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  • 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...
  • The Lighting of The Steadfast Soldier: Lighting Designer T.J. Gerckens

    Michael S. Eddy | Design Inspiration | January 6, 2021The Steadfast Tin Soldier is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a tin soldier’s love for a paper ballerina. Conceived and directed by Mary Zimmerman, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, originally produced by the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago in 2018 and 2019, and streamed in 2020, is a heartwarming tale of love, perseverance, […] Read More...
  • The Costumes of The Steadfast Soldier: Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic

    Michael S. Eddy | Design Inspiration | January 6, 2021The Steadfast Tin Soldier, originally produced by the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, IL in 2018, re-mounted in 2019 and streamed in 2020, is a spectacular production with stunning, whimsical costumes designed by Chicago-based Ana Kuzmanić. In addition to designing for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, and opera she is also an associate professor of costume […] Read More...
  • The Soundographer: Lindsay Jones Designs Audible’s Production of A Streetcar Named Desire

    Michael S. Eddy | Sound Design | January 6, 2021Sound designer Lindsay Jones, who has a long working relationship with director Robert O’Hara, was supposed to design the sound for O’Hara’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer. With the pandemic shutdown, Williamstown partnered with Audible to present a series of audio plays including Streetcar. Jones, who has been […] Read More...
  • Editor’s Note: Hope Runs Deep

    Michael S. Eddy | Editor's Note | January 6, 2021Welcome to the January 2021 issue of Stage Directions. [I’ve never been happier to write a new year’s date than this year! I doubt that I will be misdating anything 2020!!] We are all more than well acquainted with the past year, with far too many ghost lights burning across the nation—and around the world. […] Read More...
  • The Textures of Dickensian London: Designer Rob Howell’s work on A Christmas Carol

    Michael S. Eddy | Design Insight | January 6, 2021When the nominees for the 2020 Tony Awards were announced, designer Rob Howell was on the list—twice in fact—having been nominated for Best Costume Designs and Best Scenic Designs for his work on A Christmas Carol, which wrapped up its Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre on January 5, 2020. (The show also has Tony […] Read More...
  • Finishing The Hat of The Steadfast Tin Soldier

    Stage Directions | Theater Maker: Costumes | January 6, 2021Elizabeth Flauto is the principal of Elizabeth Flauto Costume Crafts, a theatrical costume crafts studio based in Chicago, IL. She fabricated the hat for The Tin Soldier in the Lookingglass Theatre’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Here she describes the process of building the hat that had to stay put on the actor’s head throughout a […] Read More...
  • Ethereal Light for The Steadfast Tin Soldier

    Stage Directions | Theater Maker: Lighting | January 6, 2021Rachel J. Lake is a freelance lighting designer who is currently pursuing an MFA in lighting design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was formerly based in Chicago and was a full-time staff member as master electrician at Lookingglass Theatre Company and the resident lighting designer at Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Working […] Read More...
  • Once More Unto… The Radio: UNCSA School of Design & Production produces Henry V

    Stage Directions | Educators | January 6, 2021The University of North Carolina School of the Arts produced Shakespeare’s Henry V as a radio play with a team of students in the School of Design & Production’s sound design program and actors from the School of Drama. The sound design team produced an original soundtrack with leadership from faculty members Jason Romney and […] Read More...
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