Design

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.

The History of Sound Design

From 3000 B.C., to the Victorian Era, to the new wave of technological advances we have today, sound design for theatre has come a long way. If you are a budding sound designer or a seasoned pro, check out TSDCA’s site that breaks down the history of sound design and see how far we’ve come. VIEW ARTICLE via www.tsdca.org

USITT 2020 – Register Now!

Welcome to Houston Join us in Houston for our Annual Conference & Stage Expo now in its 60th year. USITT 2020 will bring four days of education and networking to the George R. Brown Convention Center for technical theatre and live entertainment professionals and students. More than 250 educational sessions, hands-on demos, and learning opportunities will be available throughout the week. 350 exhibitors covering 52,000 square feet of Expo floor space will be ready to debut their newest products and answer any questions you may have. The Annual Conference & Stage Expo wouldn’t be what it is today without the loyalty and enthusiasm of our attendees and exhibitors. We can’t wait to see what the next 60 years brings. Registration Rates Our low registration rates are listed below. ...

American Theatre Wing: Career Guides

Check out American Theatre Wing’s series on Careers in the Theatre. These one-on-one interviews delve deep into the different areas of the theatre and discuss what it takes to make a career out of your given discipline. These were created in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. VIEW GUIDES via www.americantheatrewing.org

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

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