18th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Announces Nominees

by Stage Directions
LOS ANGELES – The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP held a press conference announcing new and exciting details about the 18th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards, Black Theatre’s premiere award show, and the 1st Annual Theatre Awards Festival weekend.

19 Local One Members Get ETCP Certified

by Jacob Coakley
The 19 Local One electricians to get ETCP certified include the first female ETCP-Certified Technician in the New York Local.

The 19 Local One electricians to get ETCP certified include the first female ETCP-Certified Technician in the New York Local.
IATSE Local One, the New York branch of the stagecraft union, just had 19 members earn their Entertainment Electrician certification from ETCP (Entertainment Technician Certification Program). I’m not sure if that’s the largest group from a local to get certified all at once, but it’s certainly impressive.

1960s Stagehands Load-in at National Theater in D.C.

by Stage Directions

Here is a bit of theater history: A short film from the AFL-CIO "Americans at Work" series looking at the job of stagehands/electricians/props and flys as they load-in the 1960 production of My Fair Lady, starring Diane Todd and Michael Evans, at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. We thought this might be a fun look back since the National Theater recently announced it will be replacing its hemp line and sandbag fly system with a new counterweight system this summer. 

20/20 Hindsight

by Stephen Peithman
in Feature
The premiere issue of Stage Directions in july 1988, an eight-page newsletter.
How an eight-page newsletter became the national magazine of practical theatre.

It began in 1981, in the Veterans Memorial Theatre in Davis, Calif.

Sitting next to Susan Wershing in the house during a break in rehearsals for A Little Night Music (I was director, she was choreographer), we discussed my idea of a magazine for people in community, regional and academic theatre. Susan — already the seasoned publisher of Dance Teacher — liked the idea, but the time wasn't right. "Don't worry, we'll talk about this again," she promised.

Six years went by, and in late 1987, Susan phoned me and said, "The time is right. Let's do it!"

2006 Theatre Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2006 Theatre Hall of Fame will induct some of Broadway’s finest in a ceremony on January 29, 2007 at the Gershwin Theatre. Inductees include actors Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Elizabeth Wilson; playwright Brian Friel and designers Willa Kim and Eugene Lee. The late scribes Wendy Wasserstein and August Wilson will be inducted posthumously.

2006/2007 Drama Desk Winners Announced

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK — The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard’s epic trilogy of nineteenth-century Russia, won seven awards, including Outstanding Drama, to head the list of 2006/2007 Drama Desk Award winners at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, held May 20 at the F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center and hosted by Kristin Chenoweth. Spring Awakening, a rock musical based on the 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind about sexually anguished teenagers coming of age, followed with four awards, including Outstanding Musical.

2007 Barrymore Award Recipients Announced

by Stage Directions

PHILADELPHIA — The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia celebrated a year of collaboration and Philadelphia area theatre, Oct. 1, at the Gala Barrymore Award Ceremony. The recipients of the 2007 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre were announced in a ceremony and dinner hosted by local actors Chris Faith and Greg Wood, directed by Vincent Marini and written by Don Montrey. The 13th annual celebration shined the spotlight on the artistic successes of the theatre community from the 2006–2007 Season.  
 

2007 Obie Award Winners Announced

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK — The 52nd Annual Obie Awards, honoring the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway were presented Monday, May 21, at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The awards, sponsored by the newspaper, The Village Voice, were hosted by Cynthia Nixon and T.R. Knight and presented by Terrence McNally, Michael Cerveris, Angela Lansbury, among others.

2007 Tony Award Nominations Announced

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK — The nominations for the 2007 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, Broadway’s top honor, were announced at the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. After dominating the season’s earlier awards, Spring Awakening, a rock musical, led the pack with 11 nominations; Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, a historical trilogy, received 10. CBS television will broadcast the 61st annual Tony Awards ceremony live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on June 10.  Here is a complete list of the nominations…

2007 Tony Awards Celebrate Broadway

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — The nominations for the 2007 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, Broadway’s top honor, were announced at the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. After dominating the season’s earlier awards, Spring Awakening, a rock musical, led the pack with 11 nominations; Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, a historical trilogy, received 10. CBS television will broadcast the 61st annual Tony Awards ceremony live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on June 10.  Here is a complete list of the nominations…