Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly. Photo by Iwan Baan
Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly. Photo by Iwan Baan

Dallas Theater Center to Receive 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award

Michael Eddy

The Tony Awards® Administration Committee announced that it will present the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award to Dallas Theater Center (DTC). The Regional Theatre Tony Award is presented each year to honor a non-profit professional regional theater company in the United States that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally. It is awarded based upon a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association.

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Staging Concepts New Location at 8400 Wyoming Avenue North, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55445
Staging Concepts New Location at 8400 Wyoming Avenue North, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55445

Staging Concepts Announces New Location

Michael Eddy

Staging Concepts announced that it will be opening a new location on May 11 to accommodate the expansion of its business and manufacturing operations. Located just three miles from its current location, the new facility will allow for essential additional space as the company continues to grow. The new establishment is located at 8400 Wyoming Avenue North, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55445.

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Drama Desk Awards
Drama Desk Awards

Drama Desk Nominations are Announced

Michael Eddy

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards nominations were announced this past week at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. Hello Dolly! led with 10 nominations, including Santo Loquasto’s scenic and costume designs along with nods for Scott Lehrer’s sound design, and Campbell Young Associates for wig and hair designs; Anastasia got nine noms including Linda Cho’s costume design, Aaron Rhyne for outstanding projection design, and Peter Hylenski for outstanding sound design in a musical; Come From Away also got nine nominations including Toni-Leslie James’ costume designs. Stage Directions congratulates all of the nominees.

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Arbor Day is #RigSafe Day
Arbor Day is #RigSafe Day

Arbor Day Program Provides Safe Rigging for Schools

Michael Eddy

USITT is calling on the backstage community to promote safe stages with the third annual Rigging Safety Day on Arbor Day, April 28. USITT launched its first #RigSafe day in 2015, playing on the word “arbor” as a support for stage rigging. Theatre and entertainment groups around the world shared information, memes, videos, and safety tips for the system of weights, pulleys, and machinery used to hang and move backdrops, lighting, curtains, and other equipment to stage live shows.

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Flex Rental Solutions
Flex Rental Solutions

Flex Rental Solutions Announces Partnership with CrewDriver for Labor Scheduling

Michael Eddy

Flex Rental Solutions, a provider of enterprise web-based rental management software, announces a new strategic partnership with CrewDriver—an app that facilitates scheduling for any company that routinely engages a pool of freelance workers. The partnership will combine Flex Rental Solutions market leading inventory and resource management capabilities with CrewDriver’s HR and communication expertise.

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Elation Colour Chorus luminaires were used by LD Stacey Boggs to brings color to Please Bring Balloons
Elation Colour Chorus luminaires were used by LD Stacey Boggs to brings color to Please Bring Balloons

Please Bring Balloons lit with Elation Colour Chorus Lights

Michael Eddy

The New York City Children’s Theater is a nonprofit organization that creates original, entertaining, and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together. Lighting designer Stacey Boggs recently lit two plays there in repertory and used color washes from Elation Professional’s Colour Chorus 72™ LED batten wash lights to help create the magical environment on one of them, Please Bring Balloons directed by Sara Morgulis.

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SDC Announces 2016 2017 Top Ten Standout Moments

Kathy Eddy

On Monday night, April 24th, at its semi-annual Membership meeting, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national theatrical union representing stage directors and choreographers across the United States, announced the 2016-2017 Top Ten Standout Moments. The list was established by SDC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2016 to recognize the important contributions directors and choreographers make every day to create a more inclusive and diverse theatre.

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Jekyll & Hyde The Musical lit by LD Keith Truax
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical lit by LD Keith Truax

Keith Truax Lights Jekyll & Hyde The Musical with Chauvet

Michael Eddy

The current production of Jekyll & Hyde The Musical, the theatrical take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of good and evil, features the lighting design work of Keith Truax. Running at Long Island’s John W. Engeman Theater, Truax’s design features dramatic contrasts of colors to create a transformative dream-like quality that underscores the musical’s good/evil dichotomy.

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#savetheNEA
#savetheNEA

Defending the Arts

Kathy Eddy

CBS Sunday Morning on April 23rd did an interesting segment that highlighted some of the work and economic gains that would likely be lost if funding for the N.E.A. and N.E.H is cut. The dissenting voice in the piece is unexpected, as it comes from an artistic director. Stage Directions is committed to supporting the continued funding of the N.E.A. and N.E.H. We would like to know your thoughts on this important conversation within our theater community.

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Martha Lavey
Martha Lavey

Martha Lavey Longtime AD of the Steppenwolf Theatre Has Died

Michael Eddy

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that Martha Lavey, ensemble member and former Steppenwolf Artistic Director, passed away today due to complications from a stroke suffered last Wednesday, April 19. This stroke was in addition to the debilitating stroke she suffered in May of 2015, and from which she had been struggling to recover. Lavey, 60 had been the artistic director for Steppenwolf from 1995 – 2014. Chicago theatres in the city and suburbs will honor Lavey by dimming the marquee lights and observing a moment of silence on Friday, April 28, thirty minutes before curtain. Steppenwolf’s curtain on Friday is at 7:30pm. The lights will be dimmed and a moment of silence will be observed at 7:00pm.

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