Design

What Does It Take to Be a Ballet Company’s Head of Wardrobe on Opening Night?

BY MADELINE SCHROCK via www.dancemagazine.com Building a full-length ballet from scratch is an intense process. For the world premiere of Anna Karenina, a collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet, that meant original choreography by Yuri Possokhov, a brand-new score by Ilya Demutsky, costume and set designs by Tom Pye and lighting designs by David Finn. The lavish ballet features upwards of 200 complete looks—and more than 800 individual costume pieces. “In the Joffrey costume shop we have a team of six to nine people, but for a big production like Anna not everything is made in-house,” says Ellie Cotey, head of wardrobe for The Joffrey Ballet. She estimates that about 50 people total were involved in the build. “It is always fun to build beautif...

Sound Designer Peter Hylenski on his Design for Frozen the Musical

via www.stage-directions.com Grammy, Tony, and Olivier Award-nominated sound designer Peter Hylenski (Frozen, King Kong, Motown, Rock of Ages) used a variety of products from Waves Audio for Disney’s Frozen the Musical at the St. James Theater on Broadway, including Waves plugins, SoundGrid, and MultiRack. He detailed how the technologies helped him with sound effects and the illusion of voices approaching from a distance along with sound reinforcement. “As the sound designer for a new production, you first have to think about the production’s needs relative to the style of music and how that will integrate into the theater you’ll be playing,” Hylenski comments. “Ask yourself: What loudspeakers are required to cover the house appropriately? Is this an orchestral score, or pop/r...

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 attendees an exper...

Shining a Light on the Bard

via thelightingconnection.com This past season at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre was one filled with light, love and magic. Theatrical Lighting Connection was happy to be able to provide a series of fresh-off-the-line Martin Mac Encore Performance CLDs to add texture, color and a measure of grace to the performances. With the fixtures in a centerstage cluster and an open set, they needed the cool, quiet light that only the Encore CLD can provide. Lighting Designer Thom Weaver had this to say regarding the use of them in late-spring’s production of Macbeth:   “I wanted the new Martin Encore CLD units for two primary reason: silence and precision… The Encores are an extraordinary combination of both. They’re essentially silent, and feature a level of resolution that̵...

2019 Oscar Winners: The Full List

Compiled by Sara Aridi via www.nytimes.com • “Green Book” won best picture, Rami Malek won best actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Olivia Colman won best actress for “The Favourite.” Alfonso Cuarón won best director and best cinematography for “Roma,” which also won best foreign language film. • Spike Lee won his first competitive Oscar for best adapted screenplay. His speech was a doozy. • Read about the best and worst moments of the show. • Read our analysis of the ceremony. See the best looks from the red carpet. Best Picture: “Green Book” Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” Actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”  Original Screenplay: “Green Bo...

A Conversation with Costume Designer Dede Ayite

BY HOWARD SHERMAN via www.stage-directions.com With a resume of recent costume design credits including American Son and Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, Fireflies at Atlantic Theatre Company, Slave Play at New York Theatre Workshop and School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play for MCC Theater, it’s slightly surprising to learn a few facts about Dede Ayite’s education and training. “I double majored in theater and behavioral neuroscience,” says Ayite, a graduate of Lehigh University. As for her graduate work at Yale School of Drama? “Scene design,” she explains. Ayite connects the dots that took her through various courses of study to her burgeoning costume design career. Growing up in Ghana and only moving to the U.S. in her final years of high school, Ayite recalls, “I’d very muc...

Lighting Designer Valerio Tiberi on Lighting West Side Story in Italy

via www.stage-directions.com The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino hosted the return of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story 100 years after Bernstein’s birth. This musical theater masterpiece is one of the most loved shows still performed today. Lighting designer Valerio Tiberi drew inspiration for his work “from the new adaptation and the atmosphere of the Upper West Side of New York in the mid-1950s,” he says. Here’s a video of a previous version of West Side Story, performed at Teatro Carllo Felice in Genoa: “For this occasion, I requested and used the new Axcor Profile 600 from the Claypaky Axcor series for the first time in Italy,” adds Tiberi. Two versions are available on the market: one with a bright 500W 6,500K white LED source, and the other with...

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 ...

How the Phantom of the Opera’s Mask is Made

via www.stage-directions.com 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: In this video, Milliner and Phantom mask maker, Rodney Gordon walks us through the process of making these custom masks. Gordon works with the current Phantom, Ben Crawford on casting his face and making the mask along with Sam Fleming, the Associate Costume Designer and Thelma Pollard, Production Makeup Supervisor. (Pollard has been with the production since its opening.) The Costume Designer, Maria Björnson won Tony Awards for both the scenic and costume designs for The Phantom of the Opera. Gordon still works with the original mask design paper that was created by B...

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

The Judy Dearing Design Competition -Now Accepting Applications

The Black Theatre Network announces that they are accepting applications for The Judy Dearing Design Competition. The Black Theatre Network (BTN) established this award, which covers theatrical scenic, costume, and lighting design, in 1996 in honor of pioneering costume designer, Judy Dearing. The awards were created to encourage African American students focused on elements of theatrical design. The awards are presented every other year with the other major awards. All entries will be evaluated by a professional design panel. Judy Dearing Student Design Competition The purpose of this competition is to encourage Black Theatre students of design and give them an opportunity to have their work exhibited at the National Conference of the Black Theatre Network. Dearing (1940–1995) was an Afri...

The Fake Food Cookbook

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We are at that time of gift- giving, when we give things to people that we hope they will need and use. One ofthe gifts I received this summer and have used [Really, I did, see this month’s Answer Box] was a book thatTammy Honesty brought out to NYC on her last visit. The Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can’t Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV created by Karestin Harrison and Tamara L. Honesty from Focal Press is a great new resource. I spoke with the authors to learn how the book came into existence. Turns out when Karestin was the props person on the musical Spitfire Grill, and as the title suggests it takes place in a small restaurant she had a lot of breakfast food to make. Despite the many challenges that fake food poses she fell in love with the...

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