Dan Culhane, of J.R. Clancy and Wenger, is the new USITT President
Dan Culhane, of J.R. Clancy and Wenger, is the new USITT President

Dan Culhane Named USITT President

Michael Eddy

Wenger and J.R. Clancy’s Dan Culhane has been appointed to the role of President of USITT, effective immediately. USITT promotes dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners, educators, and students of theatre design and technology. Culhane replaces outgoing president Mark Shanda, a long-time colleague and friend.

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The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels
The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels

Painting the Palace Portal for Head Over Heels

Stage Directions

Here’s a video from Scenic Art Studios, located in Newburgh, NY painting the Palace Portal drop for the Broadway show, Head Over Heels. The drop, designed by Scenic Designer, Julian Crouch was painted by Lead Artist Irina Portnyagina, Natali Pinchuk, Jocelyn Henry, Tisha Paige, and Ivan Pazlamatchev.
 
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Point Source Audio: Sounding Board Blog: Microphone Survival in a Monsoon (Wedding)

Point Source Audio

Whether you’re producing an outdoor performance in inclement weather or a stage show that involves rain showers, you’ll need to consider how waterproof your mics are. We covered waterproof microphones and taking care of mics after they get wet in our Halloween mic gore-proofing post. Here we are going to take a look at how sound designers and audio crew set up Point Source Audio microphones in the wet and wild performance of Monsoon Wedding.

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Speaking Tube hardware including mouthpieces and whistles
Speaking Tube hardware including mouthpieces and whistles

Historical Calling Technology: The Speaking Tube

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Before the mid-nineteenth century, prompters used aural methods to “call” the show. Prompters used bells, whistles, flags and call boys to signal a change in lights, scenery, or to cue a special effect. (See my earlier article on Calling Technology for more information on the different calling methods.) Over the next half century, calling procedures changed significantly. The audience heard and associated the bells and whistles as part of the performance, however, with new technology the prompter’s calling duties transformed into a silent, invisible activity. The first step towards imperceptible cueing was the speaking tube.

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IATSE celebrates its 125th Anniversary
IATSE celebrates its 125th Anniversary

IATSE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Michael Eddy

On July 17, 1893, representatives from New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Denver, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Buffalo and Boston, came together at the Elks Hall, located at 27th Street and Broadway in New York City and founded The National Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes (NATSE). In 1902, The NATSE becomes the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

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Elation Professional has launched Obsidian Control Systems for development of lighting control solutions
Elation Professional has launched Obsidian Control Systems for development of lighting control solutions

Elation Introduces Obsidian Control Systems

Stage Directions

Elation Professional is excited to embark on a new chapter in its evolution with launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. Obsidian Control Systems combines over 25 years of experience developing professional entertainment lighting control solutions for automated and theatrical lighting fixtures.
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards

Applications are Being Accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards

Michael Eddy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards. The worldwide honor is given to architecture firms for designing theatres that epitomize creative image, contextual resonance, community contribution, explorations in new technologies, and functional operations. The deadline for applications is September 4, 2018.

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