Technical Theatre

Touch Down: Tech Crew!

In theatre, the technical crew is one of the most vital aspects of making a show run smoothly. Tech crews cross over through all genres of media and entertainment and even step into the sports arena. One of the great technical feats in sporting events is the set up of the Superbowl Halftime Show. Did we mention it’s done in less than 10 minutes? See how the field at Hard Rock Stadium was converted from football to concert settings in quick order at Super Bowl LIV. 2020 Superbowl Halftime Show Timelapse  

The Intiman Emerging Artist Program (IEAP) is back for 2020!

APPLY HERE Applications are due by March 1st, 2020. Who:  Diverse pre-professionals who are ready to bridge into professional theatre.  And, we do mean diverse in every way to include race, ethnic heritage, gender identification, sexual orientation, (dis)ability status, socioeconomic status, political affiliation…  In fact, the more diverse our cohort, the better the workshop collaboration and culminating showcase production will be. Emerging Artists will train together as a cohort, but can select to focus on directing, production management, stage management, technical direction, or acting. What:  A 5-week full-time residential training program which includes workshops, networking events, devising, and rehearsals for a touring production of Sojourn Theatre’s THE RACE 2020 directed by Marc...

Podcast Recommendation: Silk Flowers & Papier Mache Hearts

Calling all props makers, artists, and designers! Looking for some inspiration, education, or want to learn more about your craft? Check out the podcast Silk Flowers & Papier Mache Hearts – A podcast which discusses the world of props in the performing arts and beyond, and features interviews from professionals from Broadway, regional theatre, and more. Silk Flowers & Papier Mache Hearts has new episodes out every Tuesday. You can listen to the latest episode HERE. You can follow the podcast on Twitter here: @SilkMache The podcast is co-hosted by prop master Eric Hart ( Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV, and The Prop Effects Guidebook: Lights, Motion, Sound, and Magic) and prop master Ashley Flowers. Learn more.

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

2020 Ohio Theatre Alliance – Design/Tech Interview Registration Now Open

All Technical Interviews will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Technicians will sign up Saturday morning for interview slots with producers. Producers will determine the length of each interview. REGISTER HERE WHAT TO BRING A portfolio of your work Extra copies of your resume. Some producers who are looking to hire technicians will collect resumes for phone interviews at a later date. VIDEO PORTFOLIO While at the event, technical applicants are invited to video-record a 10-minute portfolio presentation which will be made available to registered producers who are unable to conduct interviews on Saturday. Portfolio presentations will be video recorded by OTA staffers, and will be guided by a professional technical director. Technicians should prepare to: orally review their portfoli...

StrawHat Registration Now Open: Design, Tech, Musician, Administrators, and more!

Calling all Technical Theatre Artists & Administrators! Companies are in search of every skill set from AEA stage managers to running crew, from Technical Directors to spot operators, and everything in between – pit musicians, too. So make a great summer happen – register today! Post your profile and resume online free of charge and be front-and-center for employment opportunities in summer stock theaters, regional theaters, and special production companies. You’ll have access to what the theaters are doing this season, what positions are open and who to contact… if they don’t contact you first. Create a profile page and post your resume to be part of our talent database Directors, Music Directors, Musicians, Choreographers and Stage Managers (Union and non-union) are welco...

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 Playbill.com, Broadway designers offer suggestions based on discipline, best practices, and their picks for inexpensive products. VIEW ARTICLE via www.playbill.com

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 www.stage-directions.com

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 www.stage-directions.com

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 www.stage-directions.com

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 www.stage-directions.com

PROPS HOW-TO: DINER STOOLS

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. props-eric.hart.com

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