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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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  • WS Virtual Salon: #28 The Visibility Report & The AAPAC Asian American Performers Action Community

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 22, 2021The Obie Award-winning Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) launched in 2011 as an advocacy group to give voice to and expand Asian American representation on stage. AAPAC publishes the only publicly available annual statistics report, The Visibility Report: Racial Representation on New York Stages, which details employment statistics by race for designers as well […] Read More...
  • The 15th Edition of the Prague Quadrennial Will Take Place June 8–18, 2023

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 22, 2021The 15th edition of the Prague Quadrennial will take place June 8 to 18, 2023 and the main venue is the Pražská Tržnice. Here’s a video from PQ with the announcement of the theme, which took place on Tuesday, June 23, 2021. The theme for the 15th PQ is RARE: art springing out of ideas, […] Read More...
  • Stage Directions to Merge into PLSN Magazine

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 21, 2021June 21, 2021—Timeless Communications, publisher of Projection, Lights and Staging News (PLSN); Front of House (FOH); and Stage Directions (SD) magazines, is looking beyond the pandemic to a strong future for the industry and its publications. To that end, they today announced that Stage Directions magazine will merge into PLSN magazine. This will both expand the comprehensive coverage offered by PLSN, the […] Read More...
  • Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth

    Howard Sherman | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 21, 2021The Broadway League’s Black to Broadway Initiative presented Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth, a free outdoor event centered around Black joy and unity that featured Black Broadway performers in a 90-minute concert. This inaugural event, which was sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with the support of the Times Square Alliance, took place in Times Square on Saturday, […] Read More...
  • AAPAC Releases Expanded Diversity Report for New York City’s 2018-19 Theatre Season

    Michael S. Eddy | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 18, 2021The Visibility Report: Racial Representation on New York City Stages finds inequity in arts funding between largest theatre companies and theatres of color. Gains in diversity came from non-profit sector while Broadway remained stagnant or declined.   The Obie Award-winning Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) released its 10th annual report today, The Visibility Report: […] Read More...
  • The Hot Wing King, by Katori Hall Honored with 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 17, 2021We at Stage Directions send our sincere congratulations to Playwright, Katori Hall for her being awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for her play The Hot Wing King. The play is a funny, deeply felt consideration of Black masculinity and how it is perceived, filtered through the experiences of a loving gay couple and their extended […] Read More...
  • PLACES PLEASE PROJECT Looks to Provide Rental Assistance to NYC Theater Workers

    Michael S. Eddy | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 17, 2021Places Please Project aims to provide $500,000 in rental relief to New York City-based theater workers who have been out of work for over a year and are struggling to pay rent. Led by board members Lilli Cooper, Kyle Jarrow, Andrew Lippa, Annie Schiffmann, and Kara Unterberg, this new nonprofit fund aims to give away […] Read More...
  • Replay Today’s USITT & No More 10 Out of 12s | Regional Theatres

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 16, 2021When discussions with people at regional theatres start to address eliminating 10 out of 12 technical rehearsals and six day workweeks, the number one question is “How?” This panel included five different leaders of regional theatres, of various sizes, speaking specifically about how and why they’re doing it. In case you missed it, or would […] Read More...
  • Amelia Ablan Joins Lifeline Theatre as Production Manager

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 16, 2021Lifeline Theatre welcomes Amelia Ablan to her new staff position as Production Manager, beginning June 2021. Reporting directly to Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan and Managing Director Allison Cain, Ablan will be responsible for overseeing the production processes for the company, collaborating closely with directors and the Artistic Director to fulfill the production needs for Lifeline’s […] Read More...
  • Harvey Fierstein Donates $2.5 Million to New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 16, 2021The gift will establish the Harvey Fierstein Theatre Lab for students and teachers The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced today that it will establish the Harvey Fierstein Theatre Lab, creating a new dedicated educational space in the building, thanks to a $2.5 million donation from theatre legend Harvey Fierstein. Fierstein has […] Read More...
  • Elizabeth Theodora is SETC’s New Professional Services Manager

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 16, 2021SETC is pleased to announce that effective July 1st, Elizabeth Theodora (she/her) will be SETC’s new Professional Services Manager. Theodora has been with SETC since the Fall of 2019 as its Membership & Technology Manager. She managed possibly the best, most efficient, no-wait convention registration in Louisville 2020. Since, she has been instrumental in navigating […] Read More...
  • Backstage Video: RSC Stitch In Time Campaign | The Future of Costume Making

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 16, 2021Here is the final Stitch In Time Campaign update from the Royal Shakespeare Company, with narration by actor Harriet Walter. The RSC’s restored and redeveloped Costume Workshop is now complete. Here is that video: Read More...
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