The History of Sound Design

From 3000 B.C., to the Victorian Era, to the new wave of technological advances we have today, sound design for theatre has come a long way. If you are a budding sound designer or a seasoned pro, check out TSDCA’s site that breaks down the history of sound design and see how far we’ve come. VIEW ARTICLE via

Theatre Job Board

Don’t forget about registering for SETC’s Annual Theatre Job Fair! SETC hosts one of the nation’s largest off-stage theatre job fairs during the annual SETC Convention. If you are looking for a job or to hire for off-stage and/or “techie” theatre positions — including academic, administrative, backstage, design, stage management, costumes, props, electrical, carpentry, lighting, front-of-house, box office and other company or crew jobs, as well as intern and apprentice positions — the SETC Theatre Job Fair is the place for you! Click here to learn more about THEATRE JOB FAIR

The Best Victorian Costume Patterns

Costume designing a production set in the Victorian Era but need a little help on where to start? Check out these Victorian costume patterns featured on The Costume Rag for some inspiration! VIEW ARTICLE via

A New Age: Projection Design’s Revolution

The latest trend for designing for theatre has been the use of projections. Projection Design has become far more prominent in recent years on Broadway, and its impact has carried over into National Tours & Regional Theatres. What is the appeal and magic of using projections? In this article from the LA Times, designer Finn Ross gives his opinion on the design medium: “It’s never about putting the technology on display or having as many projectors as you can fit into the building…It’s about having a good idea to give those projectors something interesting and special to do that’s part of a bigger picture, one that includes the actors, the lighting, the costumes, the music, the scenery, the props, the special effects” VIEW ARTICLE via

How to Design Your School Production on a Budget

What’s the #1 most important thing when it comes to designing a show? Reading the script. Doing so will inform you exactly what you need for your design, and theoretically, budget size shouldn’t matter. However, when it comes to budget-tight productions, knowing exactly what you need will help you achieve your design in the most frugal way. In this article from, Broadway designers offer suggestions based on discipline, best practices, and their picks for inexpensive products. VIEW ARTICLE via

Crafting Aluminum Blades for Stage

Weapons experts J. Allen Suddeth and J. David Brimmer give insight into the trend of using aluminum blades for the stage.  Having first used these blades back in the 1990’s, these weapons masters have developed their techniques to create blades that can be seen on stage from the audience, as well as last for the run of a show. Learn how and why their use of aluminum could be beneficial and perhaps something you may apply to your next production. View Article via

Backstage Video: Paul Tazewell, Costume Designer

Costume Designer Paul Tazewell, Tony nominee for his costume design for Ain’t Too Proud, discusses his journey that led him to costume design. READ ARTICLE via

AACTFest 2019 Design Competition – Submit Entry by June 3rd!

AACT 2019 Design Competition: Designers and their theatres in the spotlight Design Competition to Celebrate Designers & Their Work Show off the designs that enhance your productions and take them to new levels. The AACT 2019 National Design Competition will showcase the best of community theatre in this country. It’s an opportunity for your theatre and designers to shine! AACT member theatres and their designers may enter; designs must be of projects occurring between July 1, 2017 and June 15, 2019.  Design Categories Scenic Lighting Sound Properties Costume Makeup/Hair Special Design General Guidelines: There will be an entry fee of $20 for each design. Entry must be from a realized production. Entry of the Design may be made by the Member Compa...

Register for AES New York – 2019 Pro Audio Convention

Experience AES NEW YORK 2019 147th PRO AUDIO CONVENTION EXHIBITS: OCTOBER 16-18PROGRAM: OCTOBER 16-19 REGISTER TODAY! Do your interests or work include Studio Recording, Home Recording, Music Production, Electronic Dance Music, DJ, Live Sound, Theater Sound, Broadcast and Streaming, Networked Audio, Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, Game Audio, Sound for Picture or Product Development?  AES New York 2019, the 147th Pro Audio International Convention has you covered in one exclusively end-user focused event.  All Access registration provides the only way to experience the entire Convention, including a comprehensive papers, workshops, tutorials program and all of the Exhibits-Plus benefits.  Exhibits-Plus access gains you entry to the exhibition floor, exhibit floor theaters, pavilio...


Let’s set the scene: It’s 1969. You’re in a diner. You need a place to sit. Low and behold: there is a bar and some stools. You have found your seat! But, you may be asking yourself, “How did these stools get made?!” Props master Eric Hart walk you though his design process for creating stools for Two Trains Running by August Wilson at Triad Stage. READ ARTICLE via www.

A Conversation with Costume Designer Dede Ayite

With a background studying theatre and behavioral neuroscience and a graduate degree in scenic design from Yale, how did Dede Aiyte carve her path to become a Broadwy costume design? Connect the dots with her here: READ ARTICLE via

Lighting Designer Valerio Tiberi on Lighting West Side Story in Italy

via Lighting Designer Valerio Tiberi discusses his vision of lighting West Side Story in Italy at the  Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. READ ARTICLE via

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