From the 2017 Michael Merritt Awards
From the 2017 Michael Merritt Awards

2018 Michael Merritt Awards and Design Exposition

Stage Directions

The 25th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Broadway, film, television, and regional theatre costume designer Toni-Leslie James (Come From Away, August Wilson's Jitney) will receive the 2018 Merritt Award. Draper Beth Uber, Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson, and Technical Director Becca Venable will also receive major awards in addition to student and exhibition prizes.

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Rosalind Chao as Etsuko in Francis Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet
Rosalind Chao as Etsuko in Francis Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet

Projection Mapping The Great Wave at the National Theatre

Stage Directions

Here’s a behind the scenes video from The National Theatre of the projection mapping for the recent production of The Great Wave in the Dorfman Theatre in London. Lighting desk programmer, Neville Billimoria walks us through his programming for the video on this production.

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Titanic, The Musical
Titanic, The Musical

'Titanic the Musical' in U.K. Disrupted by Falling Plaster on Opening Night

Michael Eddy

Halfway through its “maiden voyage” — opening night for a 10-night run at the Mayflower Theatre April 12-21 — the production of 'Titanic the Musical' had to be halted when, just as the ship hit the iceberg in the show, plaster from a backstage wall fell to the stage. Although the show was halted as a precaution, investigators found no major structural issues, and the production continued the next night as scheduled.

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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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