Technical

A Day in the Life of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Head of Props

BY KATE YOUDE  via www.inews.co.uk It’s a little bit like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get,” says Alan Smith of his job. A pig’s head takes pride of place on one of the cluttered benches in his dark workshop, while a hound’s skull peers down from a shelf. Both are fibreglass – for Smith is head of costume props, footwear and armoury at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he brings designers’ artistic visions to life. He made Captain Hook’s hook for Wendy & Peter Pan and Miss Trunchbull’s prosthetic body for the original production of Matilda the Musical. A gold lamé bondage suit sticks in his mind, although he can no longer remember the show it was for. “I’ve done some very strange things,” he admits. Recent project...

How ‘Mean Girls’ and More are Leaning into Video Design

BY CAITLIN HUSTON via www.broadway.news In “Mean Girls,” a large white wall can instantly transform from an African savanna to the hallway of a suburban American high school and then to a visualization of the world of social media. These scene changes come thanks to Finn Ross and Adam Young, who created the LED videos featured on the musical’s set, which is nominated for a Tony Award. Beyond “Mean Girls,” video and projection design is appearing more frequently on the stage, both to keep up with modern playwrights and with new technology. “I think there is an evolution happening,” Ross said. “Gradually more and more and more it’s accepted and understood.” Working alongside set designer Scott Pask, Ross and Young used 650 LED tiles — with each functioning as its own kind of television that ...

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...

How To Make a Marking Gauge for Curves

BY CHRISTOPHER SCHWARZ via www.popularwoodworking.com If you work with curves, you need a marking gauge that can deal with curves. Me, I make chairs. So I need a gauge that can follow the curve of a seat so I can delineate the lines for the scooped-out saddle, the spindles and the “gutter” – a shallow and decorative channel on traditional chairs. I also need a gauge such as this for marking out the armbow and the crest rail. These curves on a chair are convex and generally represent one radius. So the easiest solution is to use a marking gauge that has two points (instead of a flat face) that will follow a curve. This type of gauge was once quite common. And you can still buy them new if you look hard enough. A simple solution is to modify your existing marking gauge so it can follow curve...

2018 Tony Award Nominations

via www.playbill.com The 2018 Tony Awards Nominations were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants coming out on top with 12 nods each including Best Musical. Joining the two titles in the category were The Band’s Visit (with 11 nominations) and Frozen (earning three nods). Also earning 11 nominations were the Broadway revivals of Angels in America (becoming the most-nominated play in Broadway Tony history) and Carousel, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and My Fair Lady trailing closely behind with ten. Five nominated performers represented the two leading shows: Mean Girls’ Taylor Louderman, Ashley Park, and Grey Henson, and SpongeBob SquarePants’ Ethan Slater and Gavin Lee. The 72nd annual Tony Awards will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Sara Bareill...

How -To: Benches from ‘Beautiful Star’

BY ERIC HART via http://www.props.eric-hart.com A few months ago, Triad Stage put on their Christmas show, Beautiful Star. Though it was a remount, it had some major design changes this year. For the props shop, we needed to build six church benches that could be rearranged throughout the show to create various “locations.” For the quatrefoil cut-out, I laid out the pattern with a compass and cut it with a jigsaw. I sanded it smooth using a sanding drum that was nearly the same diameter as the individual circles in the pattern. Cutting the quatrefoils I took the time to make one of the quatrefoils as perfect as possible, and then used a pattern cutting bit on my router to cut the rest of the side panels. I needed twelve panels for the six benches I was making. So many panels The team wante...

New Theatre Jobs at Playbill

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Carnival Entertainment: Technician Postitions NOW HIRING

AUDIO TECHNICIAN OVERVIEW: The Audio Technician is responsible for the safe and proper operation of all the audio systems in the main theater for all shows and activities (includes full-cast production shows, magic shows, variety shows, Welcome Aboard Show, Carnival Legends Show, Game Shows, lounge talks & presentations and more). You are also responsible for the cleaning, maintenance and ensuring the proper functioning of all audio systems in the various venues around the ship. APPLY FOR THIS JOB AUTOMATION TECHNICIAN OVERVIEW: The Automation technician is the operator of the automated stage rigging system in the main theater (up to 32 automated drops) for all shows and activities (includes full-cast production shows, magic shows, variety shows, Welcome Aboard Show, Carnival Legends S...

Winners of the 2018 Olivier Awards

BY BWW NEWS DESK via www.broadwayworld.com FULL NOMINATIONS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018 WITH MASTERCARD Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical: Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre ** WINNER! Ross Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Jason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Cleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic ** WINNER! Tracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier Rachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Lesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Outstanding Achievement In Music Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Music and Orchestrations by Dan Gillespie Sell...

A Word to the Wise on Resumes & Cover Letters

BY JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com We get so many resumes here at the Public Theater it’s sometimes hard to go through all of them. So, there are some things I look for and some things that are just standard practices. With a lot of you graduating out there or applying for internships or maybe just old codgers like me looking to revisit and update your resume so you can remember where you worked and how cool it was, here are some good rules and tips from us, (myself and Sara Swanberg, the prop shop manager for The Public Theater), the people who have to actually read your resumes and make hiring decisions.

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 ...

Roundabout Trains the Next Generation of Backstage Workers

The Theatrical Workforce Development Program readies young people to take on jobs backstage and in the booth. BY ALLISON CONSIDINE  via www.americantheatre.org Roundabout Theatre Company has been giving New York City public school students a taste of theatre for the past 20 years, with education initiatives that train public school faculty to teach theatre skills in the classroom, offer theatre tickets to school groups, and bring Roundabout teaching artists to all five boroughs to share lessons about different theatrical disciplines. But many students who got a glimpse backstage wanted to know more, and Roundabout recognized this as a missed opportunity to provide a pathway for interested students to build professional careers. “What we were seeing was that our students in the after-school...

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