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Stage Directions

Stage Directions covers theater for people who make it. From the design studios to the shops, from backstage to the tech desk, we cover all the production aspects and creative solutions theater makers want to know more about every day.

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  • In Memoriam: Craig Jacobs, Broadway Stage Manager

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | December 1, 2021Longtime Broadway Stage Manager, Craig Jacobs died on November 22, 2021. He will be memorialized with the the marquee of Broadway’s Majestic Theatre being dimmed on December 6, 2021 at 7:25 PM for one-minute. Jacobs was a long-time Production Stage Manager at the Majestic, the longtime home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. […] Read More...
  • City Theatrical Welcomes Al Crawford as General Manager

    PLSN Staff | NewsOn the MoveStage DirectionsTheater News | December 1, 2021NEW YORK – City Theatrical welcomes New York City-based lighting professional Al Crawford to its leadership team as general manager starting on Jan. 1, 2022. “Al has a unique leadership style gained from many years working on tour and in large entertainment projects,” says Gary Fails, president and founder of City Theatrical. “He can assess […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Stephen Sondheim, Composer and Lyricist at 91

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 26, 2021Stephen Sondheim, legendary composer and lyricist, died unexpectedly Nov. 26 at his home in Roxbury, CT at the age of 91. His many honors include nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, and eight Grammy Awards. His extensive list of credits include West Side Story, Company, and Sweeney Todd, among numerous others. Read More...
  • Theatre Communications Group Releases 41st Annual Research Report: Theatre Facts 2020

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 23, 2021NEW YORK - Theatre Facts 2020, released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), in partnership with SMU DataArts, noted that not-for-profit theatres continued to stay afloat during the pandemic with significant increases in individual giving and government support - along with a sharp reduction in expenses. Based on TCG’s Fiscal Survey and SMU DataArts’ Cultural Data Profile (CDP), the report also noted that the decline in expenses came at the painful cost of workforce reductions. Read More...
  • The 2022 New World Rigging Symposium – Continuing the Virtual Conversation

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 23, 2021USA - Although the USITT Conference and Stage Expo is still slated as an in-person event in Baltimore, MD from March 2-5, the three-day New World Rigging Symposium, produced by USITT and ESTA, will be a virtual event this coming year. It’s set to take place online April 5-7, 2022. Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Joseph N. Tawil, Lighting Innovator and Marketer

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 20, 2021Stage Directions and PLSN have learned of the death of Joseph N. Tawil on Nov. 17 at age 84. He was an innovator and marketer of theatrical lighting products over his long career. At the time of his retirement, Tawil was the founder and President of Gam Products, Inc., the Los Angeles-based theatrical lighting and special effects company he founded as the Great American Market in 1975. He was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a Fellow of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), and an associate member of The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Read More...
  • World Stage Design to Feature Work of Theatrical Designer Christian Fleming

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 19, 2021NEW YORK - The committee for World Stage Design (WSD) has selected New York-based scenic and costume designer Christian Fleming to showcase his work at the WSD 2022 exhibition and conference, set to take place in Calgary, AB from Aug. 6-16, 2022. The WSD is a global event held once every four years. Fleming will be among 150 emerging scenic designers chosen from 14 participating countries. Read More...
  • Jeff Croiter Creates Connectivity for ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ on Broadway with Chauvet Professional

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 19, 2021NEW YORK - LD Jeff Croiter worked to connect the actors and audience for the current (and fourth) iteration of Freestyle Love Supreme at Broadway’s Booth Theatre with an assist from Chauvet Professional COLORado 1 Solo and COLORado 2 Solo fixtures supplied by 4Wall Entertainment. Read More...
  • PRG Names Stephan Paridaen CEO

    PLSN Staff | NewsOn the MoveTheater News | November 17, 2021NEW YORK - Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) announced that Stephan Paridaen has been named CEO, effective Jan. 3, 2022. Paridaen currently holds the role of president & COO at PRG, leading its operations in EMEA and APAC since 2010. Simultaneously, Jeremiah J. "Jere" Harris will become the company’s executive chairman and chief creative officer. Read More...
  • S*P*A*Minar | Set Decoration: The Forgotten Narrative with Larry Heyman, November 14th

    Michael S. Eddy | Stage DirectionsTheater News | November 12, 2021In this Month’s S*P*A*Minar, Larry Heyman, S*P*A*M Member, Assistant Professor in properties design and fabrication and a Lecturer in the design program at Oklahoma City University (OCU) School of Theatre and Set Decorator will lead a conversation about the challenges presented by set dressing, set decoration, and design. He’ll examine the concept that set decoration […] Read More...
  • The Canadian College of Performing Arts Invests in Prolyte Truss

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 11, 2021VICTORIA, BC - The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) was looking for a permanent rigging solution for their stage lighting needs. Croy & Co. Stage Lighting’s MD, Paul Croy, who has a long association with CCPA, recommended a ground supported truss grid solution incorporating Prolyte’s H40 Truss System. Read More...
  • Applications Now Open for the Second Year of The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 8, 2021NEW YORK - Applications for The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program are now open. The program seeks to honor, uplift and support the next generation of Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) theatermakers working behind the scenes. Submissions are being accepted through Sunday, Dec. 5 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Read More...
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