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Q&A with RSC head of voice Kate Godfrey

BY TIM BANO via www.thestage.co.uk With a remit covering vocal techniques, teaching dialects and interpreting text, Kate Godfrey coaches the Royal Shakespeare Company’s actors to make the most challenging lines comprehensible on stage. She tells Tim Bano why striving for clarity rather than sounding posh is the key to making yourself understood A few years into his career as a lawyer, the ancient Roman orator Cicero, the man who practically invented many of the techniques of modern rhetoric, decided he needed a voice coach. There’s an extraordinary continuity that two millennia later, ahead of the West End opening of Imperium, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Robert Harris’ Cicero trilogy, Kate Godfrey is working with the cast on some of the same techniques Apollonius Molon us...

OPINION: Will there ever be a Tony Award for Stage Management?

BY MATTHEW STERN via www.stagemanagers.org The 2017-18 Broadway season is officially in the rearview mirror and culminated in the Tony Awards a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve been reflecting on the season and about stage managers.  Because stage management is what I think about. And I wondered why there isn’t a Tony Award for the stage manager? Our industry honors so many in our industry, but on its special nationally televised night. There is no stage management acknowledgement. In fact, there is no annual stage management award at any of the big ceremonies: Drama Desks, Obies, Outer Circle Critics, Lortels, etc… It would be great to be recognized, of course; but we stage managers don’t make the cut. Why? Here are my six reasons why stage managers don’t get awards #1. Awards focus on what...

Theatre Concierge

Name Pj Phillips Date 06/25/2018 Venue Center Theatre Group Email ctgjobs@ctgla.org Job Discription POSITION TITLE: Theatre Concierge REPORTS TO: House Manager DIRECT REPORTS: None WORK SCHEDULE: Part-Time, typically nights & weekends STATUS: Non-Exempt, Hourly ABOUT THE COMPANY: Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s most influential and ambitious nonprofit theatre companies, producing and presenting a wide variety of plays and musicals each year in our three Los Angeles venues: the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. A beacon of creativity and a driving force in the creation, development and production of new work, Center Theatre Group has been the birthplace of plays that have been honored with Tony Awards, Ovation Awards, L.A. Drama Critic Circ...

A Day in the Life of Hamilton’s Stage Manager

BY MARC J. FRANKLIN via www.playbill.com By the time Hamilton’s Amber White takes her perch in the stage manager’s booth at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, an entire theatrical engine has been hard at work, ready to cross its final hurdle: show time. Following her through her daily workload, we see what it takes to raise the curtain on Broadway each night. Hamilton production stage manager Amber White Marc J. Franklin After a long day of preparation, the company stands in the wings. Patrons shuffle into their seats. White sits before her script. With her call, the lights on the stage fade as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical comes to life for yet another performance. Hamilton‘s stage management officeMarc J. Franklin Bringing a show to the stage nightly requires a complex ecosystem of cast a...

How to Become a TV Director

BY BENJAMIN LINDSAY via www.backstage.com Making it onto the small screen as an actor is one thing, but doing it as a director is another thing entirely. With this Backstage Guide, we give you the tips and tricks you need to build the experience, reel, and relationships that will one day lead to you sitting in the director’s chair while helming television’s next big thing.  What is the responsibility of the director? At the end of the day, a director’s responsibility is to organize, facilitate, and capture the desired footage that will ultimately make up a film or television program. While their day-to-day responsibilities may differ based on the medium in which they’re working, they are always one of the top above-the-liners and authority figures on set, and more often than not, they have...

SEEKING IMMEDIATE FEMALE ASM REPLACEMENT – Creede Repertory Theatre

Creede Repertory Theatre has lost a female Assistant Stage Manager and needs an immediate replacement. Starts as early as this week (June 12th) and runs through August 26th. This is a multi-show track running in rep. Non-Equity Position replacing female in a shared female housing situation. Email devonmukosm@gmail.com with resume and cover letter for specific contract information.    

2018 Tony Award Winners

BY ADAM HETRICK via www.playbill.com The intimate chamber musical The Band’s Visit, which transferred to Broadway last fall following a sold-out world-premiere run at the Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway, was the biggest winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, which were presented June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk Matthew Murphy Tony voters responded to composer David Yazbek and playwright Itamar Moses’ adaptation of the 2007 film by Eran Kolirin about an Egyptian police band stranded in a remote village in the Israeli desert, awarding it ten Tony Awards in total, including Best Musical. The Band’s Visit earned Tony Awards for Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Direction (David Cromer), Best Orchestrations (Jamshied Sharifi), Best Sound Design (Kai Hara...

What it takes to put on the Tony Awards

BY CAITLIN HUSTON via www.broadway.news After more than 15 years producing the Tony Awards, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss have learned the tips and tricks of putting on the show at Radio City Music Hall. One trick: adding a false proscenium to reduce the size of the 100-foot-wide stage, so that the musical numbers do not look dwarfed by their surroundings. With that issue behind them, Kirshner and Weiss are concentrated on overseeing more than 700 people inside the house, from stagehands to production staff and cast members, in addition to nailing down the running order and making sure hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban have moments to shine. Weiss, who is also directing the Tony Awards show, and Kirshner have been preparing for the awards show all season, as they both try to see every ...

Summer 2018 Industry Conferences – Register Today!

Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference – “Crossing Borders” June 21 – 23, 2018 The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre – Toronto, Ontario (Canada) Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas was founded in 1985 as the volunteer membership organization for the professions of literary management and dramaturgy. LMDA is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization with members throughout North America and abroad. LMDA holds the belief that theater is a vital art form that has the power to nourish, educate, and transform individuals and their communities and that dramaturgy is central to the process of theater-making. Registration Information All full-conference registration fees are per person and include one banquet ticket. LMD...

Employment: Actors Theatre of Louisville – UPDATED 06.05.18

WORKING AT ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE – UPDATED 06.05.18 We invite applicants for the following positions to join us in supporting our vision to build a home for inspired collaboration that helps to shape the future of the American theatre. Actors Theatre is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff and students. Individuals from traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR The Artistic Director (AD) will lead the development and evolution of the artistic vision for Actors Theatre. In co-equal partnership with Managing Director, Kevin E. Moore, the AD will also lead the organization to ensure the theatre company’s success – as measured by its artistic excellence, its engagement and impact in the community, its fis...

Recipients of the 2018 Chita Rivera Awards

BY: OLIVA CLEMENT via www.playbill.com Performers Ariana DeBose, who currently stars in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway, and Tony Yazbeck (Prince of Broadway) were among the winners at this evening’s 2018 Chita Rivera Awards in New York City. Tony Yazbeck in Prince of Broadway Ryoji Fukuoka Sergio Trujillo took home the award for Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway show for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; and Carousel, which had the most nominations of the evening, tied with Mean Girls for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show. Off-Broadway, Zach Morris and Jennine Willet were honored for their choreography of Ghost Light; Monica Bill Barnes took home the award for Outstanding Female Dancer for her performance in the WP Theater production of One Night Only; and Ro...

Creede Repertory – Now Hiring FULL TIME PM & Facilities Manager

Current Full-Time Openings PRODUCTION AND FACILITIES MANAGER Creede Repertory Theatre’s Production Manager has primary responsibility for the scheduling, budgeting, staffing and execution of all aspects of physical production, including scenery, lights, costumes, props, paint, sound, and stage management for all productions, on site workshops, readings and events. CRT’s Facilities Manager is responsible for the buildings and grounds of the theatre, directing the Maintenance Employee and overseeing the upkeep of equipment and vehicles. The Facilities Manager is in charge of the Facilities budget and must negotiate with outside vendors for supplies and repairs. Click HERE for a PDF of full job description

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