Putting a Face on Theatre
Hi all! Once again I will be live-blogging the New Tech Breakfasts at LDI! The Friday morning session will be hosted here! Friday morning will be dedicated to all new lighting gear, so check in Friday from 8-10 a.m. (Pacific time) for a quick run-down of everything that will be debuted at LDI! (You can check out…Continue
Added by Jacob Coakley on November 17, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
In case you missed my Friday morning explanation -- I'm going to once again live-blog the New Tech Breakfasts at LDI 2013. These are great sessions before the start of the exhibition that give quick run-downs of all the new gear.…Continue
Added by Jacob Coakley on November 17, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Originally posted in Rosco's Spectrum Blog:
Renderings for Penumbra Theatre’s “SPUNK” – Designed by C. Lance Brockman
As fall approaches, many theaters and scene shops are beginning…Continue
Added by Joel Svendsen on September 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I've been absent from the TheatreFaces for two weeks.
I've been at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for four weeks.
The EdFringe kind of kicked my butt. In all the right ways.
(Get your mind out of the gutter.)
It was an amazing experience in an amazing city, and the hectic schedule and exhaustion of travel and the confusion and melding of time and days one into the other (and inevitable illness that struck our group like a mini-plague) ultimately…Continue
The procurement process is a mystery to some, an opportunity for others, and a nightmare for many. A few come away feeling good about it, the rest want to take a shower to wash-off the spooge.
We generally don’t put a lot of effort into our buying decisions, unless a large sum of money is involved, then we can become quite miserly. …
Added by Erich Friend on August 29, 2013 at 12:21am — No Comments
Sound design is usually challenging because a show is BIG. It has lots of cues, lots of microphones, lots of, well, something.
My next project is a challenge for the exactly the opposite reason: it has to be simple.
The show in question is…Continue
Added by Richelle Thompson on August 20, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
I'm sitting in the house at the Dorset Theatre Festival as my crew finishes applying molding and other detail touches to the set for Clybourne Park, our last show of the season. This production was coproduced with Barrington Stage in Massachusetts, and as part of the cost-sharing discussion, we decided it would be smart to split the physical labor--have some of the set built by our shop here, and some built in the shop at Barrington.
There were a lot of reasons to…Continue
Added by Rich Dionne on August 16, 2013 at 6:58am — No Comments
It’s that time of year again for many that are school teachers – school is back in session soon. For a fortunate few, this may include moving into a new or renovated performance facility. Oh yeah. It’s like Christmas. New Toys.…
Added by Erich Friend on August 13, 2013 at 12:39pm — No Comments
Being in the "biz" of theatre - or, for that matter, any aspect of the entertainment industry, means that you get to work with a lot of fabulous people. The up side to that is all the different people you get to know, learn from, create art with - even if you don't love or even like all of them. The down side is that you are constantly saying "good bye" to some one, either as folks move on, a season ends, a tech wraps…Continue
Added by Richelle Thompson on August 13, 2013 at 9:48am — No Comments
Once in a while you see a show that hits you and inspires you and makes you excited and thrilled to be an artist and makes you aspire to create work that achieves just a fraction of what you just saw. Once in a very, very great while, that work is a comedy. Once in a rare, rare, rare moment, that work is a stand up comic.
Bo Burnham was that. Absolutely incredible. He takes all of the hyperbolic language found…
Added by M. Yichao on August 11, 2013 at 5:37pm — No Comments
I found myself staring at a designer drawing of a simple porch column the other day: about 14' tall, with a 3'-tall brick base and a tapered square profile above. I started drawing it, and then stopped. I was stuck--thinking about different views, different construction techniques, different material choices. It was a little frustrating, frankly, but not all that uncommon: I often find myself spending a lot of mental energy thinking about how to build a piece of scenery--even the seemingly…Continue
The last performance of the last show of the '12-'13 season finished this past Sunday afternoon. After the audience cleared, I said good-bye to a great bunch of folks. Parting with this latest bunch of musicians, actors, and crew seems some how more "final" than previous productions of the season - maybe in part because I seemed to spend more time with this bunch and the needs of this specific production and got to…Continue
I love theater because it's kind of collaborative magic.
It's a sort of alchemy where somehow the end result is (usually) greater than the sum of its parts. Where you get to create something, then other people you love and trust add things to your something, and then unicorns and rainbows and explosions of awesome dust burst all over the stage. …Continue
Added by M. Yichao on August 5, 2013 at 8:05am — No Comments
I guess everyone really has hobbies. But a good question is, if mine are really just theatre... what else am I supposed to do with myself while I wait to work on another show. I just finished working on AIDA, and in a month I will start work on Disney's Beauty and the Beast. But what about that time in between? What is there to do?!
I took some time to look into myself, and the only other things I really like working on is working with computers. I've taken Web Design Classes,…Continue
Added by JT Yoerger on August 5, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments
There's been a lot in the news and (ironically) on social media about what's appropriate to share on social media regarding the work place, fueled by individuals who have posted comments or photos that they're employers found inappropriate on Facebook accounts, blogs, Twitter, etc.. In many cases, those individuals have lost their jobs as a result. Several folks have gone to court over these situations, with…Continue
Added by Rich Dionne on July 26, 2013 at 5:37am — No Comments
Last week we looked out across our workspace and realized how many different shades of 'white' there are, and how it messes with our perception of colors as we pass design ideas through the work flow. This week, we'll look at how we might make adjustments to the lighting so that we have a more consistent illumination as we move from space to space. To move forward, you must move backwards through the work…Continue
Added by Erich Friend on July 25, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments