Technical Director

Know Before You Go: A USITT 2018 Guide

BY: JENN SHURON via www.usittshow.com   Know where you’re going and when Already registered? Great! Pick up your badge during these hours Find your way on the Expo Floor with the Stage Expo Map Plan out your schedule and stay current with room changes and other announcements with the USITT Show App.  Get your hands dirty Sign up for these Demos and Trainings to enhance your Conference experience. Is your first choice full? Check back for cancellations throughout the week: Console Training Prop Lab Lighting Studio Costume Lab Sound Lab Makeup Lab Expo Extravaganza! Make these Stage Expo areas part of your schedule: Interview Area: Make your LinkedIn profile visible to recruiters and set up meetings with exhibitors in the interview area. Resume Doctor: Looking to polish your resume? Stop by ...

FREE Braceworks™ Webinar – Register Today!

FREE WEBINAR – MARCH 20, 2018 via www.vectorworks.net Did you know that Vectorworks’ new add-on module, Braceworks™, provides design, production, and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load? Proper truss design is crucial to ensuring the safety and success of entertainment design projects. In this webinar Moritz Staffel, managing director at DeerSoft GmbH, will provide you with an in-depth look at how to conduct structural analysis in the entertainment field directly within Vectorworks®  software using the Braceworks™ add-on. Attendees will also learn about the improvements to truss tools, the difference between distributed and point leads, and how to properly support trusses. Learning Objectives: Examine the uses of th...

FREE 1 Hour Webinar: Designing in 3D for Broadway’s “DEAR EVAN HANSEN”

Want to know how to model completely in 3D for theater productions? Join Amanda Stephens, senior associate designer at David Korins Design, Inc., for a free, one-hour webinar as she walks through her workflow for the Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Attendees will learn best practices and tips and tricks on importing DWGs, using symbols, and moving from 2D drafting to 3D modeling. Wednesday, January 24 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Learning Objectives: Discover the advantages of working in 3D over 2D and how this applied to Dear Evan Hansen. Explore how to work with 3D models to create sheet layouts that look like 2D drawings. Find out how to integrate video elements into the design via precise storyboarding. Learn how the real-time 3D model was created in Dear Evan Hansen to assis...

National Association of Music Merchants – 2018 NAMM Show

THE NAMM SHOW  is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.  This year’s NAMM Show will take place January 25-28, 2018. As an attendee, you can… Explore products from more than 2,000 exhibitors, showcasing over 7,000 brands. LEARN from industry experts at hundreds of educational sessions. Connect with other industry professionals at more than 150 networking events. Spot i...

MAC Encore Lighting Products – 2018 Winter Demo Tour (RSVP TODAY!)

Experience Martin by HARMAN’s new  MAC Encore™ Line of products. With the success of our fall tour and the addition of our recently introduced MAC Encore Wash products, we’re excited to get back on the road this winter! Our 2018 demo tour hits the U.S. in January and February 2018, and is the best opportunity to experience firsthand, the new whisper-silent benchmark in performance lighting.  Also learn about light quality measurement and LED lighting design while seeing some of the industry’s best products working in real-time. We will also be bringing a lineup of some of our most popular products including: the full complement of Martin VDO Creative Video products including Sceptron, Face 5, and P3 along with products from JBL and Soundcraft. Each event day is open from 10:30a...

Hemp Houses: Know the Ropes

The National Theatre in Washington, D.C., recently replaced its hemp-and-sandbag system, pictured above, with a counterweight system (see below). How modernization and automation are rendering a once-common rigging system a historic relic. BY LISA LACROCE PATTERSON   In 1991, I was on staff at New York City’s Theatre for a New Audience when founding artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz and his team produced a revival of Romeo and Juliet at the Victory Theater on West 42nd Street. I remember being in that huge, musty theatre with the company for the first time. The Victory dated back to 1900, yet the young, energetic actors ran around the place like it was their own personal playground, climbing to various levels and remarking on the theatre’s historic details. With a sense of awe and ex...

How to Rig and then Quickly Restore a Falling Bookcase

BY: JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com “And that my friend is why I’m never allowed in Cook County without my state issued ID and an International Order of Odd Fellows ring.” “I hate to interrupt such an interesting story,” Alex said, “But we just got an email from the stage manager. Looks like they want the stage right shelf over the computer to fall and then restore in a six-second blackout.” That’s the shelf with all the teaching books on it, yeah?, I ask. “I’m afraid so, and if it falls all the way down the weight will break the computer monitor on the desk below it.” Let’s noodle on this tonight and see what we can come up with, I conclude. Alex mocked up a shelf the same size as the one on the set so we could try a few things out. Sce...

2018 StrawHat Registration NOW OPEN!

WHAT: 2018 StrawHat Auditions WHEN: March 16-18, 2018 WHERE: Pace University – New York City How StrawHat Registration Works for the Performer One Audition, multiple job opportunities – All in one day. StrawHat Auditions are open to non-Equity performers age 18 and older: singers, dancers, and actors. Opportunities are available in summer theatres, production and entertainment companies, cruise ships, theme parks, and special events. Registration: Complete the online form and submit your non-refundable annual registration fee (also known as your subscription), then mail your hard-copy application and supporting materials (see INSTRUCTIONS). Apply for a Song & Monologue, Monologue Only, or Dancer Who Sings audition (see AUDITION TYPES). Every submission received by the deadline date is ...

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

via etnow.com ESTA and PLASA announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper. In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design tr...

Upholstering a Chaise

BY: ERIC HART via www.props.eric-hart.com I just finished Buyer and Cellar at Triad Stage. We needed an all-white antique French chaise. I could not find any within our budget, especially since I knew I would need to reupholster anything I found. One of the great prop secrets is that you can order furniture frames from companies that sell to professional upholsters. I found a company that made a chaise in the style I needed. You can order a frame unfinished and knocked down, which means it arrives without any paint or stain, and it is completely unassembled. The cost is a fraction of a finished piece (and the shipping is far cheaper, too). Unboxing the chaise The frame came flatpacked just like a piece of IKEA furniture, only instead of allen keys, it fit together with glue and dowels. Ass...

MWTA Registration Opens November 1st

The 2018 MidWest Theatre Auditions (MWTA) Registration opens TOMORROW, November 1st! The registration link will open at 10:00 am CENTRAL TIME. Please note that registration fills up quickly, so have all your information and payment ready before you begin the application. There is an application fee of $50 for Actors and $45 for DTSM due with submission of application, payable online by Visa or MasterCard. MWTA does  NOT accept any other forms of payment. Checks and cash are NOT accepted. Acting Auditions All applicants should bring copies of their résumés and headshots to the auditions for callbacks. After you send in your application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation by January 1st which will guide you through the process of sending in a small headshot that will be given to the the...

Get Up Close With the Props of Dear Evan Hansen

BY HANNAH VINE POSTED ON: PLAYBILL.COM A lot goes into putting on a Broadway show, from the performances and sound engineering to stage management and lighting. There’s so much happening onstage, that often, theatregoers miss the smaller details—like the props. We went backstage at the Music Box Theatre for an up-close look at the props used in the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, and spoke to props supervisor for the the show Buist Bickley. Bickley gave us a run-down on how the props were selected and what steps are taken to maintain them over a long run. Whether it’s collaborating with the scenic or set designers to create a cohesive look, or making sure the materials are all flame retardant, every last detail is specifically curated for aesthetic and practical purposes. “Dear Evan H...