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  • Answer Box: Tackling a Challenge Head On

    Jay Lasnik | Answer Box | May 12, 2021When one works long enough in prop and costume crafts, you get to a point where you just start seeing the same mistakes over and over. This happens a lot with puppet heads and masks. One wonders why, since the human body hasn’t changed all that much in 50 years; people needed to see, hear, […] Read More...
  • What Do You See? The Optical Trick of Pepper’s Ghost

    Jay Duckworth | Theater Science | May 12, 2021There is some sage advice, including “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and “Don’t reinvent the wheel.” But those two phrases go against our philosophy of theater tech. Instead we delve in and study the old ways until we have an understanding of them, and then we adapt and put them into use […] Read More...
  • Speaking with Denise J. Grillo, Production Props

    Michael S. Eddy | Theater Maker: Props | May 12, 2021Denise J. Grillo, who has over 20 years serving as production props for Broadway productions, recently partnered with Ian Grunes to open a new prop rental house, Everything Props in Harrison, NJ. It is just 10-minutes from midtown Manhattan. Easily accessible via PATH train, bus, or van, this new enterprise has 10,000 square-feet of furniture, […] Read More...
  • Howard Sherman on His New Book: Another Day’s Begun

    Kathleen Eddy | Feature | May 12, 2021Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, a seemingly ubiquitous play since its 1938 debut, is the very worthy, and surprisingly long overdue, subject of Howard Sherman’s recently released book, Another Day’s Begun: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the 21st Century. This wonderfully insightful book with its thoroughly original approach to looking at this complex play is actually […] Read More...
  • Why Are There No Great Kids of Color in the Performing Arts? An Exploration on Challenges for Kids of Color in Arts Spaces

    Ilasiea Gray | Viewpoint | May 12, 2021This essay was originally published on HowlRound Theatre Commons (https://bit.ly/SDGrayEssay ) on April 12, 2021. As a Black performing arts educator and actress who has performed many theatre for young audience (TYA) shows, I have taught and shaped the minds of thousands of kids. Inspiring young people by way of performing arts is something I […] Read More...
  • Envisioning Change: The Future is Inclusive

    Andrea Kovich | Viewpoint | May 12, 2021  Andrea Kovich is a Seattle-based freelance dramaturg and writer. She self-identifies as a disabled artist and is passionate about collaborating with historically marginalized voices to uplift underrepresented narratives and further efforts for accessibility and inclusion. She is on the board of Sound Theatre Company and is also an Accessibility Consultant. This essay was originally […] Read More...
  • Theater Science: Scents Memory- Evoking Emotions with Aromas

    Jay Duckworth | Theater Science | April 1, 2021‘Would you do me a favor and smell this? I found it in the fridge, and I don’t want to throw it away if it’s still good. What is it? I think it’s kiwi skins I saved, or it’s old pudding!’ Maybe that’s a bit of an extreme example, but we humans are totally pulled […] Read More...
  • Designer Spotlight: Lighting Designer Christina Watanabe

    Michael S. Eddy | Artist Spotlight | April 1, 2021Christina Watanabe is a New York City-based lighting designer who has been gaining attention and accolades as her career builds. In addition to designing off-Broadway and around New York at theaters including The Public Theater (Under the Radar), The Bushwick Starr, Theatre for the New City, Minor Theatre, Post Theatre Company, and The Living Theatre, […] Read More...
  • Illuminating the Careers of Disabled Lighting Designers

    Annie Wiegand, Michael Maag | Diversity & Inclusion | April 1, 2021Annie Wiegand is the first, and maybe the only, professional deaf lighting designer in the theatre industry in the United States. She has been working as a freelance designer in New York City for a decade and is also a professor in the theatre and dance program at Gallaudet University, the only university in the […] Read More...
  • Answer Box: The Spinning Disco Ball Hat

    Jay Lasnik | Answer Box | April 1, 2021When you’re a props & costume crafts designer and artisan, you can never say, “Well, now I’ve seen it all!” because inevitably something even crazier than your last crazy project will come along soon enough. Just after I moved back to the San Francisco Bay area from Las Vegas, (where I was the Props Lead […] Read More...
  • Editor’s Note: The Show Must Go On Doesn’t Mean The Show Must Not Change

    Michael S. Eddy | Editor's Note | April 1, 2021After a year of being dark many theaters across the country have begun to look at the possibility of reopening and welcoming audiences back. As they discuss vaccinations, safety protocols and capacity limits, theater makers are anticipating the moment they can turn off their ghost light and turn on the house lights. Certainly the ghost […] Read More...
  • The Fabric of Design: Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic’ reflects on her work

    Michael S. Eddy | Artist Spotlight | March 3, 2021  This story can be read below or in our March 2021 digitial edition             Ana Kuzmanić is Yugoslav-born costume designer for theater and opera. Her theatrical career started while studying costume and fashion design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Since 2003 Kuzmanić’s design work has been […] Read More...
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