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  • Curtain Up on Stage Directions in PLSN

    Michael S. Eddy | Industry News | July 8, 2021Even though this will be the last Stage Directions’ weekly newsletter, we invite you to continue finding all the latest theater news, buzz, and happenings posted by Stage Directions on the PLSN website at https://plsn.com/category/stage-directions/. There you will find Theater News and SD Extras to keep you informed on all things theater, including advocacy, theater […] Read More...
  • Actors’ Equity Announces New Safety Protocols for Fully Vaccinated Workplaces

    Michael Eddy | Industry News | June 30, 2021Today, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) , the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional stage managers and actors in live theatre, shared updated safety protocols for fully vaccinated productions playing at single venues. These new guidelines have been significantly streamlined compared to previous versions. Read More...
  • Yale’s Drama School Goes Tuition-Free and is renamed David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University

    Michael S. Eddy | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | June 30, 2021June 30, 2021—Present and future students at Yale University’s drama school will no longer pay tuition, thanks to a landmark $150 million gift from entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen, the university announced today. The donation—the largest on record in the history of American theater—makes the school the only institution of its kind to eliminate […] Read More...
  • Eileen Garcia Appointed Properties Director at the Santa Fe Opera

    Michael S. Eddy | Changing RolesIndustry News | June 30, 2021The Santa Fe Opera has appointed Eileen Garcia as its new Properties Director. Garcia had returned earlier this year as the Interim Properties Director to take the place of longtime SFO Properties Director Randy Lutz, who died on January 12, 2021. Stage Directions sends its sincere congratulations to Garcia and look forward to hearing all […] Read More...
  • NEA News | Releases New Report on Artists’ Use of Technology as a Creative Medium

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 30, 2021The National Endowment for the Arts announces the release of the report Tech as Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium, the result of a two-year field scan, an initiative of the Arts Endowment in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The field scan […] Read More...
  • S*P*A*Minar Replay | How to Build Safe Stage Combat Weapons with Thomas Fiocchi

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 30, 2021In this month’s Society of Properties Artisan Managers’ S*P*A*Minar, S*P*A*M welcomed Thomas Fiocchi of Ohio University who provided an introduction on how to build safe stage combat weapons in your prop shop. Fiocchi is the resident Props Technologist at Ohio University as well as creator at Fiocchi Swords. This S*P*A*Minar took place on Sunday, June […] Read More...
  • Backstage Video | Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre Upgrades its Flying System

    Michael S. Eddy | Industry News | June 30, 2021Hidden behind the State Theatre’s famous hand-painted curtain at the Arts Centre Melbourne, is the flying system – a crucial component of any theater. Made up of a system of battens, wire rope lines, pulleys and computer-controlled electric hoists, the flying system enables the stage crew to lift or “fly” components of a production on […] Read More...
  • PROLIGHTS Tick All the Right Boxes for the Stamford Shakespeare Company

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 29, 2021Founded in 1968, the amateur Stamford Shakespeare Company has been putting on performances of Shakespeare’s classics for audiences of all ages for over 50 years. Since 1977 the Stamford Shakespeare Company has called the beautiful Tolethorpe Hall home, with their concrete-stepped amphitheater, allowing them to recreate the Shakespearian magic in a similar environment to the […] Read More...
  • FRABA Launches New Business Units and New Brand Identity

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 29, 2021The international FRABA Group has announced the creation of two new business units: UBITO and CREDEMUS. Building on the successes of major in-house innovations for the established POSITAL and VITECTOR businesses, these new enterprises will be active in new markets such as Digital Transformation and the Internet of Things. The launch of these new businesses […] Read More...
  • Lisa Burger, National Theatre Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive to Step Down in Summer 2022

    Stage Directions | Changing RolesIndustry News | June 29, 2021The National Theatre has announced today that Lisa Burger, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive, will step down in Summer 2022. Burger’s career at the National Theatre has spanned 20 years. She joined the NT as Finance Director in 2001, before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2010. Burger took on the role of Executive Director in […] Read More...
  • Black Theatre United Hosts Industry-Wide Commercial Theatre Summit

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 29, 2021As Black Theatre United (BTU) marks its first year since the organization’s creation, the Founding Members announce they held a three-month Commercial Theatre Summit from March to June 2021 to establish industry-wide standards around Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (EDIAB) with a focus on Black individuals in theatre as we move into the future. Read More...
  • Applications Close in 6 Days for Beyond the Stage Door’s No-Cost Theatre Management Intensive for Students of Color

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 29, 2021Beyond the Stage Door is in its final week of accepting applications for their 2021-22 theatre management program for students of color. Interested applicants can find details at www.beyondthestagedoor.com and must submit their application through the site by July 4th, 2021. Selected participants will take part in intimate virtual seminars this fall to learn about […] Read More...
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