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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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  • Steppenwolf Theatre Chooses New Co-Artistic Directors: Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis

    Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | July 22, 2021CHICAGO - Steppenwolf Theatre Company recently named ensemble members Glenn Davis and Audrey Francis Artistic Directors. The appointments continue Steppenwolf's tradition of putting artistic leadership in the hands of ensemble members. This, however, is the first time that co-artistic leaders have been appointed. Read More...
  • Actors’ Equity Association Announces ‘Open Access,’ Expanding Eligibility for Union Membership

    Stage Directions | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | July 21, 2021As the live arts industry begins to restart, and work increases as the pandemic diminishes, Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional stage managers and actors in live theatre, has announced a new Open Access membership policy, allowing any theatre worker who can demonstrate they have worked professionally as an actor […] Read More...
  • Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) Continues Scenery Workshop Legacy at Adelaide Festival Center

    PLSN Staff | International NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | July 21, 2021ADELAIDE – Theatre Safe Australia (TSA) is excited to announce the addition of an advanced scenery workshop to our operation from 1 August 2021. Formerly operating under the ownership of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, the workshop in South Australia has been the country’s leading commercial set builder, handling 65% of all theatrical scenery work […] Read More...
  • The Historic Cherry Lane Theatre Sold to the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation

    Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | July 19, 2021NEW YORK - Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre, one of the oldest continuously running theaters in New York City, has been sold for $11 million. The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation purchased the Greenwich Village building. Lortel’s executive director, George Forbes, is also set to succeed Angelina Fiordellisi. The Lortel Foundation had been managing the Cherry Lane Theatre for the past 10 years. Read More...
  • Oporto’s Teatro Nacional de São João Accesses Robert Juliat Dalis Technology

    Stage Directions | NewsroomStage DirectionsTheater News | July 19, 2021The prestigious Teatro Nacional de São João (TNSJ) in Oporto, Portugal has increased its inventory of Robert Juliat Dalis Access 863 cyclorama lighting with the addition of a further 20 units after a comprehensive tender process which saw the Dalis Access fixtures hold their winning position against a number of alternative options. The purchase brings […] Read More...
  • Utah Shakespeare Props | From an Old Golf Cart to a Model T Ford

    Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | July 16, 2021For this year’s production of Ragtime, Utah Shakespeare’s Properties Director, Benjamin Hohman created a Model T Ford for the production using a golf cart as the base for the car. Here’s a blog post from Utah Shakespeare’s Marketing Associate, Liz Armstrong on the process behind this clever build. Properties Director Benjamin Hohman has been at […] Read More...
  • NATEAC to Provide Post Conference Recordings

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | July 15, 2021PRIMOS, PA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) announces it will record the conference sessions and provide them for registered attendees to view for a period of 30 days after the conference closes on July 22. More details from NATEAC (www.nateac.org): NATEAC is providing this service to accommodate those who register […] Read More...
  • Perchance to Dream…How CCM Professors Used an Obstacle as the Way to Profit Their Program

    Irene Byrne Ohl | SD ExtrasStage Directions | July 13, 2021  Following the COVID-19 emergency shift to online teaching, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) professors Stirling Shelton, Professor of Technical Direction and Steve Miller, Associate Director of Theater Operations knew they didn’t want a repeat of the spring 2020 going into the fall of the 2020-2021 academic year. Their plan? To find […] Read More...
  • Matthew Gardiner Appointed Artistic Director, Co-Leading Signature Theatre Alongside Managing Director Maggie Boland

    Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions | On the MoveStage DirectionsTheater News | July 13, 2021Signature Theatre’s Board of Directors voted to accept the recommendation from the Artistic Director Search Committee to appoint Matthew Gardiner Signature Theatre’s new Artistic Director. The Artistic Director Search committee, comprised of artists, Signature staff, and Board members, voted unanimously to appoint Gardiner after an exhaustive nationwide search facilitated by AlbertHall&Associates that began in November […] Read More...
  • Broadway Stage Management Symposium’s SM Tech Friday | SHOFLO, Friday July 16

    Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions | NewsNewsroomStage DirectionsTheater News | July 13, 2021Coming up on the next SM Tech Friday, which is free for everyone, from the Broadway Stage Management Symposium, is a deep dive into SHOFLO paperwork creation tool on Friday, July 16, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. SHOFLO’s John Alexander joins BSMS host, Matt Stern to go over SHOFLO, the standard for creating and managing […] Read More...
  • James Baker Captures Magic of Pippin with CHAUVET Professional

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | July 13, 2021  OAKMONT, PA  — Reality and fantasy often work wonders on stage when they’re allowed to flow freely together.  Pippin provides delightfully entertaining proof of that. The emperor Charlemagne did indeed have a son named Pippin (actually “Pepin”) — and the struggles of the young protagonist to find meaning in his life as recounted in […] Read More...
  • Dave Pretz Joins Main Light as Asset Manager

    PLSN Staff | NewsOn the MoveStage DirectionsTheater News | July 13, 2021  WILMINGTON, DE —Main Light, LLC is happy to announce the appointment of Dave Pretz as Asset Manager. Working from Delaware, Pretz’s role will cover both Main Light, East in Wilmington, DE and the soon to open Main Light, West facility in Las Vegas, NV. His responsibilities include inventory oversight and new equipment acquisitions company […] Read More...
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