A Sound Start to the New Year

by Michael Eddy

So, it’s January and the start of a new year, our 30th year in fact! We jump right in to 2018 with a look at some of the products and solutions in audio, video, and even props and costumes. One of the primary focuses this month you will notice are audio solutions which got me thinking about my start in theater. 

Embracing History

by Lisa Mulcahy

Since 1976, the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) has been committed to the important task of sustaining historic theater spaces throughout the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Forest Hill, MD, the non-profit’s membership encompasses a diverse and impressive group of theater owners and operators. The League’s goal is to link their members through professional networking, so they can gain insight and technical info to help them restore, reopen, maintain, or improve their respective houses. To learn more about the work of LHAT Stage Directions recently spoke with Ken Stein, the League’s President and CEO.

In Control: Sound Designer Gareth Owen Talks Audio Solutions

by Wilson Burke

Award-winning sound designer Gareth Owen has been very busy of late with multiple, concurrent stage productions, including Bat Out of Hell, Wind in the Willows, and 42nd Street—all running in London’s West End, as well as A Bronx Tale and Come From Away on Broadway. Bat Out of Hell is currently playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto prior to a return to the London stage in 2018. His current design for Bat Out of Hell perhaps harkens back to the start of his career mixing rock ‘n’ roll before he moved into mixing musical theater and then becoming a sound designer. 

Projecting Elvis

by Randi Minetor

Heartbreak Hotel’s set and projection design at Ogunquit Playhouse 

With first workshop performances in California, writer/director Floyd Mutrux brought his new musical Heartbreak Hotel as a work in progress to Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine for its first fully mounted production. Now in its 85th season, Ogunquit Playhouse has become known as a place to develop new musical works, including Million Dollar Quartet

The Art of Organization

by Lisa Mulcahy
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Ryan Cole, who currently serves as project manager at J.R. Clancy in Syracuse, NY, is not only good at planning complex projects for his company’s clients—he’s a trained expert at working out a show from top to bottom. Cole has been a technical director on regional productions including Spamalot, Romeo & Juliet, An Enemy of the People, and Ragtime. Cole recently spoke with Stage Directions about the path he took from school to working professionally.