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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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  • 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...
  • In Memoriam: Nino Novellino, President of Costume Armour

    Michael S. Eddy | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 15, 2021Nino Novellino, President of Costume Armour, died on June 11, 2021, from complications with Myasthenia Gravis. He was 80. We at Stage Directions send our sincere condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and the staff at Costume Armour. Here’s a video interview with Novellino in 2013 on his work as a theatrical sculptor and the […] Read More...
  • Berkeley Rep Announces Sunshine Deffner as New Associate Managing Director

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 15, 2021Berkeley Rep has named Sunshine Deffner as its new Associate Managing Director. Deffner previously worked as the Senior Director of Operations and Education for The California Symphony in Walnut Creek, where she served as an organizational leader for concert operations, artistic administration, program development, strategic partnerships, education programming, and general operations. At Berkeley Rep, Deffner […] Read More...
  • Stratford Festival’s TD Greg Dougherty Walk Through of New Tom Patterson Theatre

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 14, 2021In this Backstage Video, take a tour of the Stratford Festival’s new Tom Patterson Theatre. The Festival’s Technical Director Greg Dougherty pulls back the curtain on some of the state-of-the-art technology that operates behind the scenes at the new Tom Patterson Theatre to create the magic on stage: Read More...
  • Terminology Working Group Looking for Suggestions

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 11, 2021The USITT and ESTA Terminology Working Group is gathering suggestions about problematic racist, sexist, genderist, and other exclusionary language in our industry as well as suggestions to replace those terms. The group’s endeavor is to identify any terminology that is linguistically rooted in, or suggestive of oppression or exclusion, and supplant it with more inclusive and […] Read More...
  • Counting Together Provides Critical Data on Equity in American Theater

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 11, 2021Counting Together, a growing coalition of theater artists, arts professionals, and organizations engaged in separate, long-term studies of race, gender, and disability in our field, announces the launch of a new online resource (CountingTogether.org) designed to provide free and easy access to industrywide data and statistics in these areas. By telling the stories of its […] Read More...
  • ATW’s The Network | Stage Management, Charting Your Course Panel Discussion, June 16

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 11, 2021The American Theatre Wing produces The Network, which provides emerging and developing theatre professionals advanced education, networking opportunities, and tools for career advancement within a supportive creative community. Coming up next on The Network is a Free panel discussion with Stage Managers, Stage Management | Charting Your Course. Learn from the masters of logistics, communication, […] Read More...
  • Michael Ritchie to Retire as Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group on December 31, 2021

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 11, 2021Michael Ritchie has announced that he will retire as Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group on December 31, 2021. Having taken over the position from Founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson in January 2005, for more than 16 years, Ritchie has led one of the country’s largest nonprofit regional theatres, producing and presenting 266 productions—which included […] Read More...
  • CIC Feature l Penn & Fletcher, Inc.

    PLSN Staff | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 9, 2021In this CIC Features video from the Costume Industry Coalition, they celebrate and proudly showcase the work and legacy of Ernie Smith, owner and founder of Penn & Fletcher, Inc. Smith and his team are masters at the craft of embroidery, which is a dying art. Penn & Fletcher is one of the last embroidery […] Read More...
  • RSC Stitch In Time | Costume Workshop Walk Through with Alistair McArthur

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 9, 2021In this video from The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), RSC Head of Costume Alistair McArthur walks us through the company’s redeveloped and restored costume workshop. Enjoy the tour! Read More...
  • Philadelphia Designers on Display at Set Model Theatre

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | June 9, 20211812 Productions is pleased to present a one-of-a-kind digital theatre experience, Set Model Theatre. In early 2021, they gathered more than a dozen Philly theatre designers and technicians together with a one-of-a-kind task: find the funny in Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy King Lear. The only rule… there are no rules! (Oh, except that the entire production […] Read More...
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