Design

A Snapshot of Set and Theater Design of the 20th Century

BY MIKE JACKSON via www.architectmagazine.com This post is part of a monthly series that explores the historical applications of building materials and systems through resources from the Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL), an online collection of AEC catalogs, brochures, trade publications, and more. The BTHL is a project of the Association for Preservation Technology, an international building preservation organization. Read more about the archive here. The grand opera houses of 19th century Europe led to equally extravagant American movie palaces of the early- and mid-1900s. These structures were often ornately decorated and constantly evolving with technological innovations in lighting, movie projection, and seating design. This month we explore some architectural documents tha...

A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Broadway Home Is Revealed in Stunning New Photos

The Lyric Theatre has undergone a complete renovation after temporarily closing in the spring of 2017. BY: JASON ZEDNICK via  www.theatremania.com A view inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, home to Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (© Dorothy Hong) With the recent unveiling of the new marquee for Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the big question has been what magic is in store inside the newly renovated Lyric Theatre’s interior. The top-to-bottom redesign (helmed by Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis and overseen by Gary Beestone) has been unveiled in eye-catching new photos released by Ambassador Theatre Group. The Lyric Theatre underwent a complete renovation after temporarily closing in 2017. (© Dorothy Hong) Harry Potter and the Cursed...

FREE Braceworks™ Webinar – Register Today!

FREE WEBINAR – MARCH 20, 2018 via www.vectorworks.net Did you know that Vectorworks’ new add-on module, Braceworks™, provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load? Proper truss design is crucial to ensuring the safety and success of entertainment design projects. In this webinar Moritz Staffel, managing director at DeerSoft GmbH, will provide you with an in-depth look at how to conduct structural analysis in the entertainment field directly within Vectorworks®  software using the Braceworks™ add-on. Attendees will also learn about the improvements to truss tools, the difference between distributed and point leads, and how to properly support trusses. Learning Objectives: Examine the uses of th...

Take a Sneak Peak at this Custom Backdrop for Mamma Mia!

BY MICHAEL EDDY via www.stage-directions.com The recent production of Mamma Mia at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre had a panoramic, curved sky design from the creative mind of scenic designer, Jason Sherwood. The drop measures 30-feet tall and 80 linear feet long and consists of 2,400 sq. ft. of layered voile and gauze fabrics. Atomic Designs built the custom piece, take a look at this time-lapse video of it being painted. Sherwood walks us through his design for the production in this behind the scenes video from 5th Avenue Theatre: The creative team also included: director, Bill Berry; lighting designer, Mike Baldassari; costume design by Rose Pederson; sound designer, Joanna Lynne Staub; and hair and wig designer, Mary Pyankowski Jones. The production stage manager was Jeffrey K. Han...

The 2018 USITT Young Designers, Managers & Technicians Awards

via www.stage-directions.com Eleven young technical theatre artists will receive Young Designers, Managers & Technicians (YDMT) Awards at USITT’s 58th Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 15, 2018, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The YDMT Awards bring recognition and support to early career designers, managers, and technicians, through generous funding from industry sponsors. YDMT winners receive free Conference registration to the four-day USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 14-17, plus cash prizes and an impressive addition to their resumes. Listed below are the winners. Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award Courtney Foxworthy – Indiana University The Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making, sponsored by Judy Ada...

Designing for Live TV & Events Webinar – Register Today!

Attend this webinar to gain insight on lighting design for TV production and explore the challenges faced by the next generation of Lighting Directors. Date & Time: Wednesday, March 28, 2018  at 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time Panelist: Roger Williams Duration: 1 Hour CLICK HERE TO REGISTER In this webinar Roger will discuss TV lighting application, how he got into the business, and the challenges faced by the next generation of Lighting Directors in TV production. Roger will also explore the specific challenges of lighting for TV and the skills required to balance what’s captured on camera for the viewing audience vs lighting the live event, whilst also working for the viewing TV audience.  His lighting credits include: The Jump – Channel 4 XFactor auditions – ITV1 Question...

Don’t Glue Anything! ….Unless You Have This Handy Chart

via www.makezine.com For years I wondered why all my beautiful small-scale models kept falling apart. I underestimated the most important factor: adhesive. You can glue almost everything with super glue — but some materials just won’t stay together. Is it possible to glue rubber to glass? Will plastic stick to wood? Once you mix several different materials, it can get really confusing. For those moments it’s convenient to have a handy table that gives a quick overview. View Original Article

Jon Kusner: Evolving Light

via https://www.chauvetprofessional.com Every lighting project is a puzzle, for this Park City, Utah based designer, a collection of disparate parts that must be woven together into a balanced, harmonious look through the art of design. Since leaving the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU to work for Broadway legend Ken Billington in the 1990s, Kusner has become a master at solving design riddles, first in the world of theatre, and later in broadcast applications. This ability has earned him the universal admiration of his peers, along with two Prime Time Emmy Awards and 11 nominations. Having worked on major broadcast events like the Academy Award and Grammy Award shows, as well as The Opening Ceremonies of the Salt Lake Olympics, The MTV Video Awards and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Kus...

Hangar Theatre Design Fellowship & Apprentice Program – Apply Today!

 HANGAR THEATRE Approximately 15 years ago a dream was hatched to aid in the development of the next generation of theatre designers, providing an opportunity for intensive hands-on training equivalent to that of the Summer Drama League Directors’ Project.  This program is designed to help bridge the gap between the educational and professional worlds.  Our goal became to create an experience like no other. Giving early career designers the chance to learn, grow, think, collaborate, network, design, stretch, and most importantly – FAIL.  Will every idea be a home run?  Will every method work out?  Of course not, but you’ll never know unless you try. Thus, the Design Fellowship Program was born. Design opportunities are in the following fields: Scenery, Lighting, Sound, & Costumes.  Ple...

Set Designer Shares Secrets to Creating the World of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

BY ARLYN HERNANDEZ via www.apartmenttherapy.com Set in a 1950s-era Manhattan, the candy colored world dictated by Sherman-Palladino for “Maisel” is beautiful, layered and truly a feast for the eyes. One look at Midge’s Regency-meets-midcentury bedecked Upper West Side pre-war apartment was all it took to make my heart race in decor lust. Dorothy Draper Espana chests, Chinoiserie mural folding screens, a perfectly retro kitchen I’d take even in 2018… these are the stars of the series in my eyes. I reached out to Bill Groom, the production design artist behind the brush that painted this glorious landscape, to chat about the show’s captivating visuals. Apartment Therapy: You’ve created a technicolor world that seems to be a rich ’50s tapestry. Where ...

Theatre Professor to be Sound Designer for the 2018 Winter Olympics

via SUNY New Paltz Online News Sun Hee Kil, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, will serve as assistant sound designer for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. For Kil it will be a return to the nation where her career as a sound designer and audio engineer began. She started working on sound for musical theatre in 2001, and in 2006 she came to the United States for further schooling and to pursue opportunities to work on different kinds of theatre performances. Kil joined the faculty of SUNY New Paltz in 2014 to share her deep knowledge and experience with students of stagecraft, but has continued taking design and direction jobs both regionally and internationally. “Last summer I had two gigs in South Korea – ...

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