Technical Theatre

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

How to Fold a Theatrical Backdrop

Calling all stage hands and technicians! Have you been wanting to perfect your skills in strike for folding backdrops? Then this video is for you! Grosh Backdrops & Drapery have created this how-to video: How to Fold a Theatrical Backdrop.  View Article via

Engineering a New Stage Blood

Who doesn’t like to get messy with some blood? Stage blood, that is! Oklahoma City University’s Professor Heyman shares with Stage Directions his new stage blood recipe. For all you prop artisans out there, check out his recipe below: View Full Article via

Backstage Video: How to Fit a Wig at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Head of Wigs and Make-Up, Sandra Smith, demonstrates how she fits a wig. View Article via


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.

Now Hiring Technical Staff: Leavenworth Summer Theatre – Updated 05.01.19

LST is looking for the following technical and artistic staff for our 2019 summer season. Scenic Painter / Lead Charge Artist LST has an opportunity for a talented scenic artist to create and implement all scenic and deck treatments for our 2019 summer season. This will be a complete scenic treatment for Hello, Dolly! and Pirates of Penzance, and any remedial or touchup treatment on our existing Sound of Music set. more… To apply: Please send the following materials to : A short letter of interest, including your background and why you would like to work with LST. A resume, or short summary of qualifications. Any media documentation of applicable previous projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, starting immediat...

Followspot operator Linford Hudson honored at Olivier Awards

At Age 72, Linford Hudson was awarded with a special recognition Olivier Award, for the more than 50 years working at the Palladium as a followspot operator. It is not often that a followspot receives such an award, but it gives light to an area of technical theatre that may seem under-valued. “Mr. Followspot”, as they call Hudson, fell in love with his work. He is the epitome of the idea that there are “no small parts in theatre”, both on stage, behind the scenes, or even up in the spot op’s loft. READ ARTICLE via

What Does It Take to Be a Ballet Company’s Head of Wardrobe on Opening Night?

As head of wardrobe for the Joffrey Ballet, Ellie Cotey has her hands full when it comes to creating costumes from scratch for a full-length production. Managing a team of 50 builders, alterations, dress rehearsals, and of course, laundry, requires a strong leadership skillset. Dance Magazine chats with Cotey about her role as Head of Wardrobe and what a typical opening night’s schedule looks like. (Spoiler: The work begins early in the morning!) READ ARTICLE via

Mic Concealment Made Easy

BY THE POINT SOURCE SOUNDING BOARD BLOG via One of the challenges that face both designers and technicians is how to hide a microphone on an actor. In their hair or in their costume; there weren’t a lot of good solutions to this challenge, until Point Source Audio created its EMBRACE™ Earmount microphone solution. As a customizable mic’ing solution that is engineered for concealing, EMBRACE has earned praise from end-users, as well as two patents from the U.S. Patent Office. The innovative design means the patented EMBRACE’s shapeable structure can be trimmed, bent and, shaped to a custom-fit for each user allowing for microphones to be easily concealed and quickly custom-fitted for the wearer—providing a placement of the microphone in just mere seconds that is con...

2019 OTA Audition & Interview Registration NOW OPEN!

The 2019 North Central Regional Auditions and Interviews will take place January 19 & 20 on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, located in California, PA. ACTOR/SINGER/DANCER REGISTRATION FORM Audition slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year’s audition forms MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER TO BE FILLED OUT: OTA-Acting-Form-2019     TECHNICAL REGISTRATION  FORM OTA Tech Form 2019 EVENT INFORMATION 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Auditions 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Technical Interview

Registration for the 2019 New World Rigging Symposium – Opens Nov 1st

REGISTRATION OPENING NOVEMBER 1 ESTA and USITT announce the second New World Rigging Symposium, taking place March 19-20, 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville, KY. Building on the enormous success of this year’s inaugural symposium, the 2019 event will once again provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies and help shape the future of the industry. Attendees at the 2018 symposium were impressed with the knowledge and passion of the presenters and their fellow attendees, which made for an educational and inspirational event. The mix of professional riggers, engineers, health and safety professionals, venue managers, educators, and manufact...