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  • Scenic Design at Syracuse Stage with Designer Shoko Kambara | Backstage Video

    Stage Directions | Theatre Buzz | July 10, 2020In this video from Syracuse Stage, Scenic Designer Shoko Kambara takes you behind the scenes and looks at some of the shows she has designed at Syracuse Stage. She shares what inspires her designs. Simple or elaborate, the scenic design of a show is just as integral in telling the story as any actor on […] Read More...
  • Actors’ Equity Association Releases New COVID-19 Safety Resources for Producers

    Stage Directions | Industry News | July 10, 2020Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional stage actors and stage managers, has released a public list of resources geared towards producers looking to resume live theatre. These resources are an example of how Equity is collaborating with producers across the country on safety plans that could bring back some theatre in the coming […] Read More...
  • Porsche McGovern’s Who Designs & Directs in LORT Theatres Survey

    Porsche McGovern | Industry News | July 10, 2020Porsche McGovern is a lighting designer and a Contributing Writer for Stage Directions magazine and its Illuminations section. She has been doing very important work over the past few years with her study Who Designs and Directs in League of Resident Theatres. She is expanding the demographics of the study and would appreciate anyone who […] Read More...
  • Behind the Scenes Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign

    Stage Directions | Industry News | July 10, 2020The Behind the Scenes Mental Health Initiative has rolled out a number of suicide prevention tools as part of joining the #BeThe1To campaign run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and its partners. Read More...
  • ETC Webinar Replay: Hamilton Lighting Design Discussion, with Howell Binkley & Team Lighting

    Michael Eddy | Industry News | July 10, 2020  Can’t get enough Hamilton? ETC hosted a webinar with the Tony Award®-winning lighting team from the Broadway’s Hamilton on Thursday, July 9. Here is the video of that round-table discussion with the Hamilton lighting team so you can watch it for yourselves: Read More...
  • USITT News | Conference Survey

    Michael Eddy | Industry News | July 9, 2020As USITT makes plans for its Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Columbus in March 2021, they need your help. Creating this Conference is quite different from any that USITT has produced in the past because of the pandemic. To better meet your needs, and to understand any thoughts or concerns you may have, please […] Read More...
  • PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 Signed Into Law, PPP Application Deadline Also Extended to Aug. 8

    Stage Directions | Industry News | July 9, 2020On June 5, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 into law. An amendment to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act, the PPP Flexibility Act expands its loan forgiveness provisions from eight to 24 weeks, or until Dec. 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Read More...
  • Hamilton Prop Facts! Collected

    Jay Duckworth | Theatre Buzz | July 8, 2020Proptologist, Stage Directions Contributing Writer, and Professor Jay Duckworth created the props for the original production of Hamilton when it started out at The Public Theater.  To celebrate the July 3rd premiere of the Broadway version of Hamilton coming to Disney+, Duckworth created this series of Prop Facts about key props in Hamilton. Enjoy learning […] Read More...
  • Theater’s Extended Suspension Demonstrates Urgent Need for National Economic Arts Relief Package

    Stage Directions | Industry News | July 8, 2020Following the Broadway League’s announcement extending Broadway’s closure through at least January 3, 2021, many other theaters, dance, and opera companies are following suit and holding off on reopening until 2021. Theater workers will most likely be out of work for the rest of the year; at least. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is set […] Read More...
  • Proptologist and Prop Master Jay Duckworth Leaves The Public Theater

    Stage Directions | Industry News | July 8, 2020After 12 years as the Resident Properties Master at The Public Theater, Jay Duckworth has chosen to leave The Public to pursue the next act in his career, teaching. “With all theater shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I took this opportunity to really do some reflection on my work as well as my teaching […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Joe Battista, 73

    Stage Directions | Industry News | July 8, 2020Journeyman/ Stagehand/ Rigger Joe Battista passed on Tuesday, July 7th at the age of 73, from a three-way automobile accident on the northside of Indianapolis, IN. Battista had been a long time member of the  IATSE Local  30 in Indianapolis and a well-known figure to all technicians who passed through town and had the pleasure […] Read More...
  • Custom Stage Trap System Rounds Out Theater Renovation

    Stage Directions | Industry News | July 7, 2020What started as an intent to improve acoustics, transformed into a complete theater overhaul at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD, one of the leading professional theaters in the Washington, D.C. area. The dramatic makeover – beginning at the box office and extending to the back corner of the stage – not only improved […] Read More...
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