Design

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...

Reading Recommendation: Set Design

George Ledo recommends two set design books on his blog www.setdesignandtech.wordpress.com. The first is The Filmmaker’s Guide to Production Design by Vincent LoBrutto and the second book is Production Design for Screen: Visual Storytelling in Film and Television, by Jane Barnwell. Ledo points out in his recommendation that these two books focus mainly on the design element, rather than going into detail on the building of the set pieces. He also notes that these books are great reading for those looking to get a well-rounded view of set design that doesn’t only focus on the stage. VIEW ARTICLE via www.setdesignandtech.wordpress.com  

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...

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 www.thecostumerag.com

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 www.latimes.com

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

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 www.dancemagazine.com

Register for the 2019 CUE Professional Development Conference!

REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN! WHAT: 2019 CUE Professional Development Conference WHEN: July 19 – 21, 2019 WHERE: Madison, WI Join ETC and High End Systems for the fifth CUE conference hosted by ETC! This professional development conference was created for end users of all skill levels including designers, programmers, educators, and students.CUE 2019 features interactive classes on a variety of topics led by ETC employees and industry experts, including several surprise guests. On top of the opportunity to experiment with all the latest ETC gear, CUE also gives attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers and the ETC professionals behind the company’s award-winning products. In addition, ETC will host exciting events and tours of its legendary factory, giving att...

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 www.stage-directions.com

Lighting Designer Valerio Tiberi on Lighting West Side Story in Italy

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

How the Phantom of the Opera’s Mask is Made

Saturday, January 26, 2019 was the 31st Anniversary of the Broaddway opening of The Phantom of the Opera. Here’s a backstage video about how the iconic mask is custom-made for each Phantom. – via www.stage-directions.com READ ARTICLE

Theatre Puget Sound – Production & Tech Personnel Registration

Do you direct, choreograph, or stage manage and want to be seen by auditors at the 2019 Unified General Auditions? Submit your resume and portfolio images to be included in the supplemental Production Personnel & Tech Resume auditor packet. Auditors at the UGAs run the gamut from large and small theatre companies to film producers, talent agents, and independent film/theatre producers and directors. They are not only meeting more than 400 actors, they are also scouting people to make it all go behind the scenes… YOU! Production Personnel & Tech Resume submission is a direct member benefit of Theatre Puget Sound. 2019 TPS membership is required to participate. UPLOAD RESUME HERE

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