AMP with lighting design by Stacey Boggs. Photo by Hunter Canning
AMP was honored with a NYIT award for Outstanding Lighting Design by Stacey Boggs. Photo by Hunter Canning

2018 New York Innovative Theatre Awards

Stage Directions

On Monday, September 24, the Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 14 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, presented 26 awards and four honorary awards for outstanding achievement in theatre at the 14th Annual New York Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony, at Centennial Memorial Theatre.

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The Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management Awards

Michael Eddy

On Monday evening, September 17, 2018, the Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) gathered at Connolly's Pub & Restaurant in Times Square, NYC held its annual Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management Awards. The evening honored three stage managers from the worlds of Broadway, regional theatre, and dance: Roy Harris, Lyle Raper, and Maxine Glorsky. In addition to the three Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA recognized Peter Sargent of Webster University with a special award for Achievement in Stage Management Education for his work as an educator.

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The Institute of Outdoor Theatre is holding its National Conference, October 16-18 in Manteo, NC
The Institute of Outdoor Theatre is holding its National Conference, October 16-18 in Manteo, NC

National Conference on Outdoor Theatre Is Fast Approaching

Stage Directions

Join fellow theater leaders for The National Conference on Outdoor Theatre, a multi-day networking event where attendees can trade insights and explore new concepts. This is an opportunity to meet others in the industry and share your experience.The 55th National Conference on Outdoor Theatre will be hosted by The Lost Colony, Oct. 16-18, 2018 in Manteo, NC. While this conference is about outdoor theatre, all of the content applies very much to indoor theatres as well. It is a small, intimate conference with rich programming. Learn more about all that is planned and join the conversation this fall at the 55th National Conference on Outdoor Theatre.
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A group shot of all of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Award winners
A group shot of all of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Award winners

Knight of Illumination Awards 2018, Theatre Awards

Stage Directions

Here are the winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards in theatre, which celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers working in Theatre, Television and Concert Touring & Events. This, the eleventh Knight of Illumination Awards, saw more nominations than ever before, with the winners in each category chosen by a wholly independent panel of judges, all experts in their respective sectors.

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Johanna Pfaelzer, the new Artistic Director at Berkeley Rep
Johanna Pfaelzer, the new Artistic Director at Berkeley Rep

Johanna Pfaelzer Named New Artistic Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Michael Eddy

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and their Board of Trustees announced that Johanna Pfaelzer will become the new artistic director of the award-winning theatre company. The appointment comes following Tony Taccone’s previously announced departure in January 2017. Here's a video introduction to Pfaelzer: {youtube}v=lt0Np-m3GVc{/youtube}

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Switchboard at the prompter's corner
Switchboard at the prompter's corner

Historical SM Calling Technology: Telephone Switchboards

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Over the course of 75 years, as cueing technology was continuously updated, it drastically altered how a show was called and how the audience perceived the performance. As noted in my article on bells and whistles, the prompter performed an aural role in the production, one that was noticed and acknowledged by audience members. With the invention of the speaking tube, and cue lights, the prompter’s role became increasingly quieter and more remote, gradually disappearing from the audience’s experience. Once electricity was installed in theaters, the telephone system followed shortly behind.

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