Gonzalez and Kingsley Join Association of Performing Arts Presenters

by Jacob Coakley
Gil Gonzalez, new director of conference and meetings of the APAP.

 


Gil Gonzalez, new director of conference and meetings of the APAP.

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters has added two new full-time staff members. Gil Gonazalez has joined APAP as director of conference and meetings, and Lynne Kingsley has come on board as the director of marketing and communications.

Helen Hayes Awards Honor D.C.-area Theatre

by Jacob Coakley
At the Helen Hayes Awards a new stamp from the U.S. Post Office that features Helen Hayes was unveiled

 


At the Helen Hayes Awards a new stamp from the U.S. Post Office that features Helen Hayes was unveiled

The Helen Hayes Awards, honoring excellence in theatre throughout the Washington, D.C.-area, were held on Monday, April 25. The big winners were the Shakespeare Theatre Company (six wins for their production of Candide, including Best Director for Mary Zimmerman) and the Arena Stage, for their revival of Oklahoma!, which won four awards, including a tie with Candide for Outstanding Resident Musical. The ceremony also hosted the unveiling the new United States Postal Service commemorative “Forever” stamp honoring Helen Hayes. Full list of winner and a press release offering more info about the stamp after the jump.

IATSE Local 295 and Regina’s Globe Theatre Reach Agreement

by Jacob Coakley
IATSE Local 295 members at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, have ratified their first union contract with the theatre.

IATSE Local 295 members at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, have ratified their first union contract with the theatre.

IATSE Local 295 has ratified the first agreement between production employees and the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. After filing for recognition from the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board in March of 2011, months of negotiation came to fruition, and a strike was averted, when IATSE and the Globe came to an agreement earlier this year. On June 25 the employees voted to ratify the agreement. According to the IATSE press release, below, the three-year agreement “includes increases to wages for both full- and part-time employees, a benefit plan and the implementation of progressive discipline.”

IATSE Restructures Internal Divisions

by Jacob Coakley
 IATSE has added a Division of Education and Training

 


IATSE has added a Division of Education and Training

IATSE, the stagehands union, has created two new divisions and re-organized another. First, IATSE has created a Division of Education and Training, with a self-explanatory purpose. They’ve also added a Broadcast Division, which will help focus support for stagehands in that field. Lastly, IATSE has moved its Organizing Division into its Stagecraft Division—all of its other divisions had their own organization division, so this move eliminates some redundancies, but ensures each arm of IATSE has a team dedicated to organizing.

Imagination Stage Receives Two-Year Grant for Early Childhood Programming from TCG

by Jacob Coakley

BETHESDA, MD—Imagination Stage has been awarded a prestigious New Generations grant from the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre.  The New Generations grant, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG, provides $77,500 over two years and will allow Imagination Stage to expand programming that engages children ages two to four. In addition to mainstage productions and storytelling, Imagination Stage will create intimate, participatory plays and installations for this age group. TCG's goal in awarding the grants is to develop new audiences for live professional theatre.

Intiman Theatre Raises Enough Money to Continue

by Jacob Coakley
Intiman Theatre will present a scaled-back season in 2012—but it will present a season.

 


Intiman Theatre will present a scaled-back season in 2012—but it will present a season.

It came down to the wire, but it looks like the Intiman Theatre will be able to continue. The theatre, which laid off its entire staff last April, had set itself an early-February deadline to raise $1 million. If it didn’t, it would have ceased operations. Whether they achieved that goal remained up in the air until a board meeting on Monday, Feb. 6 when it was determined that they had met their goal—partly through four gifts of $100,000 apiece, but mainly through hundreds of individual donors, who donated $500,000.

Jands Vista T2 Impresses Designer, Revolution

by Jacob Coakley
Benjamin la Cour used his Jands Vista T2 to program this production of Les Mis. Photo by Thomas Juul


Benjamin la Cour used his Jands Vista T2 to program this production of Les Mis. Photo by Thomas Juul

Danish lighting designer Benjamin la Cour wanted to own his own lighting console—he felt it would help his designs if he could program his own shows. After trying consoles from three different manufacturers, he chose the Jands Vista T2 thanks to its simple yet powerful interface and its Timeline functionality, which he feels helps his cue timing. So far he’s used it on a production of Les Mis.

Jay Duckworth Explains the Artist Bugout Bag

by Jay Duckworth

At the recent USITT Conference, Jay Duckworth shared some sage advice in his keynote speech for those eagerly starting out to build a life in the theater. We particularly liked what he packed in his ‘Bugout Bag’. Here is that excerpt of his speech and a video of the entire speech.— SD

Jim Farrell New Development Director at Skylight Opera Theatre

Jim Farrell will leave the Milwaukee Rep to become the new development director at Skylight Opera Theatre

 


Jim Farrell will leave the Milwaukee Rep to become the new development director at Skylight Opera Theatre

MILWAUKEE, WI—Skylight Opera Theatre has hired Jim Farrell as the company’s new Development Director. Farrell is currently serving as the director of corporate and foundation relations at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where he is responsible for the company’s contributed revenue from government, corporate and foundation sources.  Despite a continued challenging economic environment, he has succeeded in finding new sources of funding and developed strong relationships with corporate funders. Prior to The Rep, Farrell earned an MFA in Performing Arts Management from the North Carolina School of the Arts and, soon after, became development director at the Pearl Theatre in New York City.

Julia Morgan / Berkeley Playhouse TheatreReach Program Receives Thomas J. Long Foundation Grant

by Jacob Coakley

BERKELEY, CA—Berkeley Playhouse, a program of the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, has been awarded a $5,500 grant to support its innovative TheatreReach program for summer and fall 2010. TheatreReach provides local schools and summer camps with interactive workshops and live theatre experiences. The Long Foundation funds will be used to subsidize professional teaching artist visits to Berkeley and Oakland classrooms, as well as to pay for tickets for local school and summer camp students to visit the Julia Morgan Center, where they will experience fully-staged professional performances of Disney’s Aladdin (summer session) and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Enchanted.