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  • Union Call: Safety is Top Priority for Next Steps

    Stage Directions | 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 Directionswas 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 Memoriam: Darren P. DeVerna

    Stage Directions | Industry News | May 22, 2020It is with great sadness that Stage Directions notes the passing of Darren DeVerna. Though he had been battling an illness this past year he had continued working and his death will have been unexpected by many. DeVerna was the fourth generation of his family to work in the theater and became a member of IATSE Local […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: David L. Thayer, Professor and Lighting Designer, 90

    Michael Eddy | Industry News | May 21, 2020The University of Iowa and USITT remembers the life of Professor and Lighting Designer David. L. Thayer who was born in 1930 and died on April 2, 2020. Here’s a remembrance by Eric Stone, Associate Professor in the Theatre Arts Department and Head of the Design Program at the University of Iowa that was posted […] Read More...
  • Lectrosonics: Wire-Lists #26 – Developing Sanitation Protocols for Lav Work

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTools of the Trade | May 19, 20204 Tips for Keeping it Clean and 2 Tips for Getting Back to Business and Staying Distanced Keeping things clean has been a hot topic lately, and social distancing also looks like it will be here to stay for a while. Most of us use lavalier mics, which require touching the talent. As we start […] Read More...
  • Broadway Stage Management Symposium’s Free SM Tech Friday Program – Point Source Audio

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTools of the Trade | May 19, 2020The Broadway Stage Management Symposium is offering free programs so you can take advantage of your spare time and learn some new hard skills about new technology for Stage Managers. The next seminar is coming up on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 4:00pm EDT with Point Source Audio. This session will be led by Broadway […] Read More...
  • Online Resources List and Training Links During the COVID-19 Shutdown UPDATED May 19, 2020

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | May 19, 2020Here are a number of training resources that manufacturers, dealers, theaters, and associations are making available to people to train, learn, and improve their skills while the industry is shut down due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We’ve also included aid and support for those who work in theater and who’ve been adversely affected by this […] Read More...
  • Actors’ Equity: Senate Should Move Without Delay on COBRA Subsidy in the HEROES Act

    Stage Directions | Industry News | May 19, 2020May 18, 2020—New York—Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, released the following statement following regarding the HEROES Act, which has now passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and includes a 100% COBRA subsidy for displaced workers. “For many of our […] Read More...
  • IATSE Endorses Joe Biden for President of the United States

    Stage Directions | Industry News | May 19, 2020IATSE’s General Executive Board voted unanimously Monday to extend its endorsement to Former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. Former Vice President Biden has an extensive record and history of fighting for workers’ rights and working families, but he is also genuinely concerned on a human-level about the welfare of behind-the-scenes entertainment […] Read More...
  • USITT Webinar: Steven Adelman on Social Distancing and the Law

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | May 19, 2020As a part of USITT’s Forum@Four series of webinars, Lawyer and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance Steven A. Adelman made a presentation on Social Distancing and the Law. You can watch the replay of the webinar here: Steve Adelman USITT webinar: Social Distancing and the Law Read More...
  • IATSE Hires Epidemiologists to Consult on Reopening Procedures

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | May 18, 2020IATSE announced on May 18, 2020 they have hired a team of three epidemiologists to consult the union on best practices for workers in the entertainment industry to safely return to work. The move comes as workers in all sectors of the industry face unprecedented levels of unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, […] Read More...
  • IATSE: House Democrats Unveil HEROES Act, Addressing Many IATSE Legislative Priorities

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | May 14, 2020May 14, 2020 – House Democrats on Tuesday introduced H.R. 6800, The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a proposal for the next federal coronavirus relief package. The full House of Representatives is scheduled to return on Friday to consider and likely vote on the bill. Read More...
  • The Actors Fund Has Distributed over $10 Million of Financial Assistance

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | May 14, 2020May 14, 2020—The Actors Fund announced today that, as of May 13, 2020, it has distributed a record-breaking amount, over ten million dollars ($10,500,000.00) in just eight weeks to help provide emergency financial assistance for those in need due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency financial aid is helping the most vulnerable members of […] Read More...
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