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  • Answer Box: Angel Wings

    Answer BoxJune 2021 | May 25, 2021This story can be read by clicking the image above, or reading below, or in our June 2021 digitial edition I want an 18’-wingspan. Big. Like albatross wings,” Angels in America: Millennium Approaches director Rick Lombardo says at our first group angel meeting. The desired effect entailed the roof and ceiling crashing in, the angel descending, […] Read More...
  • Webinar Replay: S*P*A*Minar | Texture 101, Taking your Props to the Next Level

    Theatre Buzz | December 2, 2020S*P*A*Minars are monthly webinar series on all things props from The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M). The most recent one was Texture 101, Taking your Props to the Next Level hosted by Ben Hohman, S*P*A*M member and Properties Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. In case you missed it, here is the video capture […] Read More...
  • Education: Teaching Props in the Age of COVID-19

    EducatorsNovember 2020 | November 4, 2020When one door closes, another opens. One never knows when opportunities might fall into your lap. Like most of us, for the majority of my life, I have been opening-night driven. But now, with the Penn State University School of Theatre doing virtual shows, and while I am still supporting those shows prop-wise, the afternoon […] Read More...
  • S*P*A*Minar Replay | Bloody Hell! A Variety of Ways to Execute Blood Effects

    Theatre Buzz | October 28, 2020  Bloody Hell! Here’s a video replay of the latest S*P*A*Minar from The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M). S*P*A*Minars are their monthly webinar series on all things props. Just in time for Halloween, Jen McClure, S*P*A*M member and Properties Supervisor for the Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale School of Drama, covered stage blood effects! Read More...
  • S*P*A*Minar Replay | Life is Hard, Puppets Aren’t: Tips and Tricks for Puppet Building

    Industry News | September 29, 2020The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M) recently introduced a monthly series on all things props—S*P*A*Minars. The series began with Nikki Kulas, Prop Master at First Stage in Milwaukee, WI, who spoke about puppets in Life is Hard, Puppets Aren’t: Tips and Tricks for Puppet Building. If you’ve ever wondered what type of stitch to […] Read More...
  • Propping Angels in America, a “period” piece

    Answer BoxApril 2020Props | March 25, 2020This month’s Answer Box comes from Jay Lasnik, Props Master at Penn State University. Here Lasnik talks about building a “period” phone booth from the 1980s for a recent production of Angels in America at Penn State, as well as “Hunting & Gathering” props for this production. The Creative Team for this production included: Scenic […] Read More...
  • The NYC Props Summit of 2019

    Torch Song: Cassie Dorland takes over hosting the NYC Props Summit

    November 2019Props | November 13, 2019

    There are those moments that bring you to your feet because the energy is so powerful that you just have to stand. There were two of these moments for me, the first was 1996 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Atlanta, GA where a shaking and frail Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame. My body took over and I stood up and tears started filling my eyes. The second moment was when Neil Patrick Harris opened the 2013 Tony Awards with the amazing production of the song “Bigger”. They were both magical moments for me. Reflecting on those, I have come to understand that those moments were not about that one person. Those moments were about recognizing the collective. Both times people took the stage to prepare us for the next best of the best; the best athletes the world has to offer and a look at the best in New York theater. What these two things have in common is the passing of the torch. In the case of the Olympic flame it is very literal and at the Tony Awards it is presentational. It is a custom that dates to the ancient world, showing up in the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc where every flame is quenched but one, and every torch must come be lit from it, the new fire representing the birth of spring.

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