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Stage Makeup 101
A basic guide to applying stage makeup, from start to finish.
Avoid These 5 Stage Makeup Mistakes
A list of common mistakes to avoid when applying stage makeup.
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.
5 Audition Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make
Five easy tips on what not to do when auditioning for your next show.
The 10 Things Stage Managers Must Know
A few holy commandments on how a good stage manager can become even better.
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!
20 Essential Fundraising Ideas
For theatres, dance companies, symphonies, and more, here are 20 unique and creative approaches for bringing in the moolah.
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.
The Top Apps for Stage Tech
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production.
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.
Useful Forms for Stage Managers (from Sign-in...
Forms like this Performance Checklist can help stage managers stay organized and focused during the tense period before the curtain rises.
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.
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.
Ambassador Theatre Group Acquires Broadway's...
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the organization known as the UK's largest theatre owner and operator (as well as a multiple award-winning theater production group), has acquired the Foxwoods Theatre from Live Nation Entertainment, through its subsidiary, Lyric Theatre LLC.
'Face Off' Winner Rayce Bird Flies High
An interview with Rayce Bird, the winner of Season Two of the Syfy TV show
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.
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.
Types of Stage Blood
A look at the different types of stage blood applications, and their uses.
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.
That Hair! That Face! The Art of the Hair and...
A look at the work of theatrical hair and makeup designers and artists.
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.
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
Apps for Stage and Performing Arts Designers
An overview of several terrific apps to assist, inspire and support designers in the performing arts.
Standard Stage Crew Attire
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.
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.
Regional Spotlight: Staying Epic at the Seattle...
Seattle Rep Artistic Director Jerry Manning talks about the work of the artistic director, and the challenges facing performing arts groups today.
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.
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!
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.
From Shakespeare to 'Tangled' -- a Conversation...
Designer Douglas Rogers discusses more of his design process, and gives advice to young and aspiring set designers just starting out. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wash
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.
"Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth" to Welcome...
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Promoting Your Performances
Whether you're a theatre, a dance troupe, an opera house, or a symphony, here's how to effectively promote your performances -- to the news, as well as on social media. Page 2.
The Stage Manager’s Checklist, Part 2:...
A look at the stage manager's checklist, on the portable items you should bring with you to rehearsal and performance on a constant basis.
Top 10 Box Office Software Solutions
Ticket Turtle combines real-time box office sales and management with database tools seamlessly integrated with marketing, reporting, and mailings. Page 2.
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.
Barn Door
A definition of a Barn Door, a commonly used element in controlling the intensity and direction of stage lighting.
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.
Create Your Own Apps and Videos with Como and...
Two useful software applications can prove vital for marketing your performing arts group, with Camtasia Studio for video creation, and Conduit Mobile (now Como) for app creation.
Graphics Tablets for Designers
A look at graphics tablets and their unique uses for performing arts designers.
Chatting with 'Face Off' Finalist Laura Tyler
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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.
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.)
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.
What, exactly, is 'art direction?'
Who actually receives the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction? And what do they do?
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.
Field Templates Give Lighting Designers an Edge
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates.
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.
Carrousel 2
Performing Arts. Page 13.
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.
Boardwalk Empire
Performing Arts. Page 23.
Flying Over
Performing Arts. Page 15.
Carrousel 1
Performing Arts. 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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Face Off’ Returns in August with...
'Face Off' returns on Syfy for its fifth season on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 9 p.m., and for the first time will feature returning contestants for a shot at redemption.
Book Review: 'Blumenfeld's Dictionary of...
Publisher's Site Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater is a handy and comprehensive reference guide
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.
Bringing 'An Iliad' to Life
Seattle Rep Artistic Director Jerry Manning talks about the work of the artistic director, and the challenges facing performing arts groups today, and discusses bringing 'An Iliad' to life. Page 2.
Music Notation Software Hits a High Note
A detailed review of several top music notation software titles and services for composers, from Sibelius and Finale, to Maestro and Noteflight -- and to fit any budget.
25 Easy Ways to Give Back at the Holidays
25 fun and satisfying ways your performing arts group can get out and spread some cheer in your community this holiday season, and give back to those who come to see your shows!
Once Upon a Time
Performing Arts. Page 21.
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.
Rehearsal Report Form
A helpful form for keeping track of your rehearsal process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once Upon a Time (Fairy)
Performing Arts. Page 22.
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.
Normand Latourelle
Performing Arts. Page 10.
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.
Once Upon a Time (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 19.
Fly
Performing Arts. Page 16.
White Big Top
Performing Arts. Page 11.
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.'
Arabians
Performing Arts. Page 17.
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.
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
Roman Riding
Performing Arts. Page 8.
USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Returns...
The USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Returns March 20-23, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Bareback Riding
Performing Arts. Page 9.
What to Do When You Get Panned: Handling a...
Don't let a bad review get you down. Look for the positives, learn from the experience, and move on. Someone else will be writing raves before you know it.
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.
Cavalia's "Carrousel" (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 12.
Drafting: The Unsung Skill
Want to design for lighting, sets, costumes, and more? Take my advice -- and learn to draft.
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. Page 2.
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.
Once Upon a Time (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 20.
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.
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.
Sons of Anarchy
Performing Arts. Page 24.
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. Page 4.
The Mirror Queen (The Brothers Grimm)
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 7.
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
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.
MagicScore 'Maestro': Small Budget, Big Sound
A detailed review of several top music notation software titles and services for composers, from Sibelius and Finale, to Maestro and Noteflight -- and to fit any budget. Page 3.
'Hannibal' Production Designer Talks Season 2
“Hannibal” offers viewers a rich visual world in which Baroque excess often shares the scene with sterile modernity, and one of those responsible for casting its spell is production designer Matthew Davies, who was interviewed recently by Hollywood.com.
From "Dracula" to "Mirror Mirror"
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From Industry Basics to ‘The Costumer&#82...
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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.
Syfy’s Newest Competition Series...
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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.
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.
Martha Graham Dance Company to Christen Wallis...
The Martha Graham Company has designed a festive and historic inaugural program for the debut of The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills that will be performed by the 19 world-class dancers of the Graham Company.
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!
Cavalia Designs (Toys)
Performing Arts. Page 18.
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.
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.
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 3.
Game of Thrones (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 4.
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.
Trick Riding
Performing Arts. Page 7.
Scene Partner Helps Performers Get Off Book
The Scene Partner app helps actors, writers and others to learn their lines more quickly and easily.
The Prop Master's Checklist
A helpful checklist for Prop Masters to provide them with the organizational resources for props excellence.
Masking
: Also called "tabs." The drapes used in the wings of the stage, which keep audiences from seeing beyond
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.
The Mirror Queen's Throne
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 6.
Application Deadline for 2013 Creative Capital...
Creative Capital is currently accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts for the 2013 grant period through 4 p.m. March 1, 2012.
Big Easy Theatre Awards
A comprehensive listing of local, regional and national theatre and performing arts awards, along with links to information, forms, applications, rules, and more.
Team Spirit: 'Lombardi' Q&A
An in-depth interview with Lombardi Broadway producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser. Page 4.
Blackout
(1) A term for the condition in which there is zero stage lighting, and in which work backstage is accomplished under blue lighting only. Emergency lights and exit signs, however, remain on. (2) The actual act of turning off the stage lighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NYMF Seeks Interns
The New York Musical Theatre Festival offers internships in a variety of fields allowing interns to learn about not-for-profit theatre through active participation in a small, open-office environment, and is accepting applications on an ongoing basis.
Discovery 2
Performing Arts. Page 2.
World Stage Design 2013 'Costume in Action'...
World Stage Design 2013 will be offering a variety of useful theatre tech workshops, masterclasses, talks and seminars at its international event in September 2013.
More 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. Page 2.
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.
Stryker Base (X2)
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.'
'Face Off' Crowns Sixth Season Winner
The Syfy show 'Face Off' crowned a season six champion on April 22, 2014 and has already announced the premiere date for Season 7.
The Duties of a Prop Master
A useful overview of the duties of the successful Prop Master on a stage, film or television production.
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.
Talking Ink and Clay with S3 'Face Off'...
An in-depth interview with 'Face Off' Season 3 Finalist Derek Garcia on his experiences while competing on Syfy's hit Makeup FX competition reality show.
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