Technical Direction


Technical Direction

For all of us the catch-all TD's out there. Share stories, nightmares, tech briefs, news, etc.

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Comment by Florian Canga on February 24, 2014 at 2:45am

In case u are inbterested to membership in this group

Comment by Susan Cardillo on December 13, 2012 at 4:52pm

I am a doctoral student wanting to learn more about projection design. I am also a high school theater teacher experimenting with projections in my upcoming show.  Would love to connect with projection designers or high school teachers using this technology.

Comment by Stuart Race on November 26, 2012 at 11:12am

Hello - I'm directing the school pantomime and I want to put in a 3d scene in the style of Moby Dick the Musical.  I got the 3D Glasses for everyone to wear (can't wait the audience should love it!!) .

I've got my Gauze (scrim).

I've got my two lights at the back of the stage - should they be close together or far apart?

Is that it?  Do I just get my actors to stand behind the guaze and run towards the light?  Anyone have any suggestions of funny things to do?

Stuart - Head of Drama

Kesgrave High School



Comment by Kimberly Weast on October 15, 2012 at 7:52pm

Anyone renting set and props for "Into The Woods"

Comment by Zip willis on October 15, 2012 at 7:32pm

Hi, I am planning to put together a proposal for a major change in the theatre I am the TD at. The stage has a thrust that is a elevator that is 300 sqft  and a 6k lb capacity. The Problem is that it is 37 years old, and is out of service a lot and need to be replaced, at a cost of ~ $300k. I have made a video about the changes and would like some feed back on the plan. one man dream is another's nightmare.

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Comment by Dan Mellitz on September 11, 2012 at 7:46am

I am looking for advice on places to go in the DC area for quotes on curtain installation. I already work with Parlights, but I wanted to get a couple quotes if possible.

Comment by Dan Mellitz on June 23, 2012 at 7:21am

Jean, I don't know if anyone has contacted you about the fabric, and we are not local, but depending on the shipping cost We would love to have it. I am the TD for a small private school in Maryland. What size is the drape?

Comment by L Jean Burch on June 22, 2012 at 11:36am
Chicago Scenic is revamping their rental soft goods and has a good amount of black commando drape that they would like to donate to a local theatre.  If someone is interested, please contact me at  Thanks!
Comment by Jeremy Fiebig on September 26, 2010 at 8:02am
To Whom it May Concern:

I am proposing a conference panel/working session for ATHE 2011 in Chicago involving green lighting design. The tentative title of the panel is "Green Design in Lighting." The panel will explore green design with a focus on lighting for the stage and the house.

The panel, if accepted, may address any of the following areas:

-Strategies for green lighting design
-Capabilities in LED lighting or other "green" instruments and systems (suppliers, we'd love some demos)
-What current "green" instruments can serve as suitable replacements for more traditional lighting? What are the limitations?
-Federal standards for incandescent lighting, particularly solutions for practical and house lighting
-Strategies for obtaining institutional funds and grants designated for green initiatives, including "greening" renovations, retrofitting, and instrument buys.
-More broadly: how do theater programs contribute to overall green initiatives and strategic planning at the institutional level?
-Green design as good marketing
-Even more broadly: Negotiating a green approach in theatre design and operations generally: how do theaters overcome their image as "consumers" of gels, lamps, hazardous materials, electricity, lumber, and other resources?
-What are "best practices" in green design?

Please note that this list is not exclusive. Please feel free to suggest other related issues.

Panel contribution is open to lighting designers, lighting professionals, teachers, theatre and production managers, electricians, suppliers, green thinkers in theatre, and others with interest. Contributions may involve lighting demonstrations, brief presentations or white papers, production photos from green designs, lighting plots and paperwork from green designs, example policy, strategy, or funding documents (implemented or proposed), tip sheets, surveys of current green instruments and their traditional counterparts, etc. Ideally, the panel will provide participants with a robust set of model/working documents they may use when implementing green approaches to lighting design and electrics, institutional planning and funding, etc.

To propose a contribution, please submit the following:

-Brief proposal outlining your approach to the panel topic (less than 250 words)
-Brief bio, with special attention to work you have completed or plan to complete as related to the panel topic (less than 200 words)
-Description of at least one working document (partial list above) you plan to provide at the session (very brief)

If invited and accepted, panel participants will attend the panel ATHE 2011 in Chicago (August 11-14), which requires registration and conference fees. Grants for those not involved in higher education may be requested and are subject to approval.

To submit a proposal or inquire about the proposed panel, please email Jeremy Fiebig at Proposals are due by October 18, 2010. Accepted proposals will become part of the panel proposal, which is submitted by November 1 for ATHE Design & Technology Focus Group approval. Notification of acceptance will occur no later than March 1, 2011.

Best regards,

Jeremy Fiebig
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Performing and Fine Arts Department
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301

"This may sound strange, but it's time to make more mistakes... more I say." -- Richard Keith Blunt
Comment by Joe Krack on July 11, 2010 at 12:52pm
My wife and I produce about 3 shows a year. We use a variety of venues, and had been using mostly borrowed equipment. We are now purchasing our own equipment and I would like some advice. I need a nice, durable workhorse of a headset microphone, with body pack, receiving etc... What would you (everyone) recommend? We don't have a lot of money, but need one that provides quality sound (of course). Thanks!

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