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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The Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil® received the Institute’s highest honor, the USITT Award, at USITT 2017. The award recognizes a lifetime contribution to the performing arts and entertainment communities. It was presented at the 2017 Annual Conference & Stage Expo on March 8 in St. Louis, MO. More information from USITT (usitt.org) Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The name translates from French to “circus of the sun.”  A leader in live entertainment, Cirque du Soleil’s shows are known for their combination of powerful athleticism, high energy acrobatics, inspiring imagery and cutting-edge theatrical technology, and have been seen by more than 160 million people in 60 countries on six continents.  “We understand we are a leader in the industry and to remain a leader in the industry we need to ensure that we are developing the entertainment technicians of tomorrow,” said Kim Scott, Company Manager for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. “The only way to do that is to be involved in the development of those technicians by providing high level education at a cost to students so that they can get these opportunities without breaking the bank.” Jerry Nadal, Senior Vice President of the Resident Show Division of Cirque du Soleil,
The Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil® received the Institute’s highest honor, the USITT Award, at USITT 2017. The award recognizes a lifetime contribution to the performing arts and entertainment communities. It was presented at the 2017 Annual Conference & Stage Expo on March 8 in St. Louis, MO. More information from USITT (usitt.org) Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The name translates from French to “circus of the sun.” A leader in live entertainment, Cirque du Soleil’s shows are known for their combination of powerful athleticism, high energy acrobatics, inspiring imagery and cutting-edge theatrical technology, and have been seen by more than 160 million people in 60 countries on six continents. “We understand we are a leader in the industry and to remain a leader in the industry we need to ensure that we are developing the entertainment technicians of tomorrow,” said Kim Scott, Company Manager for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. “The only way to do that is to be involved in the development of those technicians by providing high level education at a cost to students so that they can get these opportunities without breaking the bank.” Jerry Nadal, Senior Vice President of the Resident Show Division of Cirque du Soleil,

Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows Division Receives USITT Award

Michael Eddy

ST. LOUIS, MO—The Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil® received the Institute’s highest honor, the USITT Award, at USITT 2017. The award recognizes a lifetime contribution to the performing arts and entertainment communities. It was presented at the 2017 Annual Conference & Stage Expo on March 8 in St. Louis, MO.

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IATSE Hurricane Harvey Relief
IATSE Hurricane Harvey Relief

IATSE Donates Funds to Assist Members Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Michael Eddy

Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the IATSE will donate $10,000 to the Walsh/DiTolla/Spivak Foundation to provide financial assistance to affected IATSE members and their families. Local unions and members of the IATSE are asked to contribute what they can to the Foundation, enabling affected members and their families more flexibility to cope with the challenges created by Harvey.

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Lighting Conversations at USITT 2018

Stage Directions

At the 2018 USITT Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Stage Directions and USITT hosted the Stage Directions Studio on the show floor. Over the three days we spoke with a wide variety of theater practitioners about their thoughts and advice on an array of topics in their respective theatrical disciplines. This month we are including some of the thoughts of three lighting designers and educators. We thank them taking the time out of their schedule to generously share their experiences and thoughts with SD. Here is Todd Proffitt, Mary Tarantino and William Kenyon in their own words:

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 Masque Sound created a one-of-a-kind “Ringer Box” to deliver authentic 1920’s-era telephone sounds
Masque Sound created a one-of-a-kind “Ringer Box” to deliver authentic 1920’s-era telephone sounds

Masque Sound Makes Headlines with Audio for “The Front Page”

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — Masque Sound delivered a custom audio package for Scott Lehrer’s sound design on the Broadway revival of The Front Page. In addition to a custom audio rig built around d&b audiotechnik E-Seriers speakers, and area miking provided by DPA, Masque Sound build Lehrer a custom ringing system that could be cued from QLab and used actual 1920s phone ringers. 

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