest in improving their skill set with live entertainment technology will benefit from this workshop,” said Rob Kreps, program director and associate professor of theatre at LSC-Montgomery, who will lead the workshop. “This includes amateurs who want to move to the next level, as well as teachers and house of worship technicians that want to add new tools and techniques to their programs and presentations.”  

Included in the workshop will be four hours of laboratory instruction (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) with LET instructors/industry professionals, lunch, admission to the 2 p.m. matinee performance of LSC-Montgomery’s The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show (in which many of the workshop principles will be utilized), and a talk-back with the production staff following the show. The workshop concludes with a tour of the backstage area and LET demonstrations.

LSC-Montgomery’s LET program (formerly known as the audio visual systems specialist program), trains students to design, set-up, and operate lighting, video, and audio equipment. This includes microphones, sound speakers, projectors, recording equipment, sound and mixing boards, and more—everything needed for an elaborate production.

“It’s more than just plugging in some lights and having a player for music,” said Kreps. “Specialists trained in this field can work in just about any industry from theatre and concert halls to corporations and churches to hotels or sporting venues.”


The live entertainment program at LSC-Montgomery is offering its first, free professional development workshop in December. Attendees will learn strategies for successful lighting, audio and digital media design, and implementation.

LSC-Montgomery is the only college in the state and one of only a few nationwide that offers the live entertainment technology program. Four levels of training are available—a marketable skills award, which can be completed in one semester; a Level I certificate, which can be completed in one year; a Level II certificate, which can be completed in a year-and-a-half; and an associate of applied science degree, which can be completed in two years. Courses for the certificates apply to the associate of applied science degree, and many courses will transfer to other colleges as a springboard for a degree in other fields including technical theatre, lighting design, and computer systems management.

For more information about the LET program, contact Kreps at Robert.P.Kreps@lonestar.edu  or (936) 271-6309; or visit www.LoneStar.edu/audio-visual-dept-montgomery.
 
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.