Design

A Look at the Masks and the Puppets in The Lion King

via www.stage-directions.com It was this week 21 years ago, Oct. 15, 1997 to be precise, that The Lion King played its first preview and audiences first saw the beautiful and intricate costumes, masks and puppetry so central to the narrative and to the unique experience of the production. Adam Savage and the team at Tested went backstage at The Lion King during its run in San Francisco in this video visit to the musical’s puppet shop, where puppet supervisor Michael Reilly walked them through the numerous intricate and varied puppets and masks used in the performance and showed how they’re maintained in their traveling workshop. The production and design credits for the show when it opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre were: Scenic Design by Richard Hudson Costume Design by Juli...

Save the Date! 2018/2019 Auditions & Conventions (UPDATED 9/20/18)

Mark your calendars! There are only a few months left of 2018, but there are plenty of auditions & conventions you can still attend. Don’t forget to save the date for the upcoming 2019 audition & convention season, with events happening all over the country for professionals in all disciplines of the entertainment industry! Stay up to date by bookmarking our Events Page. August 2018 August 26 -27th 2018 SETC Fall Professional Unified Auditions September 2018 September 1st UPTA Registration Opens September 4th URTA Application  Opens September 8th  UPTA Pre-Professional Audition Registration Opens September 13-16th EdTA National Conference September 14th SETC Pre-Screen Application Opens October 2018 October 15th MWTA Registration Opens October 16-18th 2018 Outdoor Theatre Con...

Broadway’s Biggest Debut: King Kong

BY MICHAEL PAULSON  via www.nytimes.com He’s 20 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds. He’s monstrous, but, his creators hope, also moving. And he’s coming to Broadway this fall. King Kong arrives next month as the title character, and the one constant, in a $35 million musical which has been in development for nearly a decade, churning through scripts, songs and creative teams as the producers try to shape a show worthy of their title character. He’s being brought to life by an animatronic ape unlike any puppet Broadway has seen before — a moving sculpture, with sad eyes and a fearsome roar, requiring 14 performers, as well as 16 microprocessors, to operate. The massive marionette is in some ways as naturalistic as his co-stars — he does not burst into song or break into dance, but instead kn...

Webinar Registration: WHAT’S NEW IN VECTORWORKS 2019

WHAT’S NEW IN VECTORWORKS 2019 FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY Tuesday, September 18 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Vectorworks®  software is the industry-standard for entertainment design, production, and documentation. With the latest release of Spotlight, Vision, and Braceworks™, you can design, document, analyze, and pre-visualize your project in a seamless workflow that enables you to outpace the competition and impress your clients. Whether you work in the A/V industry or in lighting, scenic, film, event, or rigging design, you won’t want to miss our one-hour webinar with Frank Brault, as he explores the newest versions of Vectorworks Spotlight, Vision, and Braceworks. Attendees Will: Explore the many new improvements to Braceworks, including bridle calculations. Learn about major sp...

Candidate registration for the 2019 URTAs is now open!

MFA training in theatre begins with URTA! At the URTAs, you can audition and interview with our 43 member universities all in one place, on a single day. Why navigate dozens of different applications, fees, appointments, and travel when you can get it all done at the URTAs? Choose your city—New York, Chicago, or San Francisco—and register to be seen by our recruiters in either acting, design, directing, stage management, or arts leadership. Our nationally ranked member schools boast professional faculty, a commitment to the highest standards in professional, graduate training, and are peer-reviewed on a continuing basis. Most also offer various forms of financial assistance. Graduates of URTA programs are working on Broadway, in top theatres across the country, in film, television, and bey...

Shall I Clothe Thee for a Summer’s Day? Costuming Outdoor Shakespeare

BY BILLY MCENTEE via www.americantheatre.org Shakespeare’s characters aren’t the only ones weathering floods and tempests. Outdoor summer Shakespeare is an American institution alongside July 4th fireworks and lounging poolside. Across the country, as actors and audiences endure rain, heat, and bugs to present and partake of free professional performances of the Bard’s classics, one group of designers has a special challenge: costume designers, who must conceive innovative ways to protect actors, their clothes, and the integrity of the story. How does the process of working al fresco differ from being in more enclosed venues, and how do costumers think sustainably to preserve their designs night after night? “Designing for outdoor environments is challenging yet fascinating,” said Ying-Jun...

Register for the LiNK Grad School Auditions & Interviews! (Hosted by USITT & SETC)

Where Master’s Candidates and Recruiters Connect SETC and USITT partner each fall to bring graduate theatre degree programs together with people considering options for interviews, auditions, and information exchange. Connect with more than 50 programs across theatre disciplines including Acting, Design, Technology, and Management. Explore your options for advanced education and find your dream grad program in one convenient, affordable location. 5th Annual LiNK When: Nov. 9-11, 2018 Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Airport  |  Atlanta, GA For Candidates Register early with your resume, portfolio, and head shot for advance review by recruiters. $50 Early Registration: Aug. 1 – Sept. 12, 2018 $75 Late Registration: Sept. 13 – Oct. 24, 2018 $95 Onsite Registration: Onsite...

Register for the 4th Annual Vectorworks Design Summit

4th Annual Vectorworks Design Summit November 4-6, 2018 Phoenix, AZ We’re cranking up the heat at the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit. Join us in sunny Arizona at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass for an exciting three days of indispensable workshops, inspired design, and improved connections. Located in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, the Sheraton Grand celebrates the Gila River Indian heritage and culture. Extend your stay and enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, a world-class spa, and more! Registration You can pay one low price for two full days of in-depth training with Vectorworks software. No matter your industry or level of experience, you can’t afford to miss this valuable opportunity. REGULAR CONFERENCE – $599 ...

Vintage Photos of Life before AutoCAD

via www.vinate.es Before the advent of AutoCAD and other drafting softwares, the engineering drawings were made on sheet of papers using drawing boards. Many equipments were required to complete a given drawing such as drawing board, different grade pencils, Erasers T-squares, Set square etc. Almost 20 years ago, engineers and toolmakers used to draw all things on paper with the help of drafting tools and pencils. Drafting was indeed was tedious and time-consuming. Designing and putting everything on paper was a tough job, maybe that’s why the need of creation of AutoCAD software came up. The major disadvantage of paper based design was that, you can not actually change it after it’s been put on paper. So if design is changed, then start making sketches over! AutoCAD and all that softwares...

Serenbe Playhouse Sinks the Titanic, Nightly

via www.stage-directions.com This summer, the Serenbe Playhouse is producing Titanic: The Musical in which the ship is submerged nightly. Here’s a video documentary on the design and installation process as well as the actors and stunt coordinator working on this ambitious production that features Serenbe’s Artistic Director and Director of Titanic, Brian Clowdus along with Set Designer, Adam Koch, and Associate Designer, Steven Royal: Here’s a highlight video of Titanic that takes place at The Inn Lake at Serenbe, about 40 minutes outside Atlanta: Further information from Serenbe Playhouse: www.serenbeplayhouse.com View Original Article  

Props Fabricator: Fur, Foam & Focus

BY: MICHAEL EDDY via www.stage-directions.com In The Shop with Props Fabricator Zoë Morsette Zoë Morsette knew at an early age that she wanted to work in the theater. Inspired by a childhood filled with art and summer theater on Cape Cod where she grew up, Morsette completed her BA in theater and dance at Skidmore College in 1973 and then moved to NYC. She worked as a milliner at Radio City Music Hall for two years and then as a shop supervisor and fabricator in the display industry for five years. Freelance since 1984, Morsette has built props, models, costumes, and puppets for 51 Broadway productions, dozens of commercials and print ads, feature films, television shows, theme parks, ice shows, ballets, operas, and the Macy’s Parade. Morsette spoke with Stage Directions to discuss her wor...

They Speak Lighting

BY STUART MILLER via www.americantheatre.org The cast of The Iceman Cometh stands in a circle onstage at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, hands clasped, lines from the play ricocheting from one actor to another. It’s a starry group—David Morse, Bill Irwin, Colm Meaney, and, of course, Denzel Washington—yet during this rehearsal they are left in semi-darkness. The only person fully illuminated is an 80-year-old man, standing alone, unmoving, at the top of the staircase stage right. That man, Jules Fisher, is not part of the cast, yet he is an essential part of the show; he has been lighting up stages in New York City (and beyond) for more than 50 years. Fisher, along with his working partner Peggy Eisenhauer, 55, are among the preeminent lighting designers in the American theatre, while also ...

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