Technical

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

Mic Concealment Made Easy

BY THE POINT SOURCE SOUNDING BOARD BLOG via www.stage-directions.com One of the challenges that face both designers and technicians is how to hide a microphone on an actor. In their hair or in their costume; there weren’t a lot of good solutions to this challenge, until Point Source Audio created its EMBRACE™ Earmount microphone solution. As a customizable mic’ing solution that is engineered for concealing, EMBRACE has earned praise from end-users, as well as two patents from the U.S. Patent Office. The innovative design means the patented EMBRACE’s shapeable structure can be trimmed, bent and, shaped to a custom-fit for each user allowing for microphones to be easily concealed and quickly custom-fitted for the wearer—providing a placement of the microphone in just mere seconds that is con...

Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna Talks ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’

via www.theknockturnal.com To celebrate the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros. hosted an epic fan event in New York City on Monday, September 24. After getting all of the scoop on the costumes from Colleeen Atwood, we headed to the other side of 38 Parlor Loft to The Wand Room. Here all of the key wands were on display and Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna gave us some insight into his work on the film: The Knockturnal: Did you work on the last film as well? Pierre Bohanna: I did, yes! Luckily, I did the last film. We also did all of the Potter films as well. The Knockturnal: So you’ve been doing this for years? Pierre Bohanna: Yes.  Somehow I’ve made a career out of it. The Knockturnal: That’s incredible. And so tell me about the vision for the part...

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 ...

Working in Wardrobe

via www.stage-directions.com Here’s a video from the American Theatre Wing that takes a look at the work of the Wardrobe Department, specifically for the current production of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater. The costumes are created to fulfill the epic world that a play or musical inhabits. It takes lots of organization, maintenance, and often creativity to get the performers ready for each and every scene (and maybe even a quick change during a scene). They interview Patrick Bevilacqua, Assistant Costume Designer / Wardrobe Supervisor, Jessica Firorella, Internal Costume Swing, and Dean Amato, Male Principal Dresser for My Fair Lady. The costumes are vast for the company of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theater. They require multiple teams with various responsibilities to m...

Registration for the 2019 New World Rigging Symposium – Opens Nov 1st

REGISTRATION OPENING NOVEMBER 1 ESTA and USITT announce the second New World Rigging Symposium, taking place March 19-20, 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville, KY. Building on the enormous success of this year’s inaugural symposium, the 2019 event will once again provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies and help shape the future of the industry. Attendees at the 2018 symposium were impressed with the knowledge and passion of the presenters and their fellow attendees, which made for an educational and inspirational event. The mix of professional riggers, engineers, health and safety professionals, venue managers, educators, and manufact...

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