Actors’ Equity studies the disparities in hiring for the theater industry
Actors’ Equity studies the disparities in hiring for the theater industry

Actors Equity Releases First-Ever Diversity Study Showing Disparities in Theater Hiring

Michael Eddy

Actors' Equity, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers, released a groundbreaking new diversity study of employment on two of its major contracts. The study of anonymous member data, which examined the casts of new productions that opened between 2013 to 2015, shows that women and members of color have fewer work opportunities and often draw lower salaries when they do find work.

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Geoffry Craig in his office. Photo by: Cory Weaver
Geoffry Craig in his office. Photo by: Cory Weaver

San Francisco Opera Medal Awarded to Geoffry M. Craig

Michael Eddy

At the conclusion of the June 27 performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto, San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock presented the Company’s Head of Wardrobe, Geoffry M. Craig, with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company’s highest honor. Craig will retire at the end of summer season after 36 years, having joined the Wardrobe Department in 1981 as a dresser, becoming Head of Men’s Wardrobe in 1986 and then Department Head in 1999.

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Change Over at the National Theatre for Angels In America - Two Plays in One Day

Kathy Eddy

The National Theatre's production teams take us behind the scenes on a two-play day of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika. It requires an extensive changeover of lighting; scenic; every production discipline to present over seven hours of theater in a single day.

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The Eureka Theatre, Where Angels In America Began, Is Closing After 45 Years

Kathy Eddy

San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre, has announced it will cease operations after 45 years as of July 5th due to insurmountable budget issues. The official statment cites rising costs of production overhead, building maintenance, and the loss of appropriated arts funding from the city’s hotel tax which helped sustain operations as factors in the decision. It is particuarly sad that the Eureka is closing at this moment of sharp debate of theater funding, cultural freedoms, LGBTQ rights and the national healthcare debate as it was Eureka that originally commissioned and produced Angels in America

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A Behind the Scenes Holiday Card by William Gerton
A Behind the Scenes Holiday Card by William Gerton

The 2017 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards are Now Available

Michael Eddy

The 2017 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards are on sale now. There’s no better way to spread holiday cheer than with these unique cards created especially for Behind the Scenes. Sending a BTS holiday card helps spread the word about the charity and lets your family, friends, customers, or colleagues know it’s important to you to assist those in need in our industry.

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LD Zach Blane lit Oklahoma! at the John W. Engeman Theatre
LD Zach Blane lit Oklahoma! at the John W. Engeman Theatre

LD Zach Blane Lights Oklahoma! as a Dramaturg

Michael Eddy

For Lighting designer Zach Blane, supporting the narrative is his first priority. “My main mission is always to support the script and convey the clearest story possible,” said Blane. “I tell people that I am not a Lighting Designer, but a Dramaturgical Storyteller that deals in the medium of light.” This was his approach to his design for the recent revival of Oklahoma! at the John W. Engeman Theatre, in Northport, NY. Blane contributed to the play’s narrative by conveying large vast open sky and directional hot sunlight as well as beautiful romantic moonlight, since much of the play’s original narrative transpires outdoors, yet in this production, the the scenic design wrapped the entire show in a barn-like structure.

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Sound Designer and Composer Lindsay Jones
Sound Designer and Composer Lindsay Jones

Lindsay Jones Scores 30th Anniversary Video for Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Michael Eddy

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and with an amazingly rich production history, they created a video looking back over the last 30 years. From their early days on the roof of the Red Lion Pub in 1987 to their theater campus today on Chicago's Navy Pier they wanted to highlight the work and the spirit of the company. Music being such an important part of a montage video, Chicago Shakespeare Theater asked Sound Designer Lindsay Jones, principal of Lindsay Jones – Unique Music and Sound Design to score the celebratory video.

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Bob Goddard
Bob Goddard

Bob Goddard to Receive First ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award

Michael Eddy

On July 23rd at the ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest and meetings in Westlake, TX, Bob Goddard will be the first recipient of the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. The award was created to recognize individuals whose technical contributions have had a significant impact on our industry. The criteria for the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award include dedication and long-term commitment to improving the products and processes used in the technical entertainment industry.

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Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, lit by Jake DeGroot. Photo by Todd Bissonette
Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, lit by Jake DeGroot. Photo by Todd Bissonette

LD DeGroot Lights Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat at Adirondack Theatre Festival

Michael Eddy

Kicking off Adirondack Theatre Festival’s (ATF) 23rd summer season of professional theater is Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat, an electronic pop musical about one of history’s most influential and controversial innovators. Lighting Designer, Jake DeGroot lit the show that is being described as “Hamilton meets Tesla.” It is also the largest production ever undertaken at ATF. 

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