"Vertical Hour" to Close in March

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — The current run of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour, playing at the Music Box Theater in New York, will close on March 11, 2007, three weeks ahead of its originally scheduled close. While the show’s producers still expect to recoup their initial investment, decreasing ticket sales have prompted the March 11 closing date.

“Failing” in the Classroom

by Kevin M. Mitchell
Threepenny Opera at Webster University

Three professors weigh in on the art of allowing students to learn from themselves

When is “failing” actually failing? When does a theatre teacher choose not to “rescue” a student from a bad choice and let them learn from it? Three college professors and working professionals—two actors, one tech—sit down with Stage Directions to discuss the boundaries of allowing upper level students forge their own path.

“Summer Splendor” Raises Funds For Old Globe Theater

by Angela Marlett
in News

The Old Globe’s 2014 Gala, “Summer Splendor,” raised more than $1 million for the theatre’s artistic and educational activities. More than  380 guests attended the gala. Nina Doede, Deni Jacobs, and Sheryl White served as Co-Chairs for the Globe Gala, and lead underwriters for the evening were Audrey Geisel, Darlene Marcos Shiley, Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, and Sheryl and Harvey White. 

(Re)Creating The Encounter

by Bryan Reesman
Simon McBurney in The Encounter

It took two sound designers – Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin – to develop the binaural audio landscape for this one-man Broadway show

The Encounter has redefined what a one-man show can be and do on Broadway. The set-up is simple enough. Simon McBurney sits in his London apartment and tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre, who got lost with a tribe in a remote part of Brazil back in 1969. The stage backdrop looks like a giant recording studio with sound dampening foam lining the back wall, and the aural adventure takes us deep into the head of the narrator and our own imaginations.

10 New ETCP Testing Centers Available in Canada

by Jacob Coakley
NEW YORK—ETCP has added 10 new testing centers in Canada. All three exams are now available for computer-based testing in Ontario at Sylvan Learning Centres in the cities of Courtice, Etobicoke, Oakville, Pickering, Scarborough, Vaughn and at three locations in Mississauga. Testing is also available at Robertson College in Winnipeg, MB.

 

 

10 SUU Students Participate in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Inaugural Festival Fellowship Program

by Jacob Coakley

The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University have partnered to form the Festival Fellowship Program, providing SUU undergrads professional theatre experience via an internship program. Participating in the inaugural year are Henry Ballesteros, Madison Ford, Josh Hopkins, Amber James, Trevor Messenger, Kristy Dennett, Errin Gropp, Kristy Koslowski, Ryan Turpin, and Jacob Whitney.

10 Theatres Receive National Theatre Company Grants from American Theatre Wing

by Jacob Coakley

A production still from the Triad Stage 2010 production of The Glass Menagerie. Triad Stage was one of 10 theatre companies who received a National Theatre Company grant from the American Theatre Wing.
NEW YORK-The American Theatre Wing has announced the 10 recipients of its 2010 National Theatre Company Grants, the first group of theatres receiving ATW support following its revision of its long-standing theatre company grants program.  This year's recipients are: 1812 Productions (Philadelphia, Penn.), About Face Theatre (Chicago, Ill.), Boise Contemporary Theater (Boise, Idaho), Company One (Boston, Mass.), Curious Theatre Company (Denver, Colo.), The Flea Theater, Inc. (New York, N.Y.), Profile Theatre (Portland, Ore.), Silk Road Theatre Project (Chicago, Ill.), Synetic Theater (Arlington, Va.), and Triad Stage (Greensboro, N.C.). Grants for the 2010 cycle in the amount of $10,000 each will be distributed for general operating support to these companies which, according to grant guidelines, have been in operation at least five, but not more than 15, years, have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity and dynamism of American theatre. 

10 Ways to Accessorize

by Bruce Bartlett
in Audio

Need a short primer on audio gadgetry? Read on.

Sometimes, little audio boxes and circuits can help you out in a big way. Audio accessories can match equipment levels, cure hum and RFI and help troubleshoot a sound system. Let’s look at some gadgets that solve audio problems.

100 Shows and Still Smiling

by Natalie Robin
For the set of Sweeney Todd in 2005, Perlman constructed a three-story steel set that turned audience chamber sideways and used the existing masonry and brick wall of the theatre as the upstage wall.


For the set of Sweeney Todd in 2005, Perlman constructed a three-story steel set that turned audience chamber sideways and used the existing masonry and brick wall of the theatre as the upstage wall.
Glenn Perlman makes a home—and some great sets—at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre Company

After 100 shows, anyone would rightfully be tired—especially if that person was in charge of all of the scenic construction of 100 complex and beautifully rendered productions at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Pa. But not Glenn Perlman. Perlman, the technical director at Arden, has built sets at the Arden for 15 years and still looks forward to the next one.