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  • A conversation with Gary Fails, winner of The Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award

    Stage Directions | In the Limelight | May 22, 2020Distinguished innovator, entrepreneur, and industry pioneer, Gary Fails, President of City Theatrical, Inc. is the the 2020/2021 Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were not all able to join together at USITT’s 2020 Conference in Houston to celebrate his career but we recently spoke with Fails to congratulate him […] Read More...
  • A World on Stage: Speaking with Lighting Designer Cory Pattak on creating moments

    Michael S. Eddy | Artist ProfileCurrent Issue | May 22, 2020Cory Pattak is a New York City based Lighting Designer, a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, with a long list of Off-Broadway and regional theater lighting design credits including shows at Miami New Drama, The Kennedy Center, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, John W. Engeman Theatre, The Old Globe, Goodspeed Musicals, Maltz Jupiter […] Read More...
  • Union Call: Safety is Top Priority for Next Steps

    Michael S. Eddy | Current IssueIndustry NewsSafety | May 22, 2020In early May the AFL-CIO convened a press call so we would have the opportunity to hear from the various entertainment industry unions’ leadership. Stage Directions was particularly interested to hear from both Matthew D. Loeb, International President of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and Kate Shindle, President of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). Read More...
  • In His Own Words: Costume Shop Director Joseph P. Salasovich Reflects on the Costume Department at Arena Stage

    Joseph P. Salasovich  | Inside Perspective | May 22, 2020When the Mead Center for American Theater opened, people immediately marveled at the architecture. Arena Stage was reborn. Again. Through its storied history Arena has performed in multiple venues. From a brewery to the building at 6th and Maine, to temporary spaces in Crystal City and Lincoln Theater, Arena Stage has performed in many parts […] Read More...
  • Don’t Touch the Props: Thinking about backstage safety in a post COVID-19 world

    Jay Duckworth | Answer Box | May 22, 2020Though it’s been said—many times—seriously, don’t touch the props. We will be getting back to work; I don’t know when, but theater is resilient, and we’ll be back. I hesitate to use the word return; a lot of things will be different. There should be and will be some new safety protocols and considerations for […] Read More...
  • The Winchester Little Theatre Miniature Prop Room: An Eye for Detail

    Michael S. Eddy | Current IssueInside Perspective | April 29, 2020Chris Frear handles props for the Winchester Little Theatre in Winchester, VA and she is passionate about her work. She volunteers with the theater, having retired from running her own seat weaving business, she was a chair caner. (pause to say, ‘I know, how cool is that?’) So how do you go from retired chair […] Read More...
  • When Theater Stood Still

    Ross Jackson | Current IssuePerspectives | April 29, 2020Production stage manager Ross Jackson was to be holding his first day of tech rehearsals for a new production of Nickel Mines at A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut (ACT of CT) on March 13, 2020, one week before their scheduled opening. However, like many productions across the country, they would not be opening due to […] Read More...
  • A talk with BroadwayHD founders Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane

    Michael S. Eddy | Current IssueFeature | April 29, 2020With theaters across the country and the globe closed, the West End and Broadway dark, many of us are turning to online and streaming options to see a show. Though the experience is not the same as being part of the audience at a live theater production, BroadwayHD is offering a high-quality experience that allows […] Read More...
  • Evoking A Time: A discussion with Designer Rae Smith

    Michael S. Eddy | Current IssueMaster Artist | April 29, 2020Rae Smith is an Olivier, Tony, and OBIE winning scenic and costume designer. Based in London, England, Smith’s theater designs are frequently seen in the West End and at the National Theatre in London, the English National Opera, as well as on Broadway, throughout the U.S. and on international tours. Among her credits is her […] Read More...
  • Teaching Props Online

    Jay Duckworth | Answer BoxCurrent Issue | April 29, 2020The situation that we are in right now with COVID-19 sucks. I usually can spin most anything into a positive. Like the time I got shot in the arm but luckily, I had on my brother’s jacket, but that’s another story. Like the famous quote, “If you’re going through Hell just keep on going.” Right […] Read More...
  • Propping Angels in America, a “period” piece

    Jay Lasnik | Answer BoxProps | March 25, 2020This month’s Answer Box comes from Jay Lasnik, Props Master at Penn State University. Here Lasnik talks about building a “period” phone booth from the 1980s for a recent production of Angels in America at Penn State, as well as “Hunting & Gathering” props for this production. The Creative Team for this production included: Scenic […] Read More...
  • A Most Successful Balance: Lighting Designer Christina R. Giannelli

    Lisa Mulcahy | DesignIn the Limelight | March 25, 2020Christina R. Giannelli has earned the respect of countless peers and audiences for her elegant and powerful creativity and style. Giannelli has designed unique, original lighting for many prestigious ballets, including works by Julia Adam, Christopher Bruce, Jorma Elo, Donald McHale, Kenneth McMillan, Trey McIntyre, Dennis Nahat, Ben Stevenson, Glen Tetley, Natalie Weir, Stanton Welch, […] Read More...
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