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Romeo + Juliet: Star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English

BY MISHA BERSON  via www.seattletimes.com In ACT Theatre’s “Romeo + Juliet,” Joshua Castille, as Romeo, will discourse primarily through American Sign Language (ASL). Gabriella O’ Fallon, as Juliet, will deliver her lines in spoken English. Shakespeare’s text has gone through a several-step translation process, then turned into ASL poetry. Wooing Juliet from beneath her balcony, Romeo proclaims, “O, speak again, bright angel!” The star-crossed teen lovers do a lot of talking in Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of “Romeo and Juliet,” which contains some of the richest, most passionately lyrical verse in the Bard of Avon’s canon. And the pair will have plenty to say in the new ACT Theatre production — but they will be speaking the speech in two different languages. Noted deaf...

Register for Taste to Appetite: Audience-Building Strategies (WEBINAR)

REGISTER HERE WEBINAR: From Taste to Appetite: Audience-Building Strategies from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, March 5, 2-3pm ET   Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ (OTSL) newer audiences weren’t spending enough on tickets to replace the losses of those departing. OTSL used market research and analysis to test the impact of innovative new programs like Opera Tastings in order to develop a new audience with an appetite for opera. The results? More than three-quarters of the Tastings attendees were new, with an average of 42 percent later buying tickets to their mainstage productions. The question they now face: how to not only maintain, but financially sustain, this audience growth? What did they do and how might their experience inform your theatre’s audience-building efforts? What ...

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...

How the Stunt Coordinator of ‘GLOW’ Creates a Safe Space in the Wrestling Ring

BY RACHEL CLEMMONS via www.backstage.com Stunt performer and coordinator Shauna Duggins is no stranger to primetime, having worked on series like “Alias,” “Ray Donovan,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and more. And she’s just getting started. Ahead of this year’s 70th Emmy Awards, where Duggins is nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for her work on Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch’s 1980s female wrestling hit “GLOW”—just renewed for a third season—Backstage chatted with the nominee about building trust with the cast of the Netflix series, and how she ended up with what she calls the coolest job ever. ‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Betty Gilpin of ‘GLOW’ on Getting Your Hopes Up for a Dream Role You have a background in gymnastics. How did that turn into a passion for stunt work? At first I didn’t...

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 ...

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

Parting the Clouds of Callbacks and Casting

BY LAURIE RECORDS via www.castingnetworks.com The commercial casting process shouldn’t be a mystery. While every job is unique, there is an underlying structure to the process that, in theory anyway, we’ve all committed to when casting commercials. Why? Because it works! When talking to actors, there seems to be a cloud around callbacks, specifically, what happens after the callback. The stakes are higher during callbacks and what happens after, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be as informed about this part of the process as you are about the rest. Because knowledge is power, let me shed some light on the process that ought to pierce the clouds of confusion and anxiety. Say you had a terrific callback. But what the heck happens next? For you, not all that much. Just make sure you’re cl...

How Writer-Director Robert O’Hara Decides Which Plays to Direct and Which to Hand Over

BY MERVYN ROTHSTEIN via www.playbill.com It’s a unique voice, an exciting young voice, dealing with issues around race and identity and sexuality,” Obie-winning director and playwright Robert O’Hara says. “New ideas and new thoughts. I love plays that capture the imagination, that take you on a ride and an adventure. And I think this play does.” O’Hara is talking about Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, which O’Hara directs at New York Theatre Workshop. The play, about black and white in white America, was called “willfully provocative, gaudily transgressive and altogether staggering,” as well as “furiously entertaining,” by The New York Times. Robert O’Hara and Jeremy O. Harris Marielle Solan O’Hara often directs his own plays, but recently directed works by Kirsten Childs and will direc...

Observing the Calling of “COMPANY” in London

BY HOPE ROSE KELLY via www.stagemanagers.org Reaching out to the Stage Management Association of the UK (UK SMA), I inquired if they had any observation opportunities from their members. Andy Rowley (Executive Director) kindly put a call out and Sharon Hobden, who is currently the DSM for Company, sent me an invite. This production has been noted for the gender swapping of the lead character Bobby and some other roles plus the storyline has been updated thereby bringing it into the 21stcentury with a natural ease that had I not known its origins, I would have thought it was a new musical written for today. Patti LuPone stars in the role originated by Elaine Strich. With a bit of tongue in cheek (given her history of admonishing patrons about cell phone use at the theatre), the recorded cur...

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 ...

DIRECTORS LAB NORTH

DIRECTORS LAB NORTH   Directors Lab North is a directing lab based in Toronto, Canada, geared toward professional practicing directors in all stages of their career from all across Canada and abroad. Now in its 9th year, the Lab fosters a national and international exchange between a community of emerging, mid level and established career directors that need a safe space to explore and connect with like-minded peers. Participants are exposed to foreign techniques and practices, broadening their scope and repertoire. It is a series of workshops, readings, investigations, roundtable discussions, shared sessions and master classes led by master theatre practitioners.

Why a Tony-Winning Director Decided to Return to Acting By JEN GUSHUE

  “I think all actors have a little bit of director brain. But it’s been really nice not to feel any urge to ‘fix’ anything.” David Cromer on costarring in The Waverly Gallery on Broadway — How do you follow up winning the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical? For David Cromer, who snagged that statuette for his work on The Band’s Visit, the answer was to book an acting gig. The prolific director — who launched his career in Chicago before making his name Off-Broadway with the musical Adding Machineand a long-running production of Our Town — had dabbled in performing in the past. (He played the Stage Manager in Our Town, had a small part in the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and even did an arc on the TV se...

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