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  • Natural Inspiration: Using Biomimicry in Theater Design

    Jay Duckworth | Answer Box | January 6, 2021The hardest part is starting. I see it in my friends, and I see it in my students. There are so many options out there that it’s hard to take the first step. In my last article from December 2020, I talked about pulling all the information that you can from a script in order […] Read More...
  • Digging Deep: Breaking down a script for prop design

    Jay Duckworth | Answer Box | December 2, 2020“It’s just such a strange location, and oddly specific.“ “What is?“ I asked my boyfriend. “The show I’m working on has the location as 2.5 miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas.” Just as a wild guess, I asked him to look up the geographic center of the United States, and boom, that was it.  There is […] Read More...
  • Long Distance Design: Sound Designer Nathan Leigh had 200 Miles Between Himself and the Stage

    Michael S. Eddy | Sound Design | December 2, 2020Staged in a tent in its parking lot, Berkshire Theatre Group presented Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s musical Godspell, the first Actors’ Equity Association approved musical during the pandemic. Stage Directions caught up with the sound designer, Nathan Leigh, and learned how he designed from 200+ miles away. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Leigh designed […] Read More...
  • Viewpoint: Revolutionary Costume Pedagogy

    Michelle Hunt Souza | Viewpoint | December 2, 2020As the movement for systemic change in the theatre industry gains force, all theatre artists must examine their roles and responsibilities in the fight for equity. Costume practitioners and educators, like myself, are digging deep and asking a revolutionary question: How can we dismantle the status quo of Western-focused, chronological teaching of historical garments and […] Read More...
  • Stage Managing MIRANDA- a Steampunk VR Experience

    Michael S. Eddy | Stage Management | December 2, 2020At the end of September, Tri Cities Opera (TCO), in collaboration with Luma Projection Arts Festival, Enhance VR, and Opera Omaha co-produced Miranda: A Steam Punk VR Experience in virtual reality (VR) to viewers with VR headsets and PCs, as well as a ‘director’s cut’ streamed on YouTube. This production was a 20-minute condensed version […] Read More...
  • USITT21 Virtually Anywhere

    David Grindle | The Callboard | December 2, 2020In October, USITT announced that its 61st Annual Conference & Stage Expo will be presented as an online event in March 2021. The event previously had been scheduled to take place in person in Columbus, OH. Below USITT executive director David Grindle tells us what they are planning moving forward for USITT21. USITT’s decision to […] Read More...
  • Editor’s Note: What Comes Next?

    Michael S. Eddy | Editor's Note | December 2, 2020To put it mildly, this has been a tough year on theaters and theater makers across this country and around the world. As 2020 takes its final bow—and may I say, none too soon—I choose to look forward, rather than back, to what 2021 and beyond may hold for us. Looking at what we have […] Read More...
  • Education: Teaching Props in the Age of COVID-19

    Jay Lasnik | Educators | November 4, 2020When one door closes, another opens. One never knows when opportunities might fall into your lap. Like most of us, for the majority of my life, I have been opening-night driven. But now, with the Penn State University School of Theatre doing virtual shows, and while I am still supporting those shows prop-wise, the afternoon […] Read More...
  • Design Insight: Q&A with Sound Designer Cricket Myers

    Michael S. Eddy | Design Insight | November 4, 2020Recently, Tri Cities Opera, in collaboration with Luma Projection Arts Festival, Enhance VR, and Opera Omaha co-produced Miranda: A Steam Punk VR Experience. The production was presented in Virtual Reality (VR), as well as streamed on YouTube, as a 20-minute condensed version of the originally 80-minute opera with a story and score by composer Kamala […] Read More...
  • Production Manager’s Corner: Adapting to What Comes Next

    Jay Sheehan | Production Management | November 4, 2020Change to Grow and Flourish On the first day of classes, I always tell my students that being adaptable is one of the most important traits of being a production manager or stage manager. I tell them to be ready to “change it up” at a moment’s notice, and to have a good, positive attitude […] Read More...
  • Viewpoint: Jubilee for the Future

    Sophia Skiles | Viewpoint | November 4, 2020AAPI Theatre and the Promise of Solidarity In mid-February of this year, I attended a preview of Cambodian Rock Band on one of the designated Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Community Nights, where Asian American theatre makers and friends are invited to fill the seats to build energy and support for a production. These performances […] Read More...
  • Theater Space: Everyone Can Hear Me Now

    Stage Directions | Theatre Space | November 4, 2020Pliant Technologies Has The Uvalde Grand Opera House Covered The Uvalde Grand Opera House, located in Uvalde, TX was built in 1891 and is the second oldest opera house in the state of Texas. The venue historically played host to traveling musicians and vaudeville acts, balls, dances, and graduation ceremonies through the early part of […] Read More...
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