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Stage Makeup 101
A basic guide to applying stage makeup, from start to finish.
Stage Makeup Mistakes to Avoid
A list of common mistakes to avoid when applying stage makeup.
5 Audition Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make
Five easy tips on what not to do when auditioning for your next show.
More Essential Apps
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production. Page 2.
The 10 Commandments of Stage Management
A few holy commandments on how a good stage manager can become even better.
Helpful Apps for Lighting Design
A helpful and comprehensive list of mobile apps now available for lighting designers and others in lighting for stage, screen and the performing arts.
20 Essential Fundraising Ideas
For theatres, dance companies, and symphonies, and more, here are 20 unique and creative approaches for bringing in the moolah.
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
'Face Off' Winner Rayce Bird Flies High
With exciting challenges and talented, watchable contestants, Syfy's "Face Off" recently finished a second
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.
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.
Building the Basic Stage Makeup Kit
A look at the ideal elements of any good stage kit.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apps for Stage and Performing Arts Designers
An overview of several terrific apps to assist, inspire and support designers in the performing arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Puppet Wizardry
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 13.
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.
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
What to Wear on a Stage Crew
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What, exactly, is 'art direction?'
Who actually receives the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction? And what do they do?
That Hair! That Face! The Art of the Hair and...
A look at the work of theatrical hair and makeup designers and artists.
Top 10 Box Office Software Solutions
An 'at a glance' review of Vendini TicketAgent box office software.
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.
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.
NBC Offers Free 'Grimm' 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.
Wash
A definition of a wash, a commonly used term in stage lighting design.
Graphics Tablets for Designers
A look at graphics tablets and their unique uses for performing arts designers.
Types of Stage Blood
A look at the different types of stage blood applications, and their uses.
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.
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.
Game of Thrones (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
Chatting with 'Face Off' Finalist Laura Tyler
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Field Templates Give Lighting Designers an Edge
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates.
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.
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 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.
Once Upon a Time (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 19.
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.
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.
Image Gallery: 'The Outstanding Art of...
The 2012 FIDM exhibit celebrating "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" shines the spotlight
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.
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.
Leko
A popular type of ellipsoidal profile spotlight. Also called a 'Lekolight.'
Riding to War
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 12.
Game of Thrones
Performing Arts. Page 5.
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.
Saito's Castle
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 20.
Once Upon a Time (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 20.
2014 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards Nominees
Honoring productions from throughout the year in 2013, the 2014 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2014 nominees were chosen from a field of over 150 productions from theatres large and small across Ireland.
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.
Sons of Anarchy
Performing Arts. Page 24.
A Stark Reminder
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 14.
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.
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. Page 2.
Carmel, Indiana Hosts AACTFest 2013 National...
AACTFest 2013 takes place in Carmel, Indiana, at the Tarkington Theatre in June, and this year's event will include an exhibit that shines the spotlight on the contributions of theatrical designers.
Create Your Own App with Conduit Mobile
Conduit Mobile offers any user, group or organization the ability to create an easy, high-quality mobile app for themselves -- and best of all, it's free.
"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.
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.
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.
VSM Offers Powerful, Simple Virtual Stage...
A review of Virtual Stage Manager, which offers powerful and simple virtual stage Management via the World Wide Web.
Downton Abbey (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 6.
The Prop Master's Checklist
A helpful checklist for Prop Masters to provide them with the organizational resources for props excellence.
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.
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.
'Best in Show' Pooch Gets 'Kinky' on Broadway
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'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.
The Temple of Akator
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 17.
All's Quiet
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 15.
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.
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.'
The Daily Planet
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 14.
2014 Rising Star Award Nominations Now Open
Nominations for the 2014 Rising Star award are now open to deserving achievers just starting out in the fields of lighting, set, or projection design.
2014 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients Announced
The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grants.
From "Dracula" to "Mirror Mirror"
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American Horror Story
Performing Arts. Page 13.
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.
Stage Crew Attire (Continued)
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew. Page 2.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
2013 Tony Award Winners in Design
Get the overview on the 2013 Tony Award Winners in design here, from the high-flying scenic designs for 'Matilda the Musical' to the acclaimed lighting for the Tom Hanks vehicle 'Lucky Guy.'
Boardwalk Empire
Performing Arts. Page 23.
Drafting: The Unsung Skill
Why learning to draft is a vital step for any designer. Page 3.
Scene Partner Helps Performers Get Off Book
The Scene Partner app helps actors, writers and others to learn their lines more quickly and easily.
No Strings
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 10.
Akator Temple (Entrance)
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 16.
Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in 'Elizabeth:...
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 13.
Rehearsal Report Form
A helpful form for keeping track of your rehearsal process.
Sky-High Set Design: A Q&A with Designer David...
Angela Mitchell: What’s the biggest visual difference as far as the look and feel of the show versus
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.
Creature Creation and More (Laura Tyler...
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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.
Trick Riding
Performing Arts. Page 7.
Game of Thrones (Trio Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 3.
Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces 2013...
The 2013 Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) recently announced the lineup for the Festival’s 59th season, to take place from June 26-August 18, 2013.
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.
The Crone's House
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 8.
Creating the 'War Horses' for Broadway's Hit...
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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.
Women's Theatre Groups (Continued)
A look at theatres and production groups within both the United States and United Kingdom that actively seek to support, produce and stage works by and about women. Page 2.
Once Upon a Time (Fairy)
Performing Arts. Page 22.
Rearing Onstage
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 16.
Battle Lines
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 7.
Concept Sketch, Cavaldi's Carriage
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 10.
Great Expectations (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 10.
Downton Abbey (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 7.
Great Expectations
Performing Arts. Page 11.
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.
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.
Marbaden Forest 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 9.
Bringing a War Horse to Life Onstage
Part 1 of an in-depth Q&A with Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, the Tony Award-winning team behind the extraordinary puppets of War Horse.
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!
Once Upon a Time
Performing Arts. Page 21.
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.
The Watermill
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 11.
Designing 'Inception'
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 19.
'Boots' Breaks Records
'Kinky Boots,' this year's Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, has been breaking box office records on Broadway this summer.
Behind the Props of NBC’s 'Grimm' (Part 2)
ANGELA MITCHELL: Was Aunt Marie's lovely locket/key something created or found? I've seen so much chatter
Top Hat
A definition of a Top Hat, a fairly common element for controlling a beam's intensity in stage lighting.
7 Suggestions for Surviving the Holidays on Tour
Seven suggestions on how to survive working on tour during the holidays. Page 3.
From Industry Basics to ‘The Costumer&#82...
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Pan Am
Performing Arts. Page 12.
Pretty Little Liars (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 16.
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. Page 2.
Director Steven Spielberg and Production...
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 15.
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Performing Arts. Page 9.
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.”
Smash
Performing Arts. Page 25.
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 2.
6TH Annual National August Wilson Monologue...
The 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition will take place on Monday, May 5th at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street, New York).
Glow Tape
A glow-in-the-dark tape used to mark positions so that performers can find their marks even in darkness.

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