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Design and Technology Focus Group Articles of Operation
Passed unanimously at the D&T Business Meeting
New York, August 5, 1989
Revised by Kent Goetz, D&T Focus Group Representative
Chicago, August 8, 1997
Revised by Michael Mehler, D&T Focus Group Representative
San Diego, July 17, 2002
Proposed revisions by Steve Holliday, D&T Focus Group Representative
Toronto, July 30, 2004
To be voted on by the membership at the 2004 business meeting
Statement of Purpose
The focus group addresses current and future needs and concerns of educators interested in strengthening the relationship between theatre design and technology and all other areas of theatre production and scholarship.
The Design & Technology Focus Group provides a forum within ATHE that addresses the current and future needs and concerns of theatre educators interested in strengthening the relationship between theatre design, technology and other areas of theatrical scholarship and production. We strive to provide opportunities for the active exchange of historical and theoretical explorations, pedagogical approaches, and production experiences among designers and with other theatre educators and artists. We remain dedicated to fostering the spirit of collaboration in our efforts to create and teach the art of theatre.
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Theatre Design and Technology Focus Group
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The Purpose of the Theatre Design and Technology (D&T) Focus Group is to:
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to all ATHE members in good standing interested in design and technology.
ARTICLE IV – GOVERNING BODY
The leadership for the Design and Technology Focus Group shall be provided by the Focus Group Representative, the Conference Planner [and the Treasurer].
1. The Focus Group Representative shall serve a two-year term commencing at the annual business meeting of the conference in the year following election.
2. The responsibilities of the Focus Group Representative shall be:
a. to conduct the annual business meeting
b. to support and assist the Conference Planner in setting priorities for annual conference programming according to the D&T Focus Group Statement of Purpose and Mission Statement
c. to represent the D&T Focus Group at administrative meetings called by the ATHE Governing Council
d. to serve on one of the ATHE governance committees throughout the term of office
e. to provide leadership and direction to the D&T Focus Group
f. to communicate with the Focus Group constituency via electronic or paper media as deemed necessary and beneficial
3. The Conference Planner shall serve a two-year term commencing at the annual business meeting of the conference in the year following election.
4. The responsibilities of the Conference Planner shall be:
[5. The Treasurer shall serve a two-year term commencing at the annual business meeting of the conference in the year following election.
6. The responsibilities of the Treasurer shall be:
ARTICLE V – ELECTIONS
1. Elections for Focus Group Representative and Conference Planner shall be held at the annual business meeting on alternate years. [Elections for Treasurer shall be held in the same year as that for Conference Planner.]
2. The Focus Group Representative,
3. Nominations may be submitted before the conference for an open position to the Focus Group Representative if a member is unable to attend that conference.
4. Neither the Focus Group Representative,
5. In a situation when a Focus Group Representative,
ARTICLE VI – VOTING
All members are eligible to vote on all issues presented to the membership. In the event of a tie, the Focus Group Representative may cast the deciding vote.
ARTICLE VII – ANNUAL MEETING
The D&T Annual Meeting will be held at the annual ATHE Conference. The Focus Group Representative will be responsible for developing and administering the agenda for this meeting.
ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS
1. These Articles of Operation may be amended by a vote of majority of members at the annual business meeting.
2. These Articles of Operation must be examined and revised, if necessary, by the membership at least every five years.