CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Architecture's dying art

The Washington Times: "The shift from pen, pencil and paper to keyboard, mouse and screen began in the early 1990s when computer-aided drafting, known as CAD, became an affordable, efficient tool for churning out construction drawings. Today, CAD is a fixture of architecture firms and schools, where students learn to design on the screen rather than at the drafting board or in sketchbooks."

Amid struggles, arts center chief got $1.2m bonus

The Boston Globe: "Not long before the Citi Performing Arts Center decided to make drastic cuts to its popular summer production of Shakespeare on the Boston Common, its board agreed to pay president and CEO Josiah Spaulding Jr., a $1.265 million bonus."

Studios Stockpiling Projects in Case of Strike

Backstage: "It's official: Studio stockpiling shaped a 21% surge in Los Angeles-area production days in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago."

How To Answer Common Job Interview Questions "Most job interviews run the same way, with the same kind of questions. “Why do you want this job?” and “Why should we hire you?” are just a couple that you’ve probably heard a hundred times. But are you preparing yourself for these common interview questions?"

Science Center needs volunteer 'Bodies'

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The Carnegie Science Center is recruiting volunteers to help with the upcoming 'Bodies ... The Exhibition' exhibit, which opens Oct. 8 for an eight-month run."

PLAYBILL ON CLOSING NIGHT: Beauty and the Beast — A Roaring Success

Playbill News: "A 'tale as old as time' reached the end of the line July 29 when Beauty and the Beast gave its 5,464th — and final — Broadway performance and at last took its leave of the Lunt-Fontanne, secure in its slot as the sixth longest-running show in Main Stem history."

Ring Bells, Sing Songs: NAMT Unveils Titles and Authors for 2007 Musicals Fest

Playbill News: "The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) has announced the selections for its 19th Annual Festival of New Musicals to be held at New World Stages in Manhattan Oct. 7-8."

Bolshoi may miss 2008 overhaul deadline

Reuters: "Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre may not be able to reopen in 2008 as planned because its renovation has been mired in unexpected problems and expense, the state agency paying for the works said on Tuesday."

Broadway bets two can draw a crowd (2007-07-05)

PRI: "Broadway's final entries for the 2007 season all feature unlikely twosomes in unique relationships. 'Deuce,' 'Lovemusik,' and '110 in the Shade' spotlight pairs of people who are thrown together and share adventure, love, conflict, and the ravages of time."

Dancap shoots for the big leagues "Dan's Dancap Productions has joined Elephant Eye Theatrical, a three-year-old production alliance of two other commercial producers and 12 non-profit theatrical groups."

NBC Ships Workers Across the Hudson

Show Business Weekly: "As New York City considers a congestion tax, NBC is potentially saving 1,000 entertainment workers money by transferring them to New Jersey."


Show Business Weekly: "Negotiations continued this week between the League of American Theatre and Producers and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. At the heart of the talks is the producers’ desire to cut costs by limiting the number of stagehands hired per show. Currently, theaters are required to hire the same number of stagehands every day during a show’s set up, whether there is work for those employees to do or not. Theaters are also obligated to pay a stagehand for at least 3.5 hours per performance call, even if that stagehand doesn’t work that amount of time."

CT’s flagship theater company escapes death

Show Business Weekly: "From riches to rags and back again, Connecticut’s Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, one of the country’s leading theatrical institutions, has survived a recent brush with debt. The appointment of 25-year-old Preston Whiteway, the O’Neill’s new executive director, marks a stark turnaround for the center as it ushers in its first profitable season since 2001."

West End theatres 'Olympic-ed' out of £125m regeneration aid

The Stage: "West End theatre owners’ hopes of a £125 million public cash injection to help renovate their ageing buildings have been put on hold by the 2012 Olympics."

Virtual audience to watch musical online

The Stage: "Internet-based virtual world Second Life is to stage its first ever online musical, Joined at the Heart, this week.

Set up by Fusion Unity, the technicians who streamed the website’s first interactive comedy gig with Jimmy Carr, the production can be viewed by any of the seven million Second Life ‘residents’ around the world when it is streamed live on August 4 at 7.30pm."

Aaron Sorkin to return to Broadway "The creator of television's 'The West Wing' and 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' will return to Broadway this fall with 'The Farnsworth Invention,' his new play about the birth of television."

ARRI Improves Mobility for Series D Softbank Kits

Lighting&Sound America Online: "In production, there is always gear to be carried. At ARRI, after re-evaluating it Series D Lighting Kits, the company decided to improve handling and mobility further by providing wheels as an option on their compact cases."

Salary, Gender and the Social Cost of Haggling

By Shankar Vedantam

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 30, 2007; Page A07

Washington Post Article

Linda Babcock, the professor noted in this article, was my negotiation instructor last year. I had the privilege of hearing about the recently published study discussed in this article during one of her school-wide lectures as well as periodically throughout the class. This article is a pretty brief overview, but a very worthwhile read none-the-less. Her research is quite remarkable.
If you're interested in learning more about her earlier research, she wrote a great book called "Women Don't Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation--and Positive Strategies for Change"

It's a great read for both men and women, supervisors and applicants.


Wendy - DRA '05 PTM

Monday, July 30, 2007

West Side Story at 50

Times Online: "Not many musicals make musical history. Once the template is set – the hoofing, the ballads, the knees-up at the end – you know the score, and instant familiarity beats innovation.

But the 1957 production that unleashed Bernstein’s fizzing West Side Story on an unprepared Broadway audience threw out the old formulas."

The Importance of a Central Project List "I can’t escape the fact that having a real centralized project list for the things I’m doing is helping. I want to believe that I have tons of excess capacity in my brain. I want to think that I remember everything I’ve got on the go. But I don’t. And maybe you don’t, either."

SAG Reaffirms 'Phase One' with AFTRA

Backstage: "SAG won't let its hard feelings toward AFTRA derail labor solidarity in upcoming contract talks.

That's the upshot of a daylong board meeting Saturday at SAG headquarters in Los Angeles -- though like most Hollywood labor matters, the matter is a bit more complicated than that."

Another 'Frankenstein' to Scare Off-Broadway

Backstage: "In a curious bit of timing, Frankenstein, a new Off-Broadway musical at 37 Arts Theater, will begin performing Oct. 10, one day before Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein begins its previews on Broadway. The Off-Broadway Frankenstein will bow Nov. 1, while Brooks' spin on the legend opens Nov. 8 at the Hilton Theatre."

Lohan's Troubles Bring Up Insurability Issue

Backstage: "'For a price, anything can be done, although an insurance carrier can make things so unpalatable that at times the makers of the film just won't be interested,' said Ross Miller, partner with insurance brokerage D.R. Reiff & Associates Inc."

Cast realizes potential of 'Leading Ladies'

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "When the heat is on, there's no better theatrical entertainment than a breezy, giddy farce that creates a whirlwind of much ado about hardly anything."

Women give different perspective of 'Full Monty'

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "When 'The Full Monty' takes the stage, the spotlight is on the men.

That's only natural."

Morgan's Frost/Nixon Earns Back Money on Broadway; Tour Slated for 2008

Playbill News: "Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon recouped its initial Broadway investment in 14 weeks, the producers announced late July 30."

If you go: Stratford Festival essentials

Post Gazette

Stage Reviews: Among Stratford's 14 plays, these 2 draw varied reactions

Post Gazette: "In its 55th season, the Stratford Festival, the biggest repertory theater in English-speaking North America, is humming along, benefiting from its recent physical upgrades and with 14 varied shows running in its four theaters. But it is also experiencing change, because Richard Monette, its longest serving artistic director, is retiring after this year, his 14th."

OJT Facts: Production technician (stagehand) "OJT Production technician (stagehand)

What: Working with the sound, light and stage crew for a concert at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights."

Chuck Yarborough moonlights as a stagehand-roadie at Cain Park "It takes five people (and one journalist-supervisor) to heft the cover off the massive soundboard used by acoustic band Nickel Creek.

Fans are still leaving Nickel Creek's concert at Cain Park when reporter-turned-roadie Chuck Yarborough begins the tear-down of the guitar station."

Sunday, July 29, 2007

j-o-b TD

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – The Geffen Playhouse (LORT B) seeks a Technical Director to oversee technical operations of scenic, property, lighting and sound departments. TD prepares scenic bid packages including appropriate drawings and specifications, coordinates construction activity with commercial scene shop and schedules, staffs and supervises load-in, work calls and strike. You know the rest. Full job description is available upon request. Candidate must exhibit strong leadership skills and the ability to work constructively with artistic team, vendors and staff. Cover letter and resume to: Daniel Ionazzi Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 or

The Penelopiad: Margaret Atwood's novel arrives on British stage with help from some Canadian friends "It's The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood's 2005 revisionist version of The Odyssey, which opens Thursday at the Swan Theatre, a co-production between Canada's National Arts Centre and England's Royal Shakespeare Company."

Ending tax burden should help arts blossom

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Being the third year in a row in which Pittsburgh has been recognized in this way, this project joins a long list of city projects previously recognized, including Jenny Holzer's 'For Pittsburgh' at the convention center (2006), Two Girls Working's 'Trappings: Pittsburgh public bus installation' (2006), Ned Kahn's 'Articulated Cloud' at the Childrens' Museum (2005) and 'Freight and Barrell' by Steven Siegel commissioned by the Three River Arts Festival (2005)."

Rendezvous at Rydell High, Off 42nd Street

New York Times: "Yet the only certified theatrical occurrence happening here is on the stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, where Ms. Osnes is starring in the $10 million revival of “Grease,” currently in previews and set to open on Aug. 19. Her rendezvous is with Max Crumm, the Danny to her Sandy at rock ’n’ roll Rydell High thanks to their acing the test for their lead roles in the 12-week talent contest on NBC last spring called “Grease: You’re the One That I Want.”"

'Full Monty' gears up

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Robert Newman (TV's 'Guiding Light') and Joanna Glushak were rehearsing last week to play Harold and Vicki in the 2000 musical comedy, which is about laid-off steel workers who put on a risque show to regain their self-confidence."

Stage Reviews: Shaw Festival mixes comedy and drama with aplomb

Piitsburgh Post-Gazette: "The Shaw concentrates on works of the past 150 years -- roughly, from the lifetime of its namesake, G.B. Shaw (1856-1950), plus more recent plays that deal with that same period. This year, the bill of fare has its usual tilt toward comedy, with only Shaw's 'St. Joan' and Tennessee Williams' 'Summer and Smoke' marking the tragic end of the spectrum. But most of the comedies are the thoughtful, mixed comedy/drama associated with Shaw, and even the musicals, 'Mack and Mabel' and 'Tristan,' have tragic dimension."

Bond Is Syracuse Stage's New Producing Artistic Director and New Head of S.U. Drama

Playbill New: "Timothy Bond has been named producing artistic director of Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University department of drama, effective immediately.

Bond, 48, will be Syracuse Stage's fourth artistic leader in its nearly 35-year history, and its first 'producing artistic director' since Arthur Storch held the position from 1974 to 1992. As producing artistic director for both Syracuse Stage and S.U. Drama, Bond 'will oversee the valuable nexus between Syracuse Stage and the department, which constitutes a 'teaching hospital' relationship between the two,' according to the announcement. Syracuse Stage and S.U. Drama are housed in the Regent Theatre Complex in Syracuse, NY."

O'Neill Center Will Honor "Papa" Lloyd Richards July 29 in CT

Playbill News: "The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, in Waterford, CT, will pay tribute to the life and career of the late Lloyd Richards 2 PM July 29.

Friends and colleagues will recall the late director, who played an active role nurturing writers and others at The O'Neill Center, where he was artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference 1968-99. Many of the scores of actors, directors, designers and playwrights who worked with Richards at the O'Neill over the years lovingly referred to him as 'Papa.'"

Beauty Fades: Disney's First Broadway Musical Closes July 29

Playbill News: "After a 13-year run, the first Disney musical to arrive on Broadway, Beauty and the Beast, plays its final performance July 29. The closure will allow the latest Disney offering, The Little Mermaid, to make its home at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this fall."

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week In Tools

Toolmonger: "It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger. If you’ve been spending time in the shop — you should! — and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts, which our readers helped to select"

"Mermaid": When you see it, tell us about it here

The Denver Post: "This entire run in Denver is considered a development, or 'preview' period. It's about testing and tinkering in advance of December's Broadway opening. So the show may change vastly between now and September. That's one reason critics are not allowed to review the show during its first month. Until then, the show must be allowed to find its (sea) legs. The Denver Post's review is scheduled to appear Aug. 26."

I Wanna Be A Producer...

Summer Program Adventures 2007: "Kate also directed a new play, BURYING BARBIE, written by recent Carnegie Mellon alum Chris Dimond."

“The Little Mermaid”~ Pre-Broadway Engagement, OPENING NIGHT!!

I LOVE Live Theatre!: "I had been wondering how they would make the fish and merfolk move around the stage. Surely they would not suspend all of them on wires to make them swim through the sea . . . no instead, they coasted with ease across the stage on what else? Heelys!!! It was very cool how they incorporated those shoes into the costumes. Basically, the merfolk had long, skirt like costumes with a mermaid tale curving out the back so if they were to lean over behind something (their legs disappearing) they looked like a mermaid. The skirt-like costumes hid their legs and your eyes were drawn more to the mermaid tales. When they coasted it appeared that they were swimming. Pretty cool."

Friday, July 27, 2007

Broadway Union, Management Agree on One Thing: Higher Prices "The contract between Broadway producers and unionized stagehands will expire Sunday with a distinctly undramatic absence of shaking fists, angry placards and picket-line chants. There will be no strike and no interruption of box-office business-as-usual, certainly not during one of the busiest times of the year as tourists flood the city.

The two sides took a recess last week until after the contract runs out, and this being one labor-management showdown in which all parties can generally afford summer homes, who can blame them? After all, the only certain outcome of the negotiations is that when the dust settles, everyone will claim victory -- and ticket prices will go up."

'Vision fulfilled': Downtown venues plan passes "Orange County leaders late Thursday approved a $1.1 billion plan for a new arena, performing-arts center and major Florida Citrus Bowl upgrades in downtown Orlando that supporters vowed would bring boundless new jobs and entertainment to the region."

3D Modeling 7: EXTRUDE

Daily Autocad: "EXTRUDE command is one of the command that I like to use when modeling 3D solids. Just like I use to do in my previous articles, I will not only explain about the command but give you two examples for you to practice how to use the command. Previously, our friend Özgür already wrote an article about this command. I suggest you to read his Command:_EXTRUDE article.

Command profiles that you can access through toolbar or DASHBOARD can help you to create a path or a solid model by extruding by a certain height. Let’s see the most primitive way of using the command."

Public Launches Program for Emerging Writers "The Public Theater has launched an initiative for playwrights at the earliest stages of their careers to cultivate new voices for the theatre and to make it more diverse. Through an open application process, the Public will select 12-15 emerging playwrights to join the Emerging Writers Group for one year."

Distaff and Distinguished: The new wave of women directors "There's a preconceived notion of what a Hollywood director is supposed to look like. 'He's 25 to 45 and has that kind of scruffy, slightly rumpled look,' says Kasi Lemmons, the filmmaker behind Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine, and the recently released Talk to Me. 'And he's a white man.' She laughs, gesturing to her flowing dreadlocks and decidedly nonscruffy appearance. 'I do not fit that aesthetic.'"

Advice for Students: 10 Steps Toward Better Writing "Writing well is easily one of the most sought-after and useful skills in the business world. Ironically, it is one of the rarest and most undervalued skills among students, and few professors have the time, resources, or skills to teach writing skills effectively. What follows are a handful of tips and general principles to help you develop your writing skills, which will not only improve your grades (the most worthless indicator of academic progress) but will help develop your ability to think and explain the most difficult topics. Although directed at students, most of this advice applies equally well to any sort of writing; in the end, good writing is not limited to one context or another."

First Look at Tim Burton "Sweeney Todd" Movie Poster Revealed at Comic-Con

Playbill News: "Seated in a barber's chair with legs splayed, lead actor Johnny Depp — in full 'Sweeney' mode with pin-striped pants, double-breasted vest and a streak of white hair — wields a foreboding straight blade in his London loft. The Palace of Westminster Clock Tower looms in the distance as blood seeps between the cracks of the wooden floorboards. The tag reads 'Never Forget Never Forgive.'"

Disneyland to Host World Premiere of "High School Musical 2"

Playbill News: "California's Disneyland Resort will host the world premiere of Disney Channel's 'High School Musical 2' Aug. 14. Stars of the movie, along with director-choreographer Kenny Ortega and other celebrity guests, will appear."

Thursday, July 26, 2007

AFTRA, IATSE Develop Closer Relationship

Backstage: "The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced today that it will seek a closer association with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, the main entertainment trades union. AFTRA and IATSE said in a news release that they would form committees to 'explore opportunities for cooperative efforts and a closer strategic alliance.'"

Broadway Union, Management Agree on One Thing: Higher Prices Muse: "The contract between Broadway producers and unionized stagehands will expire Sunday with a distinctly undramatic absence of shaking fists, angry placards and picket-line chants. There will be no strike and no interruption of box-office business-as-usual, certainly not during one of the busiest times of the year as tourists flood the city."

Creative Commons for education

Boing Boing: "Today Creative Commons announced ccLearn, a new division devoted to promoting the use of freely copyable materials for classrooms and education."

Don’t Be Eeyore "Hopefully, we’ve learned to put negative thoughts out of our mind when we face a crisis, but what about the more pervasive, low-grade negativity we create and even embrace in the act of working our ways through our lives? A lot of people seem to sabotage themselves not so much by being unable to deal with crises but by creating them out of thin air. How can we avoid being an “Eeyore“, someone who sucks the energy out of a room and out of ourselves?"

Stagehands Bracing for Broadway Showdown

New York Times: "Starting next week members of Local One, the union that represents the hundreds of carpenters, electricians, props workers and sound technicians on Broadway, will be reporting to work without a contract with the League of American Theaters and Producers."

PG South previews: 'Charley's Aunt' never seems to age

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "As actors and backstagers will tell you, just because something's been around a while doesn't mean it's any less vibrant or effective. That goes for plays and players both.

At Little Lake Theater, Director Carol Lauck pointed out that the farce 'Charley's Aunt,' which opens tonight, debuted in 1892."

Stage Review: 'The Love Talker' is an atmospheric trip

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "The atmosphere -- 'Love Talker' is all about dream/nightmare atmosphere -- is set right off with moss-garlanded trees, a rough-hewn cabin and what sounds like an antique ballad of the 'Barbara Allen' ilk. In this 'jaggedy end of the world,' Bun is trying to care for and protect her younger sister, Gowdie, who is growing into sexually curious young adulthood."

Hipsters Unite: Williamsburg! The Musical Announces Fringe Casting

Playbill News: "The world premiere of Williamsburg! The Musical has announced full cast and creative team for its upcoming production in the New York International Fringe Festival.

Written by Nicola Barber, Will Brumley, Brooke Fox and Kurt Gellersted, Williamsburg! The Musical features music by Gellersted, lyrics by Fox and will be directed and choreographed by Deborah Wolfson."

Anglo-Hungarian playwright George Tabori dies at 93

Reuters: "George Tabori, a Hungarian-born playwright and director regarded as one of the most significant figures in 20th-century theater, died Monday at the age of 93, a spokesman for the Berliner Ensemble theater said."

Commentary :: Feedback: Gamers and artists (xhtml)

:: ::: "Many readers have responded to 'Games vs. Art: Ebert vs. Barker.' Here's a sampling:"

Commentary :: Games vs. Art: Ebert vs. Barker (xhtml)

:: ::: "A year or so ago, I rashly wrote that video games could not be art. That inspired a firestorm among gamers, who wrote me countless messages explaining why I was wrong, and urging me to play their favorite games. Of course, I was asking for it. Anything can be art. Even a can of Campbell's soup. What I should have said is that games could not be high art, as I understand it."

j-o-b TD

Technical Director – Pittsburgh Public Theater (LORT B) is seeking a technical director for union scene shop. Candidate must possess a thorough knowledge of construction, automation, rigging, AutoCAD and have a valid driver's license. Duties include drafting, budget management, scheduling, supervision of build and load-in crews, and maintenance of shop equipment and inventory. Must be able to analyze designs for costs and deliver finished scenery on time. The theater is an intimate 650-seat thrust, so quality workmanship is essential. Experienced applicants send letter and resume to: Payroll & Benefits Coordinator, Pittsburgh Public Theater, 621 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; Fax (412) 316-1624.

Free Outdoor 'Tempest' Will Blow Into Riverbank State Park in Harlem

Yahoo! News: "Riverbank State Park is at 145th Street and Riverside Drive. The 'multi-ethnic, open air production' continues through Aug. 26, and is the third annual Harlem Summer Shakespeare work - a feature of Harlem Week."

DeYoung's 'Hunchback' to Get Chicago Run, Along With 'Bare' and 'Zanna, Don't!'

Yahoo! News: "Artistic director David Zak announced Off-Broadway's youthful Zanna, Don't! (by Tim Acito) and Bare (by John Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo) will be seen in 2007, followed in the spring by A Man of No Importance, based on the film of the same name, penned by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Bare and Zanna, Don't are Windy City premieres; Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park, IL, has produced Man of No Importance."

Disney-branded films to ban depictions of smoking

Yahoo! News: "Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday became the first major Hollywood studio to ban depictions of smoking, saying tobacco use would be off-limits in its family-oriented, Disney-branded films and 'discouraged' in films distributed by its Touchstone and Miramax labels."

Can films ever make great plays?

Guardian Unlimited: "The point is, film remains so ubiquitous and omnipresent a cultural form that it all but swamps the most potent attempts to theatricalise its banner achievements. Perhaps that's one reason why more films than ever these days are transformed into stage musicals - and then back into movies again (like Hairspray or The Producers), this time with added song and dance."

Command: _EXTRUDE

Daily Autocad: "Modeling toolbox is a new feature in AutoCAD 2007. However, most of the tools that it includes already exist in previous versions of AutoCAD. EXTRUDE command is one of the most popular methods that is used for converting 2 dimensional entities into 3 dimensional solid entities."

The One Thing I Learned From Jerry McGuire "You had me at ‘Hello’. What a corny movie. But I was thinking about what the character in the movie Jerry McGuire is forced to do, and as a result allows him to succeed.
It was focus."

Sea Tale: Disney's The Little Mermaid Begins Denver Run July 26

Playbill News: "Sierra Boggess in rehearsal for The Little Mermaid.
As Disney's first stage musical, Beauty and the Beast, plays its final week on Broadway, the company's latest offering, The Little Mermaid, begins its pre-Broadway engagement July 26 at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Ellie Caulkins Opera House."

Playwright's 'Ladies' calls close to home

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The mad-cap mishaps and susceptible situations that unfold in 'Leading Ladies' are a signature of playwright Ken Ludwig's plays -- and they aren't so far-removed from his life."

'Snow White' follows traditional trail

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "No valiant prince rides in on a white horse in the Johnny Appleseed Children's Theater production of 'Snow White.'"

Classic 'Camelot' still shines at CLO

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Those of us of a certain age retain a nostalgic fondness for the musical 'Camelot.'
Its foremost attraction is lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe's score of classic and romantic songs."

'Chicago' provides plenty of razzle-dazzle

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The national touring company of 'Chicago' has returned again through Sunday at Heinz Hall as a non-subscriber presentation of the PNC Broadway Across America -- Pittsburgh series."

Stage Review: 'Cannery Row' is unwieldy fun

Post Gazette: "To start, I was uncomfortable at 'Cannery Row,' partly because of the amateurish acting and partly because of the sprawling story, adapted from Steinbeck's loosely structured 1945 novel set in the Depression among the human flotsam of the Monterey, Calif., waterfront."

Stage Preview: CLO doesn't pussyfoot around with 'Cats'

Post Gazette: "After a week free to concentrate on rehearsing, abandoning us to make do with a ho-hum touring production of 'Camelot,' the 2007 CLO company reclaimed its Benedum Center base Tuesday with a winning version of the all-time popular dansical, 'Cats.'"

AFTRA forges alliance with IATSE

The Hollywood Reporter: "AFTRA continues to reshape its labor community posture.
The 70,000-member union, which represents performers and other artists, said Wednesday that it has struck a 'strategic alliance' with IATSE, the crafts and trades union with about 110,000 members, including an estimated 30,000 members in Los Angeles alone."

AFTRA, IATSE team on joint efforts "AFTRA and IATSE say they're going to work closer together -- but have no plans to merge.
The unions said Wednesday that they've created committees to explore opportunities for cooperation and a closer strategic alliance, such as unionizing non-union productions."

Local One - League of American Theaters and Producers

New York Times: "Starting next week members of Local One, the union that represents the hundreds of carpenters, electricians, props workers and sound technicians on Broadway, will be reporting to work without a contract with the League of American Theaters and Producers."

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Brazen Careerist

Six Productivity Tips to Put Time on Your Side: "It's telling that some of the most popular blogs focus on productivity. I learned this when I interviewed productivity gurus about their best time-management tips last year. How to get more things done is a hot topic for young people, and one that has seemingly endless angles."


Modelmaking Made Easy: A Foamboard Rabbet Cutter

Toolmonger: "Any foam-core modeler will tell you that it’s important to make a corner that looks flawless so you can easily paint it and finish it out. A good way to do that is to use a rabbet cut — a notch cut along the length of the edge in question — to mate the two pieces. The bad news? Cutting rabbets in foamboard is a pain — unless you’ve got a foamboard rabbet cutter like this one."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Bloomberg Announces Plan to Shore Up Arts in Schools

New York Times: "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city’s Department of Education will require all schools to maintain arts programs, and that principals will be rated in their annual reviews on how well they run those programs."

Primary Steps Toward Theatre School "As a first step toward launching a theatre school, Primary Stages Company will be offering a series of 10-week intensive courses this fall in playwriting, acting, producing, and on-camera technique. These classes will be taught by Casey Childs (founder and executive producer of Primary Stages), Andrew Leynse (artistic director), and Elliot Fox (managing director) along with other theatre professionals."

Westward Home? "After enough years crowded into subway trains and tiny, overpriced apartments, however, many a 'serious' New York actor will consider becoming a 'working' Los Angeles actor. Although several of the transplants we spoke with were already fairly established actors before moving to L.A., you do not necessarily have to be doing as well as they were to find success on the opposite coast. They say of New York: If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere -- but just because you didn't make it there doesn't mean you won't make it somewhere else."

UK rejects music copyright extension

Reuters: "The British government rejected a plea to extend copyright laws for sound recordings to beyond 50 years on Tuesday, prompting the music industry to accuse it of not supporting musicians and artists."

Great White Way is hopelessly devoted to Grease

Reuters: "Tuesday night, the latest incarnation of 'Grease' begins the preview process at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and like 'Les Miserables,' it is certainly one of the fastest returns to Broadway any long-run legiter ever made."

College of Fine Arts Announcement

Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts Announcement:
Podcast with Noel Zahler, Miller Gallery, Future Tenant (Call for Artists), PGH events

LabA6 Podcast ____________________________________________________________

Get acquainted with composer Noel Zahler, who is beginning his first year as head of the School of Music. Join him, Jeff Nytch, and Nathan Hall for a discussion of trends in contemporary music and how technology has been applied to the arts. Also, find out how and why new music is commissioned and how new music impacts audiences.

Marge Myers, associate director, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

Noel Zahler, head, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music Jeff Nytch, vice president for artistic development, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Nathan Hall, graduate student, School of Music


Regina Gouger Miller Gallery ______________________________________________

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University will present an exhibition of furniture pieces and other work created by Japanese-American artist and architect George Nakashima. The exhibition, which runs from Aug. 31 through Oct. 21, will showcase approximately 15 pieces of furniture from Carnegie Mellon's collection, as well as historical photographs and original design sketches. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. All events and exhibitions at the gallery are free and open to the public.

Rachel Delphia, an adjunct professor in the School of Design, is curating the exhibition with help from a team of design students. "I first noticed Nakashima's furniture at Carnegie Mellon when I was a student, and I remember thinking that it was too beautiful to be hiding in offices," said Delphia, a 2002 graduate of the College of Fine Arts. "I feel very privileged to have the chance to reveal the collection at this point and to celebrate it with the campus community."

Carnegie Mellon owns about 60 pieces of Nakashima furniture, most of which was installed in 1965 and 1966 at the request of interior designer Paul Planert. Nakashima was a primary player in the American studio furniture movement, and his daughter, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, has revived his business in New Hope, Pa. Nakashima, who referred to himself by the traditional title "woodworker," created one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that revealed the natural beauty of each piece of wood that he used. Since Nakashima's death in 1990, his furniture has become highly collectible, with art historians praising the work for its simple aesthetic. Major museums around the country, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, have acquired pieces of Nakashima's furniture.

A full-color catalog created by Delphia will be available for purchase at the exhibition. The catalog features Carnegie Mellon's Nakashima collection, published in its entirety for the first time. The catalogue will be available at the exhibition Web site at To listen to a news podcast with Delphia visit and click on the link "News: Nakashima Furniture Exhibit."

The Miller Gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage on Forbes Avenue, just east of the Morewood Avenue intersection. For more information, call 412-268-3618.

Future Tenant _____________________________________________________________

Thursday, August 2
Farewell to 801 Liberty Party 7 pm

Featuring Hustlebot, Bait & Switch, Uke Skywalker and Tuba Fett, and Eric and the Electric MP3 Player


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the definition of feminine power
September 28 ­ October 20, 2007

Project Description:
Is a word that can stand alone, but without it by our side we feel vulnerable.

What is it to be a woman with power, a woman without power? How do we achieve it, share it, and reach it and why is it so important? As artists, we use art to express power, but there are so many areas where woman don¹t have power.
Expressions of Power are everywhere; its various uses and abuses. Our obsessions.
It is on the magazine stands, newspapers, in the clothes we wear, the hair we fling, the cars we drive, and the money we spend. Considering that women represent a great majority of buying power, yet, that power is an empty shell when such issues as, poverty, equal pay, childcare, health care, to name a few, are not being addressed with vigor.
With historical milestones upon us, such as the first woman as speaker of the house in America and the prospect of a woman running for president, I think the question that begs to be asked, but remains in the realm of assumptions, is what does power mean to women and how have they and how would they utilize it?
We hear and live through the definitions of what men think of a woman¹s power, daily. A man can be intelligent, but a woman is considered cold and calculating; a man can be assertive, but a woman is pushy; a man can implement plans and strategies, but a woman is a nagging mother hen; a man can be strong, but a woman¹s strength is defined as bitchy and when a woman exhibits strong leadership abilities, she is accused of imitating a man.
Though these definitions may apply to some, they do not apply to all and are limiting, as well as demeaning.
As women, how do we define POWER?

Our Power
This group exhibit will collectively express the definition of feminine power through the eyes, heart and souls of twenty women, a myriad of meanings of power. Each participating artist will have one piece on display.
Why one piece? Because more often than not, that is all one gets, one chance to make an impression, one chance to express your power.
The exhibit will represent diversity ranging from the mediums used, the age, experience and culture of the artists. The work can be realized in different
media: paintings, photos, digital prints, drawings, sketches, fiber, video presentations, sound works, etc.

There are 5 open slots for emerging artists.
Exhibit dates: September 28th to October 20th All submissions must include:
- description of work and how it best fits the show -One page Artist Statement -10 images on disk -You may also submit VHS/DVD if the work is video or sound work (10 min or
less) by Snail Mail
-Descriptive list for visual material (title, date, dimension, medium)
- $ 10 fee

Deadline for submissions is August 13th, 2007.

Please send materials to:
Mail to the Future Tenant Gallery, 803 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Future Tenant is located within Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

Future Tenant is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions. Do not send original artworks or master tapes.

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The American Shorts Reading Series presents The National Endowment for the Arts Operation Homecoming on Thursday, July 26 at the New Hazlett Theater, Northside. Join us for an evening of reflection and discovery as we present selections from the best-selling anthology, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, read and preformed by local actors. As a part of this exciting program, American Shorts will present a new short film by Shawn D. Bronson, a Pennsylvania National Guardsman who served as a gunner stationed at Camp Habbaniya and whose films have aired on The Discovery Channel. Special guest host will be Andrew Carroll, the founder of the Legacy Project and the editor of three New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a Nation and War Letters, in addition to Operation Homecoming.

In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts created Operation Homecoming, a writing project designed to help U.S. troops and their families write about their wartime experiences. Through this program, some of America's most distinguished writers including Tobias Wolff, Tom Clancy, Jeff Shaara, and Bobbie Ann Mason conducted writing workshops at 25 domestic and overseas military installations with soldiers. Operation Homecoming also offered an open call for writing submissions to troops who have served since 9/11, along with their spouses and families. That call resulted in more than 10,000 pages of submissions. Drawn from the acclaimed NEA program and edited by the best-selling author Andrew Carroll, the anthology, Operation
Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S.
Troops and Their Families includes nearly 100 uncensored and never-before-published eyewitness accounts, private journals, short stories, letters, e-mails, poems. Other personal writings show an extremely intimate and human side of war. Filmmaker Shawn D. Bronson will also participate in the program to discuss his wartime experience both as a guardsman and an artist.

Doors at The New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Square East, open at 7PM, reading starts at 7:30. Tickets are $7 and available at the door. For program information please visit: or call 412.622.8866. For venue information please visit .

Remaining American Shorts Reading Series Schedule:
August 30-SEX
For the fifth year in a row, join us for the hottest erotic tales in the lovely Mattress Factory Winifred Lutz Garden on the Northside. Picnics welcome!

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Department of Theater and Dance

Indiana University of PA

Theater-by-the-Grove, the producing theater of the Department of Theater and Dance, anticipates having a full time position with benefits open this fall for a "master carpenter" that serves as a scene studio supervisor. The pay is adequate, with benefits which are competitive.

Although the position doesn't require a college degree, a degree in theater and a year of experience running a scenery studio is preferred. This is a typical university scenery building job, leading the scenery construction studio, and with an obligation to assist practicum students (who are also learning in the Stagecraft and other technology classes). Theater-by-the-Grove produces 3 plays, one musical, one dance concert and a touring production each year.

The work is 37.5 hrs/wk typically Monday thru Friday. Begins August 15 to September 15 as a one month contract paid by Theater-by-the-Grove, but without benefits. Then applications will be taken by IUP’s Department of Human Resources for the 9 month position with benefits. Adjustments can be made in the schedule to get whoever is in the position out into whatever summer work they do for the summer of 2008.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and references to Brian Jones (, TBTG director of production, in reply to this message, or to Department Chair Barb Blackledge (

Department of Theatre and Dance

Perform specialized carpentry work in the construction, repair, and maintenance of scenic staging, platforms, stairways, flattage, doors, windows, scaffolding, decorative units, furniture and props.

Employ a broad range of scenic construction materials, including but not limited to plastics, steel, aluminum, adhesives and scenic paints.

Clean, sharpen, maintain, and repair hand, bench, and floor-standing shop equipment.

Work, operate, and store equipment in accord with the safety standards of the carpentry trade; use safety equipment as necessary; clean up work area routinely; maintain a safe work area; ensure that safe operating practices are employed at all times by student assistants.

Develop scenery construction schedules defined by specific budgets for at least six major productions per year.

Estimate time and material required for assigned tasks.

Work effectively with faculty, guest and/or student designers and technical directors as a collaborative member of the production team.

Assist the department in tracking and maintaining equipment and supply inventories.

Initiate departmental purchase requests for equipment and supplies related to the scenery studio. Maintain a record of expenditures.

Supervise work-study students by scheduling, assigning work, providing assistance, conducting on-the-job training, and reviewing their work for adherence to specifications, standards, and safety.

Assist the faculty technical director or faculty scene designer by scheduling those students working in the shop for academic credit, assigning work, providing assistance, and reviewing their work for adherence to specifications, standards, and safety.

Perform related duties as assigned by the department’s Director of Production or the Department Chair.

Carnegie Mellon ETC's Game Sketching Debuting At DIMEA 2007

Gamasutra: "John Buchanan, Director of Carnegie Mellon's ETC in Adelaide, Australia, will present the latest developments on the Game Sketching Project at this year's DIMEA in Perth, Australia."

CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW! Senate trying to force colleges to buy snoopware for copyright enforcement

Boing Boing: : "Major copyright holders are backing a legislative proposal to make colleges do their dirty work. The Higher Education Act is supposed to make going to college more affordable, but, under a last-minute amendment, certain schools would risk losing federal funding for student aid if they don't divert funds away from education and toward policing corporate copyrighted content on their campus network."

Monday, July 23, 2007

3D Modeling 6: Using REVOLVE command

Daily Autocad: "In this article, I will explain about the REVOLVE command, which was previously been described in “Creating cylindric solids with REVOLVE command” and “A solid modelling application: Gusket drawing” articles."

Showdown Over File Sharing

Inside Higher Ed: "College officials have been aware and wary of growing Congressional interest in student file sharing of music and videos — a practice many students consider normal and that the entertainment industry views as tantamount to theft. Colleges, generally feeling caught in the middle, have worried that Congress might try to impose an unworkable solution."

Sondheim upset by 'Company' cuts "A revival of 'Company,' the second production by the fledgling Kookaburra Musical Theater Co., has ruffled feathers at home and abroad, with composer Stephen Sondheim reportedly infuriated by last-minute cuts ordered after a cast member fell ill.

According to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald, numerous lines and at least two numbers were omitted from the musical last week after Christie Whelan, who plays April, opted out and there was no understudy to replace her. The audience was not notified of the cuts and the perf wrapped 20 minutes early."

Those 18th-Century Castrati Got All the Money and, Yes, Girls

New York Times: "Anyone who has heard a boys’ choir sing “Ave Maria” or “Silent Night,” even in recording, knows the angelic beauty of the prepubescent male voice. In 18th-century Italy a delicate operation sought to preserve that vocal purity for life, and “Monsters and Prodigies” by the Mexican company Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes gives a zany account of the century of music ruled by castrati."

Culture Clash brings agitprop hijinks to Zorro

Reuters: "Try as it occasionally might, 'Zorro in Hell!' is not really a play. It's more like a kind of history lesson that a creatively goofy high school of the performing arts class might have concocted."

The critical buzz on the 2007 Emmy Award nominations

Slate Magazine: "Critics whinge and moan about the list of Emmy contenders announced by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences last week, though they find less to complain about than usual."

Things I wish I’d know when I was younger "Most of it doesn’t matter. So much of what I got excited about, anxious about, or wasted my time and energy on, turned out not to matter. There are only a few things that truly count for a happy life. I wish I had known to concentrate on those and ignore the rest."

Sunday, July 22, 2007

AFTRA votes for Reardon "AFTRA president Roberta Reardon has been unanimously elected to a two-year term at the performers union's convention in Philadelphia."

Is SCR's disappointing season of new plays a bump in the road, or something more serious? "Now that the 2006-07 season has been put to bed, it’s time to ask a tough question about South Coast Repertory: Is it losing its Midas touch as an incubator for important new plays? This isn’t just an idle critic’s rumination intended to fill space during the summer lull. I’ve been hearing a rising tide of criticism from the theater community – critics, longtime season-ticket subscribers, and artists who have worked at SCR – that lately, the theater’s roster of new scripts hasn’t measured up to its traditional standards."

Oda announces permanent $30M increase for Canada Council Arts: "Heritage Minister Bev Oda has announced a permanent $30-million increase in annual funding for the Canada Council for the Arts.

The May 2006 federal budget raised the Canada Council's funding by $20 million in 2006-7 and $30 million the following year, but the increase was not guaranteed in future."

Urban Warriors, High-Tech Metropolis

New York Times: "THE Belgian choreographer Frédéric Flamand has staged dances in empty swimming pools, abandoned churches and steel mills. “I like to explore nontraditional spaces,” he says. His interest in the body’s relationship to the spaces it inhabits has led him, in recent years, to collaborations with some of the brightest stars in architecture: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Jean Nouvel, Thom Mayne and Zaha Hadid."

Playwrights’ Retreats

New York Times: "The opportunity to return to a “primeval, primordial” state is one reason that Ms. Medley — and other authors — love attending the growing network of summer retreats where writers and others who work in the theater get away from the urban grind and try to reconnect with their muses."

Playgoers, Beware the ‘Ishtar’ Invasion

New York Times: "BROADWAY has recently been diligent, even tireless, in the pursuit of refitting successful movie musicals from the 1980s (and the 1970s) for the stage. Almost without exception the results have been dire. The synthetic stage version of “Saturday Night Fever” took itself way too seriously; “Footloose” was bland and witless; “Urban Cowboy” had all the down-home grit of a barbecued marshmallow. The odious stage version of “Fame” never made it to Broadway — a small mercy — but it was an inexplicable hit in the West End of London. Next up: a stage “Flashdance,” being developed by the company that brought us the dud Earth, Wind and Fire jukebox musical “Hot Feet.” Prognosis: scary.

Stage Preview: CLO ensemble shares spotlight

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Male and female; actor, dancer and singer; young and younger -- the Pittsburgh CLO ensemble, as we rediscover each summer, is one of the delights of the theatrical year. Today we talk with a talented trio: Patrick Cummings, back for his third season; Katie Terza, her second; and Kaitlyn Davidson, in her first."

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Congress seeks last word on broadcast obscenity

Los Angeles Times: "The battle over dirty words shifts back to Congress today.

A Senate committee is expected to support legislation that would authorize regulators to enforce a nearly zero-tolerance policy on the broadcast of certain expletives that was struck down last month."

3D Modeling 5: POLYSOLID

Daily Autocad: "POLYSOLID is probably one of the most useful tools for creating 3D solid entities. It is available since AutoCAD 2007. By using this command, you can draw solid entities that are in forms of polylines that has constant width and height very fast, just like using the POLYLINE command. The most useful way of using POLYSOLID command is drawing a 3D wall."

Finding the Art of a Tradition in the Delicacy of Its Details

New York Times: "Noh plays are able to conjure epic states. They are hypnotic, almost, in their ability to transport.

But no soaring arias or over-the-top special effects are used to create such theatrical effects. The plays’ sweeping power exists in direct proportion to the performers’ extreme attention to detail. Everything is finished. Everything satisfies — profoundly, the way a humble task, done correctly, should."

Well West of Broadway, the Stage Is Their World

New York Times: "Over in New York and New England, the serious-minded festivals and summer stock theaters are in full flower, but the New Jersey suburbs are a showcase for the amateur.

Central New Jersey is swarming with community theaters, dozens of them, almost all populated by unpaid actors picked up through the old-friend network or listings in newspapers and online."

'Evil' makes a killing "Yes, even Candarian Demons can come back from the grave.When 'Evil Dead: The Musical' closed Off Broadway Feb. 17 after a disappointing run of 126 performances, most people thought that would be the end of it."

'Mermaid' faces tough swim to NY "For Disney Theatrical Prods., the hardest part of 'The Little Mermaid' isn't creating the story's fishbowl-like setting.

It's the fact that the intricate show is being created in a figurative fishbowl, under intense industry scrutiny."

Mary Mease Warren / Theater clothing designer from Pittsburgh to Broadway

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Mary Mease Warren, a skilled designer of theatrical costumes with credits from Pittsburgh to Broadway and a demanding, loving mother and teacher who spoke her mind, died July 14 of lung cancer. She was 57 and lived in Crafton."

Broadway: The New Off-Broadway

Playbill News: "And another Off-Broadway musical decides to take a run at Broadway."

Wanted: Sewing Instructor

Craigslist: "I am looking for someone to teach me the basics of sewing."

Friday, July 20, 2007

Employment: Technical Internship

Playhouse News: "Thirty-eight-year-old resident theatre is accepting resumes for full-time year-round internship. Duties include scenery construction, painting, load-ins/load-outs, stagehand work, show organization, and general clean up."

3D Modeling 4: Positioning entities

Daily Autocad: "Hello Daily AutoCAD readers,

In the third article of our series of articles about solid modeling, I explained about UNION and SUBTRACT and gave an example. And in this article, I will explain more about positioning the solid entities that make up the solid."

Senators Side With Students

Inside Higher Ed: "The two U.S. senators who proposed an amendment to the nearly $19 billion student loan bill that was debated, and ultimately passed, on the Senate floor Thursday may have had some legitimate arguments on their side. They asserted — and some of its opponents conceded — that no one knows for sure whether the cuts that the underlying budget “budget reconciliation” legislation would make to subsidies for student loan providers could force some lenders out of the market. Rather than risk that outcome, the amendment’s backers said, wouldn’t it be wise to be a little more cautious and cut a little less deeply into lender profits, to the tune of $15.6 billion instead of $18 billion?"

Comics Pitch Ideas at Just For Laughs Festival "The annual 'Just for Pitching' panel, an off-beat book presentation with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross as guest stars, and an inaugural welcome cocktail were among the day-time events here at the Just For Laughs comedy festival Thursday."

Habit List vs. To Do List

Productivity501: "This tool was created with the premise that “habit” type tasks should not be on our regular todo list. There are several reasons that keeping these types of items on your regular todo list is a bad idea."

Premiere Is Planned for Hemingway Play

New York Times: "The Mint Theater Company plans to present what it is calling the world premiere of a Hemingway play, “The Fifth Column,” about a Loyalist during the Spanish Civil War."

Lloyd Webber the next Simon? "Move over, Simon Cowell and Donald Trump. Andrew Lloyd Webber is ready for his TV close-up.

The composer has signed with WMA, taking his first Hollywood agent ever because he wants to make a network deal for an American reality show that he'll topline, searching for a young unknown to star in one of his stage musical productions. WMA will not handle his stage business, which continues to go through his Really Useful Group."

Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical By Styx Front-Man to Plays Chicago's Bailiwick

Playbill News: "Former Styx band member Dennis DeYoung — known for writing such soaring pop ballads and hits as 'Lady,' 'Come Sail Away' and 'Mr. Roboto' — now sets his sights on the legit stage.

DeYoung's new musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, will play Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre May 8–July 6, 2008."

5 Irrefutable, Non-Negotiable Laws of Leadership You Must Know Now

Cultivate GREATNESS|Leadership Training: "Employees generally have some difficulty doing their basic jobs. By adding “mind-reading” to their description is just plain unfair."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Quebec stabilizes after temporary union truce

Playback: "Montreal: The health of Quebec's film and TV scene is getting mixed reviews, but everyone agrees it's been improving steadily since the technicians' unions buried the hatchet earlier this year."

Computer Scientist Plans Bach Over Broadband

The University of Manchester: "A singing computer scientist wants to use cutting-edge technology to creat Europe's first successful Internet choir.

Dr Barry Cheetham, a senior lecturer in The School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, is seeking to combine his academic expertise in communications, networks and digital signal processing with his love of choral singing."

3D Modeling 3: using UNION and SUBTRACT commands

Daily Autocad: "In this article of series of articles about 3D modeling, I will try to explain about UNION and SUBTRACT commands by an example that uses only a BOX solid. Our goal is to obtain the solid entity that is shown in Fig. 1."

Yale Summer Cabaret to Toast Dionysus with 'Vote: Bacchae' "Yale Summer Cabaret closes its 2007 season with The Vote: Bacchae, adapted and directed by Mike Donahue."

List of Primetime Emmy Nominations

Yahoo! News: "Nominees in all categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences"

How To Exit A Conversation "We’ve talked about making yourself more approachable and initiating conversation. Now, hopefully, you’ve gone and got yourselves into some conversations you wish you hadn’t.

There are 3 reasons you might stay in a conversation that you want to leave"

Chekhov Compacted, in Spanish

New York Times: "“Un Hombre que se Ahoga” (“A Man Who Drowns”), an Argentine piece at this year’s Lincoln Center Festival, is an adaptation of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” arranged as efficiently as a businessman’s valise. Of all Chekhov’s masterworks, “Three Sisters” is the play we most associate with stasis, the grim view that life is happening far beyond the tree line. Chekhov himself acknowledged that it had “an atmosphere more gloomy than gloom itself.” The manipulative prevail; the hopeful and decent merely subsist. But in this production by Proyecto Chejov, Daniel Veronese, the director and adapter, has refused to travel with the full cargo of all that melancholy."

Youth theater undertakes its first full-scale production

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Butler Little Theatre's Youth Program has been around for 40 years, but the program's youngsters have never staged a full production of their own.

That will change tonight, when Brainerd Duffield's version of 'Alice in Wonderland' opens on the Little Theatre's stage with a youthful cast and crew of nearly 50."

The Wikipedia Plays Will Be Seen at the Ars Nova in August

Playbill News: "The Wikipedia Plays is the title of a mini-marathon of short plays that will be presented at the Ars Nova Aug. 3-6 at 7 PM.

The plays, according to press notes, 'surf the wikipedia wave through seventeen related entries.' The works were written by members of the Play Group, a mix of up-n-coming writers who gather twice a month at the Ars Nova to share their work."

Margaret Cho to Bring The Sensuous Woman to the Zipper Beginning Sept. 26

Playbill News: "Comedienne Margaret Cho will bring her latest burlesque-inspired variety show, The Sensuous Woman, Off-Broadway for a four- week limited engagement this September at the Zipper Factory."

Decoration for Motivation

Freshome: "Today I’ve found on this website an interesting way to decorate your working place, and increase your motivation. As you can see from this picture these guys used their Done To Do lists to increase their level of motivation."

Copyright, the napkin-doodle edition

Boing Boing: "Denise sez, 'Lawyer Erik Heels took Sharpie to legal pad to help a friend's daughter grok copyright law. He does a great job of distilling a convoluted subject to its essence.'"

Feds tell IATSE to redo election "The federal government will supervise a rerun of last December's election for officers for the Hollywood local representing script supervisors after a Dept. of Labor investigation found four violations in how the vote was conducted."

Clarifying the IATSE issue "We would like to clarify a few questions that may have been raised by your June 13 article, 'Feds tell IATSE to redo election.'"

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

DIY Realistic wound

MAKE: "Pull and Twist shows you how to make a pretty gross (and realistic wound effect)"

Why Bambi II is better than Bambi.

Slate Magazine: "Last year, when Disney acquired Pixar, it installed Pixar big shots John Lasseter and Ed Catmull into positions of power in its flagship division, Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lasseter and Catmull are making their presence felt. A few weeks ago, they announced a dramatic reorganization of Disney's animation departments, eliminating one of the company's most lucrative, yet most criticized, products: straight-to-DVD sequels of classic animated films like Bambi and Cinderella."

Theatre Agora design by UNStudio

Interior Design Ideas: "UNStudio, The presentation of the new award ‘Architect of the Year 2007’ took place during an animated gathering in the Dutch architecture institute in Rotterdam last Saturday 07.07.07. They won three of the five categories, and was named the overall winner of the award. Theatre Agora is one of their project that present high architectonic qualities, the professionalism and innovative qualities."

Advice for Students: How to Write Research Papers that Rock! "No assignment save the comprehensive final exam seems to engender such fear in students as the research paper, especially the open topic research paper. Faced with the prospect of writing 5, 8, 12, or more pages on a topic of their choosing, a lot of students panic, unsure what to write about and how to research it. "

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pasadena's Epps wins award

Los Angeles Times: "Citing the Pasadena Playhouse's strides in diversifying its audience without compromising quality or sacrificing box office success, the James Irvine Foundation on Monday named playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps as a winner of one of its 2007 Leadership Awards."

Giving Millions: Studzinski, Duffield Prod U.K. Arts Patronage "Individual donors are surpassing companies as the U.K.'s biggest arts benefactors. They are giving museums, concert halls and opera houses money to expand, beef up programming, or stay afloat. U.K.-based individuals gave 262.4 million pounds to the arts in 2005 -- the latest figures available -- almost twice as much as businesses, which gave 153.4 million pounds, according to Arts & Business, a London-based charity that links the arts with business donors."

Holly Hunter Finds 'Grace' on TNT Show "Holly Hunter is well known for playing women teetering on the edge — be it the wacky babynapper in 'Raising Arizona,' the high-strung producer in 'Broadcast News' or her Oscar-winning role as the mute bride in 'The Piano.'

So it's not surprising she would sign up to play the promiscuous, chain-smoking, pill-popping, booze-swilling, world-weary Oklahoma City detective Grace Hanadrako in TNT's 'Saving Grace,' which debuts July 23 (10 p.m. EDT)."

July 17: Scenes from the Arts-burgh

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Offerings from Pittsburgh's cultural arts and entertainment events"

Life Is a Weimar Dream, Old Chum, and Downtown Loves a Nouveau Cabaret

New York Times: "These performances share a certain louche look and feel: smudged eyeliner and torn fishnets, bared flesh and innuendo, a vaguely antique setting and a winking — or smirking — nod to the politics of today.

They are all part of an emerging downtown trend, as cabaret acts superimpose a risqué German style onto the performance art and theater scene below 14th Street."

Anne Frank Meets Chekhov in Fringe Festival's Days and Nights

Playbill News: "Anne Frank will meet Anton Chekhov when the New York International Fringe Festival presents Days and Nights: page 121, lines 11 and 12 Aug. 10–24."

Avant-Garde Director Is Center of "Absolute Wilson" Film; Premieres July 17 on Cinemax

Playbill News: "Director Robert Wilson — whose Les Fables de La Fontaine is part of the Lincoln Center Festival — is the focus of 'Absolute Wilson,' a new documentary film that will premiere on Cinemax July 17 at 6:30 PM (ET)."

Korean Martial Arts Hit Jump Will Open Off-Broadway in September

Playbill News: "The international sensation Jump is slated to make its Off-Broadway bow in September at the Union Square Theatre.

The production, created by Korea's Yegam Theater Company, will bring the martial arts comedy to American audiences after successful productions in Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Macao, Malaysia, Madrid, Osaka, Isreal, London and Edinburgh."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Home on the Fringe "About 40 percent of the 116 entries at the festival -- which begins Thursday in nearly two-dozen performance spaces around the city, many concentrated in Penn Quarter -- come from District sources, says festival director Julianne Brienza. That is a significant increase from last summer, when fewer than one-third of the 97 productions were from the city. And artists from the larger metropolitan area are contributing 84 percent of the offerings, up from 80 percent last summer."

Dance troupes struggle to keep their place in the sun "Dance Place San Diego opened in December at NTC Promenade, the complex dedicated to the arts, culture, science and technology at the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma. Moving into the 23,000-square-foot, 11-studio building were three resident dance troupes – Malashock Dance, Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater and San Diego Ballet – as well as San Diego Actors' Alliance and a wellness practice."

Bucking the Tide on Private Loans

Inside Higher Ed: "As the scandals and debates over private lending have grown in recent months, conventional wisdom has held that private loans are a necessary evil. Sure, students and their families are taking on debt that is typically more expensive and more risky than federally backed loans. But as long as families feel that college costs are otherwise beyond their reach, private loans will continue to become more popular."

July 16 is Election Day as World Premiere Play Begins at Second Stage Uptown

Playbill News: "The Second Stage Theatre's Uptown Festival continues July 16 with the world premiere of Josh Tobiessen's Election Day."

Brown, Dulaine and Marceau Teach at FL Theatre Project "More stars have been announced as teachers at Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, during the second week of the program. Christopher D'Amboise, Lisa Jolley, Jed Bernstein, Terrence Mann, Joan Lander and Rob Fisher previously appeared."

Noted tenor taken off life support

Yahoo! News: "Celebrated tenor Jerry Hadley was taken off life support Monday, nearly a week after an apparent suicide attempt left him with a severe brain injury."

40+ Tips to Improve your Grammar and Punctuation

Dumb Little Man: "Now I am no grammar whiz but I know a good resource when I see it. Purdue University maintains an online writing lab and I spent some time digging through it. Originally the goal was to grab some good tips that would help me out at work and on this site, but there is simply too much not to share."

PHOTO CALL: Broadway Barks 9!

Playbill News: "The ninth annual Broadway Barks fundraiser — co-hosted by award-winning actresses, friends and animal activists Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore — took place July 14 in Shubert Alley."

He's Flying: Francis Jue Is Peter Pan at the Muny Beginning July 16

Playbill News "In a bit of non-traditional casting, the role of Peter Pan — which has only been played by women on Broadway (Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby) — will be played by a man when Francis Jue begins performances in Peter Pan July 16 at the Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre."

Freelance Project Management

Freelance Switch: "In just about every team meeting, along with the creatives, the developers and the client, there is usually someone with the title: project manager. For the uninitiated this could range from the multiple-pierced, student office temp to a Prada-clad scare-meister who is rumoured to sleep upside down in a coffin. For those of us who are in the know (ie: have been making tea and booking cabs for a while), project managers are generally the ones who get it all delivered in the end."

A Guide to Simple Project Management

FreelanceSwitch: "Freelancers are excellent at producing great work if an assignment takes less than a day to complete. But many freelancers (not all) are also notoriously bad at completing projects that take several days or more to complete."

Girls under 16 'should not model'

BBC NEWS: "Girls under 16 should be banned from the catwalks at London Fashion Week, according to an inquiry ordered by the British fashion industry.

The Model Health Inquiry is advising the organisers of London Fashion Week."

The Sultan s Elephant, A source of varied interests: "The Sultan s Elephant is one of the biggest piece of free theater and it stopped the traffic and captivated everyone who saw it. An earlier post, The Giant Girl Doll is a part of the Sultan s Elephant show as well. The elephant is made mostly of wood and operated by over ten puppeteers using a mixture of hydraulics and motors."

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Broadway producers, stagehands open talks

Los Angeles Times: "Broadway's most anticipated summer drama opened Friday, as producers and stagehands began contract talks. Their goal: Avert a strike like the one by musicians four years ago that cost the city $10 million in lost revenue and wages and shut down shows for four days."

Spending trends reflect Twin Cities wealth

Star Tribune: "The Twin Cities area is No. 1 in the federal government's latest national survey of consumer spending habits when it comes to home furnishings. We're also first in our spending for entertainment."

Ballet tribute for Gianni Versace

BBC NEWS: "A specially-written ballet is due to be performed in Milan to mark the 10th anniversary of fashion designer Gianni Versace's death."

The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age

New York Times: "These days, Mr. Weill and many of the nation’s very wealthy chief executives, entrepreneurs and financiers echo an earlier era — the Gilded Age before World War I — when powerful enterprises, dominated by men who grew immensely rich, ushered in the industrialization of the United States. The new titans often see themselves as pillars of a similarly prosperous and expansive age, one in which their successes and their philanthropy have made government less important than it once was."

Creativity is worth more than money in theater business

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The art of theater has always been the art of making do.

Sidle up to any theater practitioner the week before an opening and ask him or her how it's going.

Chances are you'll be told they would sell their soul if it would buy them an extra week or a couple thousand more dollars."

Feel Free to Shout at the Visitors From Japan

New York Times: "IN the theater there are many ways to honor tradition, and each comes at a price. A reactionary may cling to time-honored forms, even at the risk of going through empty motions. A radical going back to first principles may dismantle sound practice in the name of authenticity. Then there are the pragmatists who refuse to take sides, recognizing that in a living art form innovation is a tradition too."

Gregory Harrison can't resist 'Chicago's' Flynn

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Actor Gregory Harrison has been living with the role of one of musical theater's most memorable schemers -- 'Chicago' lawyer Billy Flynn -- off and on since 2003."

Michael York adds regal voice to 'Camelot'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Michael York is ready to relinquish his crown ... but not just yet. He ends 26 weeks of touring as King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's 'Camelot' here in Pittsburgh this week."

In the Heights Ends Off-Broadway Run July 15, But Will Hip-Hop to Broadway

Playbill News: "In the Heights, the hip-hop and salsa-infused Off-Broadway musical about denizens of the uptown Manhattan 'hood of Washington Heights, ends a six-month run July 15, prior to a wider life on Broadway."

HisStory , with Robert Sean Leonard, Kicks Off Free Plays-in-Progress Series

Playbill News: "The 2007 Fashion Forms Plays-in-Progress series at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, CA, kicks off July 15 at 7 PM with a star-studded reading of Jonathan Feldman's HisStory."

Crew help needed for Shoot in August

Craigslist: "Looking for a soundman and some general P.A.'s for a shoot the second and third week of August."

Saturday, July 14, 2007

j-o-b Exhibit


Do you want to inspire people and change the world with creative exhibit design? In a city known for its rich arts community and great museums, the Senator John Heinz History Center (a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to American History with a regional connection) stands out as a dynamic and fast-growing institution. The Exhibits Designer manages the design, installation, and maintenance of exhibits in over 60,000 sq. feet of long-term and changing gallery space with responsibility for both traveling exhibit installation and the design of new exhibits. A design degree is preferred along with a minimum of 3 years design experience, ideally in museums. Project management, budgeting, and exhibit construction experience are essential. Demonstrated leadership and communication skills coupled with the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams are required. Send resume and letter of interest with salary requirements to:

HR Director / EDD
Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4200


TV viewers set the stage "Vocal members of London's theater community may be seriously underwhelmed by the business of tuners being cast by TV audiences, but the figures suggest the format won't be disappearing in a hurry."

Who's written a new rock opera? Pete Townshend

Reuters: "More than 30 years after his seminal 'Tommy' and 'Quadrophenia,' The Who's Pete Townshend has written a new rock opera that will be given a test run at a theater festival in New York this weekend."

New Local Film Group Forming

Craigslist: "I'm forming up a new local film group and have recieved some interest already. People for just about every job are needed, and ideas are welcome."

Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week In Tools

Toolmonger: "It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger. If you’ve been spending time in the shop — you should! — and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts"

Friday, July 13, 2007

Two Carnegie Mellon Grads Follow Their Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Today: "Acting is not a profession that offers job security or a guaranteed six-figure income. What it too often offers is plenty of self-doubt and steep odds of becoming a 'star.' But for two recent Carnegie Mellon graduates, it also offers a chance to follow their dreams."

Guy Kawasaki & the art of the 5-sentence email

43 Folders: "How to write a five-sentence email…Whether UR young or old, the point is that the optimal length of an email message is five sentences. All you should do is explain who you are, what you want, why you should get it, and when you need it by."

2007 Much Music Video Awards Get Pyrotechnical

Live Design: "Pyrotek Special Effects was proud to once again collaborate with Canada’s National Music Station, Much Music, for the 2007 Much Music Video Awards (MMVA). The company has been providing effects for the last four annual Much Music Video Awards."

3D Modeling 2: Primitives

Daily Autocad: "In the second article of my series of articles about 3D modeling, I will explain about the primitive solid entities. In Fig. 1, you can see all of these entities together. Instead of explaining how each entity is drawn in AutoCAD, I will give you some figures that show the physical structure and what are the variables that AutoCAD needs to draw these entities."

Going Residential

Inside Higher Ed: "The vast majority of American community colleges do not offer on-campus housing. But a handful built their first dorms decades ago, and as two-year institutions become a more common destination for traditional-age students seeking lower tuition costs and/or an education close to home, more community colleges are in the process of building singles, doubles, triples and larger apartments for their students."

Chalfant, Ferguson and Bean Join Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Event

Playbill News: "More Broadway stars are set to Stand Up For Freedom! July 16 in support of the New York Civil Liberties Union youth programs."

'Broadway Bares' throws curves at its cause "Now in its 16th year, the 'Broadway Bares' striptease show raised a record-breaking $743,787 at two June 17 performances at the Roseland Ballroom in Gotham. The event's total tally over the years has put $4 million into the coffers of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS."

No Small Parts "The age-old adage tells us that there are no small parts, only small actors. Actors prove it time and again by shining in supporting roles and stealing scenes from major movie stars. Judi Dench won an Oscar for less than 10 minutes of screen time in Shakespeare in Love. Okay, she's Judi Dench. But plenty of actors today are able to create complex characters in the tiniest bit of dialogue or screen time."

How To Instantly Sound More Confident The Next Time You Make A Phone Call "Today’s hack is simple, and effective. I use it almost every day."

Theatre Factory looks at office romance

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "The complications of an office romance are compounded when she's union and he's management.

One of Broadway's classic musical comedies, 'The Pajama Game' opens Friday at the Theatre Factory in Trafford. The musical features a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross that includes some familiar standards, including 'Hey There,' 'Steam Heat' and 'Hernando's Hideaway.'"

Book documents Pittsburgh's theater history

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Lynne Conner used to think that Pittsburgh had no significant theater history.

She accepted the conventional wisdom that Pittsburgh was and is a blue-collar town with blue-collar tastes, a town that rejected new theatrical ideas and had no professional theaters before the Pittsburgh Public Theater opened in 1975."

Stripped Down but Still Hatted, That Cat Is Back

New York Times: "The last time “Seussical: The Musical” was in New York, in the 2000-1 season, it closed in less than six months, having lost more than $10 million, and went into the history books as one of Broadway’s biggest disappointments."

Nephew working to preserve Wilson home

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "The nephew of late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson has begun structural work on Wilson's boyhood home and wants the city to designate it a historic structure."

Condition of Show Boat Recording Star and Famed Tenor Hadley Apparently Hopeless

Playbill News: "Jerry Hadley, on life support in a Poughkeepsie, NY, hospital after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, appears to have no hope of recovery."

Grammy Nominee McKnight to Make Broadway Bow in Chicago

Playbill News: "McKnight will portray slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Kander and Ebb musical, which currently plays the Amabassador Theatre. McKnight's Broadway bow will follow a two-week stint in the show's national touring company at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. McKnight will appear in the tour Sept. 25-Oct. 7 and will arrive on Broadway Oct. 8. The singer is currently scheduled to stay with the long-running revival through Nov. 18."

Toronto Theatre Legend Ed Mirvish Gets a Salute from Broadway July 13

Playbill News: "Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights July 13 for one minute in the memory of Ed Mirvish, the entrepreneur, theatrical impresario and Broadway producer who was known as 'Honest Ed.'"

Need someone experienced in Lighting July 21st

Craigslist: "I am in need of someone experienced in Lighting for the beginning of my shoot."

Nigerian Film Industry Mixes Digital Tech, Homegrown Scripts

Wired: "The Nigerian film industry is the third largest in the world, after Hollywood and Bollywood. Outside its native continent, the industry affectionately known as Nollywood remains relatively unknown. Yet millions of African fans can't get enough of its movies."

Carnegie Mellon University Summer New Play Festival "Six new plays by playwrights from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama with professional actors from Pittsburgh. Audience discussion after each performance. Free tickets are available 30 minutes before the performance. "

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Stressing while dressing the cast of Broadway's "Beauty & the Beast"

Jim Hill Media: "Jim Hill interviews Julie Ratcliffe, the wardrobe supervisor of this long-running Disney Theatrical production, as this Broadway vet reveals what's happening just off-stage while this show is being presented nightly."

CMU robots continue winning ways

Post Gazette: "Carnegie Mellon University's soccer-playing teams of robots had another good showing in the International RoboCup Federation's 2007 RoboCup competition held last weekend in Atlanta."

Building made from water walls

Boing Boing: "MIT researchers are designing a 'Digital Water Pavillion' for next year's Expo Zaragoza in Spain. The walls of the structure are sheets of water sprayed from suspended pipes. Software-controlled valves enable the valves to be opened and closed with high accuracy to create gaps at very specific locations, forming something like liquid pixels. According to a press release, the liquid surfaces can then become 'a one-bit-deep digital display that continuously scrolls downward.'"

Olney Theatre Artistic Director Resigns

Stage-directions: "Jim Petosa, artistic director of the Olney Theatre Center since 1994, will leave his post at the end of next year’s season. Since 2002, Petosa has been splitting his time between the Olney and Boston University’s theatre school and has been commuting between the two. He explained, 'I needed to move on or come back to this place full time. I realized the best thing now for the institution to do is to really look at where we are and determine what the desires for the future are.' "

Richard Stein Leaves Laguna Playhouse Post

Stage-directions: "After 17 years with the company, Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Richard Stein announced that he was resigning his post, citing that he wanted to be more actively engaged in the artistic side of theatre. Stein remarked, “I have longed to spend more time on the artistic side of theatre, and that's difficult to do while meeting the demands of being an executive director.' "

Economist calculates optimum term of copyright: 14 years!

Boing Boing: "Rufus Pollock, a PhD candidate in economics at Cambridge University, has just released 'Forever Minus a Day? Some Theory and Empirics of Optimal Copyright,' a brilliant new paper on the economically optimal term of copyright. "

j-o-b Tech


Musical venue site in New York is seeking a full-time Technician for their soon to open Exhibition/Interactive Museum.

Successful candidates will have state of the art technology experience in the following areas:

Running AV systems

DLP and LCD projectors

Biamp Audio programming, equalizing, cobranet setup

Computers/Networking, setting up IP addresses, ghosting and restoring pc's, network switch maintenance and programming, storage server setup, XP operating system

Watchout: creating and editing timelines, loading shows

Medialon programming: creating and editing timelines, loading shows, modifying triggers, show control

Lighting programming

Troubleshooting: wiring- CAT-5, Fiber optic, Audio, Video; PC; Network; Audio; Color matching; Light Blending; Software

Ability to read and understand schematics

Organized: keep repair logs, keep lamp replacement logs