Design

2020 Tony Awards – Nominations Announced

via www.broadway.com Nominations have arrived for the 2020 Tony Awards! Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart announced the nominees live on October 15. As previously announced, the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have revealed the ceremony will take place digitally this fall. Leading the nominations are the musical Jagged Little Pill with 15, Moulin Rouge! with 14 and Slave Play with 12. The full list of nominations can be found below. Best Play Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl Sea Wall/A Life by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp Best Musical Moulin Rouge! Jagged Little Pill Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Best Revival of a Play A Soldier’s Play Betrayal Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Bes...

UPDATE: Broadway to Remain Closed Through May 30, 2021

Official Press Release from The Broadway League Broadway Update On Performance Cancellations New York, NY – October 9, 2020 – The Broadway League announces the continued suspension of all ticket sales for Broadway performances in NYC through May 30, 2021.   Dates for each returning and new Broadway show will be announced as individual productions determine the performance schedules for their respective shows.  The League will provide updates to the public as more information becomes available. “With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we rai...

NETC Virtual Auditions – Application Opens Oct. 15

NETC Virtual Audition Overview With this new format, we anticipate that many casting agents and directors will participate in the event, offering both summer and year-round employment to performing actors, musical theatre performers, and theatre technicians, as well as Equity Membership Candidacy Programs. An average of 30 companies are represented at these auditions annually, including summer and year-round theatres (Equity and non-Equity), college-based summer theatres, repertory companies, Shakespearian and Renaissance Festivals, outdoor dramas and faires, music theatres, touring companies, children’s theatres, and dinner theatres, whose seasons include the classics, dramas, musicals, comedies, and revues. Casting companies and professional theatre training companies and conservat...

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

For more information on the following, please visit: https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/ This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a pla...

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

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

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