CMU School of Drama

Monday, April 22, 2019

Five things every cover letter needs and one thing to delete

www.fastcompany.com: Online job applications have taken the focus off of the cover letter, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Your cover letter is the opportunity to bring your resume to life with additional information. Overlook it and you’re missing a chance to stand out among the other candidates.

12 Peers' "Mythburgh Vol. 3: Episode 2"

Pittsburgh in the Round: Now in its third season, Mythburgh has institutionalized itself as part of the 12 Peers Theater line-up. Each Mythburgh show has only one performance, and to date, all of them have been at the brillobox. Mythburgh features local playwrights adapting area legend and lore.

This immersive theatre project is so psychedelic it's now become a science experiment

WIRED UK: “The show ended, the lights came on, and the guests are lying on their backs, holding hands, shaking, sweating – tears, snot, drool – vibrating, unable to move for about 45 minutes,” says Sean Rogg. Surprisingly, Rogg isn’t describing the scenes of an internment camp or some other unspeakable horror. He’s talking about his latest art piece, Barzakh, an immersive experience like no other.

A Look into Theatre’s FutVRe

HowlRound Theatre Commons: VR and AR are two different monsters. VR hardware is bulky—think HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The headgear is attached to wires, and the system requires a complex camera setup to track the user moving through the room. VR also utilizes controllers to help the user interact with their environment. AR hardware is physically much smaller—think Google Glass. While the ultimate goal of AR is everyday use to augment our reality, the goal of a VR experience is to create an entirely new one.

Radiohead inquest recommends licensing companies that build temporary stages

CBC News: A coroner's inquest into the death of a drum technician who was crushed when a stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto is recommending that companies that build temporary stages for events undergo licensing.

Jurors examining the circumstances surrounding the death of Scott Johnson also suggest that riggers who work on performance venues in Ontario go through a certification process similar to what's in place for electricians.

Theatre of the Torontonians

HowlRound Theatre Commons: If you had asked me four years ago what the Toronto theatre community was like, I’d probably have looked at you blankly. Maybe I would have offered up something about Mirvish, the big commercial theatre company that brings Torontonians the Dear Evan Hansens and the Wickeds of the world, or mentioned the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival, even though you have to drive a couple hours outside of the city to get those major institutions.

Two Cities Getting Arts and Culture Right: Kansas City

www.clydefitchreport.com: Last month, the third season of Queer Eye premiered on Netflix. I confess I binged all eight episodes, mostly because the season was shot for five months in and around Kansas City, a city bridging two red states that I visited recently for the first time. As a 2012 Fulbright Scholar, I was honored to be invited to the US State Department’s Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars in Kansas City on the theme of entrepreneurship in conjunction with the Road to GES Heartland event, attended by Secretary of State Pompeo; GES is the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, being held at The Hague this June.

4 Ways to Use Silence to Enhance Your Productions

Pro Audio Files: When we think about creating music we tend to think about the sounds we want to add. Silence is not something that usually comes to mind. Silence, of course, is what’s left where we don’t add any sounds, but thinking about silence as its own entity gives you the power to use it creatively in your work.

The Story Behind Hollywood Writers vs. Their Agents

The Atlantic: In the summer of 1962, MCA Inc.—the giant Hollywood talent agency so dominant in its field that industry insiders called it The Octopus—acquired a majority stake in Decca Records and Universal Pictures, giving it control of a full-fledged movie studio and a major recording company. For the better part of a decade, MCA had already been the country’s largest creator of television programming. The agency was known for controversially “packaging” its star actors with writing and directing clients into ready-made shows for one-stop, near-monopoly sale to the networks.

To Be Public or Private That’s the Question: A Short Note

The Theatre Times: Around fifteen years ago performing arts in Tehran were bound to perform in six major venues including Vahdat hall, Niāvarān complex, City Theatre Complex, Sangelaj theatre, Iranshahr theatre, and Khāvarān Culture House which were mostly built before the Islamic Revolution (1979), with basic standards of a theatre in terms of structure and facility, such as ventilation, auditorium, dressing room, light designing equipment, control room, light/sound mixing desk, and amplifiers.

27 incredibly useful Google Sheets tips

www.fastcompany.com: I’ll admit it: For the majority of my adult life, spreadsheets have remained shrouded in mystery. I’ve used them plenty, of course–to track income, compare statistics, even maintain databases for various types of work-related info–but I’ve always felt like I’ve barely been scratching the surface of what they’re able to do.

Carnegie Mellon Drama Presents “The Comedy of Errors”

Pittsburgh in the Round: This early (circa 1594) Shakespeare play is often presented as a broad farce with lots of slapstick, mugging, leering and physical hijinks. The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama show directed by the well-traveled Don Wadsworth lives up to that convention, if not more so.
It’s 90 minutes of uninterrupted comedy that the young and fit CMU students perform without letup, jousting with long metal whisks, brooms, umbrellas, a round squash painted with an angry face and even a baguette that functions as a club and part of the male anatomy. Parisian bakers would not be happy.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

Here are the top five comment generating posts of the past week:

Fuck You, Pepsi, and Your Sky-Advertising Satellite Plans

jalopnik.com: If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you’ve lain on your back on the grass at night, and gazed up into the inky, never-ending blackness of the night sky, and marveled at all the stars. While you were losing yourself in vertiginous gazing, I’m sure you were probably thinking “Damn! I sure wish someone was trying to get me to buy something right now!”

The Pros and Cons of Project Management Software

www.entrepreneur.com: For people who are addicted to project management software and tools, there has never been a better time to be alive.

Task management apps, bullet journals, simple lists, Getting Things Done—busy entrepreneurs have a wealth of options from which to choose.

However, one of the foundational questions you’ll need to answer for yourself first is this: “Analog or digital?”

How emotional fears are ruining your career.

www.fastcompany.com: Fear is a powerful tool. It sends a signal to your body when danger is present and tells you when it’s time to run a way. But it can also cripple you from taking positive actions. Your mind sees the possibility of failure as a threat, and you immediately want to protect yourself by staying put and doing nothing.

Interactive dark rides or story-driven ones?

blooloop: To clarify the difference between them, typically the average “interactive” dark ride prominently features some kind of a “gun” device to allow the riders to shoot at targets and obtain a video-game style score at the end. However, not every ride uses a “weapon” theme. Some even go to great lengths to disguise the interactive device to have a non-weapon theme. Yet in the end, guests are still pointing and clicking at targets, usually to get a score.

How Tiffany & Co. Trademarked “Tiffany Blue”

Artsy: In the early 1990s, color went to court. The Chicago-based company Qualitex, which produces green-gold press pads for dry-cleaning plants, sued St. Louis’s Jacobson Products for making the same items in the same hue. The case made it to the Supreme Court, and in his opinion that favored Qualitex, who ultimately won the case, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote: “Color alone, at least sometimes, can meet the basic legal requirements for use as a trademark. It can act as a symbol that distinguishes a firm’s goods and identifies their source, without serving any other significant function.”

Friday, April 19, 2019

What’s Your Vision for a Post-Carbon Arts Sector?

HowlRound Theatre Commons: Sounding an alarm in October 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a special report to warn the world about the impact of the smallest decimal point changes in global warming temperatures above pre-industrial levels. The report also stated that, in order to prevent even larger scale human suffering than we are currently on course to collide with, the world has to commit to drastically reducing global emissions starting now until 2030, or face a point of no return for humanity. This hard deadline implies not just a profound shift in our current lifestyles, but also the creation of entirely new systems and cultural values for how our civilization operates.

The Life Expectancy of a Chain Hoist

What BLUMANO Thinks About: We once had a chat with a rental company – who owned several hundred electric chain hoists about an accident that happened to them. The owner of the company told us that during an installation, part of the chain hoist’s lifting mechanism, which was part of its upper suspension, broke down and the entire machine (with the load lifted) shattered to the ground.

Fortunately, no one was injured or killed, and the matter was settled civilly between lawyers and insurance companies.

Milwaukee 2733 Compact Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw Review – Lighten Up Already!

Home Fixated: Ten years ago, when I had to schlep my big blue miter saw to a job site, I’d sigh, grab it, grunt and go. Now I sigh, pop two precautionary Aleve (three if stairs are involved), mutter some appropriate expletives, and stagger out to the truck with it. That big blue saw does an excellent job of slicing and dicing, but I’ve long thought that about 90% of the cutting I do could be taken care of with a less-monolithic saw.

The Painted Pianos Of Glasgow Piano City

Rosco Spectrum: I was invited to do a workshop at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCoS) by Gary Fry, Lecturer – Scenic Art. Tom Binns, the Project Coordinator for Glasgow Piano City (GPC), was one of the workshop attendees. GPC is a non-profit organization that takes donated pianos and, after decorating them, places those pianos in public spaces around the city for people to play and enjoy.

The Book of Mormon at Heinz Hall through April 21

Theater | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper: The line for The Book of Mormon at Heinz Hall stretched two or three blocks around the building. Though the show premiered in 2011, people are obviously still clamoring to see it. I went in knowing nothing about the musical or the plot, other than it’s about Mormons and is written by the South Park guys (which I also haven’t seen). It's well-acted, well-sung, and very much from 2011.

WGA: 92 Percent of Writers Have Fired Agents

Variety: The Writers Guild of America estimated that over 92% of their members who support a new code of conduct for talent agencies have fired those representatives.

Letters announcing formal termination will be delivered on Monday, the guild said in a late-hitting memo on Thursday, as most agencies will be closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday.

How 'Assassin's Creed Unity' could help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

Business Insider: As images of flames engulfing the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral began spreading on Monday, Maxime Durand initially thought it was a hoax.

"It really took me a full day to put words to the feelings that I had regarding this," Durand told Business Insider in a phone interview on Wednesday.

‘Book of Mormon’ is fun, filthy, albeit standard theater

Pittsburgh Current: This 2011 show is, on one level, about the inexorable – not to say relentless – optimism and good cheer so admired by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Driving that point home book, music and lyrics writers Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone place two numbers back to back at the beginning “Hello” and “Two by Two” that are so high energy you’re exhausted before they’re over.

Hillary and Clinton Broadway Reviews - Critics Ratings

www.broadwayworld.com: Behind closed doors in the state of New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary (Metcalf) is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill (Lithgow), sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don't be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything that can happen, will.

Gaming out Game of Thrones

fxguide: With a team of 30 over 6 months, RealTime UK have produced some breathtaking digital versions of Cersei, Daenerys, Tyrion and more. The work shows both the hardcore artistry from the modellers and artists at the hip indie company, and the depth of technical advance in key technology, especially V-Ray. Work such as this did not seem even possible a year or so ago.

Abalos Researches Music Through Storytelling

www.cmu.edu/news: Carnegie Mellon University student Theresa Abalos wants to help people feel the world through sound.

"Sometimes, you can't articulate why the world is so complex, but you can engage with it by creating something that's breathtaking and moving, often in healing ways," said Abalos, a junior Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) student in global studies and music performance. She's combining her two disciplines through researching musical practices of indigenous musicians of Argentina.

Netflix to Open Production Hub in New York City

Variety: Netflix plans to move into a bigger new office in Manhattan and open a Brooklyn production hub — all told, bringing up to $100 million in investments to New York City and resulting in hundreds of new jobs, according to New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

LDI Announces Pat MacKay Scholarships For Diversity In Design

www.livedesignonline.com: To encourage diversity in the live event design community, LDI, in partnership with TSDCA and USITT, announces three $5,000 Pat MacKay Scholarships for undergraduate students. This scholarship is to support the underrepresented and unique voices in the field of entertainment. These scholarships are funded by LDI/Live Design International.

Donald Duck steals the show in ‘Mickey’s Philharmagic’ 4D concert film coming to Disney California Adventure

Orange County Register: The story told in the new “Mickey’s Philharmagic” 4D concert film coming to Disney California Adventure really belongs to irascible stagehand Donald Duck who steals the show and conducts a symphony orchestra on a journey through classic Disney animated musical sequences.

The 12-minute “Mickey’s Philharmagic” film debuts later this month in the Hollywood Land section of the Anaheim theme park.

Toni-Leslie James Costume Design for White Noise

www.livedesignonline.com: : Award-winning costume designer Toni-Leslie James turned her talents to the world premiere of White Noise, Suzan-Lori Parks’ (SLP) visceral new play about contemporary racism at The Public Theater. Directed by Oskar Eustis in the intimate Anspacher, the play runs through May 5, with sets by Clint Ramos, lighting by Xavier Pierce, sound by Dan Moses Schreier, and projections by Lucy Mackinnon. James talks about her designs for this play fraught with issues that come up in the interracial friendships of Dawn, Ralph, Leo, and Misha.

The Pros and Cons of Project Management Software

www.entrepreneur.com: For people who are addicted to project management software and tools, there has never been a better time to be alive.

Task management apps, bullet journals, simple lists, Getting Things Done—busy entrepreneurs have a wealth of options from which to choose.

However, one of the foundational questions you’ll need to answer for yourself first is this: “Analog or digital?”

Mike808 Creative Director Of Production Club For Experiential Events

www.livedesignonline.com: Live Design's Marian Sandberg chats with Miguel Risueno, aka Mike808, creative director for Production Club, who oversees design and direction for large experiential events and live productions. His credits include the Amazon Web Services re:Play party; private events and installations for Intel, Riot Games, Notch, Game Awards, and Factory93, and tours for Skrillex, Dog Blood, The Chainsmokers, and Zhu, among others.

From Here To There: The Logistics Of Professional Audio

ProSoundWeb: I started out in “show business” as a musician playing in a local band with my high school buddies. Before our first gig we held a band meeting to decide how to get all the stuff to the gig.

Between us there were three cars and a lot of gear. Luckily, back in the 1970s cars were humongous gas guzzlers that could carry an impressive payload. When it came time to pack up the gear from the basement rehearsal “studio” to load into the cars, we thought nothing of carrying everything up the steps from the basement without cases or wheels and lugging the stuff to the cars. After all, we were young lads who didn’t have bad backs (yet).

USA 829 Diversity Committee Adopts Mission and Values Statement

Stage Directions: This Spring, the USA 829 Diversity Committee adopted a Mission and Values Statement. This Statement is the culmination of over two years of work by this committee, and was influenced by committee training, membership surveys, and conversations.

Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito Help Kevin Feige Make Marvel Magic

Variety: The Avengers have taught us anything in their 11 years of cultural and box office dominance, it’s the importance of a superstar team. For Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the success of his crew rises and falls on the contributions of top lieutenants Victoria Alonso and Louis D’Esposito.

As the respective heads of production and co-president of the juggernaut content engine, Alonso and D’Esposito complete a leadership triumvirate that has helped redefine the superhero genre and transform the movie business. But first, the chocolate.

Los Angeles Filming Decreased Between Q1 2018 and 2019

Variety: On-location filming in the Greater Los Angeles area declined 9.1% between the first quarters of 2018 and 2019, according to data from FilmLA.

A slowdown in the production of feature films, television and commercials contributed to the decrease seen in the first few months of this year. Filmmakers logged 8,843 shoot days from January through March, down from the 9,724 days in the first quarter of 2018.

Merce Cunningham ‘Night of 100 Solos’: How L.A. organizers pulled off a dance coup

Los Angeles Times: “Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event” was a celebration of Merce Cunningham on what would have been the 100th birthday of one the most pioneering and influential choreographers in contemporary dance.

Billed as the largest Cunningham event ever, “Night of 100 Solos” took the form of three performances Tuesday, one at the Barbican in London, another at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and the last hosted by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Join Project Engineer, Aaron Benson, as he shares a day in his life at TAIT HQ which includes his design + engineering responsibilities

TAIT: This is Aaron Benson. He’s a Project Engineer for Touring at TAIT. In this episode of #TAITTakeOver, Aaron shares a day in his life at TAIT HQ which includes his design and engineering responsibilities. Join him as he attends meetings, design follow ups, destructive testing and PING PONG! Stick around until the end of the episode to meet Albus, Aaron’s pup.

School District Bans 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' After Protests at High School Performance

OnStage Blog: Last weekend, over 40 Chinese-American protesters gathered in front of Huntington High School opposing the school’s performance of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. The group stated that the musical is racist against Chinese people. In response, the Long Island school’s Superintendent has announced that the show will never be performed in the district again.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What Is a Grip? The Few Women Doing the Job in Hollywood Explain

The New York Times: A recent report hardly painted a rosy picture of the gender balance in Hollywood: Just 4 percent of the top 1,200 movies from the last 12 years had been directed by women. Deep in the report, another jarring figure leapt out at me. Looking at the most lucrative films from 2016 to 2018, researchers found that just four of the 276 key grips working on those films were women.

ETC and Ukrainian Theatre: A Dialogue of Art, Change, and Support

The Theatre Times: As a mid-December snow fell over the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, the European Theatre Convention (ETC) held a series of events related to its four-year-old “Theatre is Dialogue — Dialogue of Cultures” program. Anchored at the historic Kyiv Academic Molodyy Theatre, a few blocks from Independence Square, or Maidan, the presentations by and in support of Ukrainian theatre artists took place weeks after the Kerch Strait incident last year. While the ETC, a network and platform for European theatres, is based in Berlin, the program and its perspective only confirmed all that Ukrainian theatre has to offer Europe and the world.

And The Winner ISN'T: The Biggest Tony Awards Upsets In History (PART ONE)

Theatre Nerds: You’re all dressed up for your big night. For months now you’ve been the talk of the town. The critics love you; the audiences love you, the nominators love you. You already won the Drama Desk a few weeks back, and tonight your show is nominated for more Tony Awards than anything else in the season. Everyone your parents have ever talked to are watching. You deserve this. Truly, you do.

"Crippled," The USCIS, And The Importance Of Disability As Culture

The Theatre Times: Christina was so taken by the piece that she decided to produce the play through her San Francisco based theater company EXIT Theatre. But in order to get Paul (who is Canadian) in the states to perform, the company would have to get him a “P-3 Visa.” A visa made specifically for foreign artists looking to perform in the US.

How Tiffany & Co. Trademarked “Tiffany Blue”

Artsy: In the early 1990s, color went to court. The Chicago-based company Qualitex, which produces green-gold press pads for dry-cleaning plants, sued St. Louis’s Jacobson Products for making the same items in the same hue. The case made it to the Supreme Court, and in his opinion that favored Qualitex, who ultimately won the case, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote: “Color alone, at least sometimes, can meet the basic legal requirements for use as a trademark. It can act as a symbol that distinguishes a firm’s goods and identifies their source, without serving any other significant function.”

Fuck You, Pepsi, and Your Sky-Advertising Satellite Plans

jalopnik.com: If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you’ve lain on your back on the grass at night, and gazed up into the inky, never-ending blackness of the night sky, and marveled at all the stars. While you were losing yourself in vertiginous gazing, I’m sure you were probably thinking “Damn! I sure wish someone was trying to get me to buy something right now!”

Pollstar | Live Sustainability: Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

www.pollstar.com: As we approach the 49th celebration of Earth Day, the issue of sustainability/climate change/environmentalism is in the public consciousness in a way that it’s never before been.

Individuals and organizations around the world engage in activism and advocacy from the international to local levels; various forms of “green” technology and business are being pioneered and expanded to varying degrees of success; and discussions about the impact of humanity’s actions on the environment are taking place with unflagging vigor.

Someone Has To Clean Up After Broadway's Creative Destruction

theconcourse.deadspin.com: If you are familiar with the still boyishly handsome but extremely serious actor Ethan Hawke, you know that when stage directions state that a character he’s portraying onstage wields a golf club and then is “seen smashing typewriter methodically,” Hawke will absolutely be smashing the shit out of a typewriter, on stage. And so it was that, in the Broadway production of True West, Sam Shepard’s 1980 seething, sweaty Pulitzer Prize-winning paean to brotherly enmity, Hawke pounds an old manual typewriter to Hades. The shrill, clanging sound of the carnage ricochets off the highest reaches of the balcony, eight times per week.

WGA-ATA feud: Why the Writers Guild wants screenwriters to fire their agents.

slate.com/culture: What’s with all the fussin’ and a-feudin’ between writers and their agents?

Well, it comes down to a dispute between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents over packaging fees. What’s with phrasing a question about Hollywood business practices like you’re auditioning for Li’l Abner?

Thomas Kail & Everett Bradly to Be Honored by SAY

www.broadwayworld.com: The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY.org) will host its 17th Annual Benefit Gala, honoring long-time SAY supporter and Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail with the Budd Mayer Advocacy Award, and inducting SAY's Musical Director Everett Bradly into the SAY Hall of Fame. Hosted by Broadway's Tony-Award-winning, past SAY Honoree Kelli O'Hara, the benefit gala will take place on Monday, May 13th, 2019 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place), followed by a Chef's Tasting Event at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.

Tradeshow Talk - Prolight + Sound 2019

et cetera...: We packed our bags once again and flew to Frankfurt for Prolight + Sound 2019! Together with High End Systems, we set ourselves up in the new Hall 12.1, across four stands. With tens of thousands of visitors passing through the exhibition, we were in for a busy week… here are some of our highlights

Interactive dark rides or story-driven ones?

blooloop: To clarify the difference between them, typically the average “interactive” dark ride prominently features some kind of a “gun” device to allow the riders to shoot at targets and obtain a video-game style score at the end. However, not every ride uses a “weapon” theme. Some even go to great lengths to disguise the interactive device to have a non-weapon theme. Yet in the end, guests are still pointing and clicking at targets, usually to get a score.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Designer David Zinn Talks SpongeBob SquarePants

Dramatics Magazine: BROADWAY SCENIC and costume designer David Zinn is a multifaceted wizard. With his burly beard and bushy handlebar moustache, he even resembles a crafty oracle who might hold the key to life’s biggest mysteries. What he holds in reality are two Tony Awards for his scenic designs — one in 2016 for The Humans and another for his majestic underwater world of Bikini Bottom in last year’s SpongeBob SquarePants.

the most impressive outdoor installations we saw during milan design week 2019

www.designboom.com: milan design week, that time of the year were all the international design community comes to italy to celebrate design, has come to an end with incredible results in both project quality and record assistance. throughout the week we saw a series of impressive, experimental and aesthetically pleasing installations that filled the city and its alluring outdoor spaces with structures that allowed visitors to reflect — sometimes even literally — on today’s most crucial themes.

Autodesk Gallery at Autodesk University in Las Vegas: Making Mass Customization Easier Customer: Project Frog

It is Alive in the Lab: Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything, but some segments of the general public are not yet aware of that.

I Dream of Movement

Disability Arts Online: Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she was introduced to Jocelene Ramnanan (Josie), a talented dancer and aspiring writer.

Bioplastics bad for environment says recycling expert Arthur Huang

www.dezeen.com: Bioplastics could potentially be worse for the environment than conventional plastics, according to recycling expert Arthur Huang.

Switching to plastic made from plants instead of fossil fuels would require vast amounts of farmland, Huang said. This could could cause environmental problems and deprive humans of food.

How emotional fears are ruining your career.

www.fastcompany.com: Fear is a powerful tool. It sends a signal to your body when danger is present and tells you when it’s time to run a way. But it can also cripple you from taking positive actions. Your mind sees the possibility of failure as a threat, and you immediately want to protect yourself by staying put and doing nothing.

Dialogue: The things that make you fall back in love with theatre

Exeunt Magazine: It’s April, and it’s surprisingly cold, and Fun Home STILL hasn’t got the West End transfer it so richly deserves. So what happens when everything feels a bit grey, and you stop feeling passionate about an artform you’ve spent large portions of your adult life waxing lyrical about? And what makes that feeling come back? In this group piece, Exeunt writers talk about the shifting emotional landscape of their relationship with theatre, and explore what it’s like to fall in, and out, of love.

How artists co-opted surveillance technology

www.creativereview.co.uk: In the late 18th century, the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham designed a type of institutional building and a system of control. He called it The Panopticon.

The design was supposed to be for a prison. It would allow all inmates of an institution to be observed by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. The word reflected the design – Pan – meaning ‘all-inclusive’ and ‘opticon’ meaning observation.

10 Quick Tips: How to Design Good Business Cards (With Guidelines for 2019)

business.tutsplus.com: Small businesses are often discouraged from designing their own business cards, but when you’re just starting out and have limited cash that needs to be allocated strategically, you may have no other choice than to design your own business card.

Pepsi Mercifully Spares Humanity From Its Space Billboards—for Now

gizmodo.com: If there is one thing no one needs, it’s additional spaces for brands to overwhelm humanity with even more advertising. But thanks to capitalism, the sky is evidently the limit.

One startup claims it will offer brands the chance to pollute our night skies with a system of teeny, reflective satellites used to replicate the logos and messages of paying clients.

TV writers help each other find work after firing agents

www.fastcompany.com: Saturday was TV writer Ben Blacker‘s birthday. To celebrate, he spent it reading scripts from other writers who, like him, had just fired their agents.

“It didn’t feel like a chore; it felt really exciting,” says Blacker, the host of the Writers Panel podcast, whose credits include Supernatural and The Thrilling Adventure Hour. “I only wish I had a show to staff.”

“The Burdens” at City Theatre

The Pittsburgh Tatler: Words, such tricky things! So vital to our survival as social creatures, yet so easily mis-fired or mis-taken, particularly when they are zinging back and forth between two phones, subjected to the evils of autocorrect and deprived of the saving grace of vocal inflection.

Hollywood Writers Have Fired Their Agents; Here's Why

www.forbes.com: Fans of various television series and films who follow writers of said projects on Twitter were met with something very different this past Friday afternoon - a deluge of tweets featuring a form letter displaying those writers announcing a cutting of ties with their agencies. But, while Friday’s action may have been introductory for some, it’s actually the end of the beginning of a war that’s been brewing between writers and their representation for the past twelve months.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Radiohead stage death inquest brings 'some closure'

BBC News: A Canadian coroner's inquest has brought "some closure" to the family of a Radiohead drum technician killed in a stage collapse.

UK native Scott Johnson died in 2012 at Toronto's Downsview Park when the stage roofing buckled and fell.

Seven years later, an Ontario inquest has wrapped up hearings into Johnson's death and the causes of the tragedy.

The inquest has now released series of recommendations aimed at preventing similar such incidents.

Writers Rally Behind WGA as Agents Warn of ‘Chaos’

Variety: As the industry awaits the fallout from the split between writers and Hollywood’s established talent agents, many WGA members spent the weekend rallying support for the guild’s position and working to establish online networks to connect writers with prospective employers.

Meanwhile, the Association of Talent Agents vowed to dig in on its opposition to the WGA’s reform of the rules that govern talent agents who represent WGA members.

Predicting the Next Big Names in Costume Design for 25 Years

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: Where do you look to find the next big name in theatrical costume design? For the past quarter century, the winners of the Young Master Award at the annual TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards have been a great predictor. Named for legendary costume designer Irene Sharaff, the event celebrates its 25th edition on Friday, April 26 at the Edison Ballroom. While the two big honorees are industry veterans -- Tony-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty and two-time Tony-winning scenic designer John Lee Beatty -- Young Master recipient Mio Guberinic is still an up-and-comer. Judging from his predecessors, he won't have to wait too long for his time to arrive.

Trip into another dimension on Meow Wolf's first dark ride

www.themeparkinsider.com: The popular arts entertainment group Meow Wolf just debuted its first-ever ride experience in Denver. The city’s Elitch Gardens is now home to “Kaleidoscape,” an immersive shooter ride that takes theme park visitors on a dazzling, neon-tinted journey “through the multiverse.”

A Thoughtful Appreciation of 'Star Wars'

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: Anyone who buys a ticket for A Musical About Star Wars is presumably familiar with George Lucas' space opera franchise. But with its Ewok and Wookiee growls, Wilhelm scream cues and other trivia and minutiae, this show isn't so much about Star Wars as it is about its fans.

In a snug Theatre Row house Off-Broadway, two real-life fanboys, Taylor Crousore and Scott Foster, are trying out a stage celebration of Star Wars they hope to perform at Comic Con.

Boston Theater Critics Association Announces The 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards Nominations; Broadway-Bound JAGGED LITTLE PILL Leads With Six Noms

www.broadwayworld.com: Two dozen nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA), with winners to be revealed at the 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7 PM, at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

The TEA Summit shows how artists make the impossible happen

www.themeparkinsider.com: Amanda Beach, Bruce Zimmerman, and Michael Patterson (above) actually asked themselves that same question as they took the stage Friday to talk about their upcoming Thea Award for the Evel Knievel Museum during the TEA Summit's Case Studies day. How a team of people who restored and sold Harley-Davidson motorcycles for a living ended up building an award-winning themed attraction far off the tourist path provided what might have been the day's best illustration of the creative process that drives this industry.

WGA Members Post Termination Letters

Variety: High-profile members of the Writers Guild of America, including Patton Oswalt, David Simon, Shawn Ryan, Michael Schur, John August, Amy Berg, Danny Zuker and many more have gone public with letters formally firing their agents in compliance with the WGA’s order to do so.

Why Film Budgets Are Important, Beyond The Cost Of Production

www.forbes.com: A film’s budget plays a dominant role throughout the film’s life cycle—with implications going far beyond the mere cost of the film. Perhaps the most tangible aspect of a film’s budget is that the amount that distributors will pay for a film is almost always calculated as a percentage of the budget (the “budget/sales corollary”), regardless of the script, the cast or anything else.

Missing Link Director Chris Butler on Crafting A Stop Motion Action Film

Collider: Imagine all the intricacies that go into staging an action sequence: the stunts, choreography, rehearsing, and timing. Now imagine that same process – but in stop-motion animation. A simple ten second shot of, say, Tom Cruise running down a freeway takes hours to set up and shoot traditionally, but in stop-motion: that same shot takes days, if not weeks, to film. This brings us to Missing Link, the latest stop-motion feature from Laika Studios, a globe-trotting action adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones.

How the Bill Gates-Steve Jobs Musical 'Nerds' Became a Debacle

Hollywood Reporter: On March 8, 2016, the cast of Nerds, a musical based on the lives of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, was working up a sweat inside an Eighth Avenue rehearsal studio. Previews at Broadway's Longacre Theatre were just two weeks away, and the ensemble was running through a big gospel number called "Think Different," a nod to the iconic Apple advertising slogan. They made it all the way to the song's rousing final lyric — "Liiiiiiive yoooour dream!" — when they noticed the creative team had left the room.

How Australian theatre rebalanced its gender disparity

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): In 2009, director Neil Armfield stood on the stage at Sydney's Belvoir St Theatre and announced, for his swansong season as artistic director of the company he co-founded, a season of shows almost exclusively written and directed by men.

It was a moment that prompted considerable scrutiny of industry-wide gender disparity.

In that year, at the eight best-funded Australian theatre companies — members of the Major Performing Arts Group (MPAG) — just 24 per cent of plays were written by women, and 24 per cent were directed by women. A staggering 86 per cent of productions had at least one man as writer or director.