Theatre Resources Directory Debuts Online

by Jacob Coakley
The Theatre Resources Directory from Stage Directions is now available online.

 


The Theatre Resources Directory from Stage Directions is now available online.

The Theatre Resources Directory, Stage Directions’ annual directory of everything you need to create good theatre, is now online at trd.stage-directions.com. The Directory’s more than 1700 listings of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, repairers and trainers are now easily available to anyone with an internet connection. Since it’s online not only can users find what they need quickly and easily, but companies, schools, and theatres can easily add themselves to the database. Basic listings are absolutely free, and can be added at any time.

Theatre Resources Unlimited Seeks Musical Submissions

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Theater Resources Unlimited is seeking submissions for its 9th Annual TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series. The deadline for entry is August 22, 2009 for shows without a producer, August 31 for shows with one. The TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series was created to support producers who have an interest in developing new musicals.  Shows selected will receive staged readings to be presented on consecutive Monday evenings in December 2009 at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street (below W. 3rd Street), NYC.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Upgrades with Philips Selecon

by Jacob Coakley
Philips Selecon Aureol fixtures in the renovated lobby at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

 


Philips Selecon Aureol fixtures in the renovated lobby at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End recently underwent a £4million restoration. (More than $6 million U.S.) The theatre was built in 1810, so you can imagine the care they took to light the theatre lobby spaces and show off the art work that hangs throughout the theatre. And the fixture they chose to light the artwork was the Philips Selecon Aureol. Stage Electrics supplied 14 Philips Selecon Aureol’s all in white, 10 of the units came with beamshapers and the remainder were supplied with Snoot Top Hats.

Think you are Tech Savvy?

by Stage Directions
On the Fourth of July 2010 at 00:01 (CST) the First Annual Entertainment Industry Trivia Contest will officially begin. The contest will continue for one year, ending 3 July 2011 at 23:59 (CST).

Tiny FO7 from Look Solutions

by Stage Directions

Look Solutions announces debut of the Tiny Fogger 2007. Made in Germany and known as the TINY F07, it is the modified successor of the battery-operated, programmable Tiny-Fogger. Only four inches long, its palm-sized dimensions enable it to be easily incorporated into costumes, props and scenery for use in concerts, theatre and special effects applications. 

Tips on Thermoplastics from Costume Craftsperson Elizabeth Flauto

by Elizabeth Flauto
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (standing) with soprano Kristine Opolais in Rusalka at The Metropolitan Opera.  Costume design by Mara Blumenfeld.
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (standing) with soprano Kristine Opolais in Rusalka at The Metropolitan Opera. Costume design by Mara Blumenfeld.

Today thermoplastics are more available than ever before and unlike in the past (think of Celastic and huge vacuform machines), these materials are non (or less) toxic. They are easily used without huge investments in equipment, space, or supplies. Here are four different thermoplastics useful in hand-sculpting, and some tricks and tips for their use. This list is far from extensive but can serve as in introduction to using thermoplastics as a sculptural medium.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses grandMA2 and Clay Paky

by Jacob Coakley

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will open with some high-flying gear this September. The H-E-B Performance Hall and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater will have a full complement of grandMA2 consoles as well as six Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America, and they worked with Texas Scenic and rep Roy Harline to provide both the grandMA2 and Clay Paky products.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses Robert Juliat Followspots

by Jacob Coakley

San Antonio’s performing arts scene will get a little brighter this fall with the opening of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the H-E-B Performance Hall as well as the Alvarez Family Studio Theater will be brighter to, thanks to Robert Juliat Cyrano and Buxie followspots. The four-level H-E-B Performance Hall installed four Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots, with a narrow beam angle for long throw distances while the black box Alvarez Family Studio Theater will use a pair of Buxie 575W MSD ultra-compact followspots, which deliver a powerful punch in a small package. The Robert Juliat followspots were obtained from the Texas Scenic Co. 

Tony-Winning American Idiot Video Driven by Hippotizer

by Jacob Coakley

A moment from American Idiot, which won Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design of a Musical.
NEW YORK—The new musical American Idiot received the honors of “Best Scenic Design of a Musical” and “Best Lighting Design of a Musical” at this year’s Tony Awards Show. The award-winning scenic elements of the show center around numerous video displays and projections, driven by a system comprising a total of 17 Hippotizer HD media servers.

Travis Preston Appointed Dean of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater

by Stage Directions
Travis Preston, new dean of the School of Theater at CalArts
VALENCIA, CA—Travis Preston will begin his new duties as Dean of the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) on August 1, 2010. Selected from a strong and diverse applicant pool, CalArts chose Preston thanks to his remarkable breadth of experience, personal artistic abilities and achievements of the highest distinction. Preston succeeds Ellen McCartney and Leslie Tamaribuchi who served as Interim Co-Deans of the School of Theater during the 2009-2010 academic year.