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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...

Touch Down: Tech Crew!

In theatre, the technical crew is one of the most vital aspects of making a show run smoothly. Tech crews cross over through all genres of media and entertainment and even step into the sports arena. One of the great technical feats in sporting events is the set up of the Superbowl Halftime Show. Did we mention it’s done in less than 10 minutes? See how the field at Hard Rock Stadium was converted from football to concert settings in quick order at Super Bowl LIV. 2020 Superbowl Halftime Show Timelapse  

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.

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...

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...

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

How to Design Your School Production on a Budget

What’s the #1 most important thing when it comes to designing a show? Reading the script. Doing so will inform you exactly what you need for your design, and theoretically, budget size shouldn’t matter. However, when it comes to budget-tight productions, knowing exactly what you need will help you achieve your design in the most frugal way. In this article from Playbill.com, Broadway designers offer suggestions based on discipline, best practices, and their picks for inexpensive products. VIEW ARTICLE via www.playbill.com

What Does It Take to Be a Ballet Company’s Head of Wardrobe on Opening Night?

As head of wardrobe for the Joffrey Ballet, Ellie Cotey has her hands full when it comes to creating costumes from scratch for a full-length production. Managing a team of 50 builders, alterations, dress rehearsals, and of course, laundry, requires a strong leadership skillset. Dance Magazine chats with Cotey about her role as Head of Wardrobe and what a typical opening night’s schedule looks like. (Spoiler: The work begins early in the morning!) READ ARTICLE via www.dancemagazine.com

Register for the 2019 CUE Professional Development Conference!

REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN! WHAT: 2019 CUE Professional Development Conference WHEN: July 19 – 21, 2019 WHERE: Madison, WI Join ETC and High End Systems for the fifth CUE conference hosted by ETC! This professional development conference was created for end users of all skill levels including designers, programmers, educators, and students.CUE 2019 features interactive classes on a variety of topics led by ETC employees and industry experts, including several surprise guests. On top of the opportunity to experiment with all the latest ETC gear, CUE also gives attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers and the ETC professionals behind the company’s award-winning products. In addition, ETC will host exciting events and tours of its legendary factory, giving att...

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

The Fake Food Cookbook

The Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can’t Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV created by Karestin Harrison and Tamara L. Honesty from Focal Press is a handy new resource for prop makers in all areas of the entertainment industry. Learn more and give it a try: READ ARTICLE via www.stage-directions.com

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