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Makers Audio at USITT 2015

Alright! Here we go. My last session of USITT 2015, Makers Audio. From the the session description: 

Explore the makers movement and how its tools can be used in theatre to solve sound challenges. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, circuit bending and putting it all together. Participants are encouraged to bring their…


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 21, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

RC4 Wireless - A Life Untethered - Wireless Dimming for Props, Costumes, and Set Pieces at USITT 2015

Hello all! I will be live-blogging this session starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 18. Check back then for pics, ideas, gear news and more! …


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 18, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

2015 USITT Keynote Address from Terrence Spivey

Hello and welcome to USITT 2015! Here's my live blog of the keynote address from Terrence Spivey! Entry music is playing now, and we're scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT (5 minutes from now.) Until then, here's the program bio of Spivey!

Terrence Spivey, artistic director of the legendary Karamu House…


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 18, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Stage Savvy

Stage Savvy the blog was named after Stage Savvy the column, which I started in June of 2003. Started as a way to get the audience more interested in KC Stage and thereby hopefully increasing the subscribers, it was an “ongoing series to try to bring…


Added by Angie Fiedler Sutton on August 26, 2014 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Goat Herpes and Other Problems is now available! : )

I'm thrilled to announce that I recently published my third's called Goat Herpes and Other Problems, and this is what it's about:

It's Willow's first day on the job at Godly Acres, the world's premier rehabilitation facility for gods and goddesses, and she might be in over her head. Sex addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, goat name it, there's a Greek god who has it. Will she be able to help these gods and goddesses work through their…


Added by Crystal Smith-Connelly on June 11, 2014 at 11:50am — No Comments

My play at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood

Acting Out INK Fest tickets are now on sale...the festival showcases plays written by female playwrights, and I'm proud to be one of them! If you want to see my play (which is about Zeus and Hera in marriage counseling), your options are to buy an all-day pass for Friday or Saturday (April 25th or 26th) or to get tickets at the door for the block of plays that starts at 3:30 on Friday or 4:30 on Saturday. There are also weekend passes if you want to see a bunch of plays. Come watch me…


Added by Crystal Smith-Connelly on April 2, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

USITT Distinguished Achievement Award Winners in Conversation

There’s no WiFi in the arena where the award winners are in conversation, so I won’t be live-blogging this, just blog-blogging this.

The Distinguished Award Winners and moderators, from left to right are: Susan Threadgill, Shirley Prendergast, Kevin Rigdon (moderator), Jim Bakkom, Eugene Lee, Ann Roth,…


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 31, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design at USITT 2014

Good morning! Gonna start the day with a conversation about light! From the USITT catalogue: 

New York lighting designer Shirley Prendergast will receive the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design for her ground-breaking career, including becoming the first…


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Prop Untethered: The Magic of Wireless Dimming at USITT 2014

Greetings all! This is a placeholder post for now, but on Wednesday, March 26, I'll start live-blogging the A Prop Untethered: The Magic of Wireless Dimming session from USITT! Come back then for more updates, obviously. Meanwhile, here's the session description from the USITT show catalogue: 

Theatrical props and costumes can often be enhanced with light or motion, but operating these enhancements can be problematic. Rather than settle for effects that are always on, or…


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My 2014 USITT Schedule

So once again it is time for USITT! It’s like Christmas for technical theatre nuts. A full week of informative sessions, networking and new gear. It’s one of my busiest few days of the year as I run around like mad trying to do everything all at once. This year my USITT experience kicks off as I live-blog and live-tweet a Props/Lighting Session, A Prop Untethered: The Magic of Wireless Dimming. The first session I ever went to at a USITT show was a similar one a few years back, so I’m…


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 23, 2014 at 11:41pm — No Comments

The 2014 Oscars and Theatre

For the second year in a row I ate to much at my Oscar party -- and lost my Oscar pool. D'oh! But even though I didn't win the pool, I had a great time watching the Oscars (of course) -- especially with all the theatre shout-outs. (I also loved the rotating set pieces and the rose curtain.) Here were some of my favorite theatre moments -- including one that will probably embarrass John Travolta for a very long time... What your favorite moments of the show? 

First, Idina…


Added by Jacob Coakley on March 2, 2014 at 11:06pm — No Comments

I want to take you to Hill City, KS. It's a small town located on the wild plains of western Kansas. The population is less the 1,500 people. It may be hard to believe that towns this size exist, but…

I want to take you to Hill City, KS. It's a small town located on the wild plains of western Kansas. The population is less…

Added by Everett Robert on February 25, 2014 at 10:42pm — No Comments


And no, my name is not Elder Price. ;) My name'ss Brooke, and welcome to my first TheatreFace blog post! In order for you all to get to know me a little better, I'd like to start off by telling you a little bit about myself and what I'll be writing about.

First off, I love Broadway musicals, and constantly make referencs to them (bonus points for you if you caught the Book of Mormon reference in the title/opening sentence!).  The first show I saw on Broadway was Newsies, and I…


Added by Brooke Cierra on January 22, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

LDI New Tech Breakfast - Friday, Nov. 22 - Lighting

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…


Added by Jacob Coakley on November 17, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

LDI 2013 New Tech Breakfast - Saturday, Nov. 23 - Rigging and Special Effects

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.…


Added by Jacob Coakley on November 17, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

“Color Punch” for Your Scenery – Without Busting the Budget

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…


Added by Joel Svendsen on September 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

EdFringe: A (Pleasant) Punch To The Face

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…


Added by M. Yichao on September 2, 2013 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Checks and Balances

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

Back to the Basics

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…


Added by Richelle Thompson on August 20, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

It Looks Like This is the End...

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…


Added by Rich Dionne on August 16, 2013 at 6:58am — No Comments

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