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  • Backstage Video | Bernadette Banner Sews Paul Tazewell’s Spencer Jacket from Hamilton for the Costume Industry Coalition

    Michael Eddy | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 14, 2021Bernadette Banner Sews One of Designer Paul Tazewell’s Hamilton Costume Pieces for CIC As one of many Costume Designers, Associates, and Assistants standing in solidarity with the Costume Industry Coalition—Broadway Associate Designer Sky Switser knew everyone was brainstorming new ways to raise desperately needed emergency recovery funds in the wake of COVID-19. He has worked […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Randy Lutz, Santa Fe Opera Properties Director

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 13, 2021Randy Lutz, the Properties Director at Santa Fe Opera, and a mentor to many theater makers over his many years at SFO, died on January 12, 2021. Lutz got started in theater back in high school in Mt. Carmel, PA. He attended Bloomsburg University, first in pre-med, but switched to technical theater. Lutz started at […] Read More...
  • Backstage Video: ASMR at the Victoria & Albert Museum Conserving a Clown Costume

    Stage Directions | Theatre Buzz | January 13, 2021Follow Senior Textile Conservator Susana Fajardo at the Victoria & Albert Museum as she works on a sequined clown costume worn by 20th-century clown Jackie Sloan. Sound designer and performance-maker Julie Rose Bower has documented Susana’s steps using ambisonic sound, letting you get closer to the object than ever before. See the painstakingly delicate processes […] Read More...
  • OPERA America: Reopening and Recovery Webinar Replay

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 13, 2021OPERA America held a webinar on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 entitled Reopening and Recovery. From the overview by OPERA America: “The increasing rate of vaccination leads everyone in opera to think about the possibility of returning to some semblance of normalcy in 2021. Beyond simply resuming live performances, our communities will need to recover and heal. How can […] Read More...
  • NEA’s The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practices Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 13, 2021The National Endowment for the Arts has created a document to help with reopening after the long pandemic shutdown—The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practices Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19. The NEA’s research staff surveyed national service organizations in the arts and interviewed arts organizations and consultants about reopening practices of organizations that […] Read More...
  • Goodspeed Announces New Leadership Team

    Michael Eddy | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 13, 2021After an extensive national search, Goodspeed Musicals’ Board of Trustees announced today that they have selected Donna Lynn Hilton as the new Artistic Director and David B. Byrd as the new Managing Director of the two-time Tony Award-winning theatre. Hilton and Byrd will succeed Michael Gennaro, Goodspeed’s Executive Director, who retired at the end of […] Read More...
  • SMA Now Accepting Nominations for The Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 13, 2021The Stage Managers’ Association has announced that nominations are being accepted for The Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Art of Stage Management and The Founders Award. The nominations deadline is February 1, 2021. Read More...
  • Actors’ Equity Association Has Paused Safety Approvals for Theatre Production in California Amidst Pandemic Surge

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 12, 2021Focused on protecting members and fighting the COVID-19 surge in California, Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional stage managers and actors in live theatre, has temporarily paused consideration of safety plans in the state of California while the state battles unprecedented infection rates of COVID-19. Read More...
  • S*P*A*Minar | Props Adjacent Careers in Film, TV, and Trades with Larry Heyman, Sunday, Jan. 17

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 12, 2021It’s a new year, which kicks off with a new S*P*A*Minar from The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M). S*P*A*Minars are their monthly webinar series on all things props. On Sunday, January 17th at 8:00 p.m. EST, Larry Heyman, S*P*A*M Member, an Associate Professor in Properties Design and Fabrication in the OCU School of Theatre, […] Read More...
  • Theaters Could Be Safe to Open in Fall 2021, According to Dr. Fauci

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 10, 2021Top infectious disease expert says timeline depends on U.S. reaching herd immunity, adds mask-wearing may still be necessary Infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has predicted that live performances could resume this autumn, depending on how widely the COVID-19 vaccine can be distributed by then. Speaking at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ APAP NYC […] Read More...
  • Broadway Stage Management Symposium’s Free SM Tech Friday Program | ShowTool SM

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 7, 2021SM Tech Friday from the Broadway Stage Management Symposium is back. The Broadway Stage Management Symposium offers 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 covers the ShowTool SM app. This SM Tech Friday session will be […] Read More...
  • Berkshire Theatre Group Awarded $100,000 Grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council

    Stage Directions | Industry NewsTheatre Buzz | January 7, 2021Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire are pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Grant Program through the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support economic recovery from losses sustained by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Economic Recovery […] Read More...
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