Purdue University


The live entertainment industry presents increasingly complex challenges for technicians—whether in small community theatres or in large theme parks. At the same time, the shape of post-secondary education is changing—with an increasing emphasis on hands-on learning and outcome-based instructional design becoming the norm. At the convergence of these threads is the need to effectively prepare and educate students to enter the rapidly changing world of live entertainment technology.

The annual Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering highlights advances, challenges, and trends in curricular design, instructional design, academic research, and cross-disciplinary work related to the intersection of engineering and live entertainment. This symposium is specifically aimed at building bridges between two exceptionally different academic and professional cultures and practices; presentations come from many different backgrounds and academic experiences. Symposium topics explore the interstitial spaces amongst the disciplines of engineering, theatre technology, and education, including the following topic areas:

The 2020 Symposium will take place on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, July 23 and 24. The Symposium Committee is now accepting proposals for papers, panels, and posters for the 2020 Symposium.


The 2020 Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering will take place at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, July 23 and 24.

Registration for the 2020 Symposium will open soon.


Travel and housing information will be available when registration opens.


A detailed schedule of events along with presentation abstracts and presenter biographies will be available upon registration for attendees.


The Symposium Committee invites all those interested to submit papers, posters, and panels.

Panels should consist of three papers.

All proposals should include an abstract no longer than 500 words, a title, a 200-word biography, a current CV (with contact information), and any requests for audio/visual equipment necessary for presentation.

Submittions must be made online (http://bit.ly/SEEE2020_Proposals) no later than December 15, 2019.



2019 Symposium

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana