The Martydom of St. Apollonia by Jean Fouquet. A Late 1400’s Painting that featured, on the right hand-side of the painting, a monk (prompter) feeding lines and actions to the "actors" onstage.
The Martydom of St. Apollonia by Jean Fouquet. A Late 1400’s Painting that featured, on the right hand-side of the painting, a monk (prompter) feeding lines and actions to the "actors" onstage.

A Crash-Course in American Stage Management History

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

As we head into the new year, the Stage Direction's Stage Management History blog is coming fully online. Here's the first installment, Part I of A Crash-Course in American Stage Management History from our resident Stage Management Historian, Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier. We hope that you enjoy these excerpts and findings from her PH.D. studies in the history of Stage Management. - Michael S. Eddy, Editor-in-Chief of Stage Directions.

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Prompt Corner. Photo Courtesy of Archives.org THE THEATRE AT WORK A Glimpse Behind the Scenes by James Cleaver
Prompt Corner. Photo Courtesy of Archives.org THE THEATRE AT WORK A Glimpse Behind the Scenes by James Cleaver

Women in Stage Management: Revolutionizing History with Inclusion

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Since I started compiling research on the history of the stage manager, I have run into at least 10 different claims for the “First Female Stage Manager.” In a 1987 obituary, the Los Angeles Times credited Phyllis Seaton as being “Broadway’s 1st Women Stage Manager” (around 1940’s), The Washington Post interviewed Maude T. Howell about her role as an American stage manager in 1928, and Maud Gill wrote her See the Players autobiography which includes a chapter about her experiences as Stage Manager in 1920’s London. Even before this...

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The Avengers
The Avengers

Avengers Unite for Our Town Benefit Reading for Puerto Rico

Michael Eddy

Organized by Scarlett Johansson and the John Gore Organization to benefit Hurricane Maria community relief and recovery fund for Puerto Rico, cast members from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War will appear in a special benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, directed by Kenny Leon, at Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theatre on Monday, November 6. The cast includes Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Maximiliano Hernández in the production. The evening will include additional surprise appearances by celebrities and friends. 

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L-R: Hana Kim, Marsian De Lellis and Gina Young, finalists in Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
L-R: Hana Kim, Marsian De Lellis and Gina Young, finalists in Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Finalists Announced for 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award for Emerging L.A. Theatre Artists

Michael Eddy

Three finalists have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award: Hana Kim, Marsian De Lellis, and Gina Young. Center Theatre Group recognizes and celebrates this year’s finalists for their exceptional contributions to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and their work as innovative and adventurous artists.

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Surf: The Musical  Photo Credit: © Erik Kabik
Surf: The Musical Photo Credit: © Erik Kabik

Projected Perspective - Darrel Maloney On His Approach to Video & Projection Design

Michael Eddy

Projection and video designer, Darrel Maloney has taken an interesting, if not circuitous route to where he is at the moment. Which is currently working on designing his seventh Broadway show. Maloney graduated in 1992 from NYU with an MFA in scenic and lighting design back when there wasn’t a whole lot of projection work going on in the theater. After working in—and looking for work in—theater for a while, Maloney quit to teach himself video production. He moved west to California, started a company doing post production and animations for television, film, and commercials. After about a decade of this work, he got a call from an NYU classmate who was beginning work on a new show and that it would be right up his alley and drew him back to the theater.

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Lookingglass Theatre Company Reflects on 30th Season

Kathy Eddy

As the Lookingglass Theatre Company prepares to open its 30th season they took some time to reflect on the 30 years of productions they've produced. Founded in 1988 by graduates of Northwestern University, Lookingglass Theatre Company is today one of the nation's leading companies, having staged 96 Productions, of which 64 were world premieres, including Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award-winning MetamorphosesThe Arabian Nights, and The Odyssey, David Schwimmer’s adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Studs Terkel’s Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession, and David Catlin’s circus tribute to Lewis Carroll, Lookingglass Alice. The companies work has been produced in more than a dozen US cities and they recieved the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. 

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The 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
The 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Breaks One Million Dollar Mark

Michael Eddy

The heart of New York City’s theatre district pulsed with the energy of thousands of theatre lovers on Sunday, September 24, 2017, as the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction blew past previous grand totals and raised $1,023,309 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Viva Broadway celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Viva Broadway celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Leguizamo & Miranda Help Kick Off Viva! Broadway for Hispanic Heritage Month

Howard Sherman

The Broadway League kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Viva Broadway free outdoor celebration on Friday, September 15 in Duffy Square. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons) co-hosted the festivities. For the fourth consecutive year, The Broadway League worked in partnership with AARP to champion Viva Broadway. This year’s event was sponsored by Spectrum, with support provided by the Times Square Alliance. 

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Of the new building MIT President L. Rafael Reif says, "Like the main group buildings at the heart of campus, W97 embodies and encourages MIT’s signature openness, flexibility, and boldness." Photo: Jonathan Sachs
Of the new building MIT President L. Rafael Reif says, "Like the main group buildings at the heart of campus, W97 embodies and encourages MIT’s signature openness, flexibility, and boldness." Photo: Jonathan Sachs

MIT Unveils its New Theater Space W97

Michael Eddy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently unveiled its recently completed MIT theater and performing arts building (W97), which enters into full operation this fall. MIT’s new Theater Arts facility at Building W97, 345 Vassar Street, in Cambridge benefited greatly from a close creative relationship between designLAB, the architects, the MIT Facilities team, and the MIT Theater Arts faculty, notably Norton Award-winning Director of Design Sara Brown, and Obie-winning director Jay Scheib, a professor of theater. 

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