Putting a Face on Theatre
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…Continue
Added by Crystal Smith-Connelly on April 2, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments
The Distinguished Award Winners and moderators, from left to right are: Susan Threadgill, Shirley Prendergast, Kevin Rigdon (moderator), Jim Bakkom, Eugene Lee, Ann Roth,…Continue
Added by Jacob Coakley on March 31, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Jacob Coakley on March 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jacob Coakley on March 23, 2014 at 11:41pm — No Comments
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?
Added by Jacob Coakley on March 2, 2014 at 11:06pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Brooke Cierra on January 22, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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