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Shadowing a Stage Manager

Over on our sister website Stage Directions the stage management team has been filling up the stage management blog with posts about the stage management life. (Check 'em all out at…


Added by Jacob Coakley on January 4, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Writing: Do You Finish? Or Do You Just Have to Stop?

Is the writing of a play ever really over? Articles - even books - I have no problem. But a play ...

Heartland Plays just published my comedy, "Ben Franklin Ate My Homework," and it was a thoroughly pleasant experience from beginning to end. At least for me. I'm not sure how my constant fiddling with the work that I…


Added by Kevin M Mitchell on November 4, 2015 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Ten Things Actors Need To Know About Safety

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) serves the High School and College level theatre teachers and students through two publications Dramatics and Teaching Theatre.  The Fall 2015 issue of Teaching Theatre features two articles about performer safety that are good resources for your library.  Share them with…


Added by Erich Friend on October 20, 2015 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Deadline Approaching for 2015 High School Theatre Honors Program!

Stage Directions is searching for the best high school theatres from across the country—but the deadline for nominating schools is fast approaching! The 2015 Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors needs your submissions of fantastic high school theatres by 11:59 p.m. Sunday,…


Added by Jacob Coakley on September 8, 2015 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Save the Historic California Theatre

Civic San Diego, San Diego City Council:

Save the Historic California Theatre! - Sign the Petition!…


Added by Erich Friend on September 1, 2015 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Our Les Miserables film series cast doing panel talk at big film & TV convention

We can now confirm that many of our members, who are in our 20 hour film series Les Miserables, are appearing at this film and TV convention, alongside stars from such shows as Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Star Wars, etc. We will be there both days, with our panel talk on Sunday.

If you want to come and meet us at the event, book your tickets now, at…


Added by South Devon Players on June 10, 2015 at 4:14am — No Comments

Congrats to all the Tony Nominees and Winners!

Congrats to all the Tony Award winners and nominees! We have a full list of all the winners speeches after the jump -- so check 'em out! Also big congrats to Michael Hirt! He won our Tony Awards Pool with 18 correct! That's pretty phenomenal. It was also a big night for women at the Awards, with Marianne Elliott taking home the Best Direction of a Play Tony for her work on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. And when Lisa Kron (Best Book, Best Original Score) and Jeanine…


Added by Jacob Coakley on June 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

2015 TheatreFace and Stage Directions Tony Awards Pick 'Em Pool!

The Tony Awards are almost here! The Awards take place this Sunday, June 7, from 8 p.m to 11 p.m. in a time zone near you. (Which is to say, they're tape delayed on the West Coast.) If you want to follow along live to the ceremonies -- and support the sound design community and their…


Added by Jacob Coakley on June 1, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

USITT 2015 Videos

I shot 22 videos at USITT 2015, covering a whole raft of products, companies and gear -- and even an interview with the executive director of USITT, David Grindle. Given that there were so many videos, hopefully you can forgive me for taking so long to post them all... In any event, here's your extreme USITT 2015 video round-up! Enjoy! If you want to jump straight to a video, here's the alphabetical list: …


Added by Jacob Coakley on April 13, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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

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