CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Live Sound: Decisions, Decisions: Thinking About Upgrading Your Inventory?

Pro Sound Web: Like most production company owners, I regularly take stock of my equipment inventory, evaluating the need for updates or additions to match current and future needs. A recent audit led me to consider investing in higher powered 12- or 15-inch-loaded stage monitors.

Backstreet Boys & NKOTB -- Stagehand Sues Over Dangerous Man Hole

TMZ.com: You're not the only one who thought last year's Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block tour was painful -- a stagehand claims he was nearly killed before a concert ... after falling through a hole ... and now, he's suing the bands. William Wesley Styron filed the lawsuit in Tennessee, claiming he was hired to set up for the boy bands' show at Fedex Forum in Memphis on June 20th, 2011.

Drama over Coconut Grove Playhouse fate drags on

MiamiHerald.com: Just three months ago, the long-running drama surrounding the fate of the shuttered, debt-plagued and historic Coconut Grove Playhouse seemed about to close happily under the direction of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. But now some unexpected plot twists could send it into an extended run.

California Closer to State Table Saw Regulations

Popular Woodworking Magazine: Last week, AB 2218 was approved by a state senate committee and will likely be voted on in early August. Only one manufacturer, SawStop, makes a saw that would comply with the rule at this time. As with the proposed federal rule, the proposed California law was introduced as a result of lobbying efforts by the owner of SawStop

Sky's the Limit

 Carnegie Mellon University | CMU: To the naked eye, it's just a rooftop. But a virtual reality program created by students at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) reveals endless possibilities for unused space like the top of Pittsburgh's U.S. Steel Tower. By taking a virtual stroll through Viewseum at High Point Pittsburgh, architects, business owners and would-be tourists can get a real sense of being inside and outside the proposed three-story addition.

Church Sound: Church Sound: How To Analyze Your Music Mix

Pro Sound Web: Do you ask the right questions when evaluating your music mix? Find out the questions you need to ask and when you must ask them during your mixing process. You need to evaluate your mix throughout the mix-building process.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Chasing Audiences: Too Much Emphasis On Youth?

artsjournal.com: It’s pretty obvious that museums — and most other places as well — chase the young. They see gray hair in their galleries and fear that no one will rpelace them if they don’t do something about it NOW.

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit: the play that asks you to leave your phone on

guardian.co.uk: Modern theatre audiences have become accustomed to being told to switch off their mobile phones before the start of a play; but those attending White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – a new work from 29-year-old Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour at the Gate theatre in London – are specifically instructed to keep their phones turned on.

First Theater, Then Facebook

NYTimes.com: THE 300th birthday of Jean-Jacques Rousseau falls next week, and it is only proper to wish him a happy one. He had a few choice words to offer on the theme of happiness — the sort associated not with fleeting social pleasures but with “nothing external to ourselves, nothing if not ourselves and our own existence.”

Classical musicians performing at the Grant Park Music Festival use earplugs to silence sound, improve performance

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago: Imagine an artist who puts on clouded glasses in order to paint. Or a ballerina who adds weights to her feet. Now consider a musician who puts in earplugs: not a rock star, who’s protecting his ears from deafening noises, but a classical soloist who by comparison works in near silence, and who believes that filtering out sound leads to a more nuanced performance. Meet pianist Steven Osborne and cellist Alban Gerhardt. They’re both world-class soloists who will be featured at Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, which starts Wednesday in Millennium Park. And they both consider earplugs as essential to their music-making as the instruments they play.

French Dance Company Puts Real Swans on Stage for 'Swan'

PRI's The World: The story of Swan Lake, the classic tale of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse, has been interpreted in countless ways since Pyotr Tchaikovsky first composed the ballet score in 1875. Who could forget Natalie Portman’s haunting performance in the 2010 psychological thriller, Black Swan. And now there is a new twist on the ballet.

Teamsters, IATSE up reality efforts

Variety: The two below-the-line unions repping most film and TV industry crews -- the Intl. Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees -- are ramping up their joint organizing efforts in the reality TV arena. "We are putting a lot of effort into reality because there's so much non-union work being done," said Mike Miller, IATSE's motion picture chief. "It really runs the gamut from shows that let us in the front door to shows that we have to push on."

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New players expand tuition insurance business [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Insurance News: Some students preparing to enroll this fall at Carnegie Mellon University have taken steps to protect their substantial investment in higher education by purchasing a special kind of insurance policy, one that may be unfamiliar even to veterans of the insurance industry.

For more than seven decades, CMU students have had access to an optional college insurance program known as the Tuition Refund Plan, which promises to reimburse students and their families for up to 100 percent of their semester fees if they need to withdraw because of a physical illness or accident.

Michael Grandage unveils groundbreaking West End season with 100,000 cheap seats

The Stage: Michael Grandage has announced his first project after leaving the Donmar Warehouse - a 15-month season of work in the West End with casts including Judi Dench, Daniel Radcliffe, Simon Russell Beale and Jude Law and 100,000 tickets priced at only £10.

How Did Broadway Tickets Get So Expensive? Blame the 1%

The Atlantic: The most basic thing to say* about why theater tickets are expensive to buy is that theater is expensive to make. Economist William Baumol famously observed that it's really hard to make a string quartet more efficient, because it's not feasible to replace the live violinist with a robot or with a cheaper Chinese violinist Skyping in from Shanghai. Similarly, you can't perform "A Long Day's Journey Into Night" with fewer than four principal actors. You also can't make it without a director, or a costume team, or a set designer, and so on. Prices are people, and theater is labor-intensive work, and that makes a night at the theater necessarily an expensive thing to consume

Howard Sherman: There's No Place Like Home

huffingtonpost.com: Just as Clybourne Park (premiered at Playwrights Horizons) and Once (workshopped at American Reportory Theatre, premiered by New York Theatre Workshop) -- with victories at The Tony Awards -- prominently reaffirmed how central this country's not-for-profit theatres are to new theatrical work, we learned that The Goodman Theatre's production of O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (not a new work) will not be brought to New York by producer Scott Rudin (though others may yet step in). Just as I confess to being pleased about the first two works being anointed Sunday night, I also confess that I am not disappointed by the prospect of Iceman remaining a Chicago phenomenon (even though those involved in the production may be).

Michael Boyd's last RSC season will be 'celebration of women in theatre'

guardian.co.uk: The final season announced by Michael Boyd as head of the Royal Shakespeare Company will feel like a "celebration of women in theatre", with plays directed by Lucy Bailey, Maria Aberg, Nancy Meckler, Emma Rice and Lyndsey Turner.
Boyd, who has been artistic director for a decade, hands over to Gregory Doran in September.

4-D movies: Next big thing for U.S. theaters?

latimes.com: As the giant spaceship crashes into the mysterious planet, the seats inside the movie theater heave back and forth and rumble like an earthquake.
"Back ticklers" in the seats thump as an astronaut dodges fireballs and rolls on the ground. A strobe light flashes and huge fans expel gusts of air reeking of smoke and gunpowder.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Facing Criticism for Lack of Asian Artists in Musical, La Jolla Playhouse Hosts Panel Discussion

Playbill.com: La Jolla Playhouse is offering a July 22 community panel discussion to explore the idea of multicultural casting following criticism of its casting choices for the current production of The Nightingale, a musical set in China but not employing a fully Asian cast.

Broadway's 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Receives Equity Diversity Award

backstage.com: Actors' Equity Association announced today that the multi-ethnic Broadway revival of "Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire" has been selected as the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2011-2012 season. The award will be presented at a reception before Equity's national council meeting Tuesday, July 17, at the Equity headquarters in New York City.

Theatre Factory’s ‘Xanadu’ presents a light-hearted look at the ’80s

TribLIVE: “Xanadu” isn’t quite “Rock of Ages” on roller skates, but both are fun musicals that celebrate the current wave of ’80s pop-culture nostalgia — with “Rock of Ages” on movie screens and “Xanadu” opening at the Theatre Factory in Trafford.

Reactive super-speed electromagnet dot display for Perception on TNT

breakfastny.com: For TNT's newest crime-solving show Perception we revived a sign technology of yesteryear to create an anagram-finding experience on the streets of New York. Made up of over 40,000 physical dots spinning from black to white at 15 times faster than originally designed to, the screen not only reflects back a unique image of anyone walking by, but allows you to actually hear those movements thanks to its mechanical nature.
Via DVICE

J-O-B ATD


POSTED: 7-26-2012
JOB TITLE: Associate Technical Director
REPORTS TO: Technical Director
START DATE: As soon as possible

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Work with the technical director to manage all aspects in the planning, build, load-in, tech, maintenance of scenery, and technical needs for all productions and events at Goodman Theatre

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Is DeWalt Working On A Saw Stop Mandate Work-Around?

Tool-Rank.com: If you have done any reading on the purposed Saw Stop mandate, you have probably noticed that most of the article writers are against it. It is not that we are against safety, we just don't like being told what to do, let alone by politicians that have probably never even used a table saw. And since we have the inventor of the Saw Stop to blame for these new safety regulations,

How to Get Work Done Quickly by Not Being Perfect

lifehack.org: The problem with working to perfection is that it causes stress that limits your productivity. You need to get the work done, it needs to be done well — but your focus on getting it perfect causes your anxiety to increase. How can you get the work done quickly…and do it well?

Announcing the Round I Selected Makers!

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire: Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire announces this year’s Round I selected makers, who will exhibit, demonstrate, perform and teach as part of the 2nd annual faire on Sept. 22, 2012 from 10am-4pm at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

ETCP Certifies 36 IATSE Local One Members in Theatre Rigging

Stage Directions: Thirty-six riggers from I.A.T.S.E. Local One earned Rigger – Theatre Cerftication from the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP). It’s a statement of the quality of stagehands working in Local One, as well as the org itself—the Local has made certification a priority with its Training, Education and Technology (TET) Fund, spearheaded by Education Committee Chairman Brother Paul Dean, Jr. In addition to his other duties as a chairman on the Local’s board of trustees, Dean helped organize a four-day training course in the run up to the certification exam.

Art Directors and Costumers Guild Host Panels at San Diego Comic Con

Below the Line: At the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, there were illuminating talks put on by a few below-the-line guilds, notably the Art Directors and Costumers, who each fielded a couple of panels over the weekend. The ADG’s first panel was Friday afternoon, featuring motion picture illustrators, with a second on Saturday morning featuring film and TV production designers. There was a reception in the lobby of San Diego Rep that harkened back to the roots of the craft, and also underscored something that Saturday’s panel moderator, John Muto (Species, Home Alone) said: “almost nowhere do they teach art directing.”

J-O-B TD


Technical Director
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View (near Huston), Texas

The Theatre Program at Prairie View A&M University seeks a full-time Technical Director for
2012-2103 (renewable).

Courses: Theatre Technology, Stage Craft and Introduction to Theatre. Oversees all production
activity and facilities. Instruction/supervision of students in practicum/shop. Provides effective
lighting, prop, sound and scenic design for all department activities. The Department produces 2
mainstage productions, student directing projects, recitals and troupes in a 150-seat black box.

J-O-B Project Manager


Project Manager
Stagecraft, Industries, Inc
Portland, Oregon

Perform project management responsibilities for projects that include theatrical rigging, drapery, performance lighting and dimming, and related theatrical equipment, primarily in new and renovation construction projects. Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work well in a team environment are essential.

Responsibilities to include:
1. Confirmation of the scope of work required for a project.
2. Facilitate the submittal process with the company’s Technical Design department, and the Customer /
Building Owner’s design team.
3. Prepare purchase requisitions for equipment buy-out items and prepare releases for manufacture for
equipment to be provided using in-house manufacturing capabilities.
4. Continuously monitor the construction schedules and site readiness conditions for assigned projects.
5. Foster an environment of open communication between the Project Management group and other internal
groups, i.e. other Operations groups, Design, Rigging Sales, Accounting & Administration
6. Ensure personal adherence to company policy & the company Mission, Vision and Core Value statements.
7. Comply with the required project-related administrative requirements. This includes timely submission of
information for project pay application documents, site safety plans, and any pre-site work labor
documentation.
8. Provide coaching to the customer where they may have misunderstandings of the theatrical equipment and
proper sequencing of work.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Show Networks and Control Systems- The Book

projectionfreak.com: RTFM. That acronym conjures up many a late night. There’s usually a point in everyone’s career when it comes up. Maybe it’s after a hellish night patching and re-patching around a piece of gear, maybe it’s after discovering that shiny-new rack has a lot of hidden surprises. But it’ll come up one way or another. I read manuals for fun. I love reading manuals. If they’re well written- so much the better. In the case of putting together all the stuff that makes our industry work, there really isn’t a manual. Use Google all you want, but there aren’t really any definitive writs that piece it all together.

Creating Daylight In An 11″ Space

Rosco Spectrum: The design team for Clybourne Park, this year’s Tony Award winner for Best Play, had a real problem. The upstage wall of the set calls for a kitchen window, through which the audience needs to see daylight. But there were only 11 inches between the back wall of the set and the back wall of the theater!

Designing 007 Exhibition: Costumes Galore

clothesonfilm.com: On 6th July, Clothes on Film were invited to the Designing 007 launch party in London. Apart from quaffing complimentary Bollinger and celeb spotting, we did make several circuits of the exhibition itself. As expected, Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style has a pleasing emphasis on the sartorial, particularly female costume. Vintage discoveries mix with contemporary recreations from all 23 James Bond films in themed rooms dotted across the Barbican Centre.

design from the front lines

Medium Reality: The summer weeks can be counted off by the order that plants come in, and we have already eaten its first juicy blackberries. That means that it's time to kick into overdrive, and make sure to get all the good times in while the days mellow and slowly get shorter. I have been hard at work in the store, alternating construction projects with frenetic bouts of sewing. This summer is all about mutated circus band uniforms crossed with understated urban basics! Check out the upcoming schedule of events. Write them down on a scrap of paper and slip it into your shoe. Then go hop a fence and find out what's on the other side! <3 R.

Writers’ Theatre Receives $100k NEA “Our Town” Grant

Stage Directions: Whatever its challenges, the NEA is certainly looking to change the way it interacts with arts orgs. It is giving out fewer small grants to small orgs, and betting on larger grants to projects that go beyond just institutional support. Their “Our Town” grant initiative grant awards money to a non-profit org that has partnered with a local government entity for a project that will “will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.” That’s a far step from simply giving operating funds to artists and arts orgs. The latest recipient of an NEA Our Town grant is the Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Ill. The grant will help Writers’ Theatre build a new theatre in downtown Glencoe. The new theatre center will be designed by 2011 MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang and Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects (SGA), and is meant to expand Chicago’s North Shore cultural corridor.

J-O-B TD

Technical Director
Adirondack Studios
Argyle, New York

Manage technical design department for design build vendor specializing in the theatrical scenery, museum exhibits and themepark attractions including show action elements.

J-O-B Media


This position is the Manager for Electrics and Video, but the university system titles the position as an assistant.  The individual would oversee two fulltime staff members, one is the Video Coordinator and the other is the Electrics Coordinator.

Assistant Manager, Electrics and Video
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland at College Park
Salary: High 40’s
Application Closing Date: Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Assistant Manager, Electrics and Video manages and supervises all lighting and video needs — hangs, focuses, technical rehearsals, performances and strikes — for all productions at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
-  Provides proactive leadership of the electrics and video services office, encouraging and facilitating collaboration.
-  Develops and executes routine maintenance plans for all electrics and video services equipment.
-  Oversees the educational experience for the student employees of electrics and video services.
-  Manages the annual maintenance and expenditures budget for electrics and video services.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

America's Top 10 Entertainment Law Schools

Hollywood Reporter: Looking to up your IP IQ? THR evaluated course offerings, practical training and the esteemed alumni of the nation's more than 200 law schools to create this first-ever list of the best spots for a stellar showbiz education

Americans for the Arts Announces 2012 National Arts Awards

backstage.com: Americans for the Arts, an organization that aims to advance the arts and arts education in the United States, announced the recipients of its 2012 National Arts Awards this week. The National Arts Awards are given annually to recognize artists and arts leaders who exhibit exemplary national leadership and whose work demonstrates extraordinary artistic achievement.

Sapsis Rigging Keeps Streb Safe on London Eye

Stage Directions: For an event titled “One Extraordinary Day,” the Streb dance troupe performed its mix of “extreme action” dance and movement at such London landmarks as the Millennium Bridge, City Hall, Trafalgar and Paternoster Squares, the National Theatre—and on the London Eye. Yes, that’s right, dancers were on the 400-foot-tall wheel, performing acrobatic moves while hanging from the spokes of the Eye, as it rotated. They earn the “extreme action” tag. Making sure they stayed extremely safe while clambering all over the spokes of the wheel was the responsibility of Sapsis Rigging. Sapsis Rigging provided design consultation, rigging equipment and all performer harnesses for all the events—not just the Eye—and every event happened without incident. Working on getting photos, but meanwhile, we do have some video of the performers rehearsing after the jump.

Mapping Your Patterns of Delay

Psychology Today: If you have an automatic procrastination habit (APH), you are likely to languish. To change the pattern, take an essential step. Create a procrastination log to find out what is going on. Transform procrastination distractions into productive actions. Here’s where to start. Map what you do when you procrastinate. Evaluate what is happening. Develop procrastination prevention skills. Via lifehacker.com

‘Hand Stories,’ by the Puppeteer Yeung Fai at Lincoln Center

NYTimes.com: A guardian angel singing snatches from the greatest hits of the British rock band Queen is perhaps the strangest apparition in “Hand Stories,” an autobiographical work from Yeung Fai, a Chinese-born puppeteer, presented at the Clark Studio Theater as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

J-O-B Production Coordinator


PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, a national center for the production, presentation, development, and study of the American Theater, located in Washington, DC is accepting applications for the position of Production Coordinator to assist the General/Production Manager and Associate Production Manager to meet the production and operational needs of the organization.  The position requires significant evening and weekend work.  Strong interpersonal and effective communication skills are necessary for this position. 

Responsibilities include:
  • Assist Associate Production Manager in liaising for the Production Department with Special Events, Community Engagement, Artistic Development, Operations and other departments as needed for all activities requiring Production support; coordinate Production deliverables and staffing as necessary
  • Serve as Stage Manager and/or Production Coordinator for events and supplemental activities in theaters and outside spaces as necessary
  • Assist in the scheduling, budgeting and delivery of production space and resources
  • Serve as liaison between the Production Department Heads, Production Management, and the Business Office to receive, code, track and submit all Production invoices for payment; submit payroll for hourly Production employees
  • Provide regular expense updates to Production Management and Production Department Heads
  • Work with Production Department Heads as necessary for overhire needs and to maintain the Production overhire list

J-O-B Video


Video Coordinator
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland at College Park
Salary: Mid 40s
Application Closing Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Video Coordinator will oversee all video/projection needs and occasional lighting needs (as assigned) at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The Coordinator's primary responsibility is the advanced planning and coordination, and onsite supervision, of lighting/video for academic units, presented events and rentals in the Center. The Video Coordinator supervises student employees and contingent staff assigned to Production. The Video Coordinator is also charged with instructing and training full-time employees in the Production department. The Video Coordinator assists in the acquisition, registration, inventory, locale assignment, maintenance and repair of all equipment assigned to Production.  

Monday, July 23, 2012

John Cleese on Creativity: Let Your Ideas Bake

lifehacker.com: We tend to think of procrastination negatively, but sometimes waiting as long as possible to tackle a task can be productive—especially if you're looking for creative solutions. John Cleese, legendary writer, actor, and tall person, shares tips on the creative process.

La Jolla Playhouse's Casting Controversy Over 'The Nightingale'

backstage.com: San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse became the target of an online backlash last week in response to the casting of "The Nightingale," which began performances at the theater July 10. Part of the playhouse's Page to Stage, a program dedicated to the development of new work in which the director and producers make changes based on audience reaction, the new musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable of the same name and is set in China, but with a mostly non-Asian cast.

Behind the Scenes Surpasses $250k In Giving

Stage Directions: In a statement that is both great and horrible, Behind the Scenes has announced that they have issued more than $250,000 in grants to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. The grants are given when people are at the end of their rope and facing catastrophic consequences from the cost of health care and are a godsend to the people who receive them. (Just read the quotes in the release below for evidence of that.) And, of course, a quarter of a million given out means that much had to be raised. Check out the release below, then surf over to their website and donate some dough to help your fellow crewmember.

New York Musical Theater Festival Report: 'Re-Animator the Musical'

NYTimes.com: Move over, Dr. Frankenstein and (Suddenly) Seymour. A new mad scientist is camping up musical theater, and he’s determined to steal the spotlight at any cost. He is Herbert West, a creepy medical student who learns how to bring corpses back to life in “Re-Animator the Musical.”

When Popular Culture Caught Up to the Way We Live Now

WSJ.com: It's said that most Americans under the age of 30 reflexively dislike movies made before 1970, especially those that were shot in black-and-white. If this is so, I suspect it's because such films portray an America that no longer exists. Those of us who are a couple of decades older than that well up with intense nostalgia at the sight of that reassuringly familiar place, even the uncomfortable districts that harbored desperate souls hurtling toward a rendezvous with film-noir death. After all, that's the place where we grew up. For those under 30, though, black-and-white America is an impenetrably strange land peopled with creatures who look like human beings but live in a parallel universe of fedoras, dial telephones, three-channel TV sets and more or less nuclear families.

J-O-B TD


THEATREWORKS, a small professional theater (SPT5) on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus, seeks an experienced Technical Director with excellent managerial and technical skills to produce scenic elements in a timely and cost effective manner. Ideally, position to begin late August, 2012. Full time position with vacation and health benefits. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

To apply please follow this link. 
https://www.jobsatcu.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=293427

J-O-B Director of Production


DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION- Chicago, IL

The Joffrey Ballet (Chicago) seeks a Director of Production to be responsible for coordinating and supervising all aspects of production.  Specific duties include supervising production, stage management and wardrobe crews, overseeing production budgets and expenses, preparing payroll, creating detailed production schedules and technical riders, advancing details with all venues, providing on-site management during load-in, load-out and performances (in Chicago and Touring),  seeking and negotiating with designers and managing production rentals. Experience in production management required.  Some touring experience preferred.  Must possess strong computer, communication and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and to work under pressure.   Send resume and letter of interest.
Full-time, salaried position with benefits
Position available end of July 2012

Laurie Garwood
The Joffrey Ballet
General Manager

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Designing a Desert Landscape in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney Parks Blog: Cars Land has been open for just over a month now and many of our you have commented on our beautiful landscaping. It’s almost its own attraction! Our landscape architects really outdid themselves as they researched and designed just the right planting palette to add beauty and detail to Radiator Springs. And of course they also were concerned with providing appropriate trees to provide shade and comfort for our guests.

A Coalition of Interest Groups Urge Streamlining Permits

backstage.com: With on-location filming on the wane, a coalition of California interest groups are urging local governments to standardize their production guidelines.

Playing Politics by Jules Odendahl-James

HowlRound: I’ve been struggling with the connection between “politics” and “theater” since the early days of my MFA directing curriculum. I (foolishly?) told my advisor that my approach to an upcoming scene assignment would be informed by feminist theory I’d been reading. He looked at me with a wry smile and said, “Just be careful not to let politics get in the way of the text.”

Stage Review: Pittsburgh CLO honors a classic in 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Some stage classics are like fine wine. They seem to grow richer with time. Such is the case with the Pittsburgh CLO's latest offering, the Tony award-winning "Fiddler on the Roof," at the Benedum Center, Downtown, through Sunday. Broadway veterans, regional theater regulars and children developing their musical theater chops revived with healthy doses of comedic flare, tenderness and charm the 1964 tale about the tug of war between Tevye the dairyman and his daughters over Old World values and New World ways.

'Local funding for arts to be cut by 90% by 2020' - report

The Stage: Local funding for arts and culture in England and Wales will have all but disappeared by 2020 unless there is a radical change in central government policy, the Local Government Association has warned. The claim is made in the LGA report, Funding outlook for councils from 2010/11 to 2019/20. In it, the LGA warns that cuts to local government funding from Whitehall, coupled with the increasing cost to local councils of delivering adult social care and other statutory services, will mean that discretionary funding streams will have to be cut by 90% in cash terms to meet a projected £16.5 billion shortfall. Arts funding is one such discretionary stream.

J-O-B Hall Manager

UChicago Jobs - Applicant Site : Posting Details: Performance Hall Manager: Responsible for the overall management of the 474-seat Logan Center Performance Hall and works closely with Logan Center users to provide technical support to events and programs. Coordinates and oversees all aspects of production and provides on-site supervision for all performance hall events including, lectures, conferences, film screenings, and performances, and assists in scheduling coordination of the Performance Hall.

J-O-B TD


Technical Director
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Theater and Dance


Under general direction of Production Manager, the Technical Director oversees all the technical elements and activities (except costumes) related to 8-9 main stage departmental productions including theater, dance, TAG, and Santa Barbara Dance Theatre. Acts as liaison between designers and shops to ensure all designs are translated and executed properly. Creates working drawings from designer drawings and elevations for use in shops. Facilitates all technical rehearsals for mainstage productions. Recruits, schedules, trains, and supervises student lab production run crews for mainstage productions. Evaluates these student crews for grading purposes. Coordinates production supervisors for all mainstage productions. Oversees technical budgets and coordinates budgets with area supervisors. Coordinates production schedules with area supervisors. Hires and supervises career, limited, and student employees. Assists in different areas as needed and as time permits. In addition to mainstage related duties, the Technical Director helps coordinate (on a more minimal scale) the technical needs for 12- 14 classroom related productions. In addition, hires and supervises production crews for all facility rentals. May teach and supervise student scenic and lighting shop labs and evaluate their work for grading purposes. May supervise student assistants assigned to productions. Responsible for use of safe practices in all technical areas.

Application reviews begin July 26, 2012.
Position available immediately
Full Time
Excellent Benefits

For more information and to apply, please visit : http://hr.ucsb.edu Job Postiong # ; 20120284

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