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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A 1776 Happy 4th of July

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | July 4, 2021  Happy July 4th! This year brings with it renewed attention and consideration of what America stands for as we look towards making diversity, inclusion and equity important measures of our efforts towards realizing the best of those ideals. Theater as well must during our reopening look to tangible ways to bring diversity, inclusion and […] Read More...
  • S*P*A*Minar Replay | How to Build Safe Stage Combat Weapons with Thomas Fiocchi

    Michael S. Eddy | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 30, 2021  In this month’s Society of Properties Artisan Managers’ S*P*A*Minar, S*P*A*M welcomed Thomas Fiocchi of Ohio University who provided an introduction on how to build safe stage combat weapons in your prop shop. Fiocchi is the resident Props Technologist at Ohio University as well as creator at Fiocchi Swords. This S*P*A*Minar took place on Sunday, […] Read More...
  • Backstage Video | Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre Upgrades its Flying System

    Michael S. Eddy | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 30, 2021  Hidden behind the State Theatre’s famous hand-painted curtain at the Arts Centre Melbourne, is the flying system – a crucial component of any theater. Made up of a system of battens, wire rope lines, pulleys and computer-controlled electric hoists, the flying system enables the stage crew to lift or “fly” components of a production […] Read More...
  • Opera America Webinar Replay | Taking Care: Mental Health Care for Creators and Artists

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 25, 2021Opera America has created a special webinar series, Taking Care, that’s dedicated to the mental health of opera professionals. The first of these webinars aired on June 24 with practitioner: Beth Clayton, MA, CMHC and moderator: Jessica Jahn, costume designer. A large proportion of opera artists are currently under- or unemployed as a result of […] Read More...
  • Shure and Sensaphonics Promote Hearing Safety as Theater, Live Music, and Events Return

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 22, 2021Musicians Can Protect Their Hearing by Embracing a “New Normal” for Return to Live Events Stage Monitoring As theater and live music returns, Shure and Sensaphonics and Shure offer tips for musicians to “retrain the brain” after time away. As performers and audio engineers at theaters, concert halls, and live event venues worldwide start the […] Read More...
  • Broadway Stage Management Symposium’s Free SM Tech Friday Program | Roam

    Stage Directions | SD ExtrasStage Directions | June 22, 2021Coming this Friday, June 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. EDT from the Broadway Stage Management Symposium is another in their great, Free series, SM Tech Friday with exploration of organizational tool Roam. Join BSMS Founder, Matthew Stern and R.J. Nestor, business coach, musician, and writer as they take a deep dive into this organizational tool. […] Read More...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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