Jefferson Mays stars in the Geffen Playhouse world premiere adaption of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Photo by Chris Whitaker.
Jefferson Mays stars in the Geffen Playhouse world premiere adaption of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Photo by Chris Whitaker

Backstage Video: The Technical Ballet Behind the Curtain: A Christmas Carol

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Here’s a video of Production Stage Manager, and SD Contributing Writer and Illuminations Blogger, Ross Jackson sharing the technical ballet the Geffen Playhouse stage crew performs each night backstage (and in the dark!) during Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Geffen Playhouse. {youtube} v=YmoQ07xc2Vo{/youtube}

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Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo Photo:Jason Bell
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo Photo:Jason Bell

Costume Designer Evie Gurney on the National Theatre production of Antony & Cleopatra

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 Go behind the scenes with Costume Designer Evie Gurney to see how the costumes for London's National Theatre production of Antony & Cleopatra were created.  The production stars Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo playing Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. It is directed by Simon Godwin.
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A Look at Working in the Theatre: Chamber Opera

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Today the American Theatre Wing posted a video about Chamber Opera which shows some captivating production work as it looks at this unique genre of theater making. As the American Theatre Wing notes, "We may never be able to fully distinguish the difference or even grasp the true union between opera and musical theatre, but in this episode of Working in the Theatre, we learn how the two genres really do play well together to expose an audience to storytelling that engages emotionally through sound patterns and music. And excitingly so, Chamber Opera (to some just called opera) as shown through the lens of a theatrical experience has the ability to be created and shown in so many different and wonderful ways." 
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Berkeley Rep will be using the GalaPro captioning system
Berkeley Rep will be using the GalaPro captioning system

Berkeley Rep Receives Funding from AT&T to Assist in Launch of GalaPro Captioning System

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that it will be utilizing the Gala Prompter (GalaPro) system and app to provide closed captioning for all performances of its upcoming subscription season shows starting with the world premiere of Paradise Square: A New Musical. Here’s a video explaining the GalaPro system: {youtube}v=NMYQK25ajrU{/youtube}

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The Grand Hall Rises as Battersea Arts Centre Reopens

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That the Battersea Arts Centre in London is calling its current programming roster its Phoenix Season should come as no surprise to anyone aware of the venue’s recent history. In early 2015, an overnight fire rendered the Grand Hall, the largest space in the century-old facility, a charred wreck, with little but the exterior walls remaining. Fortunately, the construction of the building was such that the while the Grand Hall was a shambles, the other parts of the building, equally historic, escaped any significant damage. Unlike most organizations facing such devastation, BAC was already discussing reconstruction with architects the day after the disaster. How did they manage to set to planning so quickly?

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Video Timelapse: Creating the World of Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater

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Here's a timelapse video of the crew installing Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater in New York City. After its initial run in the Public Studio, Hansol Jung’s fascinating and unforgettable new play Wild Goose Dreams returned to The Public in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season. {youtube}v=WX67gkXlO4Y{/youtube}

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