A Conversation with Makeup Designer Joe DuLude ll

Michael Eddy

Joe Dulude II made a name for himself with his first Broadway Makeup Designer credit, you may have heard of it, the show was Wicked, The Musical. Fifteen years later the show is still running and so is Dulude’s lengthy credits list. He has continued to work on multiple Broadway shows, often concurrently at a time, and his numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End credits include SpongeBob The Musical, Torch Song Trilogy, Summer, Sunday in the Park with George, Holiday Inn, Anastasia, Allegiance, Dr. Zhivago, On the Town, If/Then, Beautiful, The Wedding Singer, Grease!, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde, along with several touring productions. He has won both an Etsy Design Award and Local 706 Makeup and Hair Guild Award. Dulude’s work can be seen on the big and small screen as well. His film and television credits include Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, Detroit, The Discovery, Ghostbusters, Manchester by the Sea, and Central Intelligence. He enjoys sharing what he has learned applying his craft and teaches theatrical makeup at Muhlenberg College and the Hartt School. He also presents worldwide for The Powder Group, Kryolan, The Makeup Show. 

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A Creative Coiffure

Lisa Mulcahy

Heather Fleming has proven herself in the field of wig and makeup design—and her experience and expertise informs not only her work, but the careers of the professionals she teaches. Fleming has designed wigs for over 90 productions, and Fleming has also served as wig and makeup designer or master at theater companies including the Actors Theater of Louisville, Barter Theatre, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Stage Directions recently spoke with Fleming about her high-quality work, how mentorship influenced her creative course, and how the wisdom from her experience inform the diverse projects she takes on. Read on to get inspired and enlightened.

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A Year of Connections

Michael Eddy

Welcome to the December issue of Stage Directions magazine; the last issue in our 30th Anniversary year. I would like to thank all of you, our readers, as well as all the theater artisans who shared their time, their experiences, and their knowledge about working in the theater. It’s been another wonderful year of covering all things theater from the technical and design perspective. It is a true pleasure to be able to highlight all the wonderful work going on across this country and around the world. We all may have come to theater in our own way and for our own reasons but creating worlds in which to tell stories is a powerful draw and unites us all. 

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(L-R) Ray Wong, Henry Palkes and Brad Gardner with the Kurzweil PC3K8 Keyboard
(L-R) Ray Wong, Henry Palkes and Brad Gardner with the Kurzweil PC3K8 Keyboard

An American in Paris Orchestrates with Kurzweil

Jacob Coakley

NEWBURY, CA—After a successful Broadway run, An American in Paris has started its first national tour. The classic move musical, now reborn as a modern stage production, is conducted by music director David Andrews Rogers. The musical's 13-piece orchestra plays its all-Gershwin score augmented by three Kurzweil PC3K8 keyboards using programming provided by Stuart Andrews (Keyboard Programmer) and Dave Weiser (Associate Keyboard Programmer).

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Audio Networking Basics

Steve LaCerra

You may have noticed that networking has taken over the audio world. Networked audio technology that in the past had been reserved primarily for large-scale installs such as commercial production facilities, stadiums or schools is now being used on tours, in theaters, clubs and even by bands gigging with their own P.A. systems. A basic understanding of audio networking is a necessity — so let’s get into it. 

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Scenic Designer Campbell Baird paints a drop for Gypsy at the Muhlenberg Summer Theatre
Scenic Designer Campbell Baird paints a drop for Gypsy at the Muhlenberg Summer Theatre

Backstage Video: Scenic Designer Campbell Baird on Painting a Drop for Gypsy

Stage Directions

Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist, Campbell Baird designed and painted this drop for a production of Gypsy at the Muhlenberg Summer Theatre. In this video, he briefly discusses traditional continental scenic painting techniques. There are also images of the drop in process and onstage.


Peter Pan at Ballet Memphis
Peter Pan at Ballet Memphis

Behind the Scenes of Peter Pan from Ballet Memphis

Stage Directions

Check out this behind the scene’s video from Ballet Memphis on the rehearsal and preparation of Ballet Memphis’ Peter Pan. This new staging, choreographed by Steven McMahon, features a scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Christopher Chambers, costume design by Anne Armit, fight direction by Slade Kyle, and flying from ZFX Flying Effects.

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Book Review of SketchUp for Scenic Design

Stage Directions

Delbert Hall, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University, has written a book that’s designed to teach scenic designers, particularly beginning ones, how to use SketchUp software to help them visualize a scenic design for the stage. SketchUp for Scenic Design assumes two things about the reader—that the reader has no experience with any of the software that will be covered in the book, and that the user has a basic understanding of theatre and theatrical terms.

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Change is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional

Cary Gillett and Jay Sheehan

"Change is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional" - This quote came off of one of those daily Zen calendars and while we spoke to each other about this topic during various early USITT conferences, its meaning hasn’t been absorbed until much later in our production management lives. “Change is inevitable,” but is it? During theatrical productions while in performance, change is the last thing we want. So, the production management team works with the stage managers to stop change from happening during performance and practices instead, consistency…the opposite of change. 

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