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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.
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 mobile applications for use in theatre tech and performing arts production. Second in a series. Page 2.
The 10 Things Stage Managers Must Know
A few holy commandments on how a good stage manager can become even better.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The Top Apps for Stage Tech
A look at some helpful and even essential apps for use in theatre tech and performing arts production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Standard Stage Crew Attire
A comprehensive look at what to wear when working on a theatrical or stage crew.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Box Office Software Solutions
An 'at a glance' review of Vendini TicketAgent box office software.
That Hair! That Face! The Art of the Hair and...
A look at the work of theatrical hair and makeup designers and artists.
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.
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.
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.
What, exactly, is 'art direction?'
Who actually receives the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction? And what do they do?
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.
Graphics Tablets for Designers
A look at graphics tablets and their unique uses for performing arts designers.
'Face Off' Winner Rayce Bird Flies High
An interview with Rayce Bird, the winner of Season Two of the Syfy TV show
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.
Wash
A definition of a wash, a commonly used term in stage lighting design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chatting with 'Face Off' Finalist Laura Tyler
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Field Templates Give Lighting Designers an Edge
A review of the Field Templates line of lighting templates.
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.
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.
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
The Prop Master's Checklist
A helpful checklist for Prop Masters to provide them with the organizational resources for props excellence.
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.
Drafting: The Unsung Skill
Want to design for lighting, sets, costumes, and more? Take my advice -- and learn to draft.
Once Upon a Time (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 19.
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 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.
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.
Creature Creation and More (Laura Tyler...
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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.)
Scene Partner Helps Performers Get Off Book
The Scene Partner app helps actors, writers and others to learn their lines more quickly and easily.
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.
USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Returns...
The USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Returns March 20-23, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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.
Once Upon a Time
Performing Arts. Page 21.
Behind the Props of NBC’s 'Grimm' (Part 2)
ANGELA MITCHELL: That's an interesting challenge -- meshing what's created in L.A. with what is used
'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.
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.
From Industry Basics to ‘The Costumer&#82...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > Maginnis offers a wealth of information
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
Alley Theatre Announces \$73 Million Renovation
The Alley Theatre recently announced the launch of a major $73 Million renovation campaign to take place through 2017.
City Theatre Announces 2013 Young Playwrights...
Pittsburgh's City Theatre recently announced the 2013 Young Playwrights Contest winners from among over 200 entries.
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.
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.
Types of Stage Blood
A look at the different types of stage blood applications, and their uses.
Barn Door
A definition of a Barn Door, a commonly used element in controlling the intensity and direction of stage lighting.
2013 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominees...
On September 30, 2013, The New York Innovative Theatre Awards will honor those offering excellence Off-Off Broadway in New York City, and 2013's award-winners once again promise to be an exciting bunch.
The Broadway Channel Announces the Return of...
The Broadway Channel has announced the return of the television show “Broadway Profiles,” with the half-hour show providing an invaluable and unique look inside the rehearsal, staging and performance of some of Broadway's top shows, and with Tamsen Fadal as the series’ new host.
Broadway League Awards Education and Community...
The Broadway League recently awarded coveted New York Education Grants to the Broadway productions of 'Act One,' 'Matilda the Musical,' and 'Violet.'
Top Hat
A definition of a Top Hat, a fairly common element for controlling a beam's intensity in stage lighting.
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.
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.
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'
Game of Thrones (Assorted)
Performing Arts. Page 4.
"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.
Game of Thrones (Trio Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 3.
"Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth" to Welcome...
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‘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.
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.
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.
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.
When You Get Panned (The Audience is What...
Don't let a bad review get you down. Look for the positives, learn from the experience, and move on. Someone else will be writing raves before you know it. Page 2.
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.”
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.
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.
Artistic Director to Depart Williamstown...
The Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival announced recently that she will be stepping down at the end of 2013.
Seattle Rep Continues Novice Playwriting Programs
The Seattle Rep will conclude its 12th Annual Roosevelt Playwriting Project in December 2013 as it prepares to launch a new playwriting initiative for adults in February 2014.
Trick Riding
Performing Arts. Page 7.
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.
Downton Abbey (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 7.
'The Nether' Receives Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
American playwright Jennifer Haley has officially won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play 'The Nether.'
Arts Commissions by State
A complete list of arts commissions by state, to serve as a resource for performing artists.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Academy to Honor Douglas Trumbull With Gordon...
Distinguished director and effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull is being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has voted to give the Gordon E. Sawyer Award to Trumbull as part of the 2011 Oscars in its Scientific and Technical Awards Ceremony.
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.
Elliot Norton Awards (Boston, MA)
A comprehensive listing of local, regional and national theatre and performing arts awards, along with links to information, forms, applications, rules, and more.
Academy Honors Effects Innovator Erland
Groundbreaking visual effects technologist and pioneer Jonathan Erland has been voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2011.
Pretty Little Liars
Performing Arts. Page 17.
USITT Rising Star Award Nominations Now Open
Nominations for the USITT Rising Star Award for 2012 are now open through November 2, 2011. The award, established by LDI/LiveDesign magazine, is given out annually by USITT to a young professional at the beginning of his or her career.
Sons of Anarchy
Performing Arts. Page 24.
X
: Blocking shorthand for "cross" or "walk." For example, the notation for "Ann crosses to stage left,"
Tony Award Nominees and Winners for Lighting...
Discover the Tony Award recipients and nominees in Lighting Design over the past decades with this helpful list.
'Bringing It On' at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre
An in-depth interview with Susan V. Booth, the artistic director for the Tony-winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
Global Rendering Competition Winners Announced
The results of a world-class rendering competition from Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and MAXON Computer are in, as the companies recently announced the winners of the second annual Inspired Visions Global Rendering Competition.
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.
Tony Kushner Leads Celeb Lineup for 'Broadway...
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, recently announced a star-studded lineup of award-winning performers for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, its annual benefit concert to be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC).
The Broadway League Announces 2013 'League...
Honoring educators who integrated theatre and the arts into their educational process, The Broadway League recently announced its recipients for the 2013 League Educator Apple Awards.
FX
The standard stage shorthand or written abbreviation for 'effects.' Used to refer to stage effects, or written in shorthand as 'SFX' for sound effects.
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.
Once Upon a Time (Detail)
Performing Arts. Page 20.
The Duties of a Prop Master
A useful overview of the duties of the successful Prop Master on a stage, film or television production.
Book Review: How to Stage a Play, Make a...
Want to stage a play, make a fortune, win a Tony , and become a theatrical icon? Of course! Don’t we
Master Audio Releases New 'DSP Studio' App for...
Master Audio has launched the highly anticipated iOS 'DSP Studio' app for iPad, bringing full wireless remote control and monitoring of its flagship Xcellence series of loudspeaker systems via the iPad.
St. Louis Theater Circle Announces 2014 Awards...
The 2014 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards were celebrated a few days ago, honoring nominees and award-winners among the best performers and productions on the St. Louis professional theatre scene.
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.
2014 'Irish Times' Irish Theatre Awards...
The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards ceremony took place on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
The Laurence Olivier Awards
A comprehensive listing of local, regional and national theatre and performing arts awards, along with links to information, forms, applications, rules, and more.
Boardwalk Empire
Performing Arts. Page 23.
Investigating the Human Condition -- then...
An in-depth interview with Steve Cosson, the artistic director of investigative Brooklyn-based theatre company The Civilians, covering everything from the group's origins to its creative approaches, influences, and collaborative productions.
2014-2015 Tony Awards Nominating Committee...
The Tony Awards Administration Committee recently announced the official Nominating Committee for the 2014-2015 Broadway season.
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.
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.
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.
Front of House
A general term referring to performance services including tickets, ushers, concessions, and more.
2014 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients Announced
The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grants.
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