Constable To Start Network to Support Women Working in Stage Lighting

by Jacob Coakley

LONDON—Stage News is reporting that Olivier Award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable is set to spearhead “an industry-wide support network for women employed in technical roles in the theatre.” According to the article Constable, currently represented on London’s West End with the Oliver! revival, wants to provide women working in lighting with an avenue to promote themselves as well as forum to network and share experiences. The organization will be called Women in Lighting, and according to the Stage will be designed to “battle the sense of ‘isolation’ she claims women feel in what is still a ‘male-dominated’ industry."

Creative Teams Announced for Major Musicals

by Jacob Coakley
The creative team for American Idiot at Berkeley Rep has been set

 

The creative team for American Idiot at Berkeley Rep has been set

BERKELEY, CA and CHICAGO—The Goodman and Berkeley Rep have announced the full creative teams for a couple of high profile musicals. At Berkeley Rep, the world premiere of American Idiot, based on the Green Day Grammy-winning album of the same name, will be directed by Michael Mayer, who also collaborated with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the story. In Chicago, the Goodman’s production of Animal Crackers, made famous by the Marx Brothers, will be directed by Henry Wishcamper. Full creative teams after the jump.

 

Curating the Closet of the Character

by Joe Kucharski
in Design
Troian Bellisario & Patrick J. Adams wear costumes designed by Denitsa Bliznakova for The Last Match
Troian Bellisario & Patrick J. Adams wear costumes designed by Denitsa Bliznakova for The Last Match

Designing a contemporary costume plot
Period and fantasy productions transport you to a world far removed from your own, and with that the costume designer is challenged to create an entire world that is completely foreign to an audience, or recreate one that a portion of the audience might recall quite vividly. The challenge for the costume designer of a contemporary dressed production is that the audience is much more familiar with the world of the story. Within our global society, even with a story that takes place half way around the world, there are higher expectations of the clothing and how it serves to express character. Tony Award-winning costume designer (Eclipsed), Clint Ramos describes it this way, “I think the most successful contemporary productions I’ve seen, and been involved in, are where the clothes are so perfect they actually are invisible in the right way. Contemporary dress productions require utmost truth in costuming. The audience can spot a lie in a second because it is their world—so really, the choices need to be ultra-specific and precise.” 

D.C. Mayor Fenty To Welcome Arena Stage Back to Mead Center

by Stage Directions
WASHINGTON, D.C.—District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty will hold a press conference at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater to welcome Arena Stage back to their newly expanded theatre campus in Southwest D.C. on August 16. The Mayor, along with city officials and the Arena Stage staff, will celebrate the return on the day of the company’s 60th anniversary.

Da-Lite Screen Company Receives Best Buzz Award

by Stage Directions
LAS VEGAS – Da-Lite Screen Company has announced that it has been awarded the Best Projection Screen Award by Insight Media for the new 3D Virtual Black projection screen material. Insight Media announced the 2008 InfoComm/Projection Summit Best Buzz Awards to attendees that both impressed Insight Media analysts and created a “buzz” at InfoComm and Projection Summit.  The awards were given to products and technologies visible on the show floor and worthy of highlighting.

Danley Introduces Go-2-8CX Loudspeaker

by Jacob Coakley
The Danley Go-2-8CX Loudspeaker

Danley’s new Go-2 line of loudspeakers is designed to be a smaller, low-cost loudspeaker that still uses the Danley patented Synergy Horn technology in clever ways to give it high-quality sound. The Go-2-8CX uses an eight-inch coaxial driver and uses injection-molded cabinets that are constructed in Gainesville, Ga., with the rest of Danley’s products. With its sleek aesthetics and rigging points the Go-2 can be used indoors, but it is also impervious to weather and can be used outdoors as well. Plans are to expand the line in the future.

David Court Wins Rose Brand & Fan Choice Award in Scenic Design

by Jacob Coakley
David Court’s work on Waiting for Godot earned him accolades from Rose Brand.

 


David Court’s work on Waiting for Godot earned him accolades from Rose Brand.

Congrats to scenic designer David Court! He has been named the winner of the “Rose Brand & Fan Choice Awards” in the scenic design category. The awards contest was hosted on Rose Brand’s Facebook and Pinterest pages. Court won the fan voting in scenic design, and was also chosen by Rose Brand as the winner in that category. You can see more of his work on the Rose Brand blog.

David Cregan, O.S.A., Ph.D., New Chair of the Theatre Department of Villanova University

by Jacob Coakley
Left to right: Villanova University President Fr. Peter Donohue, Dr. Joanna Rotte, Fr. Richard Cannuli, Fr. David Cregan

 


Left to right: Villanova University President Fr. Peter Donohue, Dr. Joanna Rotte, Fr. Richard Cannuli, Fr. David Cregan

David Cregan, O.S.A., Ph.D. has been named Chair of the Theatre Department of Villanova University. Fr. David is associate professor in the Theatre Department, worked as a professional actor before becoming a priest, and has concentrated study in Irish theatre, including several publications. He also reviews theatre for Philadelphia Magazine.

Debra Schmidt Named Chief Development Officer for United Performing Arts Fund

by Jacob Coakley

Debra Schmidt is the new chief development officer for the United Performing Arts Fund. In this new role Schmidt will work closely with the UPAF CEO and Board to develop and lead fundraising strategies to achieve the goals of the annual UPAF campaign. Schmidt served as Interim Chief Development Officer during the peak of the 2014 UPAF Campaign and for the past 17 years has been owner and CEO of Loyalty Leader Inc., providing business development, customer retention and fundraising strategies for almost 200 companies and organizations throughout the United States.

Design Inspiration: Costume Conversations at USITT

by Stage Directions
SD Editor Michael S. Eddy with Bobbi Owen and William Ivey Long
SD Editor Michael S. Eddy with Bobbi Owen and William Ivey Long

At the 2018 USITT Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Stage Directions and USITT hosted the Stage Directions Studio on the show floor. Over the three days we spoke with a wide variety of theater artisans, designers, technicians, and practitioners about their thoughts and advice on an array of topics in their respective theatrical disciplines. This month we are including some of the thoughts of three of the costume designers we sat down with during the show. They shared with us their mentors, their influences and also offered their humble advice to those starting out on a life in theatrical design. They are all talented designers, teachers, and authors of books on costume design. We thank them for taking the time out of their busy USITT schedule to generously share their experiences and thoughts with SD. Here are Rafael Jaen, William Ivey Long and Carolina Jimenez Flores in their own words: