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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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  • LUMA Projection Arts Festival Highlights Sila Sveta 

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 30, 2021BINGHAMTON, NY — As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide, the LUMA Projection Arts Festival is stepping up its efforts to inform the public about safety precautions at this year’s festival. More details here LUMA Projection Arts Festival BINGHAMTON, NY — As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide, the LUMA […] Read More...
  • Keith Arsenault Creates Lighting Narrative For Pagliacci With CHAUVET Professional

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 26, 2021ST PETERSBURG, FL – As stories on stage unfold, they are invariably carried on their journey by the ebb and flow of light. This is true of virtually every dramatic production, but there are some where lighting is so intricately woven into the story that it becomes part of the narrative itself. Pagliacci falls squarely […] Read More...
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    IATSE News | Not Done Yet: The Met Opera Still Has Contracts to Settle

    Stage Directions | Stage DirectionsTheater News | August 24, 2021IATSE Local One members have been back at work for a month under contract, following a seven-month lockout. The musicians and chorus also have reached agreements. But designers, scenic artists, and ticket sellers are still at the bargaining table. New York – Last month, 98 percent of the members of Local One of the International […] Read More...
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    Behind the Scenes Mental Health Initiative Introduces Toolbox Talks One-Sheets

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 24, 2021USA – The Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative announces a key addition to its Toolbox Talks program: One-Sheets on a range of topics designed to delve deeper into common issues currently impacting entertainment industry workers as they navigate fluctuating work situations and frequently changing Covid protocols. As the industry continues to […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Randall W. A. Davidson, a.k.a. Dr. Doom

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 24, 2021LITTLETON, CO - Dr. Randall W. A. Davidson, affectionately known to everyone as Dr. Doom for his nearly 80 years of advocating for theater safety and risk management expertise, died Aug. 21. Dr. Davidson, USITT’s Commissioner Emeritus of the Health and Safety Commission, was 92. Read More...
  • ETC/High End Systems Lonestar

    PLSN Staff | Product NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 24, 2021The ETC/High End Systems Lonestar puts the brightness, quality, and performance of the company’s bright white LED framing fixtures into a more compact package. With a 15,400-lumen output and a rich feature set, Lonestar is well suited for lighting theaters, TV studios, cruise ships, and other applications where small to medium-sized fixtures are required. The luminaire’s rich colors, powerful zoom, full curtain framing, diffusion and prism effects make Lonestar a versatile and affordable tool for designers who want maximum performance from a mid-sized automated fixture. Read More...
  • Black Theatre United Releases Historic New Deal for Broadway

    Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 23, 2021NEW YORK - The founding members of Black Theatre United (BTU) recently announced the release of their historic New Deal For Broadway, establishing industry-wide standards and reforms around Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (EDIAB) with a focus on Black individuals in theatre. Read More...
  • CHAUVET Professional Features Bright and Quiet Theatre Fixtures at PLASA

    PLSN Staff | Product NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 23, 2021London—Visitors to stand E-23 at PLASA won’t believe their eyes or ears when they see (and don’t hear!) Chauvet Professional’s Maverick Silens 2 Profile and the Ovation Rêve fixtures. Further information from CHAUVET Professional: (www.chauvetprofessional.com) Although quiet as a mouse, both “see all, hear nothing from curtain to camera” fixtures: will be generating a loud […] Read More...
  • Steve Nancarrow Joins Main Light as Rental Executive for Main Light West

    PLSN Staff | NewsOn the MoveStage DirectionsTheater News | August 23, 2021  Wilmington, DE—Main Light, LLC has hired Steve Nancarrow to be the Rental Executive based at the new Main Light West in Las Vegas, NV. Nancarrow’s responsibilities will include business development and client interfacing with professional production companies on the West Coast. “I’m honored to be here. Main Light has an excellent reputation in the […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Thom Schilling, Production Supervisor, Stage Manager, and General Manager

    Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 20, 2021  Thom Schilling, the general manager, production supervisor, and stage manager for dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and global tours for over 40 years, died in his sleep on August 19, 2021, in New York City. The cause of death is not presently known. Born in 1956, Schilling was 64 years old. Read More...
  • ESTA Bids Fond Farewell to Frances Thompson and Welcomes Laura Hoepker

    Stage Directions | NewsOn the MoveStage DirectionsTheater News | August 19, 2021  After a storied career in the entertainment industry, ESTA’s Membership Manager, Frances Thompson, will be retiring at the end of 2021. For over two decades, she has been a vital force in the growth of the association and a galvanizing presence at trade shows and events. In 1996, Thompson was appointed to the ESTA […] Read More...
  • Australian School Auditorium Becomes Medieval City Backdrop with PIXERA

    PLSN Staff | Projection Connection NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | August 17, 2021WALLERN, AUSTRIA– After 30 years in the business, Clear Systems has grown to have one of the most diverse hire inventories in Australia. Involved in corporate, community and other events, the company’s far-reaching expertise in audio, lighting, staging and rigging allow it to offer an incredibly experienced team for hire, service and installation of complex […] Read More...
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