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Avoid These 5 Stage Makeup Mistakes
A list of common mistakes to avoid when applying stage makeup.
Stage Makeup 101
A basic guide to applying stage makeup, from start to finish.
5 Audition Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make
Five easy tips on what not to do when auditioning for your next show.
Prop Shops and Props Suppliers in the New York...
A quick and comprehensive guide to some of the top 'prop shops' and set design suppliers in the New York City area.
The 10 Things Stage Managers Must Know
A few holy commandments on how a good stage manager can become even better.
Top Stage Makeup Vendors and Suppliers
A helpful look at several top stage makeup leaders and how to use their products, contact or follow them in social media, and (most importantly) where to buy their products!
20 Essential Fundraising Ideas
For theatres, dance companies, symphonies, and more, here are 20 unique and creative approaches for bringing in the moolah.
More Essential Apps
A look at some helpful and even essential mobile applications for use in theatre tech and performing arts production. Second in a series. Page 2.
Ambassador Theatre Group Acquires Broadway's...
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the organization known as the UK's largest theatre owner and operator (as well as a multiple award-winning theater production group), has acquired the Foxwoods Theatre from Live Nation Entertainment, through its subsidiary, Lyric Theatre LLC.
What You Need for the Perfect Stage Makeup Kit
A look at the ideal elements of any good stage kit.
17 Theatre Tech Apps for Lighting Designers
A helpful and comprehensive list of mobile apps now available for lighting designers and others in lighting for stage, screen and the performing arts.
Promoting Your Performances – in the...
Whether you're a theatre, a dance troupe, an opera house, or a symphony, here's how to effectively promote your performances -- to the news, as well as on social media.
Types of Stage Blood
A look at the different types of stage blood applications, and their uses.
A useful form to use when holding auditions
A comprehensive, easy and helpful form for you to use in gathering information from potential performers when holding auditions.
Useful Forms for Stage Managers (from Sign-in...
Forms like this Performance Checklist can help stage managers stay organized and focused during the tense period before the curtain rises.
The Top Apps for Stage Tech
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production.
Fashionable Apps for Costume Designers
A comprehensive and helpful look at some timely apps for portable devices that will assist costume designers in their tasks no matter where they go!
Choosing the Right Graphics Tablet
An overview of graphics tablets and their uses for performing arts designers, along with a comparison chart of leading models and their features and prices.
Book Review: 'Blumenfeld's Dictionary of...
Publisher's Site Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater is a handy and comprehensive reference guide
That Hair! That Face! The Art of the Hair and...
A look at the work of theatrical hair and makeup designers and artists.
Lighting and Sound Cues Form
An easy to use and comprehensive expanded blank form for immediate use in jotting down lighting and sound cues in one place during the tech/rehearsal process. Another great tool for lighting or sound designers, or for design students still learning their craft.
Basic Costume Plot Form
A helpful blank Costume Plot form, designed for use in printing and note-taking for costume designers, or as a template.
Standard Stage Crew Attire
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.
How to Run a Light Board
A series of simple and informative instructions for how to learn and run a light board during the creation of a show or live performance.
Regional Spotlight: Staying Epic at the Seattle...
Seattle Rep Artistic Director Jerry Manning talks about the work of the artistic director, and the challenges facing performing arts groups today.
The Stage Manager’s Checklist, Part 1:...
A look at the stage manager's checklist, on the basic items needed to run the rehearsal and production process smoothly.
15 Steps to Better Auditions -- and Better...
A step by step guide to holding a better, more streamlined audition process -- and one that will get better results.
Bringing in the Money: 11 Fundraising...
A look at eleven tangible actions and approaches to help you bring in more money for your group or organization, even in troubled times.
Dressing the Character: The Role of the Costume...
A look at the role and process of the Costume Designer in the creation process of a show, as well as an examination of the way costume designers can bring forth the inner life of a character in his or her external costume onstage.
5 Timeless Stage Effects Still in Use Today
An article on five timeless stage effects that have been in use for centuries: trap door, weather, stage blood, turntable or trebuchet, and flying devices.
Forms for Props Masters
Props lists can be useful for set designers, props masters, and others in stage tech, enabling them to organize, track and maintain props. The forms here can actually be downloaded and printed in PDF for use in any performing arts situation.
Apps for Stage and Performing Arts Designers
An overview of several terrific apps to assist, inspire and support designers in the performing arts.
Finding a Job in the Performing Arts
A comprehensive look at where to seek out the best tech, design, and administrative jobs listings for the performing arts world, from theatre, to opera, dance, and more.
RJ Haddy Talks Life After 'Face Off' (Part 2)
Angela Mitchell: Which works by other artists impressed you the most during the season? RJ Haddy: Beki's
NYC Prop Shops (Continued)
A quick and comprehensive guide to some of the top 'prop shops' and set design suppliers in the New York City area. Page 2.
Wash
A definition of a wash, a commonly used term in stage lighting design.
Stage Lighting Then and Now
Stage lighting is too-often an underappreciated art for theatregoers. Not only does light illuminate the action you’re watching, it also directly affects the emotion and and subtext of a scene. Here's a quick look at the basic elements of stage lighting.
'Face Off' Winner Rayce Bird Flies High
An interview with Rayce Bird, the winner of Season Two of the Syfy TV show
From Shakespeare to 'Tangled' -- a Conversation...
Designer Douglas Rogers discusses more of his design process, and gives advice to young and aspiring set designers just starting out. Page 8.
2014 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients Announced
The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grants.
Expanded Lighting Cue Sheet Form
An easy to use and comprehensive expanded blank form for immediate use in jotting down lighting cues, lantern numbers, and much more. A great tool for lighting designers or lighting design students still learning their craft.
"Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth" to Welcome...
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Graphics Tablets for Designers
A look at graphics tablets and their unique uses for performing arts designers.
The Stage Manager’s Checklist, Part 3:...
A look at the stage manager's checklist -- here, you'll find a list of the basic items needed to be kept on hand, to keep the rehearsal and production process running smoothly.
5 Essential Stagecraft and Stage Tech Websites
From TCG and USITT, to some links that may surprise you, here's a review of five essential web resources on stage tech and stagecraft for those in the performing arts -- as well as an overview of how to maximize, utilize, and contact them.
Promoting Your Performances
Whether you're a theatre, a dance troupe, an opera house, or a symphony, here's how to effectively promote your performances -- to the news, as well as on social media. Page 2.
The Stage Manager’s Checklist, Part 2:...
A look at the stage manager's checklist, on the portable items you should bring with you to rehearsal and performance on a constant basis.
Top 10 Box Office Software Solutions
TheatreManager enables users to track patrons, sell and print tickets, and manage the many administrative task associated with running a theatre or venue. Page 3.
Art Meets Tech: The Role of the Lighting Designer
The lighting designer has one of the most difficult yet rewarding jobs in any production, as he must not only paint the stage with light, but be at ease with the worlds of design, drafting (or CAD), lamps, gels and accessories, and light boards and other equipment.
Create Your Own Apps and Videos with Como and...
Two useful software applications can prove vital for marketing your performing arts group, with Camtasia Studio for video creation, and Conduit Mobile (now Como) for app creation.
Game of Thrones (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 4.
Talking Ink and Clay with S3 'Face Off'...
An in-depth interview with 'Face Off' Season 3 Finalist Derek Garcia on his experiences while competing on Syfy's hit Makeup FX competition reality show.
The Perfect Press Section: 10 Basic Elements...
A look at the ten essential elements to any performing arts Press Section, and that will enable you to maximize your contacts and results with your press list.
7 Social Rules for Arts Fundraisers
Seven rules to help you stay focused, positive, and confident when it comes to asking your patrons for money. (Rule one? Stop apologizing for asking.)
Stage Lighting Essentials from On Stage...
An in-depth and insightful interview with On Stage Lighting founder Rob Sayer, on the business and craft of onstage lighting.
Chatting with 'Face Off' Finalist Laura Tyler
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On Pointe: Mary Helen Bowers on Ballet and...
Dancer and ballet trainer Mary Helen Bowers discusses her training of Natalie Portman for her Academy Award-winning role as a ballerina in the stylish Darren Aronofsky thriller Black Swan.
Field Templates Give Lighting Designers an Edge
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates.
Essential Websites for Costume Designers
A review of four superb websites that will both fascinate and inform costume design enthusiasts as well as students and professionals.
Dry Tech
A rehearsal in which the tech and lighting crew run the show from beginning to end in an abbreviated form consisting solely of scene changes and tech progressions, without the presence of the performers.
Scene Partner Helps Performers Get Off Book
The Scene Partner app helps actors, writers and others to learn their lines more quickly and easily.
Music Notation Software Hits a High Note
A detailed review of several top music notation software titles and services for composers, from Sibelius and Finale, to Maestro and Noteflight -- and to fit any budget.
What to Do When You Get Press
Here are fifteen steps to take for archiving, saving, and maximizing the press you receive, as well as tips on how to react whether the coverage is a pick -- or a pan. Page 2.
What, exactly, is 'art direction?'
Who actually receives the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction? And what do they do?
RJ Haddy Talks Life After 'Face Off' (Part 1)
RJ Haddy: Thank you! I would have to agree that was definitely my favorite challenge as well. Also, for
5 Tips for Increasing Audiences
When it comes to increasing audiences, it's important to stay motivated, attentive, and -- most of all -- creative! With that in mind, here are just a few new brainstorms and approaches that could be truly transformative when it comes to filling those seats.
Scenic Design 101: How to Create a Scale Model
A good scenic design scale model is a way to get a feel for the way the space looks, and to previsualize the ways the performers will potentially move about within that space. Here's how to create one from scratch.
Planning the Show: A Checklist for Designers
Planning the show is easy if you use this handy checklist of questions and definitions every designer should ask when approaching an upcoming production.
Exploring the Life of the Costume Designer with...
A snapshot of The Costumer's Blog as one of four essential websites for costume designers. Page 2.
Bringing in the Money - Using Tangible Goals...
A look at eleven tangible actions and approaches to help you bring in more money for your group or organization, even in troubled times. Page 2.
More Top Tech Theatre Tweeps - Part Two
Are you working in the performing arts? As Part Two of my ongoing series, here's a list of even more essential performing arts Tweeps to follow, from opera and performing arts organizations, to creatives, writers and performers - as well as other accounts you should be following in 2012! Page 2.
Anatomy of a Set Designer
A look at the work of the Set Designer, or Scenic Designer, and the vital role the set designer plays in the creation and staging of a performance, from theater to ballet and beyond.
5 Tips for Saving Money on Productions
It’s no secret that the economic challenges of the past few years have been tough on those in the performing arts. Smaller audiences, dwindling box-office profits, fewer grants, and (worse) fewer volunteers can make it more challenging than ever to bring your productions to life. But don’t give up! There are ways to plan a satisfying season while still saving money on your productions.
Barn Door
A definition of a Barn Door, a commonly used element in controlling the intensity and direction of stage lighting.
Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Open Talks...
The members of Local 798 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), representing makeup artists and hair stylists at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, began contract talks on Thursday, June 19, 2014 with opera management.
Creating the 'War Horses' for Broadway's Hit...
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The Prop Master's Checklist
A helpful checklist for Prop Masters to provide them with the organizational resources for props excellence.
Drafting: The Unsung Skill
Want to design for lighting, sets, costumes, and more? Take my advice -- and learn to draft.
The Cool Decadence of Clothes on Film
Chris Laverty is the editor of 'Clothes on Film,' another must website for costume designers or aficionados. Page 3.
Catching Up with 'Face Off' Finalist Ian Cromer
An interview with 'Face Off' contestant and finalist Ian Cromer, about his experiences during Season Two of the competitive Syfy TV show, which pits makeup effects professionals against one another in a series of stage and effects makeup challenges.
Ballet by Internet
Dancer and ballet trainer Mary Helen Bowers discusses her training of Natalie Portman for her Academy Award-winning role as a ballerina in the stylish Darren Aronofsky thriller Black Swan. Page 2.
From "Dracula" to "Mirror Mirror"
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Once Upon a Time
Performing Arts. Page 21.
Creative High Points and Rewards
Part 2 of an in-depth Q&A with Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, the Tony Award-winning team behind the extraordinary puppets of War Horse. Page 2.
Game of Thrones
Performing Arts. Page 5.
American Theatre Wing Announces 2014 Theatre...
The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of its 2014 National Theatre Company Grants.
Debbie Allen Dance Academy Wins Nutcracker Prize
Goldstar recently announced the Debbie Allen Dance Academy as the winner of the 7th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award (otherwise known as “The Nutty”), for its production of Hot Chocolate Nutcracker at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles.
The Designs of Guy Hendrix Dyas
A gallery of concept art and sketches by movie production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, from such films as 'The Brothers Grimm,' 'Superman Returns,' 'X2: X-Men United,' and 'Inception.'
USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Returns...
The USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Returns March 20-23, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Production Designer Guy Hendrix Dyas on the...
Production Designer and 2011 Oscar nominee Guy Hendrix Dyas talks about his design challenges and inspirations for 'Inception,' as well as several other films from his career thus far.
Image Gallery: 'The Outstanding Art of...
The 2012 FIDM exhibit celebrating "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" shines the spotlight
Performance Report Form
The Performance Report is a useful and valuable form for documenting notable occurrences, absences or events during each performance of your show.
'Secret Composer' Helps Good Composers Become...
A review of 'Secret Composer,' a software designed to serve as creative music composition catalyst as well as comprehensive reference.
Creating the World of 'Cavalia' Onstage
An interview with Cavalia creator and Artistic Director Normand Latourelle about the creation, staging, production, and challenges of the show. Page 7.
"A Very Talented Dancer"
Dancer and ballet trainer Mary Helen Bowers discusses her training of Natalie Portman for her Academy Award-winning role as a ballerina in the stylish Darren Aronofsky thriller Black Swan. Page 3.
What to Do When You Get Panned: Handling a...
Don't let a bad review get you down. Look for the positives, learn from the experience, and move on. Someone else will be writing raves before you know it.
Deconstructing Dogberry: The David Ogden Stiers...
The acclaimed stage, film and television actor David Ogden Stiers talks about performing in shows like Much Ado About Nothing onstage in Los Angeles, as well as on his conducting career, and on how it feels to be “blessed by the Bard.”. Page 4.
From Gaffers Tape to Gobos: Stagecraft and Tech...
Does your heart beat a little faster at the thought of a fabulous array of artful GOBOs? Could you spend hours arguing the pros and cons of the latest super-digitized light boards? Are you still searching for the perfect flashlight?If so, here are some must-hit sites for stage techs and those who love them.
Collaborative Composition Soars with Noteflight
A detailed review of several top music notation software titles and services for composers, from Sibelius and Finale, to Maestro and Noteflight -- and to fit any budget. Page 4.
NBC Offers Free eBook with 'Grimm: The...
The free new enhanced eBook, 'Grimm: The Essential Guide,' is now available on Apple's iBookstore in iTunes for iPad, and the non-enhanced edition will soon be available on Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet.
The Art and Zen of Lighting Tech
An in-depth and insightful interview with On Stage Lighting founder Rob Sayers, on the business and craft of onstage lighting. Page 2.
Once Upon a Time (Fairy)
Performing Arts. Page 22.
Book Review: How to Stage a Play, Make a...
Want to stage a play, make a fortune, win a Tony , and become a theatrical icon? Of course! Don’t we
Once Upon a Time (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 19.
Rehearsal Report Form
A helpful form for keeping track of your rehearsal process.
The Puppets of 'War Horse'
A photo gallery spotlighting the puppet horses created by the Handspring Puppet Company for the National Theatre productions of WAR HORSE, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford with the Handspring Puppet Company, directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris.
Board
Slang term for the panel or control desk where the lighting and electronics are run.
Puppet Plays and Metaphors
Part 2 of an in-depth Q&A with Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, the Tony Award-winning team behind the extraordinary puppets of War Horse. Page 3.
The Prop's the Thing for Eric Hart: Part 1 of 3
Part one of a three-part interview with Props Master and Artisan Eric Hart, creator of Prop Agenda, on his career in props -- and his advice to other aspiring props professionals.
'Bringing It On' at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre
An in-depth interview with Susan V. Booth, the artistic director for the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sets on Film: The Art Direction of 'Alice'
An analysis of the production and art design for 'Alice in Wonderland' one of the five Academy Award nominees in 2011 for Best Art Direction.
Costume Supply Shops in Los Angeles
A look at some notable costume supply shops and workshops in Los Angeles, which can be incredible resources for costume designers, offering everything from sewing and crafting supplies, to abundant material.
Important Educational Resources for Students...
A comprehensive look at important educational resources for stagecraft and stage tech, both in the U.S. and on an international level.
Top Hat
A definition of a Top Hat, a fairly common element for controlling a beam's intensity in stage lighting.
From Industry Basics to ‘The Costumer&#82...
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Game of Thrones (Trio Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 3.
25 Easy Ways to Give Back at the Holidays
25 fun and satisfying ways your performing arts group can get out and spread some cheer in your community this holiday season, and give back to those who come to see your shows!
Syfy's 'Face Off' to Return for Season 7 in...
The season 6 finale episode of 'Face Off' aired on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 on Syfy, when a winner was crowned the season's ultimate champion in special effects makeup.
From Scythes to Jagerclaws: Behind the Props of...
Get the inside scoop on GRIMM’s design process in part one of a two-part interview with the show's prop master, Drew Pinniger -- from the fairytale weapons, to ancient monster sketches and the mysteries of Aunt Marie’s trailer.
Red Queen's Glare
An analysis of the production and art design for 'Alice in Wonderland' one of the five Academy Award nominees in 2011 for Best Art Direction. Page 6.
Creature Creation and More (Laura Tyler...
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Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference...
The organizers of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) announced recently that the next event will take place in June 2014, with Stage Technologies as the major Sponsor.
MagicScore 'Maestro': Small Budget, Big Sound
A detailed review of several top music notation software titles and services for composers, from Sibelius and Finale, to Maestro and Noteflight -- and to fit any budget. Page 3.
Dan O’Brien and Suzan-Lori Parks Receive...
The 2014 recipients of the Horton Foote Prize were announced this week, and have been awarded to playwrights Dan O’Brien and Suzan-Lori Parks.
Stage Write Review: Making Life Easier for...
One terrific new app that takes full advantage of the iPad platform for stage techs and creatives is Stage Write, which enables any stage manager, director or choreographer to use an iPad in order to block and choreograph onstage in real-time, and then document that process in one seamless app.
69th Annual Tony Awards to Take Place on June...
The American Theatre Wing announced this week that its 69th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015.
American Horror Story
Performing Arts. Page 13.
Screenings and Programs Expand Hollywood...
In October 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume.
Pretty Little Liars (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 16.
Stage Crew Application Form
The Stage Crew Application Form is a useful and important form to use when hiring prospective crew members for your production.
Behind the Props of NBC’s 'Grimm' (Part 2)
I recently interviewed the talented prop master for NBC's "Grimm," Drew Pinniger, about his work for
American Theatre Wing Announces New Appointment...
The American Theatre Wing recently announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees, with a number of recognizable names including TV and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris.
Staying Safe on a Stage Crew
Working on a stage crew can be fun, but it's also an environment that can be dangerous if care isn't taken. Follow these helpful tips to stay safe.
Actors' Equity Makes Statement After Latest...
Once again, Actors' Equity is weighing in with official concern after another performance injury during 'Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark,' put dancer Daniel Curry in the hospital in serious condition on August 15, 2013.
Martha Graham Dance Company to Christen Wallis...
The Martha Graham Company has designed a festive and historic inaugural program for the debut of The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills that will be performed by the 19 world-class dancers of the Graham Company.
Saito's Castle Concept Sketch
A gallery of concept art and sketches by movie production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, from such films as 'The Brothers Grimm,' 'Superman Returns,' 'X2: X-Men United,' and 'Inception.' . Page 18.
Once Upon a Time (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 20.
Smash
Performing Arts. Page 25.
A Brave Dormouse
An analysis of the production and art design for 'Alice in Wonderland' one of the five Academy Award nominees in 2011 for Best Art Direction. Page 9.
When You Get Panned (The Audience is What...
Don't let a bad review get you down. Look for the positives, learn from the experience, and move on. Someone else will be writing raves before you know it. Page 2.
Essential Resources for Women in the Performing...
A comprehensive and highly useful list of essential links, organizations and resources for women in the performing arts, from creation and production, to research, tech and more!
Pretty Little Liars
Performing Arts. Page 17.
Alley Theatre Announces \$73 Million Renovation
The Alley Theatre recently announced the launch of a major $73 Million renovation campaign to take place through 2017.
The Broadway Channel Announces the Return of...
The Broadway Channel has announced the return of the television show “Broadway Profiles,” with the half-hour show providing an invaluable and unique look inside the rehearsal, staging and performance of some of Broadway's top shows, and with Tamsen Fadal as the series’ new host.
TCG Announces American Theatre Top 10...
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TEDxBroadway Event to Return in February
The fourth annual TEDxBroadway event will return on Monday, February 23, 2015 at New World Stages in New York City.
The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC)...
A comprehensive listing of local, regional and national theatre and performing arts awards, along with links to information, forms, applications, rules, and more.
Downton Abbey (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 7.
‘Face Off’ Returns in August with...
'Face Off' returns on Syfy for its fifth season on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 9 p.m., and for the first time will feature returning contestants for a shot at redemption.
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