Apply Now for the USITT Stage Management Mentor Project

Stage Directions

In honor of International Stage Manager Appreciation Day, here's information on USITT's Stage Management Mentor Project (SMMP). Did you ever wonder who makes the USITT Conference events run so smoothly? The flow of events such as Keynote, Tech Olympics, and the New Products Showcase is made possible by those involved in the SMMP. Work alongside professionals in our industry and help make #USITT19 come to life in March by taking part in the USITT SMMP. Applications for the program are open now until November 15.

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Behind the Scenes of Wicked: Creativity in Set Design

Stage Directions

October 30, 2018 is the 15th Anniversary of the opening night of Wicked, The Musical. We here at Stage Directions send our congratulations on this big occasion in the life of this production. Wicked, The Musical's Tony-Award winning scene design, by Scenic Designer, Eugene Lee, has been seen by audiences not only on Broadway, but around the world through its many tours. The show has been dazzling audiences with one of the most creative and innovative sets ever created. In this video from Artrageous with Nate, an Emmy award-winning video series, they get a behind the scenes look at the set from Wicked's Associate Scenic Designer, Edward Pierce. {youtube}v=3DHcON8JKhY&{/youtube}

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Working in the Theatre: Wigs

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Everyone knows that great wig work is important to the artistic process of creating theater, but few know just how much work and skill go into producing the incredible design and execution of a wig. In this Working in the Theatre video from the American Theatre Wing, Paul Huntley, one of the most esteemed wig designers (and a past Tony Honoree), shares his career journey and spotlights the creative, economic, and technical processes of working in the hair and wig department. {youtube}v=5XsOMG6q860{/youtube}

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Q2Q Comics #320 Class Up the Place
Q2Q Comics #320 Class Up the Place

From the Q2Q Comics Archive #320: Class Up the Place

Steve Younkins

Stage Directions brings you classic Q2Q Comics from the Q2Q Archive. Here’s #320: Class Up the Place from August 24, 2016. In honor of International Stage Manager Appreciation Day, we thought that it would be good to find a Q2Q Comic with Morty, the Stage Manager. There are a lot of good ones with her, but this one struck us as funny; as it could so easily happen to an SM! Enjoy and show your appreciation for your favorite Stage Managers!

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Be sure to celebrate the Stage Manager in your life today!
Be sure to celebrate the Stage Manager in your life today!

Celebrate International Stage Manager Appreciation Day, Wednesday October 10th

Stage Directions

Today is October 10th, which in the theater world is International Stage Manager Appreciation Day! We here at Stage Directions Magazine would like to give a shout-out of appreciation for all the Stage Managers in our lives. We suggest that everyone in theater—Designers, Technicians, Directors, Actors, and Management all celebrate and honor the women and men who make your shows run like clockwork. The official hashtage is: #StageMgrs18

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Brian Dowd joins GLP US as Sales Director
Brian Dowd joins GLP US as Sales Director

GLP Appoints Brian Dowd as Sales Director

Stage Directions

Brian Dowd joins GLP US in a new position as Sales Director for the company. From an early start, building his first lighting rig at age 15, Dowd has enjoyed a career encompassing positions as electrician, rigger, designer, and production manager. Through a subsequent illustrious career within the sales and marketing side of the industry, most recently as Sales Director for another lighting firm, Dowd brings an extensive combination of skill and knowledge to this new position.

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ETC created a custom intercept panel and to distribute enough power everywhere in the Helen Hayes Theater. Photo by Paul Warchol
ETC created a custom intercept panel and to distribute enough power everywhere in the Helen Hayes Theater. Photo by Paul Warchol

New Lighting Systems for the Renovated Helen Hayes Theatre

Stage Directions

This spring, Second Stage Theater became the latest non-profit company with a Broadway home, opening the newly-renovated Helen Hayes Theater on West 44th St. To prepare for the opening, Second Stage made extensive upgrades to the 106-year-old building, including improvements to the onstage and backstage spaces, the audience chamber, and patron amenities. ETC was proud to be a part of the renovation, supplying power and electrical infrastructure for stage lighting. Here's a video look at the newly renovated Helen Hayes Theater: {youtube}v=b7h5-QHh0WM{/youtube}

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The interior of the Site & Sound Theatre
The interior of the Site & Sound Theatre

Audio Solutions for the Sight & Sound Theatres

Stage Directions

A production this big requires big sound – sound that lifts spirits, transports the soul, surrounds you, and leaves no question that you’ve just witnessed a spectacle of historic proportions. Welcome to the Sight & Sound Theatres, where you’re invited to experience this action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person to ever walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. This is the story of Jesus, brought to life as a stage production also titled Jesus, in two separate, purposefully similar venues, one located in Branson, MO, the other in Strasburg, PA. Here's a video with behind the scenes on the production of the theatre's Jesus: {youtube}v=-agUGD6uS-k{/youtube}

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