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.
For theatres, dance companies, symphonies, and more, here are 20 unique and creative approaches for bringing in the moolah.
A few holy commandments on how a good stage manager can become even better.
A step by step guide to holding a better, more streamlined audition process -- and one that will get better results.
Some highly useful forms for stage managers, with instant access for printing through PDF format -- starting with an easy Rehearsal Sign-in Sheet.
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.
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!
Five easy tips on what not to do when auditioning for your next show.
A comprehensive, easy and helpful form for you to use in gathering information from potential performers when holding auditions.
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.
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.
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.
A quick and comprehensive guide to some of the top 'prop shops' and set design suppliers in the New York City area.
An overview of several terrific apps to assist, inspire and support designers in the performing arts.
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production.
A look at the stage manager's checklist, on the basic items needed to run the rehearsal and production process smoothly.
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 look at the work of theatrical hair and makeup designers and artists.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 'at a glance' review of Vendini TicketAgent box office software.
An interview with artist and designer Douglas Rogers.
An interview with Rayce Bird, the winner of Season Two of the Syfy TV show
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.
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.
Catch Me If You Can is a big, bright blast of a show -- the Tony award-winning Broadway hit based on
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 series of simple and informative instructions for how to learn and run a light board during the creation of a show or live performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates.
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.
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.
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 snapshot of The Costumer's Blog as one of four essential websites for costume designers. Page 2.
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.
A review of four superb websites that will both fascinate and inform costume design enthusiasts as well as students and professionals.
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.)
A look at graphics tablets and their unique uses for performing arts designers.
Originally from Charleston , West Virginia, âFace Offâ Season 2 runner-up RJ Haddy earned his spot on
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A helpful checklist for Prop Masters to provide them with the organizational resources for props excellence.
Who actually receives the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction? And what do they do?
A helpful form for keeping track of your rehearsal process.
I recently interviewed 'Face Off' Season 2 finalist RJ Haddy here . Following is part two of my interview
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A comprehensive look at important educational resources for stagecraft and stage tech, both in the U.S. and on an international level.
A look at the different types of stage blood applications, and their uses.
The Performance Report is a useful and valuable form for documenting notable occurrences, absences or events during each performance of your show.
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 interview with Cavalia creator and Artistic Director Normand Latourelle about the creation, staging, production, and challenges of the 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.
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 is easy if you use this handy checklist of questions and definitions every designer should ask when approaching an upcoming production.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
A useful overview of the duties of the successful Prop Master on a stage, film or television production.
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.
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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.
For composers seeking a turnkey DAW, or Digital Audio Workstation, FL Studio 11 offers three powerful software options that combine power with affordability.
Pittsburgh's City Theatre recently announced the 2013 Young Playwrights Contest winners from among over 200 entries.
Chris Laverty is the editor of 'Clothes on Film,' another must website for costume designers or aficionados. Page 3.
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.
Want to design for lighting, sets, costumes, and more? Take my advice -- and learn to draft.
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'
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.
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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 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.
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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.
The Stage Crew Application Form is a useful and important form to use when hiring prospective crew members for your production.
A helpful guide to organizations that assist actors, singers, artists, designers, dancers and others in the performing arts whenever disaster strikes.
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. 9-26 with an array of some of the 2011 Festival's most popular offerings.
A definition of a Barn Door, a commonly used element in controlling the intensity and direction of stage lighting.
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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I'm ending my work with About.com Performing Arts this week -- thank you for reading over the past four years!
An in-depth and insightful interview with On Stage Lighting founder Rob Sayers, on the business and craft of onstage lighting. Page 2.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The Scene Partner app helps actors, writers and others to learn their lines more quickly and easily.
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.
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!
The fourth annual TEDxBroadway event will return on Monday, February 23, 2015 at New World Stages in New York City.
A behind-the-scenes interview with the people behind the nightly staging of the Cirque du Soleil show KÀ.
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The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of its 2014 National Theatre Company Grants.
Seattle theatre experienced a sad loss recently, when acclaimed Seattle Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Jerry Manning passed away at the age of 58.
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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 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.
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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.
Television submission deadlines for the Art Directors Guild (ADG) 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards have been announced.
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The elite judging panel for the 6th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition has been announced for the May 5, 2014 finals.
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.
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.
Honoring women of distinction in the American theatre, the 2014 winners of the Lilly Awards were announced recently by The Lilly Awards Foundation.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Thembisile Gxuluwe was recently announced as the first-place winner of the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition.
A complete look at the Drama Desk Award Winners and Nominees for Lighting Design, from 1975 through 2012.
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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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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.
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.
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.