Performing Arts: Most Popular Articles
A list of common mistakes to avoid when applying stage makeup.
A basic guide to applying stage makeup, from start to finish.
Five easy tips on what not to do when auditioning for your next show.
A quick and comprehensive guide to some of the top 'prop shops' and set design suppliers in the New York City area.
A few holy commandments on how a good stage manager can become even better.
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!
For theatres, dance companies, symphonies, and more, here are 20 unique and creative approaches for bringing in the moolah.
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 (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.
A look at the ideal elements of any good stage kit.
A helpful and comprehensive list of mobile apps now available for lighting designers and others in lighting for stage, screen and the performing arts.
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.
A look at the different types of stage blood applications, and their uses.
A comprehensive, easy and helpful form for you to use in gathering information from potential performers when holding auditions.
Forms like this Performance Checklist can help stage managers stay organized and focused during the tense period before the curtain rises.
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production.
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!
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.
Publisher's Site Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater is a handy and comprehensive reference guide
A look at the work of theatrical hair and makeup designers and artists.
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.
A helpful blank Costume Plot form, designed for use in printing and note-taking for costume designers, or as a template.
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.
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.
Seattle Rep Artistic Director Jerry Manning talks about the work of the artistic director, and the challenges facing performing arts groups today.
A look at the stage manager's checklist, on the basic items needed to run the rehearsal and production process smoothly.
A step by step guide to holding a better, more streamlined audition process -- and one that will get better results.
A look at eleven tangible actions and approaches to help you bring in more money for your group or organization, even in troubled times.
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.
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.
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.
An overview of several terrific apps to assist, inspire and support designers 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.
Angela Mitchell: Which works by other artists impressed you the most during the season? RJ Haddy: Beki's
A quick and comprehensive guide to some of the top 'prop shops' and set design suppliers in the New York City area. Page 2.
A definition of a wash, a commonly used term in stage lighting design.
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.
An interview with Rayce Bird, the winner of Season Two of the Syfy TV show
Designer Douglas Rogers discusses more of his design process, and gives advice to young and aspiring set designers just starting out. Page 8.
The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grants.
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.
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A look at graphics tablets and their unique uses for performing arts designers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.)
An in-depth and insightful interview with On Stage Lighting founder Rob Sayer, on the business and craft of onstage lighting.
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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.
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates.
A review of four superb websites that will both fascinate and inform costume design enthusiasts as well as students and professionals.
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.
The Scene Partner app helps actors, writers and others to learn their lines more quickly and easily.
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.
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.
Who actually receives the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction? And what do they do?
RJ Haddy: Thank you! I would have to agree that was definitely my favorite challenge as well. Also, for
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.
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 is easy if you use this handy checklist of questions and definitions every designer should ask when approaching an upcoming production.
A snapshot of The Costumer's Blog as one of four essential websites for costume designers. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A definition of a Barn Door, a commonly used element in controlling the intensity and direction of stage lighting.
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.
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A helpful checklist for Prop Masters to provide them with the organizational resources for props excellence.
Want to design for lighting, sets, costumes, and more? Take my advice -- and learn to draft.
Chris Laverty is the editor of 'Clothes on Film,' another must website for costume designers or aficionados. Page 3.
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.
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.
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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.
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The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of its 2014 National Theatre Company Grants.
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.
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.'
The USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Returns March 20-23, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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.
The 2012 FIDM exhibit celebrating "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" shines the spotlight
The Performance Report is a useful and valuable form for documenting notable occurrences, absences or events during each performance of your show.
A review of 'Secret Composer,' a software designed to serve as creative music composition catalyst as well as comprehensive reference.
An interview with Cavalia creator and Artistic Director Normand Latourelle about the creation, staging, production, and challenges of the show. Page 7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An in-depth and insightful interview with On Stage Lighting founder Rob Sayers, on the business and craft of onstage lighting. Page 2.
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A helpful form for keeping track of your rehearsal process.
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.
Slang term for the panel or control desk where the lighting and electronics are run.
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.
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.
An in-depth interview with Susan V. Booth, the artistic director for the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
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.
A comprehensive look at important educational resources for stagecraft and stage tech, both in the U.S. and on an international level.
A definition of a Top Hat, a fairly common element for controlling a beam's intensity in stage lighting.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Theatre Wing announced this week that its 69th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2015.
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In October 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume.
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The Stage Crew Application Form is a useful and important form to use when hiring prospective crew members for your production.
I recently interviewed the talented prop master for NBC's "Grimm," Drew Pinniger, about his work for
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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The Alley Theatre recently announced the launch of a major $73 Million renovation campaign to take place through 2017.
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.
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The fourth annual TEDxBroadway event will return on Monday, February 23, 2015 at New World Stages in New York City.
A comprehensive listing of local, regional and national theatre and performing arts awards, along with links to information, forms, applications, rules, and more.
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'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.