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  • Education: Teaching Props in the Age of COVID-19

    Jay Lasnik | Educators | 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...
  • Design Insight: Q&A with Sound Designer Cricket Myers

    Michael S. Eddy | Design Insight | November 4, 2020Recently, Tri Cities Opera, in collaboration with Luma Projection Arts Festival, Enhance VR, and Opera Omaha co-produced Miranda: A Steam Punk VR Experience. The production was presented in Virtual Reality (VR), as well as streamed on YouTube, as a 20-minute condensed version of the originally 80-minute opera with a story and score by composer Kamala […] Read More...
  • Production Manager’s Corner: Adapting to What Comes Next

    Jay Sheehan | Production Management | November 4, 2020Change to Grow and Flourish On the first day of classes, I always tell my students that being adaptable is one of the most important traits of being a production manager or stage manager. I tell them to be ready to “change it up” at a moment’s notice, and to have a good, positive attitude […] Read More...
  • Viewpoint: Jubilee for the Future

    Sophia Skiles | Viewpoint | November 4, 2020AAPI Theatre and the Promise of Solidarity In mid-February of this year, I attended a preview of Cambodian Rock Band on one of the designated Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Community Nights, where Asian American theatre makers and friends are invited to fill the seats to build energy and support for a production. These performances […] Read More...
  • Theater Space: Everyone Can Hear Me Now

    Stage Directions | Theatre Space | November 4, 2020Pliant Technologies Has The Uvalde Grand Opera House Covered The Uvalde Grand Opera House, located in Uvalde, TX was built in 1891 and is the second oldest opera house in the state of Texas. The venue historically played host to traveling musicians and vaudeville acts, balls, dances, and graduation ceremonies through the early part of […] Read More...
  • Answer Box: Setting Standards For Accuracy and Ergonomics

    Jay Duckworth | Answer Box | November 4, 2020I was watching a mother/daughter home flipping show. They had repurposed the under cabinets from the old kitchen to make an office space just off the new kitchen space. When they capped the renovation off and put the chair in place, this ‘workspace’ was almost as high as the back top of the chair. Way […] Read More...
  • Editor’s Note: Trusting in Our Strong Roots

    Michael S. Eddy | Editor's Note | November 4, 2020It is vital to democracy to honor and preserve its multicultural artistic heritage as well as support new ideas, and therefore it is essential to provide financial assistance to its artists and the organizations that support their work. – National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 [SEC. 2. (10)] I want […] Read More...
  • Educators: Sharing the Experience

    Stage Directions | Educators | October 16, 2020From picking up every type of individual class supplies, including lauan, tool kits, fabric, and portable painting kits, in school parking lots to mailing ‘at-home’ lighting kits of gel, small instruments, and miniature wooden mannequins, theater production and design educators are doing what they teach their students every year – creative problem solving in these […] Read More...
  • John Iacovelli: Reflecting on 30 years of Teaching

    Michael S. Eddy | Master Teacher | September 30, 2020Designer John Iacovelli has three major areas to his career—Scenic Designer for theater; Production Designer for film and television; and Professor in design. While very different areas, Iacovelli blended them quite seamlessly over the course of his career.  He has designed for over 300 productions at theaters across the country including: The Mark Taper Forum, […] Read More...
  • Alex Hawthorn: A Passion for Sound Artistry

    Michael S. Eddy | Design Insight | September 30, 2020Alex Hawthorn is a sound designer, composer, and technologist for theater, film, and digital media. He recently received a Special Citation Obie Award as part of the creative team for his sound design for A Strange Loop. He trained at NYU and started working on Broadway as an assistant and associate quickly after graduation. Regionally […] Read More...
  • She Kills Monsters Car/Claw: Using Puppets to Convey Deep Emotional Content

    Jay Lasnik | Answer Box | September 30, 2020In June of 2019, I was onstage at Penn State University’s Playhouse Theatre with large pieces of foam core and sections of PVC pipe. I was there with two directors, a dramaturg, a stage manager, a ‘dragonographer’ and about 10 students. We were putting the director’s vision onstage for the first time. The concept of […] Read More...
  • How to Get a Head: Life Casting Tips

    Jay Duckworth | Technical Insight | September 30, 2020The stage is a mysterious and wonderful thing. There is so much magic that happens on the stage that theater folks, just like those who plough the sea, are deeply and fervently superstitious. Logic and reason are somehow suspended in this most holy ground. This is the only way I can explain why a person […] Read More...
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