Stephen Peithman, Founding Editor of SD, Receives AACT Art Cole Award

by Breanne George

LAS VEGAS – With an extensive and diverse career in community theatre that includes roles as director, actor, educator and founding editor of Stage Directions, Stephen Peithman has received the American Association of Community Theatre’s (AACT) Art Cole Award, honoring “a lifetime of leadership in community theatre.”

Summer Stock Shout-Out

by Jacob Coakley

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Vermont really heats up in the summer.

 It’s July, which means summer stock and outdoor theatre. One historic “summer stock” theatre is the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vt. I put “summer stock” in quotes because in the ‘90s the Weston moved beyond just a summer schedule to offer productions year round. But there wouldn’t be any theatre at all if it weren’t for the efforts of Weston architect Raymond Austin, who converted the Congregational church on the town green into a theatre, and Boston Conservatory teacher Harlan Grant, who started the theatre’s summer stock company in 1937 with a production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever.

Sundance Institute Partners with Luma Foundation for Inaugural Directors Retreat

by Jacob Coakley
The Sundance Institute Theatre Directors Retreat takes place July 29-Aug. 9.

 


The Sundance Institute Theatre Directors Retreat takes place July 29-Aug. 9.

Talk about your vacation opportunities! The Sundance Institute and the Luma Foundation have partnered to offer six “mid-career, freelance directors” a 12-day retreat in Arles, France at the Domaine de l'Armellière. It is the first director-centered residency from the Institue, and will offer six directors (Anne Kauffman, Lisa Peterson, Indhu Rubasingham, Ken Rus Schmoll, Liesl Tommy and Chay Yew) the opportunity to “exchange ideas and practices” with each other and Philip Himberg, the artistic director of the Sundance Institute, and Christopher Hibma, producting director of the Institute.

Susan Medak Celebrates Two Decades At The Helm Of Berkeley Rep

by Jacob Coakley

BERKELEY, CA —To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Susie Medak serving as its managing director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre  has released a short video of local and national artists, politicians and philanthropists toasting and roasting Medak. This short video includes humorous and loving commentary from her partner in crime, artistic director Tony Taccone, as well as legendary performer Rita Moreno, renowned producer Tom Hulce, local politicians like Tom Bates and Loni Hancock, and philanthropists such as Marjorie Randolph of Walt Disney Studios and Bernard Beaudraux of Target Corporation. The video can be seen after the jump.

Tait Acquires Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering

by Jacob Coakley
Tait has acquired Stage Technologies

 


Tait has acquired Stage Technologies

Tait (the new company formed after scenic design and construction company Tait Towers partnered with Fisher Technical Services, Inc., a scenic automation and control company) has enlarged its stable even more, acquiring Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering, another worldwide leader in stage automation. The new company will aim to leverage each other’s extensive expertise and variety of automation tools, with TAIT focusing on the touring market and Stage Technologies focusing on permanent installations for theatres and other large-scale installations. Mark Ager, CEO Stage Technologies Group said, in a release: “We are very excited to be joining forces with Tait. Not only will our clients benefit from our increased capacity, but by unifying our engineering, design and R&D teams, we will be able to offer a greater diversity of both hardware and software across the globe.”

Taste of Theatre Event to Take Chicago

by Kevin M. Mitchell
 Victory Gulley, the organizer behind Taste of Theater event.


Victory Gulley, the organizer behind Taste of Theater event.
“Previews” of new works plans to be an annual event

They have previews for movies. Why not for theatre? That’s Victor Gulley's viewpoint. The Chicago playwright said he was booking a play in a local theatre when “the thought came to me that whenever you go to a regular movie, you get six previews. Well… why not do that for live theatre?”

His A Taste of Theater is an ambitious event to be held October 12–13. During the day they’ll be workshops, classes, and roundtable discussions with theatre professionals. “It is designed for anyone to learn about the theatre.” The evenings will be filled with snippets from new works.

TCG and Edgerton Foundation Name First Round of 2011 Award Winners

by Jacob Coakley
 19 TCG theatres received part of $485,000 to support the development of a new American play.

 


19 TCG theatres received part of $485,000 to support the development of a new American play.

TCG has awarded the first round of Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards for 2011. The 19 theatres receiving the grants (between $5,000-$75,000, totaling $485,000) will use the funds to extend the development and rehearsal period of the new plays. A second round of Edgerton grants will be awarded in September, to TCG member theaters “with a strong and consistent track record of producing new work.” Interested theatres should submit letters of inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TCG Names 2010 Awards Winners

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK—The TCG Awards, presented during TCG’s National Conference in Chicago this past June, exist to salute extraordinary dedication to the American theatre community, the recipients of this honor are nominated by their peers and selected by TCG’s Board of Directors.  Since 2001, TCG’s member theatres have been asked each year to nominate one person or organization for each of the six prestigious awards.  On stage at the Palmer House Hilton’s Red Lacquer Room, TCG recognized the Joyce Foundation with the Regional Funder award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize with the National Funder award, Jack Reuler, A.D. of Mixed Blood Theatre with the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, Anne Kauffman with Alan Schneider Director Award, Bill Rauch, A.D. of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Visionary Leadership Award and Bernard Gersten, executive producer at Lincoln Center Theater, with the Theatre Practitioner Award.

TDF Announces 2013-2014 Schedule of Autism Friendly Performances

by Jacob Coakley
TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative offers affordable tickets to special “autism-friendly” performances of Broadway shows.

 


TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative offers affordable tickets to special “autism-friendly” performances of Broadway shows.

Theatre Development Fund’s popular Autism Theatre Initiative has announced the 2013-2014 season schedule of autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows, and three Broadway shows will participate this year. The schedule is: Disney’s The Lion King on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 1pm at the Minskoff Theatre; Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2pm at the Foxwoods Theatre; and Wicked on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 1pm at the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets for the The Lion King are already practically sold out, but there is a list available for people to sign up for cancellations.