College’s Live Entertainment Technology Program Hosts Free Workshop

For those wanting to pursue or advance a career in live entertainment technology (LET), or for those who teach in this specialized field, Lone Star College-Montgomery will host a free professional development workshop on campus on Saturday, July 13, at 9 a.m. The workshop is free, but space is limited to the first 20 people to enroll.

In this workshop, attendees will learn the basics of microphone usage and signal flow, which is ideal for novice to intermediate level teachers, designers, or technicians wanting to advance their audio and media skills.

“Anyone with an interest in improving their skill set with live entertainment technology will benefit from this workshop,” said Rob Kreps, LET 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 are four hours of laboratory instruction (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) with LET instructors and industry professionals; lunch provided by industry partner Brightstar Productions; admission to the 2 p.m. matinee performance of LSC-Montgomery’s Avenue Q theatre production (in which many of the workshop principles will be utilized); and a behind-the-scenes talk with production staff following the show. The workshop concludes with a tour of the backstage area and LET demonstrations. PreSonus Audio consoles will provide equipment and gear for participants to use at the workshop.

LSC-Montgomery is the only college in the state and one of only a few nationwide that offers the live entertainment technology program, which 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, including in theatre and concert halls, with corporations, at churches, or at sporting venues.”

Four levels of training are available at LSC-Montgomery—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.

To enroll in this workshop, please contact Rob Kreps at (936) 271-6309 or Robert.P.Kreps@LoneStar.edu.

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.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 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 the nation. 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.