A recap of the 2018 USITT Costume Symposium held July 25-27 in the costume shop of the Utah Shakespeare Festival
A recap of the 2018 USITT Costume Symposium held July 25-27 in the costume shop of the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Video Recap of the USITT 2018 Costume Symposium

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Twenty-six participants created 26 unique breastplates during the 2018 Costume Symposium in Cedar City, UT that was held July 25-27. Costume department heads, designers, and costume shop owners came out to Utah for three days to learn how to use Worbla and to see how it can be used in the theater industry for future projects. Here's a look at some of the fun that was had by all those involved. {youtube}v=NtH6K9D0ang{/youtube}

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Maison Duvelleroy, the last house of fans in Paris
Maison Duvelleroy, the last house of fans in Paris

Friday Find: The Last House of Fans, Paris

Michael Eddy

Calling all Costume and Props Designers and Artisans, here’s the last house of fans, Maison Duvelleroy in Paris. There are a lot of beautiful fans and fan ephemera (Be sure to check out document, The Language of Fans) to inspire your designs. Messy Nessy Chic has a great video of this shop that’s preserving and reviving the art of fans. The company is still in existence after 190 years thanks to the discovery of the original company’s archives that had been preserved in an attic for decades. Maison Duvelleroy crafted fans for Queen Victoria and the Empress of Russia. {youtube}v=rIMrxEtNn2w{/youtube}

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Stephanie Ybarra is the new Artistic Director at Baltimore Center Stage
Stephanie Ybarra is the new Artistic Director at Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage Announces Stephanie Ybarra as New Artistic Director

Michael Eddy

After a nationwide search, Baltimore Center Stage announces Stephanie Ybarra has been tapped to become the theater’s next Artistic Director. Ybarra comes to Baltimore Center Stage from The Public Theater in New York, where she currently serves as Director of Special Artistic Projects. She will transition to Center Stage beginning in October and join the staff full-time in December.

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EMBRACEā„¢ Microphones, from Point Source Audio, used in the student-led productions at Belmont University
EMBRACEā„¢ Microphones, from Point Source Audio, used in the student-led productions at Belmont University

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: The Belmont University Production Strategy for Saving Face

Point Source Audio Sounding Board

The student-led orientation of Belmont University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts program in Nashville, Tennessee is the ideal environment for students to learn the trade of theater production and acting. But the benefits of this hands-on educational approach were coming at an increasingly higher cost for the school, as students were regularly rendering the school’s lav mics unusable by hastily removing the taped-on mics after performances and rehearsals. The result was student actors uncomfortable with taped mics to the face, and a rash of defective mics and cables. The problem was ultimately solved by the school upgrading from the low-tech manner of taping mics to the face, to the highly concealable and stable EMBRACE™ earmount microphones by Point Source Audio.

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A-Hoy! Leave Your Phone At Home!

Michael Eddy

Here's the Alexander Graham Bell ad from Geico. Who knew that annoying phone calls interrupted theater that far back? Well, Bell is credited with inventing the telephone, so I guess we can cut him some slack, but what's the deal with answering the phone, Ahoy?!

What's your favorite part of this commercial? I personally like the actor getting distracted and caught up in the balloon's basket and going for a ride!
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