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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.
20 Essential Fundraising Ideas
For theatres, dance companies, symphonies, and more, here are 20 unique and creative approaches for bringing in the moolah.
The 10 Things Stage Managers Must Know
A few holy commandments on how a good stage manager can become even better.
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.
Useful Forms for Stage Managers (from Sign-in...
Some highly useful forms for stage managers, with instant access for printing through PDF format -- starting with an easy Rehearsal Sign-in Sheet.
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.
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!
5 Audition Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make
Five easy tips on what not to do when auditioning for your next show.
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.
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.
Standard Stage Crew Attire
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.
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.
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.
Apps for Stage and Performing Arts Designers
An overview of several terrific apps to assist, inspire and support designers in the performing arts.
The Top Apps for Stage Tech
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production.
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.
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.
That Hair! That Face! The Art of the Hair and...
A look at the work of theatrical hair and makeup designers and artists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Top 10 Box Office Software Solutions
An 'at a glance' review of Vendini TicketAgent box office software.
From Shakespeare to 'Tangled' -- a Conversation...
An interview with artist and designer Douglas Rogers.
'Face Off' Winner Rayce Bird Flies High
An interview with Rayce Bird, the winner of Season Two of the Syfy TV show
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.
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.
Sky-High Set Design: A Q&A with Designer David...
Catch Me If You Can is a big, bright blast of a show -- the Tony award-winning Broadway hit based on
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Field Templates Give Lighting Designers an Edge
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates.
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.
A definition of a wash, a commonly used term in stage lighting design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Graphics Tablets for Designers
A look at graphics tablets and their unique uses for performing arts designers.
RJ Haddy Talks Life After 'Face Off' (Part 1)
Originally from Charleston , West Virginia, “Face Off” Season 2 runner-up RJ Haddy earned his spot on
Chatting with 'Face Off' Finalist Laura Tyler
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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.
What, exactly, is 'art direction?'
Who actually receives the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction? And what do they do?
Rehearsal Report Form
A helpful form for keeping track of your rehearsal process.
RJ Haddy Talks Life After 'Face Off' (Part 2)
I recently interviewed 'Face Off' Season 2 finalist RJ Haddy here . Following is part two of my interview
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.
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.
Talking Props with Eric Hart: Part 3 of 3
Part three of a three-part interview with Props Master and Artisan Eric Hart, creator of Prop Agenda, and on staff at The Public Theater in New York.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Types of Stage Blood
A look at the different types of stage blood applications, and their uses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Cold Reading
A cold reading scenario is when the script or other content is read aloud without reading or knowledge beforehand. Typically used in audition scenarios and as a precursor to the start of the rehearsal process.
TCG Announces American Theatre Top 10...
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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.
The Duties of a Prop Master
A useful overview of the duties of the successful Prop Master on a stage, film or television production.
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.
Once Upon a Time (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 19.
The Broadway Channel Launches New Syndicated TV...
The Broadway Channel has announced a new weekly television series focusing on Broadway for national syndication called “What’s Hot on Broadway,” hosted by John O'Hurley.
Sophisticated Audio Production on the Desktop...
For composers seeking a turnkey DAW, or Digital Audio Workstation, FL Studio 11 offers three powerful software options that combine power with affordability.
City Theatre Announces 2013 Young Playwrights...
Pittsburgh's City Theatre recently announced the 2013 Young Playwrights Contest winners from among over 200 entries.
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.
Great Graphics and Video with Corel Software...
Corel's VideoStudio X7 provides a fast and easy way to create a broad range of professional-quality videos for performing artists, regardless of editing proficiency, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 ensures the quick creation of any graphics required, as well.
Drafting: The Unsung Skill
Want to design for lighting, sets, costumes, and more? Take my advice -- and learn to draft.
Flying Aces and Zorros, Lovers and Fools - an...
Costume designer Holly Poe Durbin on her designs for the The Shakespeare Center’s 25th-Anniversary landmark -- an all-star production of 'Much Ado About Nothing'
The Sound Designer's Wizardry
Unquestionably, one of the unsung heroes of any production is the Sound Designer, who helps to create an atmosphere that many audience members may never even consciously register.
Creature Creation and More (Laura Tyler...
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"Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth" to Welcome...
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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.
Hue: A Useful, Flexible Webcam for Recording...
The Hue camera for Windows and Mac is a nifty idea -- a flexible webcam that offers great terrific picture and sound, and with more range than you typically find in your average webcam.
Performing Arts. Page 6.
Drama League to Honor James Earl Jones
The Drama League announced recently that it will honor legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (EGOT) winner James Earl Jones at its 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway on Monday, February 2, 2015.
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.
Disaster Recovery, Relief & Resources for...
A helpful guide to organizations that assist actors, singers, artists, designers, dancers and others in the performing arts whenever disaster strikes.
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.
FringeNYC Festival Encore Series Returns Sept....
FringeNYC Festival Encore Series Returns Sept. 9-26 with an array of some of the 2011 Festival's most popular offerings.
Barn Door
A definition of a Barn Door, a commonly used element in controlling the intensity and direction of stage lighting.
Derek Garcia Interview (Continued)
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. Page 2.
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A Brief Goodbye... and Thanks!
I'm ending my work with About.com Performing Arts this week -- thank you for reading over the past four years!
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.
Three-Quarter Round
The phrase used for the kind of venue or performance space where the stage extends into the audience, which surrounds the stage on three of four sides.
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.
Cavalia Designs (Toys)
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American Theatre Wing Now Accepting Application...
The American Theatre Wing is now Accepting Applications for the prestigious 2013 Jonathan Larson Grants, with applications and submissions due on or before September 14, 2012.
Vectorworks 2014 Offers New Enhancements
With the release of its 2014 upgrades, Vectorworks software now includes more than 130 improvements that were developed for better modeling, BIM management, interoperability, usability, performance, and quality.
Scene Partner Helps Performers Get Off Book
The Scene Partner app helps actors, writers and others to learn their lines more quickly and easily.
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.
More Top Tech Theatre Tweets
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!
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.
Behind the Scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s...
A behind-the-scenes interview with the people behind the nightly staging of the Cirque du Soleil show KÀ.
Once Upon a Time (Fairy)
Performing Arts. Page 22.
American Theatre Wing Announces 2014 Theatre...
The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of its 2014 National Theatre Company Grants.
Seattle Rep Remembers Artistic Director Jerry...
Seattle theatre experienced a sad loss recently, when acclaimed Seattle Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Jerry Manning passed away at the age of 58.
New Girl
Performing Arts. Page 15.
Waterwell Drama Program Receives NEA Grant
The Waterwell Drama Program announced recently that it has been awarded a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support its Performance Projects at the Professional Performing Arts School.
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.
Syfy’s Newest Competition Series...
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Pretty Little Liars (Assorted)
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How to Safely Move Scenery and Other Heavy...
If you follow these simple approaches and you -- and those you work backstage with -- will minimize your risk of injury and stay safe while moving objects onstage and off.
Deadlines for ADG Production Design Awards...
Television submission deadlines for the Art Directors Guild (ADG) 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards have been announced.
Pretty Little Liars
Performing Arts. Page 17.
Judging Panel Announced for May 5 August Wilson...
The elite judging panel for the 6th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition has been announced for the May 5, 2014 finals.
Lighting Design Organizations and Resources
To assist lighting designers and those studying lighting design, here's a handy list of helpful organizations and resources for lighting designers, both in the United States, and abroad.
Atlanta Ballet Honored with Governor's Award
During a special ceremony at the state Capitol on October 7, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced the Atlanta Ballet as one of 13 recipients of the third annual Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.
2014 Lilly Awards Winners and Presenters...
Honoring women of distinction in the American theatre, the 2014 winners of the Lilly Awards were announced recently by The Lilly Awards Foundation.
Marbaden Village (Overview)
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 2.
Once Upon a Time
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Flying Over
Performing Arts. Page 15.
Sci-Tech Achievements to be Honored with 2014...
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 19 scientific and technical achievements represented by 52 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Page 3.
From Industry Basics to ‘The Costumer&#82...
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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.
Artistic Achievement
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. Page 5.
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.
Stafford Arima and Taye Diggs to Helm Reading...
Producer Bellanca Smigel Rutter (The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth) announced recently that a working, industry reading of The Me Nobody Knows will take place in New York City on May 14 and 15, 2014 in anticipation of a commercial production.
Examining the Role of Costumes in History,...
The impact of just the right costume in creating film iconography was recently examined at a conference entitled “Who Designed Marilyn’s Dress?” hosted by the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development on May 2, 2014.
American Horror Story
Performing Arts. Page 14.
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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.
Sing Along with 'Frozen' in Theatres this Fall
Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre has announced the presentation of a special engagement of Disney’s “Frozen” in an exciting sing-along version to take place from Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 2014.
Winners Announced for the 5th Annual August...
Thembisile Gxuluwe was recently announced as the first-place winner of the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition.
Drama Desk Award Winners and Nominees for...
A complete look at the Drama Desk Award Winners and Nominees for Lighting Design, from 1975 through 2012.
Performing Arts. Page 16.
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.
Sons of Anarchy
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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.
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.
Celebrating 'The Outstanding Art of Television...
The FIDM and The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences take visitors inside the costume designer's world and shining the spotlight on this year's Emmy-Nominated costume designers in The Sixth Annual Exhibition through October 20, 2012.
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