Producing

A Conversation with Claire Warden, The First Broadway Credited Intimacy Director

BY: HOWARD SHERMANvia www.stage-directions.com In response to an observation that five years ago she wouldn’t have been having a conversation about intimacy direction, Claire Warden responds, “It didn’t exist five years ago, in this form.” But intimacy direction has rapidly emerged as a distinct discipline on the creative teams of plays and musicals, and Warden has been at the forefront of that movement. She is the first person to have been credited as the intimacy director of a Broadway show, for Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. She’s about to be the second person thusly credited, as Slave Play, first seen at New York Theatre Workshop, moves to Broadway. Warden was an actor and fight director who says she first learned about ...

33 Thoughts for a New Artistic Director

BY JOE HAJvia https://seanddaniels.wordpress.com “Once I had been hired at MRT in 2014, Joe Haj was kind enough to slip me this list. Now as I have my first day at Arizona Theatre Company, I thought it was a perfect time to share it with the rest of the world. These are all Joe. I’m just the guy that looked like he needed some tips (which was, and still is, true). – Sean” You’ll want to spend all your time making plays because that is where you’ll feel safe and competent. Resist the urge; you have much to learn and much to offer by applying your creativity to building community. It’s all about Vision. Have it or perish. But remember that nobody is interested in being a satellite to your genius. Everyone who works with you is firmly placed in the center of their own lives. You must collect ...

What it takes to put on the Tony Awards

BY CAITLIN HUSTON via www.broadway.news After more than 15 years producing the Tony Awards, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss have learned the tips and tricks of putting on the show at Radio City Music Hall. One trick: adding a false proscenium to reduce the size of the 100-foot-wide stage, so that the musical numbers do not look dwarfed by their surroundings. With that issue behind them, Kirshner and Weiss are concentrated on overseeing more than 700 people inside the house, from stagehands to production staff and cast members, in addition to nailing down the running order and making sure hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban have moments to shine. Weiss, who is also directing the Tony Awards show, and Kirshner have been preparing for the awards show all season, as they both try to see every ...

Introduction to Commercial Producing – 3 Day Intensive

Three-Day Intensive REGISTRATION $220.00–$470.00 Date: Friday, March 9th – Sunday, March 11th, 2018 Time: Friday & Saturday: 9:15AM – 5:30PM (cocktail receptions until 7:30PM); Sunday: 9:15AM – 2:00PM) Location: Anne L. Bernstein Theater, 210 West 50th Street, New York City Course Details 37th Annual Three-Day New York Weekend Intensive An Introduction to Commercial Producing For almost four decades, CTI’s Three-Day Intensive has offered a comprehensive education in commercial theater producing. At the 37th Annual Three-Day Intensive, presentations and panel discussions will be led by some of Broadway’s most acclaimed producers, general managers, entertainment attorneys, marketing executives, and press representatives. Whether you want to produce on or off-Broadway – or are...