Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
She loves the freedom of the avant-garde. But growth is sometimes best when it's surprising to the person who is changing. Her dance troupe comes to Pittsburgh this week to perform ballets that use two of the most famous pieces of classical music."
But it is heartening to know that the economic implosion generates some good news for local artists and audiences."
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Really I guess it can be for any of the Drama programs, I'm just particularly motivated to make sure we get a good class in DP.
You could send them links to these videos Don made:
and you could definitely send them the link to the precollege admissions site:
Applications are accepted through June 1, but the more people that sign up earlier, the more of a program I can build. We typically committed to a program that includes:
- Basic Design
- Technical Production
- Scenic Art
- Production Management
- Stage Management
- Lighting Technology
- Sound Design
- Horror film Sound Design
- Tye Dying
- Moving Light Programming
- Dinosaur Sculpture
- Resume Writing & Interviewing
It's also worth mentioning to people that to the best of my knowledge this is the only summer program that features a purpose built Design & Technical program with fully conceived courses and run by many of our regular year staff and faculty. It's just something that cannot be found at other schools. And as a footnote you could toss in that pretty nearly every year we admit students into our regular year Design & PTM program at the conclusion of their time with us in the summer - so they get to go back for their senior year already having been admitted to college.
You can also tell them that if they have questions they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
actually I guess you don't have to write anything, you can just forward this email, thanks!
I would say we’re “Tamalewood,” but there are those who object to making light of the state’s new, glamorous industry and, of course, the ethnic connotations that particular description conveys."
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Check out the following sites to add funny, interesting and artistic effects to your photos"
Friday, March 27, 2009
Boal's 2009 Address:
All human societies are “spectacular*” in their daily life and produce “spectacles” at special moments. They are “spectacular” as a form of social organization and produce “spectacles” like the one you have come to see.
Even if one is unaware of it, human relationships are structured in a theatrical way. The use of space, body language, choice of words and voice modulation, the confrontation of ideas and passions, everything that we demonstrate on the stage, we live in our lives. We are theatre!
Weddings and funerals are “spectacles”, but so, also, are daily rituals so familiar that we are not conscious of this. Occasions of pomp and circumstance, but also the morning coffee, the exchanged good-mornings, timid love and storms of passion, a senate session or a diplomatic meeting - all is theatre.
One of the main functions of our art is to make people sensitive to the “spectacles” of daily life in which the actors are their own spectators, performances in which the stage and the stalls coincide. We are all artists. By doing theatre, we learn to see what is obvious but what we usually can’t see because we are only used to looking at it. What is familiar to us becomes unseen: doing theatre throws light on the stage of daily life.
Last September, we were surprised by a theatrical revelation: we, who thought that we were living in a safe world, despite wars, genocide, slaughter and torture which certainly exist, but far from us in remote and wild places. We, who were living in security with our money invested in some respectable bank or in some honest trader’s hands in the stock exchange were told that this money did not exist, that it was virtual, a fictitious invention by some economists who were not fictitious at all and neither reliable nor respectable. Everything was just bad theatre, a dark plot in which a few people won a lot and many people lost all. Some politicians from rich countries held secret meetings in which they found some magic solutions. And we, the victims of their decisions, have remained spectators in the last row of the balcony.
Twenty years ago, I staged Racine’s Phèdre in Rio de Janeiro. The stage setting was poor: cow skins on the ground, bamboos around. Before each presentation, I used to say to my actors: “The fiction we created day by day is over. When you cross those bamboos, none of you will have the right to lie. Theatre is the Hidden Truth”.
When we look beyond appearances, we see oppressors and oppressed people, in all societies, ethnic groups, genders, social classes and casts; we see an unfair and cruel world. We have to create another world because we know it is possible. But it is up to us to build this other world with our hands and by acting on the stage and in our own life.
Participate in the “spectacle” which is about to begin and once you are back home, with your friends act your own plays and look at what you were never able to see: that which is obvious. Theatre is not just an event; it is a way of life!
We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it.
- Augusto Boal
Thursday, March 26, 2009
As many of you know, the 2009 USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio last week was a spectacular event with record attendance that folks are still buzzing about. For the first time ever, USITT has made select events available for viewing from our website. Members who were there can recapture some of the excitement and inspiration while those who weren't can benefit from some of the great speakers and presentations.
Broadcasts of the following events are available:
- Keynote, Kickoff Event & Annual General Meeting
- Fellows Address and Awards for Young Designers & Technicians
- Designs of Jules Fisher Session
To view, just click here, select an event, and enjoy the broadcast!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So it's somewhat surprising to hear director Scott Wise using those words in an interview about 'The Rocky Horror Show,' which will be performed starting Thursday at the Pittsburgh Playhouse."
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
This third installment of his Culture Clash series at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Downtown, has an interesting and original premise, dead-on realistic dialogue and opportunities for some August Wilson-style riffs."
Sunday, March 22, 2009
'There is such levity throughout the beginning of the first act, but from the moment Mimi walks in you realize something extraordinary will happen,' he says. 'You've been laughing all the way. Then your breath is taken away.'
Love will do that."
He's returning to perform 'Monopoly!' for Colorado Springs' TheatreWorks from Wednesday through March 29. Here's our Q&A"
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
There was much gnashing of teeth in January when a record number of productions closed and left the Rialto looking barren indeed. But since then, some strange things have happened even as the economy continues to struggle to find a foothold."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Chinese producers are attempting to transform Das Kapital from a hefty treatise on political economy into a popular stage show, complete with catchy tunes and nifty footwork."
David,No quiz this week. Comments from last week and this week will roll over into next week.
Do we still need to make comments this week for the News Week Quiz? I realize we do not have class this week, but are the comments still needed?
David-You should do whatever you think you need to do to properly represent the process. If you can do it on paper that's fine, if you need more dimensions that's fine too.
Are we expected to create a 3D "arts and crafts" type object for the second chart, or can we use different line styles to distinguish between hire/fire and "can't do my job without"?
Hi,People, this is the kind of crap that happens when you don't do a schedule. Lets extend the paperwork deadline to April 9.
I just wanted to clarify due dates for our next two assignments. Are both the organizational charts and the new assignment we got today on forms due on April 2? They both have the same date, so I was just checking that they are in fact both due that day.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, whose new ballet 'Step Touch' is based on a dozen doo-wop songs, says, 'You forget until you get involved with them that these songs have been part of your whole life. And the influence of doo-wop is where hip-hop is going.'"
Tulea, a white Bichon-like dog, is never very far from her 71-year-old mistress -- part confidante, part wiggly joy, part security blanket."
'I used to think the festival was immune to a recession. I no longer think that,' executive director Paul Nicholson said."
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Ever since the facility was shut down two years ago as a result of declining attendances in Covent Garden there have been twitches of hope that a home might yet be found for the nation’s glorious performing arts collection."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Playbill News: "Milan Stitt, a playwright who wrote the critical hit The Runner Stumbles and ran the play development program at Off-Broadway Circle Repertory Company, died March 12, his friend and colleague Andrea Lepcio said. He was 68."
'A lot of people know their big numbers -- they're so exciting, they're so famous,' said Ted Pappas, the Public's producing artistic director."
Michael Nunn and William Trevitt had been lead dancers with the Royal Ballet for a dozen years when the company's home -- the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London -- was closed for renovations."
For those born in the mid-to-late 1960s, it's the movie 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' which hit the silver screen in 1968.
Now in their 40s and with kids of their own, they're likely to get a kick out of seeing the national touring production of the live stage musical that's playing at the Benedum Center through Sunday.
The story hasn't changed."
Could be the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Downtown, where he's the founder and producing artistic director."
Facing a massive budget deficit this year, the state has cut a proposed $4 million grant for the team's planned entertainment complex on the North Shore next to Heinz Field to $2.5 million."
The influential 1988 teen dark comedy, which launched the careers of Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and scribe Dan Waters, is stagebound in a production being developed by Andy Fickman, director of 'Race to Witch Mountain,' who is making a return to his musical roots."
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of Sesame Street and other kids' programs, is cutting about one-fifth of its work force because of the economic downturn."