Author Archives: jeremiah brophy

Covid-19 and Resources: Help is Available

Essentially our entire way of life is changing before our very eyes. No joke.

Most people are understandably concerned about how they’re going to pay rent and buy groceries. If you’ve been out of the news lately, there is talk about the FEDS dropping off $1200 checks but at this point, it’s just talk and there doesn’t seem to be a clear consensus as to what form that money is going to take – check, tax rebate, blah blah blah.

The silver lining in here is that there are an increasing amount of people pulling together and creating emergency funds specifically for the arts. Here’s a list of resources compiled online that’s pretty extensive.

Speaking from the forefront of one of these fundraising efforts, I would urge anyone and everyone to donate where they can. If you’re making money still and you can give, please do. If you’re not working, then contact some of these organizations and see if you can donate your time. Even though we’re distancing ourselves physically, it’s not the time to distance ourselves from each other as a community.

~Jeremiah Brophy

New Executive Committee

Hello friends,

The election results are in and I’m proud to announce the election of Kearston Dillard-Scott as our new member-at-large for the northern section and Seth Schwartz are our new treasurer. Both have demonstrated a passion for technical education within the mid-Atlantic region and we’re looking forward to their additional service on the executive committee.

Our previous members – Justin Stockton and Gregg Schraven – have served diligently over the years and I’d like to give a special shout out to them for their service.

Thank you, Justin.

Thank you, Gregg.

You’ve both taken this organization to the next level and we hope to do you proud moving on.

It does take a team of like-minded individuals who are willing to step out of their comfort zone in order to move the needle of education. We are deeply appreciative of those who have stepped up and those who have contributed where they can – whether it’s monetarily or with their time. Thank you. 

For those of you who are wondering where you can contribute or how you can take advantage of Chesapeake resources, please email us at


Jeremiah Brophy. Chair

Nominations for Executive Committee

Nominations will be open at Conference for the following positions: First Vice-Chair, Third Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and one Member-at-Large (northern region). For details on these positions, take a look at the bylaws if you’re interested –

Nominations close April 30 and you must be a member in good standing with Chesapeake to be nominated.


Congratulations to Kim Griffin and Orli Bernstein for winning full ride passes to the USITT National Conference in Louisville, KY March 20-23.

There were a large number of qualified entrants this year.

Whether you got the award, submitted or didn’t, we are a tribe. We get better every day. Stick together and support one another. It’s a smaller world than you think. Stay teachable and motivated.

Find a mentor.

Have a good attitude if for no other reason than you’re supporting a social enterprise that DOES change lives.


Jeremiah Brophy

Chair, USITT Chesapeake

Chesapeake Sponsorship

DESIGN/TECHNICAL Students in the region of the Chesapeake Section of USITT

USITT Chesapeake is happy to announce that we have been given a limited number of full-conference passes to the national conference inLouisville this coming March. 

We would like to award students in our region who have an interest in attending. 

If you are interested, here are the requirements:

Write a 200-word essay telling the Chesapeake board – Why USITT is important to you, and what you think going to the conference will do for you as a person wanting to work in this profession.

Your essay will be judged as follows:

50% (give 0-5 points) clearly communicates importance of USITT.

40% (give 0-4 points) clearly communicates expectation of conference effect on future.

10% (give 0-1 points) under 200 words. 

Pretty easy!  If awarded the full-conference pass, all we ask is that you join our region, and become involved.  Even if you don’t get a pass, join us!!!

Deadline:    January 5th

The winners will be notified by January 11th

Send your essay to:   Jane Stein –

CM Motor School Registration

Dear Members,

Registration for CM Motor School July 2018 is now available!

Please follow the link below to register.  Please use the $25 discount code when you pay your registration fee.

Please remember this code is available to all USITT Chesapeake members only.  Please check that your membership is current (you have paid the membership fee within the last year). If you are not a current member, please go to, and use the drop down button on the right side of the page to pay for your Chesapeake membership.  Member registration will be confirmed at the event, and if you are not a current member, you will be charged the full $200 fee for the class.

Registration Link:

All Chesapeake members may use the $25 discount code:  FY19Chesapeake

If you have any questions, please reply to this email at

We hope to see you there!

USITT Chesapeake


Save the Dates – July 16 & 17 – Rock Lititz, PA.

Designed for advanced motor technicians, this 16-hour class will give students hands-on experience operating, inspecting and troubleshooting our industry-leading CM-ET Lodestar and CM-ET Prostar motors. Upon successful completion of this course the participant will receive a 5 year certification for CM motors. This class counts towards 12 ETCP renewal credits.

More information forthcoming. Questions? Please send them to with subject: motors.

OSHA 10 Event September/October

Members and friends-

Please share with others you think may be interested.
USITT Chesapeake is presenting, in conjunction with IATSE, OSHA 10 training at no cost to active members.
The training will take place at UMBC on September 30 and October 1. 9 am to 4pm with an hour lunch break (lunch is not provided).

Attendance is limited to the first 20 members who respond to with OSHA in the subject line.

Those that do not make the first 20 will be added to a wait list We will close the registration on Friday September 22, 2017, after that we may have additional space to release to the wait list.

You must be an active member of the Chesapeake section before we will reserve your space. Visit to join or renew your membership.

Once your enrollment is confirmed we will send you additional details on parking, room numbers, etc.

Thank you.