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Friday, July 13, 2018

Step by Step Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Creatives If you think you don't need a business plan because you work in a creative field, think again. Business plans aren't only for multimillion dollar corporations or startups seeking investors. They also offer great ways to have a handle on your business, whether you are selling goods online, starting your photography studio, or working as a fine artist.

The Theatricality of “Sideways”: An Interview with Rex Pickett

Breaking Character: In honor of the 15th anniversary of the film Sideways (coming up in 2019), we sat down with Rex Pickett, author of the novel on which the screenplay was based. Rex Pickett’s stage adaptation of the cult classic premiered at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, and had several subsequent productions, including a run at La Jolla Playhouse that set box office records for sales of a non-musical.

Doing The Lambeth Walk: 5 Things I Learned From Producing “Me And My Girl”

Breaking Character: “Doing The Lambeth Walk”…what comes next? Well, as it happens, everybody knows what comes next. In the thirty-odd years that I have been producing and licensing Me and My Girl around the world I have seen many productions, from mighty Broadway and the West End of London to village halls and community centres.

West Side Story Is Returning to Broadway Hello, Broadway producer, I’m so glad you brought this to my attention—I’m delighted to hear about West Side Story returning to the Great White Way, and I will certainly pay big Broadway money to sit front row and scream-sing the lyrics to “I Feel Pretty,” thank you!!!!

How an Impact Driver Works: Training the Apprentice

Pro Tool Reviews: Impact drivers are an essential tool for any Pro. They give you the ability to apply more forceful power than a drill. Used in tandem, a cordless drill will handle hole making and an impact driver will set the fasteners. For basic screwdriving, an impact driver is the only tool you need.

T SHAKI's portable nightclub transforms lebanese landmark into party destination T SHAKI adds an additional layer on beirut‘s sporting club beach with the design of a mountable and dismountable structure, which can transform the coastal landmark into an open air nightclub in just a few hours. central to the design is a large floating ring that flashes different light patterns and colors according to the beat of the music.

National Geographic Encounter Creates A Virtual Ocean Odyssey With Rosco Lighting Effects

Rosco Spectrum: Developed and produced by the creative minds at SPE Partners, with a team of Academy Award®, and Emmy® and GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is a fully immersive entertainment experience that enables its visitors to dive deep into the ocean – in the heart of Times Square – without getting wet!

Court Won't Rehear Blurred Lines Case, Bad News For Music Creativity

Techdirt: Back in March we wrote about the terrible decision by the 9th Circuit to uphold the also awful lower court ruling that the Pharrell/Robin Thicke song "Blurred Lines" infringed on Marvin Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up." If they had actually copied any of the copyright-protected elements of the original, this case wouldn't be a big deal.

Two River Theater expanding its footprint and booking as it turns 25

Theater Cues: Two River Theater Company, a regional non-profit theater in New Jersey with a national reputation for staging excellent productions, appears to be expanding its offerings with booking a comic and a film festival in the “off-season.”

New ‘West Side Story’ From Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

The New York Times: Two Belgians want to be in America. Ivo van Hove, the experimental director, and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the rigorously avant-garde choreographer, will take on “West Side Story” for a Broadway production that will begin previews in December 2019, and open on Feb. 6, 2020, at an as-yet-unnamed theater, the producer Scott Rudin announced on Thursday.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Christina Watanabe: Finding Your Light

Stage Directions: After hearing about Lighting Designer, Christina Watanabe for years, I was pleased to meet her in person at a USA829 Diversity Committee Meet-up. Christina is a New York City based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events. Her designs have been seen at Lincoln Center, Primary Stages/Cherry Lane, 59E59, HERE Arts Center, The New Ohio, Urban Stages, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet, Penguin Rep, The Public Theatre, Intar, The Bushwick Starr, and Theatre for the New City to name a few.

6 Times When Procrastination Pays Off

Church Production Magazine: We’ve all experienced times when procrastinating on a task came back to bite us. (That term paper back in the day comes to mind.) Scrambling to make a deadline causes us to berate ourselves with recriminations. Everyone knows we shouldn’t procrastinate. Right?

Your first look inside Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi - in pictures

The National: It would be easy to be cynical about Warner Bros World, the new indoor amusement park on Yas Island due to open on July 25, at a cost of $1 billion (Dh3.67bn). It is, after all, a commercial enterprise promoting one of the world’s biggest entertainment companies.

How Broadway Got the Beat: The Go-Go’s in 5 Songs

The New York Times: Since bursting onto the Los Angeles scene in 1978, the Go-Go’s have gone through the highs and lows common to rock bands: No. 1 hits and undervalued deep cuts, hard partying and rehab, splits and reunions. No wonder the all-female new wave group’s members have long fielded, and rejected, offers to dramatize their story.

A First Look at the Set of Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Stage Directions: The pre-Broadway engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical began performances, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston, MA. The productions runs through August 19. Here’s a first look at the set as designed by Derek McLane. In addition to Tony Award® winner McLane, the design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Tony Award® winner Peter Hylenski (sound) and Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design).

Capturing Sound for Reality TV Shows ‘Amazing Race,’ ‘Deadliest Catch’

Variety: The familiar phrase “We can fix it in post” covers a multitude of headaches that might arise during production. But reality-TV series like Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” and CBS’ “The Amazing Race” don’t have that luxury, particularly when dealing with sound recording. As “Deadliest Catch” exec producer R. Decker Watson says, “We need to capture what’s going on when it happens — or else we’re in big trouble.”

Appeals Court Won't Rehear "Blurred Lines" Case

Hollywood Reporter: In what very well could be the end of the line for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has voted to deny a rehearing of the controversial "Blurred Lines" case. As a result, a jury's 2015 verdict that found the popular song was an infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" stands.

GREEN ACRES Musical Officially Takes Aim for Broadway Producers Pam Laudenslager and Colleen Lober have just announced the launch of Center Stage Capital, Inc., a new entertainment company that will present a portfolio of productions including the world premiere of Green Acres the Musical; Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood; Empyrea and In the Room.

Turn Off the News, Tune In to a Socially Conscious Arts Festival

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: "This is the most important moment for art that we've had in the last 50 years," says Shaun Peknic, the newly minted artistic director of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (PCTF). Fittingly, the 10th edition of this summer festival features 50 offerings that touch on a wide variety of timely topics.

Bag&Baggage Productions Projects into the Future

Stage Directions: As its name implies, Bag&Baggage Productions (B&B) is a malleable theater company. What was started as a touring company in 2005 with nothing more than just a van, simple sets, and a handful of actors, the Hillsboro, OR-based troupe quickly become known for its artistic quality, affordability, and a unique, provocative sense of humor.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

August Wilson House among African-American historic sites to receive preservation grants

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The childhood home of playwright August Wilson is one of several historic sites being tapped to receive a grant from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Column That Defended Scarlett Johansson's Trans Casting Taken Down

The Mary Sue: An article about Johansson’s controversial casting by a conservative writer published on Business Insider was deleted—but the Internet never forgets.

Scarlett Johansson sparked a firestorm of criticism for taking the role of Dante “Tex” Gill, a trans man, in the upcoming film Rub & Tug. Fuel was added to this representational fire when Johansson’s response to the outcry, via her rep, was mind-bogglingly out-of-touch and dismissive, telling her critics that “they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” Yikes, to put it in a nutshell.

Who Will Play You In The Opera?

Butts In the Seats: I frequently write about how people often don’t feel arts and cultural events are for them is because they aren’t seeing themselves and their stories portrayed. So it was with some interest that I read about Opera Philadelphia’s effort to provide a free high definition broadcast of their 2017 opera, We Shall Not Be Moved, which uses the 1985 bombing of the MOVE compound by the city of Philadelphia as a starting point.

Theatre Royal Bath blasted for all-white season brochure

News | The Stage: Theatre Royal Bath has been slammed for “whitewashing” and “wilful arrogance” after hailing a brochure featuring all-white actors as its “greatest line-up ever”.

The front cover of the brochure, for the theatre’s 2018-19 season, shows photos of 16 actors, including David Suchet, Elizabeth McGovern and Robert Lindsay.

20 people hospitalized for heat-related illnesses at Warped Tour stop At least 20 people have been transported to nearby hospitals and at least 200 have been treated for heat-related illnesses at the Warped Tour concert at the Nashville Fairgrounds, authorities said.

The Full Monty pops in Pittsburgh

Theater Reviews + Features | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper: If there was ever the wrong man at the wrong time, it’s composer/lyricist David Yazbek. He hit Broadway in 2001 with his adaption of The Full Monty. Reviews and business were great and a lot of Tony awards seemed in the offing. But then Mel Brooks opened The Producers …

Constructing A Building-Sized Draw Bot If you are looking for a quick way to paint your house or a make a retina-resolution-reprint of your favourite artwork, you probably have to skip this post. The machine we built is large, low-res and veeerrrrryyyy slow. It is also big, bad-ass, cheap and out of control, something that can be built in a couple of afternoons, has an almost mesmerising and meditative tranquility while seen in action – and (re)produces great (ok, read: “makes unique”) works of art.

Brian Clowdus and Serenbe Playhouse raise the stakes with epic “Titanic: The Musical”

ArtsATL: When Brian Clowdus sits down to offer a preview of Titanic: The Musical at Serenbe Playhouse (July 11–August 12), his body language mirrors the action measure for measure. Demonstrative by nature, his eyes widen and narrow at turns. The pitch and volume of his voice fluctuate to either heighten the drama or drive home the pain. He will lean in and rear back in his seat for emphasis. His voice breaks on occasion. And he speaks not only with his hands — but with his arms. His shoulders. His entire being.

How Do You Say ‘Tradition’ in Yiddish?

The New York Times: Yiddish was the language spoken by Tevye the milk peddler and the other shtetl characters depicted in the stories that inspired “Fiddler on the Roof,” yet in this country the landmark musical has never been performed professionally in that savory and supple tongue. Until now.

Irwin teen channels her inner Judy Garland for Stage Right's 'Wizard of Oz'

TribLIVE: Grace Rusnica is channeling the late, great Judy Garland for her starring role as Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz,” a stage production that pays tribute to the classic 1939 MGM movie.

Three performances co-produced by Stage Right and Kelly Simon Event Management will be presented July 13-15 at Greensburg's The Palace Theatre.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules WHO'S HOLIDAY as Parody; Broadway Run Planned for 2018! A U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of playwright Matthew Lombardo last Friday, affirming that his play WHO'S HOLIDAY! is indeed a parody, transformative in nature, and therefore considered fair use.

Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze

The New York Times: The schoolteacher’s choice of color is a promise and a warning. Portrayed with a vitality that sears and illuminates by a truly incandescent Lia Williams, the title character of the Donmar Warehouse production of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” is first seen amid a world of subdued grays in an alarmingly red dress.

The Bachelorette Filming Cost In Virginia: Must-See Deails Last week’s episode of The Bachelorette we watched Becca Kufrin and her gaggle of boys leave Las Vegas and head to Richmond, Virginia. When it was announced that the show would be heading to Virginia myself and other fans were so confused. Usually, the show heads to lavish rich white people vacation spots, which typically doesn’t include Richmond, Virginia.

Are TV Dramas Too Quiet? The first episode of Sharp Objects is beautifully confident. It moves between different timelines in a way that’s moody and meaningful, its performances are persuasive and mysterious, and the atmosphere is somehow both otherworldly and absolutely real.

But also, I couldn’t hear all of the dialogue.

I Shouldn't Judge a Play About Antonin Scalia Until I See It, Right? Let me start with the premise that ethics still mean something in America. You may wish to sit for the rest of this read, or else, if you can manage not to collapse, please stay with me.

Plan Your Next Summer Getaway Around a Show

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: While there are still plenty of productions to see in New York over the summer, this is the season when regional theatre really heats up. The Northeast proves to be a mecca for talented artists to revive old chestnuts and debut new works. So peg your next sojourn to one of these worthy shows.

Stage review: Pittsburgh CLO's 'The Full Monty' has got the goods

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: As much fun as “The Full Monty” is — and the musical is a rollicking good time — it’s also a lens into what brought us to this moment.

There Is Creative Conflict And Then There Is Creating Conflict

Butts In the Seats: Last Monday I wrote about how intrinsic motivation can often be more effective than external motivators like rewards and punishments, but suggested non-profit workers not allow people to use that finding to insist they will be more productive if they are poorly paid.

TV Musicians Resume Negotiations Over Payment for Online Shows

Variety: Union musicians working on late-night, award, and other live television shows have resumed negotiations with the networks over the issue of paying band members when they appear on YouTube and network websites.

A ‘Fiddler’ In Yiddish — The Way It Ought To Be

The Forward: Barely two years after Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” made its groundbreaking 1949 debut, a Yiddish production starring — and translated by — Joseph Buloff opened in Brooklyn, with Miller’s blessing. The title of a review by George Ross in Commentary described it as “‘Death of a Salesman’ in the Original,” and the witty proposition, along with the debate over its aptness, has stuck with the play ever since, (and was tested beautifully in a Yiddish-language production in New York in 2015.)

Monday, July 09, 2018

Trans Actors Protesting Scarlett Johansson's Trans Role Are Told They're Jealous, Unskilled Whiners Scarlett Johansson, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and whose resumé lists all of these awards, who infamously donned black hair and dark eyes for her role as a Japanese cyborg in 2017 for Ghost in the Shell, remains immune to criticism of for taking a rare role of trans man for a mainstream movie, Rub & Tug. Trans actors are asking why, of all roles, she would choose what, for a trans man, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

A Role By Any Other Name: Gender in Shakespeare and Making Room for Women Earlier this week news broke that Glenda Jackson, fresh from her triumphant, Tony-winning run in Three Tall Women, will next don the crown as Shakespeare's tragic monarch King Lear. Broadway is making much ado about something and understandably so. New York stages haven't seen much gender-swapped or gender-blind casting of Shakespeare, but take a peek across the pond to find a revolution of sorts in the interpretation of the Bard's work.

‘Chicago’ cast member’s suicide probed after backstage bullying allegations

Page Six: Broadway musical “Chicago” has launched an investigation after friends of a cast member claimed he killed himself because he was “bullied” by the show’s directors.

You should stand in meetings — don’t worry about what others might think Standing in meetings may be good for our health, but it can also make those that are standing feel self-conscious, anxious about how others perceive them, and disengaged from the meeting. These findings, taken from our recent study, suggest that efforts to encourage office workers to sit less and move more must acknowledge the realities of the workplace that conspire to keep people chained to their seats.

Longread. Katie Mitchell On Chekhov, Stanislavsky, And Characters Of Flesh And Blood

The Theatre Times: Katie, or rather, Katrina Jane Mitchell, is a leading British theatre director whose creative drive seems to be truly inexhaustible. Early in her career, she worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1996 she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director. The Department of Theatre and Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum invited Mitchell and Leo Warner of 59 Productions to conceive and produce a video installation exploring the nature of “truth in performance.”

Freeport Theatre Festival opens season with 'Washington in the Ohio Country'

TribLIVE: Real-life action heroes, past and present, will be celebrated as Freeport Theatre Festival opens its 29th summer season July 13.

The festival features two reprised plays by Allegheny Township playwright Rennick Steele.

The Full Monty

Pittsburgh in the Round: Nailed It! is a competition show in which amateur bakers compete to win fast cash by recreating intricate desserts originally crafted by professional bakers. What they end up with is usually more of a hilarious fail than a true culinary feat, hence the ironic title.

Dancer Preserves The Work Of Black Choreographers, In One Video At A Time

NPR: When she was in her 20s, dancer Gesel Mason started emailing black choreographers she admired, asking them to create a solo for her. To her surprise, many of them said yes.

"I did not know I was making my life's work when I started it," she says. "I was just really interested in dancing with some choreographers."

At Old Globe, 'The Lorax' brings Dr. Seuss' environmental saga to vivid life

The San Diego Union-Tribune: If you go see “Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax” expecting an environment-minded variation on the Old Globe’s “Grinch” musical, get ready for a darker shade of green.

Both shows feature lime-hued lunkheads who prove a little slow to face the error of their ways. But “The Lorax,” a British import that just landed at the Globe as part of a two-city U.S. debut, is a slightly edgier piece of work that plays out in an often less cartoon-y mood than its much-loved predecessor.

Diana Rigg annoyed that ‘My Fair Lady’ star is taking Sundays off Lauren Ambrose, the Tony-nominated star of Lincoln Center Theater’s hit revival of “My Fair Lady,” finds the role of Eliza Doolittle too taxing to perform eight times a week.

So she’s skipping Sunday matinees and having her understudy go on.

That doesn’t sit well with her co-star, the great Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Henry Higgins’ formidable mother.

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Pixar Designer Talks About Sexism at the Company

The Mary Sue: In a harrowing personal essay, former Pixar graphic designer Cassandra Smolcic discusses the habitual sexism and harassment she endured while working for the storied animation giant. Smolcic describes a pervasive atmosphere of harassment and objectification that defined Pixar’s corporate culture, starting with its CCO John Lasseter.

Theatre shuts out the working class. I’m devastated to think of the voices silenced

Mish Grigor | Stage | The Guardian: In 2015, I made a theatre show, The Talk, about my working class family and their working class sex lives. I interviewed them about their sexual histories, and edited their stories into verbatim scenes that I get audiences to read.

A Guide to Theater Etiquette the New York Way I am a dyed-in-the-ethically-sourced-sustainable-cashmere coastal lefty elitist. I am strenuously inclusionary and empathetic to a fault. I apologize to inanimate objects when I bump into them. I am a socialist Democrat and pacifist to the core. I love everything and everyone and the divine in me honors the divine in you. Truly.

Sound Designer Kai Harada on the Audio Systems for The Bands Visit on Broadway

Stage Directions: Following the Tony Awards ceremonies in early June, the subtly engaging new musical, The Band’s Visit was recipient of an astonishing ten awards, along with a Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Musical for Sound Designer Kai Harada. Once again Meyer Sound systems were a part of Harada's sound design. Meyer Sound products are used for this production as well as powering the music along the Great White Way, with numerous hit productions relying on LEO Family line arrays and UltraSeries loudspeakers.

Who Else Misses Old-Fashioned Theatre Tickets?

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: At least I didn't have to worry about forgetting the tickets. In my many decades of theatregoing, that had only happened once. But now, so much else could go wrong. For Disney's Frozen, my phone was my ticket. Technologically challenged as I am, I only chose this new-to-me option because it was the cheapest way to purchase the rather expensive seats.

Friday, July 06, 2018

The Face Stylist

Make-Up Artist Magazine: We love being inspired! Don’t you? Recently Make-Up Artist magazine crossed paths with an award-winning make-up artist that pushes the boundaries of creativity. Samantha Klein is innovative and has carved out an impressive career. Read on to learn about her most recent project, what inspired her and uncover techniques she uses to help others feel beautiful in their skin.

Get more Van Gogh, Monet and Degas at The Frick Pittsburgh

TribLIVE: In response to the popularity of its "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts," The Frick Pittsburgh will keep the exhibition on view through July 15.

It also is extending normal hours of operation at the Point Breeze site for the show's final week, remaining open until 9 p.m. July 10-15.

Your Nonprofit is “Committed to Diversity”? How Diverse Is Your Board?

Bitter Gertrude: “People ask me sometimes, when do you think it will it be enough? When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine.” — Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Few consider it odd that almost all Supreme Court justices in the court’s 229 year history have been white men, but many considered Justice Ginsberg’s statement to be highly controversial. The idea of an all-female court seemed upsetting and threatening to many people, but an all-male court has always seemed unremarkable.

Advocates Call on NJ Governor to Veto Law Passed Without Hearings Word has gotten out of the New Jersey legislature’s rapid passage of a bill stripping away a limit on tickets held back from the public in the Garden State, and many are questioning why the bill made it through the legislature with zero public hearings on the matter. The measure, which Gov. Phil Murphy has yet not indicated whether or not he intends to sign, was pushed hard by venue ownership in the state, which would stand to profit wildly due to the removal of the 5% cap on held back tickets for industry insiders.

Intel drones help Travis Air Force Bay provide fireworks alternative for special needs military families

InPark Magazine: Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, collaborated with Intel to replace a traditional Independence Day fireworks display with an Intel® Shooting Star™ drone light show. In celebration of July Fourth and Travis Air Force Base’s 75th anniversary, 500 Intel Shooting Star drones danced across the nighttime sky in a choreographed aerial routine that honors active military and veterans.

The Radical Looks of Sorry to Bother You

The Mary Sue: Sorry to Bother You has over 100 costume looks: a significantly high number for an independent film. Each one is carefully crafted, as distinct as the character wearing it. The man With No Name, the utilitarian but subtle Squeeze, Omari Hardwick’s Mr. Blank, a power caller. Each outfit told a story and Govan placed a big emphasis on being balanced, “a complete equanimity with all of the characters.”

A Fantastic Woman Director on Scarlett Johansson's Trans Role Scarlett Johansson—who likes to occupy minority roles in films and then say self-protective nonsense when it inevitably causes controversy—is set to star in the upcoming film Rub & Tug, which details the life of trans man Dante “Tex” Gill, famous for operating a massage parlor and brothel in 1970s/80s Pittsburgh.


The Producer's Perspective: As I type this, we are four days away from the 15th annual New York Musical Festival (NYMF). On July 9th, 30+ new musical productions, concerts, readings, and educational events will descend upon midtown Manhattan (West 42nd St between 9th and 11th Avenues, to be precise) and showcase their developmental work to a New York audience over the course of four weeks.

Mysterious Maker Knife deploys its blade with a flick of the finger Retractable utility knives are versatile cutting tools, but clicking the blades in and out can require a bit of elbow grease, and once the blade is out many can suffer from slippage. Artisan knife-maker Giacomo Di Muro reckons he's come up with a better solution, with an elegant everyday carry option claimed to simply slide into action and lock securely in place.

Cirque du Soleil expands live offerings with acquisition of VStar Entertainment and Cirque Dreams

InPark Magazine: Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has announced the acquisition of Minnesota-based VStar Entertainment Group and its Florida-based circus arts subsidiary Cirque Dreams. The addition of VStar Entertainment Group to its portfolio allows the Montreal creative powerhouse to expand its audiences with plug-and-play creative content specifically designed for children and families.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Scarlett Johansson playing a trans man makes no sense. There are early reports that Scarlett Johansson has been cast to play a trans man in a movie about Dante “Tex” Gill, a mob-connected brothel owner who insistently identified as a man throughout his life. Johansson, a cisgender woman known for her sexiness, is—to put it mildly—a particularly poor choice for such a role. It’s still early days for the project, having just been bought at auction by New Regency (with Rupert Sanders directing and Johansson having a producing role along with five others): Let’s hope that means there’s still time for things to change.

Sound Designer Kai Harada on the Audio Systems for The Bands Visit on Broadway

Stage Directions: Following the Tony Awards ceremonies in early June, the subtly engaging new musical, The Band’s Visit was recipient of an astonishing ten awards, along with a Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Musical for Sound Designer Kai Harada. Once again Meyer Sound systems were a part of Harada's sound design. Meyer Sound products are used for this production as well as powering the music along the Great White Way, with numerous hit productions relying on LEO Family line arrays and UltraSeries loudspeakers.

ILM Modelmakers Share Star Wars Stories and Secrets

Tested: ILM veterans gathered at Maker Faire to talk about their Hollywood modelmaking memories. Here are some of the best Star Wars behind-the-scenes stories and tips from modelmakers with more than 100 years of combined experience.

We Are Releases Panels from Women in Games Industry

Variety: The ESA Foundation released a series of videos related to women in the games industry on the website of their We Are initiative.
The objective of We Are is to connect women in the games industry, while recognizing their impact and legacy and inspiring more women to contribute to the industry.

Scarlett Johansson continues problematic streak, will play a trans man

The Verge: A year after Scarlett Johansson’s appearance in 2017’s adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, in which she played a canonically Asian woman and sparked a conversation about whitewashing in Hollywood, the actor has made yet another questionable decision: next year, she’ll be starring in Ghost director Rupert Sanders’ Rub & Tug, a biopic based on the real-life story of massage parlor boss Dante “Tex” Gill.

Amber Tamblyn on the #TimesUp and #MeToo revolution: “The foundation has been ripped open” Actor/writer/director/activist Amber Tamblyn is famous for her roles in "General Hospital," "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Joan of Arcadia." And when she came on BUST magazine’s podcast "Poptarts" recently, she was in the midst of a whirlwind publicity tour promoting her debut novel, "Any Man." But before she left our studio, I wanted to check in with her about what was next for the #TimesUp movement.

Lights Out Gathering Conjures Memories and a Few Ghosts at the Playhouse

Pittsburgh in the Round: When theatre practitioners gather there are stories to be told. When Point Park University invited former performing arts students and friends to the venerable Pittsburgh Playhouse for a final party on two stages, the event was a sell out. It was a sentimental and vibrant evening–warm hugs and cold drinks on a hot spring night–full of memories, conversations with old friends from past shows and classes, and chances to “be remembered” by writing on surfaces soon to disappear. Think class reunion meets cast party.

Trace Lysette and Jamie Clayton Slam Scarlett Johansson For Trans Role

Variety: The actress is set to star in the crime biopic “Rub & Tug,” based on the real life story of Dante “Tex” Gill. Gill was a trans crime boss of the 1970s who ran several illegal massage parlors. In real life, Gill lived his life as a trans man, which led a lot of folks to inquire why a trans actor wasn’t considered for this role.

Scarlett Johansson Will Play a Trans Man In Her New Movie Apparently Scarlett Johansson didn’t get the memo about how problematic it is for actors to play characters of different racial and gender identities. Despite the whitewashing controversy around Ghost in the Shell, Johansson is reteaming with her Ghost director Rupert Sanders for another problematic portrayal.

Theater professionals of color decry the Muny's casting, unwelcoming culture

St. Louis Public Radio: The boos launched by a group of protesters mid-show at the Muny two weeks ago are continuing to reverberate. Actors and directors of color in St. Louis say it’s time for theaters to stop casting white actors to portray people of color.