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Romeo + Juliet: Star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English

BY MISHA BERSON  via www.seattletimes.com In ACT Theatre’s “Romeo + Juliet,” Joshua Castille, as Romeo, will discourse primarily through American Sign Language (ASL). Gabriella O’ Fallon, as Juliet, will deliver her lines in spoken English. Shakespeare’s text has gone through a several-step translation process, then turned into ASL poetry. Wooing Juliet from beneath her balcony, Romeo proclaims, “O, speak again, bright angel!” The star-crossed teen lovers do a lot of talking in Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet,” which contains some of the richest, most passionately lyrical verse in the Bard of Avon’s canon. And the pair will have plenty to say in the new ACT Theatre production — but they will be speaking the speech in two different languages. Noted deaf...

How the Stunt Coordinator of ‘GLOW’ Creates a Safe Space in the Wrestling Ring

BY RACHEL CLEMMONS via www.backstage.com Stunt performer and coordinator Shauna Duggins is no stranger to primetime, having worked on series like “Alias,” “Ray Donovan,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and more. And she’s just getting started. Ahead of this year’s 70th Emmy Awards, where Duggins is nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for her work on Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch’s 1980s female wrestling hit “GLOW”—just renewed for a third season—Backstage chatted with the nominee about building trust with the cast of the Netflix series, and how she ended up with what she calls the coolest job ever. ‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Betty Gilpin of ‘GLOW’ on Getting Your Hopes Up for a Dream Role You have a background in gymnastics. How did that turn into a passion for stunt work? At first I didn’t...

Register for FREE Vectorworks Webinar: Remarkable Rigging

REMARKABLE RIGGING: NEW TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE YOU MORE EFFICIENT TUESDAY, FEB. 19 | 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. ET  | FREE! REGISTER HERE Join Ben Elmore, ETCP certified rigger and project manager at Markey’s Rental & Staging, for a free, one-hour webinar on how Braceworks and Vectorworks Spotlight can save you both time and money. Through several case study examples, Elmore will also show attendees how to use point cloud technology to increase efficiency and reduce the possibility for human error. ATTENDEES WILL: Discover how Braceworks can streamline your workflow and reduce the number of errors. Understand how to automatically attach objects to your rigging system, scoot chain hoists, add or remove chain hoists, add loads, remove loads, and export a FEA report in Braceworks. Learn how ...

Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

BY LAURIE RECORDS via www.castingnetworks.com The commercial casting process shouldn’t be a mystery. While every job is unique, there is an underlying structure to the process that, in theory anyway, we’ve all committed to when casting commercials. Why? Because it works! When talking to actors, there seems to be a cloud around callbacks, specifically, what happens after the callback. The stakes are higher during callbacks and what happens after, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be as informed about this part of the process as you are about the rest. Because knowledge is power, let me shed some light on the process that ought to pierce the clouds of confusion and anxiety. Say you had a terrific callback. But what the heck happens next? For you, not all that much. Just make sure you’re cl...

How Writer-Director Robert O’Hara Decides Which Plays to Direct and Which to Hand Over

BY MERVYN ROTHSTEIN via www.playbill.com It’s a unique voice, an exciting young voice, dealing with issues around race and identity and sexuality,” Obie-winning director and playwright Robert O’Hara says. “New ideas and new thoughts. I love plays that capture the imagination, that take you on a ride and an adventure. And I think this play does.” O’Hara is talking about Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, which O’Hara directs at New York Theatre Workshop. The play, about black and white in white America, was called “willfully provocative, gaudily transgressive and altogether staggering,” as well as “furiously entertaining,” by The New York Times. Robert O’Hara and Jeremy O. Harris Marielle Solan O’Hara often directs his own plays, but recently directed works by Kirsten Childs and will direc...

DIRECTORS LAB NORTH

DIRECTORS LAB NORTH   Directors Lab North is a directing lab based in Toronto, Canada, geared toward professional practicing directors in all stages of their career from all across Canada and abroad. Now in its 9th year, the Lab fosters a national and international exchange between a community of emerging, mid level and established career directors that need a safe space to explore and connect with like-minded peers. Participants are exposed to foreign techniques and practices, broadening their scope and repertoire. It is a series of workshops, readings, investigations, roundtable discussions, shared sessions and master classes led by master theatre practitioners.

Why a Tony-Winning Director Decided to Return to Acting By JEN GUSHUE

  “I think all actors have a little bit of director brain. But it’s been really nice not to feel any urge to ‘fix’ anything.” David Cromer on costarring in The Waverly Gallery on Broadway — How do you follow up winning the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical? For David Cromer, who snagged that statuette for his work on The Band’s Visit, the answer was to book an acting gig. The prolific director — who launched his career in Chicago before making his name Off-Broadway with the musical Adding Machineand a long-running production of Our Town — had dabbled in performing in the past. (He played the Stage Manager in Our Town, had a small part in the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and even did an arc on the TV se...

Curt Olds “A stylish performer bringing opera and Broadway together.” -The New York Times

With an active career in both opera and musical theatre, baritone Curt Olds has been seen in productions ranging from Don Pasquale and The Magic Flute to musicals such as Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, The Threepenny Opera, Broadway’s Riverdance and CATS. Hailed by Opera News as “A wonderful singing actor, as adept in pointing dialogue as in phrasing song,” Curt is best known for his portrayal of the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and his signature role as Ko-Ko in The Mikado, for which he has some 22 productions to his credit. This season, Olds sings Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Hawaii Opera Theatre, Njegus in The Merry Widow for Utah Opera, Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance at Atlanta Opera, and Ko-Ko in The Mikado for Anchorage Opera. Living up to his singing acto...

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...

USITT19 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – NOW OPEN!

Registration Info More than 300 exhibitors will span across 43,000 square feet of Stage Expo floor demonstrating new products, speaking with attendees, and displaying the industry’s latest and greatest. Four days of technical theatre and live entertainment innovation under one roof makes for an technical theatre industry lover’s dream 5,000 + attendees will take part in over 200 sessions and educational opportunities providing credits, knowledge, and new tips and tricks USITT Conference We’ve been waiting for you! USITT19 is an extravaganza of technical theatre wonder. The industry’s top companies collide with attendees providing a hub for innovation, new technology, education, and networking. The Stage Expo floor delivers a show like no other while over 200 educational sessions and hands-...

Apply for Nickelodeon Casting -Spring ’19 Internships

Nickelodeon is accepting applications for both Live-Action & Animation Casting Internships for the 2019 Spring Semester. If you are a rising junior or senior in college, please check out our amazing program. This is a paid internship. Overview The Animation Casting Intern works on the Nickelodeon Animation Talent & Casting Team to support their VP, Director, Coordinator, and Assistant. The team oversees all Nickelodeon animated projects from original scripted series, pilots and movies, to digital and promo/short-form content.   The intern is expected to assist with preparation for record sessions and auditions, which includes creating binders, highlighting scripts, line counts, making copies and filing paperwork.   Interns may also be asked to assist with sitting in on record sessi...

From Professional Dancer to Professor of Dance

via www.dancemagazine.com In the final years of her decade-long career with the Lewitzky Dance Company, University of Arizona Associate Professor Amy Ernst began to develop an interest in dance injury prevention. She remembers feeling an urge to widen her understanding of dance and the body. Soon after retirement from the Company, she was hired by the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Inglewood, California as a physical therapy assistant, where she worked for the next three and a half years. This work eventually led her to pursue an M.F.A. in dance at the University of Washington-Seattle. She remembers growing into the role of a professor during her time pursuing her degree. That incubation phase was critical. Ernst joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1995, and now as direct...

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