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  • Q&A with Edward Pierce, the Newly-Elected President of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, IATSE

    Michael S. Eddy | The Callboard | February 3, 2021This past fall designer Edward Pierce was elected president of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, IATSE and was sworn into his three-year term. Pierce, an active member of USA 829 for 25 years, has previously represented members as a national trustee for 12 years and pension trustee for nine years. He takes over the […] Read More...
  • Sharing the Knowledge: Projection Designer/Educator Wendall K. Harrington

    Michael S. Eddy | Master Teacher | February 3, 2021Wendall K. Harrington’s career has embraced diverse disciplines including theater, dance, opera, concert touring, film, and more. Affectionately known by her students as the ‘Queen of Projection’, Harrington has been working in the field of projected media for live events since the mid 1970’s where she’s constantly pushed the boundaries of multi-image/video design and projection. […] Read More...
  • Integrated Imagery: Sven Ortel Talks about Teaching at UT-Austin

    Michael S. Eddy | Educators | February 3, 2021Sven Ortel is a projection designer with 20 years of experience who works internationally and nationally creating projections and imagery for theater, opera, dance, and more. Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, he started in lighting design, which he went on to study in London. With Dick Straker, and his company Mesmer, Ortel explored the […] Read More...
  • Editor’s Note: What’s In Your Toolbox

    Michael S. Eddy | Editor's Note | February 3, 2021Welcome to the February 2021 issue of Stage Directions magazine. As editor I have tried to cover the work of all the talented people who make theater every day. And I do mean ALL the people, as I have tried to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in the magazine, because I think it is a […] Read More...
  • Shawn Boyle: Projection and Lighting Designer

    Stage Directions | Early Career | February 3, 2021Shawn Boyle works out of Boston, MA and is a projection and lighting designer. He has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama where he studied projection design with Wendall K Harrington. See more of his work at www.sboyledesign.com.  Is there something specific in terms of approach to the work that you learned from […] Read More...
  • Kate Ducey: Projection and Lighting Designer

    Stage Directions | Early Career | February 3, 2021Kate Ducey is a Projection and Lighting Designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has an MFA in Integrated Media from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Sven Ortel. She is also a founder/creative partner in Remarkable Squirrel Productions: www.remarkablesquirrel.com. See more of her work at www.kateducey.com.  Is there something specific in […] Read More...
  • Jesse Easdon: Experiential and Media Designer

    Kathy Eddy | Early Career | February 3, 2021Experiential and Media Designer, Jesse Easdon is based in Austin, TX and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in Integrated Media after studying with Sven Ortel. See more of his work at www.jesseeasdon.com.  Is there something specific in terms of approach to the work that you learned from Sven which […] Read More...
  • Rasean Davonte Johnson: Video Artist and Projection Designer

    Stage Directions | Early Career | February 3, 2021Based in Chicago, Rasean Davonte Johnson is a video artist and projection designer. He has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama where he studied projection design with Wendall K Harrington. See more of his work at www.raseandavontejohnson.com. Is there something specific in terms of approach to the work that you learned from Wendall […] Read More...
  • Kristen Ferguson: Maker and Projection Designer

    Stage Directions | Early Career | February 3, 2021Maker and Projection Designer, Kristen Ferguson is based in Toronto, Canada. Studying with Wendall K Harrington, she earned an MFA in projection design from the Yale School of Drama. See more of her work at www.projectedfeelings.com.  Is there something specific in terms of approach to the work that you learned from Wendall which you will […] Read More...
  • Ford’s #FinishStrong Initiative Shares Easy to Assemble COVID-19 Air Filtration Box Fan Solution

    Stage Directions | Answer BoxIndustry News | February 3, 2021Ford’s #FinishStrong Initiative is sharing an inexpensive open-source design for a fan and HVAC filter combination that could help reduce virus particle concentrations in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms and shop spaces. Easily assembled, the COVID-19 air filtration box fan solution developed by Ford is an air filtration solution that people can make at home […] Read More...
  • Proptologist Video: Strawberry Casting with Jay Duckworth

    Jay Duckworth | Answer Box Video | January 31, 2021Casting is a great skill to have as a prop artisan, but for many it seems expensive and really complicated to get started. Some people want to try it but the initial cost of just starting it up—the cost of materials—puts folks off. To really do it right, you do need to make sure you […] Read More...
  • A Lone Voice: Joshua Reid’s Sound Design for Jefferson Mays’ One-Person A Christmas Carol

    Michael S. Eddy | Sound Perspective | January 6, 2021For Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the beloved holiday classic, actor Jefferson Mays served up a tour de force performance, playing over 50 different roles. Conceived by Michael Arden and Dane Laffrey, this wonderfully moving adaptation by Mays, Arden & Susan Lyons of the classic tale originally premiered at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse in 2018. […] Read More...
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