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  • Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Patent Granted for the PSA CO2 Microphone with Built-in Backup

    Stage Directions | The Sounding Board - Point Source Audio Blog | January 8, 2020Four patents in three years underscores Point Source Audio’s leadership in live sound solutions. Point Source Audio (PSA) was recently granted U.S. Patent No. D850,422 for its CO2-8WL Dual Lavalier Microphone, part of the company’s CO2 Confidence Microphone collection. It is the world’s first fully redundant microphone in a wearable housing—providing an all-in-one solution for […] Read More...
  • Hell’s Best Friend: Building the Devil’s Dog

    Jay Duckworth | Answer Box | January 7, 2020At the Public Theater, we’re doing an update of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day. It’s being directed by our artistic director Oskar Eustis. The design team is a who’s who of gifted designers and our scenic designer David Rockwell is an absolute treat to work with. There are some great challenges to the […] Read More...
  • Robin Wagner: A Career Designed to Impress

    Ellis Nassour | Master Artist | January 5, 2020Robin Wagner, a spry 86 and celebrating more than a half century as a scenic designer, speaks in revered tones of working in theater. “One of the great things about being in this business, and especially being a scenic designer, is that sense of feeling reborn with every show. Each has new characters, new stories, […] Read More...
  • Technology as an Extension of Your Imagination: Master Teacher David Budries on Sound Design

    Howard Sherman | Perspectives | January 5, 2020When David Budries began working in the field of sound, he was cutting and splicing reel to reel tape. Today, the technology has advanced from that analog state to widely accessible digital tools. But he makes very clear that when it comes to sound design, the tools come second. “If you are led by the […] Read More...
  • Riding off into the Santa Fe Sunset: PM Paul Horpedahl on work and life

    Michael S. Eddy | Production Management | January 5, 2020Paul Horpedahl recently announced that he is stepping down as the Director of Production and Facilities at The Santa Fe Opera, a position he has held for over 21 years. He actually started his long theatrical career as a technical apprentice at The Santa Fe Opera after receiving his BA in theater from the University […] Read More...
  • The Audio Design for David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway

    Michael Eddy | Audio | December 18, 2019David Byrne had a vision for his production of American Utopia, that it would be a completely bare stage and that all the musicians and performers would be untethered. There would be no cables; everything would need to be wireless. This for a show that would tour the globe and play at festivals and play to audiences averaging from 4,000 to 8,000 per show and upwards of 50,000 at festivals. The tour stage was normally 55-feet wide x 30-feet deep and surrounded on three sides by walls of aluminum chain. This was the task that Byrne presented to Front of House Engineer, Pete Keppler and touring Monitor Engineer, John Chadwick when they met to discuss the show. He then upped that challenge 18 months later, taking the show into Broadway’s Hudson Theatre, a comparatively tiny 970 seat house and a stage measuring 29-feet wide x 25-feet deep. Keppler, a longtime engineer and producer who has worked with Byrne on previous tours and albums, speaks about his solutions to the challenge of the Broadway incarnation of American Utopia. Read More...
  • The Lighting Design for David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway

    Michael Eddy | Light On The Subject | December 18, 2019David Byrne has taken his wildly popular concert touring production, American Utopia, which has been travelling around the world for the last year and a half and morphed it into a Broadway show. It’s playing to sold out houses—and very positive theatrical reviews—at the Hudson Theatre in NYC. The show features the same production, lighting, and sound design, but adapted down to a tight Broadway theater space after its time in various arenas around the world. The result is a beautiful, joy-filled evening mixing Talking Heads and Byrne’s solo work into a truly theatrical performance. Entirely presented on a completely bare stage, except for a surround of chain curtain, with no cabling for audio at all and musicians in constant motion, it is the most ambitious of band performances. Byrne himself in an interview with Shure acknowledged, “There was a lot of things that could have gone wrong. In this case, a completely empty stage, an entire band mobile is a really simple idea, but technically, not so easy to realize.” Realize it Byrne and his creative team have though, and rather brilliantly in fact. To get some insight into the starkly beautiful lighting design by Rob Sinclair Stage Directions spoke with him recently. Read More...
  • Master Builder: Prop Master and Educator Eric Hart

    Lisa Mulcahy | In the Limelight | December 18, 2019Eric Hart has established himself as a preeminent prop master and builder through a dedication to quality and a belief in true practicality. His prop work has brought him respect in the industry as well as accolades. Hart is currently the prop master at Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, and a visiting professor in the Stage Properties program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Hart has written two of the ‘every prop master must have’ resource books — The Prop Building Guidebook for Theatre, Film, and TV and The Prop Effects Guidebook: Lights, Motion, Sound and Music. He builds not only stage props, but also props for retail stores and theme parks; his specialties include carpentry, metal work, vacuum forming, sculpting, molding and casting, and small effects.  Read More...
  • The Art of the Abstract: Designer and Educator Natalie Taylor Hart

    Lisa Mulcahy | In the Limelight | December 18, 2019Natalie Taylor Hart is the ideal artistic free spirit. She is a freelance scenic designer and mask maker and is assistant professor of performing arts at Elon University in North Carolina. Her list of credits is extensive and includes NYC productions of Slave Shack at the Algonquin Theater, Life in the Fat Lane at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and exhibitions for the USITT Design Expo, the Prague Quadrennial, the World Stage Design Catalog, and the Lincoln Center Portfolio Review. Read More...
  • The Language of Thinking About the Whole: Designer Susan Hilferty

    Howard Sherman | Perspectives | December 18, 2019Given that the musical Wicked is now the fifth longest running show in Broadway history, at 16 years and counting, and has also generated numerous tours and international productions, it’s fair to say that its costumes are in the number one spot in a ranking of Susan Hilferty’s best-known designs. But in looking at her extensive career of more than 300 designs in New York, around the U.S. and in London by the numbers, it’s important to take note of the designer’s decades-long relationships with two authors, who also frequently direct their own work: she has designed 34 shows with the South African playwright Athol Fugard and more than 30 with U.S. playwright Richard Nelson. On a number of those projects, she has also designed sets, and, with Fugard, directed and co-directed. Read More...
  • Jeff Croiter and Artiste Van Gogh Light Cyrano in New York City

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsLight On The Subject | December 18, 2019Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jeff Croiter turned to Elation Professional’s Artiste Van Gogh™ LED wash moving head to light a new musical adaptation of Cyrano starring Peter Dinklage at the Daryl Roth Theatre in New York. The classic tale of unrequited love premiered in November and has received praise for its design. Separated into five acts, Croiter says he uses the Artiste series fixtures to fulfill a different role in every scene of the play. “Their versatility was key and that’s what made these the perfect light for Cyrano,” the designer stated. “It’s my first time using them and they’ve worked perfectly.” Read More...
  • Stop Lecturing: Five Alternative Teaching Methods

    Natalie Taylor Hart | Training | November 13, 2019Teaching artists come from a range of backgrounds: some from more academic settings and some from the professional sphere. We have expertise in our disciplines, but sometimes we lack a history of training in the methods and theory of teaching and learning. By blending educational methodologies with disciplinary methodologies, we can often become more effective teachers and help our students become more successful. If lecturing is your teaching comfort zone, it may take a little thought to rework your class, but the potential benefits are compelling. Read More...
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