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Welcome to the July 2020 Theatre Resources Directory & Spotlight Issue

Michael S. Eddy • Current IssueJuly 2020 • July 1, 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 Theatre Resources Directory & Spotlight issue. Along with the company listings in the directory section are spotlights on many of our advertisers—all that support theater. I encourage you to read them and learn more about these companies and their work. In addition to the printed issue of the TRD, you can always go to the full directory online at: http://trd.stage-directions.com/ and access all of these resources online.

As we prepare this TRD, theaters are still shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many in the U.S., this has been going on since March and while some businesses and states are starting to reopen, theaters still remain closed. For many theaters, it looks as though reopening may not happen until the end of the year or early 2021 at the soonest. Though the opening dates are uncertain, when theatres do reopen, one thing that is certain is that it will be different for the audiences and for the theatermakers. 

With social distancing and safety protocols—from how initial production meetings happen through to the shop builds, rehearsal rooms, load-ins, and performances—keeping the close-knit theater community socially distanced will require innovative thinking. At this time, we are all navigating the moves from live to virtual and back to live without compromising creativity, the craftsmanship, and the power of the narrative on a live stage.

If any industry can find a creative way to move forward, I have no doubt that the theater community will do it. Theater is resilient. We are already seeing socially distanced live performances being captured on stages in empty theaters to be streamed to pay-per-view audiences. This model may actually lead to new revenue streams for theaters that choose to continue live streamed tickets even once audiences return to theaters. 

As theater returns, I am sure that it will be interesting and—hopefully—exciting to experience many of the new innovations that have been conceived. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and when you apply the imagination of theatermakers, I am excited to see the new products, practices, and presentation possibilities that will have been created. We’ve already seen the introduction of disinfecting fogs that work in a mere 20 minutes, easily set up contactless temperature scanning pillars for audiences and stage doors, and a portable UV-C sanitizing cabinet that plugs into a standard outlet, to name just a few of the safety products that are being created to get back to work safely. Throughout the Spotlights in this guide, you will find more examples as well as in our Answer Box, which is dedicated to safety protocols.

I know that during these times, there are moments when it is hard to see when the curtains will rise again, but they certainly will and great stories will be told. There will be unexpected effects and lighting cues; breathtaking sets and costumes that will leave audiences and fellow theatermakers to applaud while asking ‘how did they do that?’! Many of the companies and organizations in the following pages of this directory will be a big part of the answers.

In the July issue’s pages of Stage Directions are spotlights on many of our advertisers—wonderful resources for you to call on when you need a production partner. At Stage Directions we love covering all the innovative and forward-thinking technology and services that our industry’s manufacturers and companies introduce to support the theater production crafts. As well as the incredible schools training the next generation of theater artists. All of these Theater Resources are invaluable collaborators on every production across all disciplines. Through their work they give theater artists the ability to push the theatrical envelope everyday on every stage. It’s the collaborative process, working with all the many industry professionals that results in a theater piece that is much more than the sum of its parts.

In addition to the many theatrical dealers, distributors, and manufacturers, there are a number of associations, organizations and unions that should be on your radar as key industry resources.

Below you will find some of the ones that we work alongside of in supporting and covering theater:

Actor’s Equity Association
www.actorsequity.org

American Association of Community Theatre
www.aact.org

Entertainment Services & Technology Association
www.esta.org

IATSE
www.iatse.net

Institute of Outdoor Theatre
www.setc.org/about/iot/

NAMM
www.namm.org

Guild of Scenic Artists
www.scenicguild.org

Southeastern Theatre Conference
www.setc.org

S*P*A*M – Society of Properties Artisan Managers
www.propmasters.org

Stage Managers’ Association
www.stagemanagers.org

TSDCA | Theatrical Sound
Designers and Composers
Association
www.tsdca.org

United Scenic Artists, Local
USA 829, IATSE
www.usa829.org

United States Institute for
Theatre Technology
www.usitt.org

University/Resident
Theatre Association
www.urta.com

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