The 2018 Olivier Awards
The 2018 Olivier Awards

The 2018 Olivier Awards and the Work of Paul Brown

Stage Directions

The Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard ceremony took place were held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday, April 8 and hosted by Catherine Tate. Established in 1976, the Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London theatre. Best Lighting Design winner Howell Binkley, for Hamilton, became the first American LD to have won two Oliviers for lighting design. We congratulate all the nominees and winners. the list of design awards is below. 

Also among all the well-deserving nominations was the Outstanding Achievement in Opera for the late Paul Brown for his inventive designs for costumes and set of the English National Opera's production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Iolanthe. Brown sadly passed away in November of 2017. Below is a look at his beautiful work.
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Wendall K. Harrington
Wendall K. Harrington

Wendall Harrington's Keynote Speech at USITT 2018

Michael Eddy

For those who weren't able to attend the USITT 2018 Conference and Stage Expo in Fort Lauderdale, or would like to hear it again, here's a video of Wendall K. Harrington's keynote speech. Harrington, a pioneer of projection design and head of the MFA program in Projection Design at the Yale School of Drama was the keynote speaker for the 2018 Conference & Stage Expo. Harrington’s career has embraced diverse disciplines including theatre, publishing, and multi-image/video design and production. She is well known for her work in projection design and has been the recipient of numerous theatrical awards, including the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the American Theatre Wing Award, the TCI Award for Technical Achievement, the Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Projections, and was a USITT Distinguished Achievement Award winner in 2015. {youtube}v=IuK2N0PfOco{/youtube}

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The cover of The Designs of William Ivey Long
The cover of The Designs of William Ivey Long

Book Signing and Discussion: The Designs of William Ivey Long at The Drama Book Shop

Michael Eddy

Join USITT, costume designer William Ivey Long, and author Bobbi Owen Thursday, April 19, at The Drama Book Shop in New York City, for a signing and discussion of The Designs of William Ivey Long by Bobbi Owen, the 12th and final book in USITT’s series documenting the work of America’s best theatrical designers. This will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Howard Jones has taught in the UNCSA School of Design & Production for 28 years.
Howard Jones has taught in the UNCSA School of Design & Production for 28 years.

Howard Jones Wins Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence

Michael Eddy

Howard Jones, Director of Scenic Art and Scene Painting at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has been named as one of the 17 (one faculty member from each of the UNC campuses) recipients of the 2018 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. 

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The Lucille Lortel Awards celebrates theatre makers working Off-Broadway
The Lucille Lortel Awards celebrates theatre makers working Off-Broadway

33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Nominations Announced

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The Off-Broadway League has announced nominations for the 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards, which honor the work of theatre makers Off-Broadway will be presented on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at NYU Skirball Center. This year's event will be hosted by actors Laura Benanti and Jason Jones. It will once again serve as a benefit for The Actors Fund.

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Two Days Time Lapse Shows What Being a Stagehand in Repertory Opera Really Means

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A great time-lapse look at what it really means to be a stagehand at a world-class opera house that works in repertory. The NY Times Magazine takes a wonderful behind the curtain peek at two days setting and unsetting the stage at the Metropolitan Opera. In order of appearance: set up for La Rondine, set assembly for L'Elisir d'Amore, stage rehearsal of Rigoletto and set up for Le Comte Ory.
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