Design

The Marvelous 1950s Costumes of Marvelous Mrs Maisel

via www.thecostumerag.com Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Marvelous Mrs Maisel  is about a Jewish mother who explores her passions by becoming a comedian. The show uses 1950s fashion throughout the plot using colours and patterns to express both the glamour and austerity found in the post-war period. The 1950s costumes create an authentic portrayal of this time period, and illustrates Midge’s emotional journey as well. Costume designer Donna Zakowska told Mashable how important Midge’s wardrobe “was [as] an attempt to optimistically capture the spirit of a woman, who in spite of unfortunate events continues to assert her spirit to remain on her feet. Her love of clothes, detail and color would become tools for expressing her strength and identity. [We’re] re-examining the strength and complexity o...

Mic Concealment Made Easy

BY THE POINT SOURCE SOUNDING BOARD BLOG via www.stage-directions.com 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...

Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna Talks ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’

via www.theknockturnal.com To celebrate the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros. hosted an epic fan event in New York City on Monday, September 24. After getting all of the scoop on the costumes from Colleeen Atwood, we headed to the other side of 38 Parlor Loft to The Wand Room. Here all of the key wands were on display and Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna gave us some insight into his work on the film: The Knockturnal: Did you work on the last film as well? Pierre Bohanna: I did, yes! Luckily, I did the last film. We also did all of the Potter films as well. The Knockturnal: So you’ve been doing this for years? Pierre Bohanna: Yes.  Somehow I’ve made a career out of it. The Knockturnal: That’s incredible. And so tell me about the vision for the part...

StrawHats: Calling all Technical Theatre Artists & Administrators!

    Calling all Technical Theatre Artists & Administrators! 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 welcome Directors & Choreographers; Music Directors & Accompanists; Designers (Set, Scenic Design, Lighting, Costumes, etc.): provide links to personal websites, YouTube, Vimeo, Sound Cloud, etc. to promote your work ...

Working in Wardrobe

via www.stage-directions.com Here’s a video from the American Theatre Wing that takes a look at the work of the Wardrobe Department, specifically for the current production of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater. The costumes are created to fulfill the epic world that a play or musical inhabits. It takes lots of organization, maintenance, and often creativity to get the performers ready for each and every scene (and maybe even a quick change during a scene). They interview Patrick Bevilacqua, Assistant Costume Designer / Wardrobe Supervisor, Jessica Firorella, Internal Costume Swing, and Dean Amato, Male Principal Dresser for My Fair Lady. The costumes are vast for the company of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater. They require multiple teams with various responsibilities to m...

Want my job? Set & Costume Design with Khadija Raza

BY TOM INNISS via www.voicemag.uk Linbury Prize winner Khadija Raza talks to Voice about the excitement and variation her job as a set and costume designer offers her. Could you first introduce yourself to the reader? My name is Khadija Raza and I’m a set and costume designer working in theatre. What does your job involve? Give us the typical outline of a day? My job has a lot of varied roles/responsibilities. As a designer I read and analyse the script/text that I’m starting with – in collaboration with a director – and design the world of the play through sketches, scale models and technical drawings. I also have to help realise the production, working alongside production managers and stage managers. Depending on the scale/ budget of the production, the realising...

Save the Date! 2018/2019 Auditions & Conventions (UPDATED 11/05/18)

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. Active registrations can be found below. September 2018 September 1st UPTA Registration Opens September 4th URTA Application  Opens September 14th SETC Pre-Screen Application Opens October 2018 October USITT19 Registration Opens October 15th MWTA Registration Opens October 15th- SETC Professional Application Opens November 2018 November 1st New World Rigging Symposium Registration Opens November 1st Theatre B...

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

What Do Broadway’s Best Lighting Designers Actually Do?

BY DARRYN KING via www.forbes.com ‘King Kong,’ under the lights of lighting designer Peter MumfordJOAN MARCUS No one applauds the lighting designer. Theater audiences are regularly dazzled by the costumes and sets, stirred by a writer’s words, an actor’s sweat and tears, enthralled by a director’s coup de théâtre. They may be moved by a piece of music or moment of sound design. But it’s the nature of lighting design that few audience members consciously notice it, let alone admire it, or leave the theater with a lasting impression of it. And yet, its role is crucial. “Lighting is in many ways the last creative act of the totally collaborative process that we call theatre,” says Peter Mumford, the lighting designer behind two shows this season, “King Kong” and “The Ferryman.” Si...

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-...

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...

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...

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