CMU School of Drama

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cirque du Soleil Artist Dies After Fall in Vegas

Variety: The Cirque du Soleil performer who died in an onstage fall Saturday night did not slip out of her safety harness, says a spokesman for the company.
“At this point in time, I can’t confirm exactly what happened. But I can confirm that she did not slip out of her harness,” said Cirque spokesperson Renee-Claude Menard of the accident that claimed the life of veteran aerialist Sarah “Sassoon” Guyard-Guillot.

Cirque de Soleil performer dies after 50-foot fall A performer in the Las Vegas Cirque de Soleil show Kà was killed Saturday night in a 50-foot fall during the show, the Las Vegas Sun reported Sunday.
Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, a mother of two who had spent more than 22 years as an acrobatic performer, was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. Saturday night at the city's University Medical Center.
The Sun quoted audience members who said that Guyard-Guillot fell during the show's dramatic final battle scene, in which many of the artists are suspended from wires along the massive, vertical stage.

Cirque du Soleil artist dies after fall in Vegas

Yahoo! News: "Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the (show)," he told the Sun. "But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage."
The show momentarily continued, then stopped. Minutes after the accident, a recorded announcement informed audience members that refunds or vouchers to future shows would be offered, and the crowd was dismissed.

Cirque performer dies in Vegas “(The artist) was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down,” audience member Dan Mosqueda told the Las Vegas Sun. “Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.”

Cirque du Soleil performer dies during show at MGM Grand "The entire Cirque du Soleil family is deeply saddened by the accidental death of Sarah (Sassoon) Guyard, artist on the production 'Ka,' that happened on Saturday, June 29, in Las Vegas.... Our thoughts are with her family and the entire Cirque du Soleil family,” Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte said in a statement.

Cirque Du Soleil performer killed during show after 50 foot fall to her death

Orlando Pop Culture | Currently, the organization is cooperating with the police and other authorities involved. Saturday's night performance of "Ka" was canceled after the incident as have all future performances until further notice.
Audience members said that during the final parts of the show, the Cirque Du Soleil performer was suspended by a wire and simply fell. One even took to Twitter and said the "wire snapped" and Guyard "fell fast & awkwardly at least 50 feet."

Cirque du Soleil performer killed in Las Vegas show A performer from the famed troupe Cirque du Soleil died in a weekend accident during a show at a Las Vegas casino, authorities said Sunday.

The performer, 31-year-old Sarah Guyard, was pronounced dead shortly before midnight Saturday, the Clark County, Nevada, medical examiner's office told CNN. The cause of death had not been determined Sunday afternoon, the office said.

Cirque du Soleil artist killed in fall from stage during 'Ka' at MGM Grand

The Kats Report - Las Vegas Sun News: Sarah Guyard-Guillot, an artist in "Ka" at MGM Grand and a mother of two young children, was killed Saturday night after a fall from the show's stage at MGM Grand. The Clark County Coroner's Office said this afternoon that Guyard-Guillot, 31, was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. Saturday at University Medical Center.

ABTT 2013 Annual Awards

Lighting&Sound America Online - News: The Association of British Theatre Technicians 2013 Annual Awards, sponsored by two of the organization's Silver Industry Supporters Group members, Stage Electrics and Triple E, took place on Wednesday, June 12, following the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show. With the Awards' jury judging throughout the day and final deliberations taking place late in the afternoon, winners were presented with their individually engraved hook-clamp trophies at London's Truman Brewery, in front of exhibitors, guests and ABTT members.

Carmel Set To Raise Curtain For National Community Theater Gathering

Indianapolis Star | Carmel will find itself in the center stage spotlight as it welcomes theater lovers for a weeklong celebration of the arts. More than 600 community theater participants from throughout the United States, as well those serving in the armed forces abroad, will gather for AACTFest 2013 June 17-23 at the Tarkington Theatre at the Carmel Performing Arts Center. AACT, the American Association of Community Theatre, will feature 12 of the top national stage productions hand-picked from a rigorous two-year cycle of state and regional theater festival competitions. The event, hosted by the Carmel Repertory Theatre, also will include a technical theater conference, theater educational workshops and top theater vendors.

IATSE Uncorks On BottleRock

Pollstar: A month after glowing reviews of the May 8-12 BottleRock Napa Valley festival in California’s wine country, a storm is brewing over unpaid bills including a reported $630,000 owed to more than 140 union stagehands. And they’re not the only ones waiting for checks. There are reports of bounced checks, missed payments and unpaid charities amassing as patience wears thin among vendors and others who helped make “Northern California’s Coachella” happen.

When unpaid internships are illegal

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All In: A U.S. District Court Judge ruled in favor of interns and against Fox Searchlight Pictures because the intern's work on the movie "Black Swan" was that of an employee who should be compensated under the law and the Judge also certified a class action lawsuit. Chris Hayes talks with one of the plaintiffs in the case, his lawyer, and a labor expert on how this case could change the status of the intern class in America.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

More than 10,000 Free ANSI Standards Downloaded

PLSN: More than 10,000 standards have been downloaded since April, when PLASA and ProSight Specialty Insurance announced their partnership to make PLASA’s American National Standards available to the industry free of charge as part of an effort to boost industry knowledge and safety. Among the most popular: ANSI E1.2, relating to aluminum truss and towers; ANSI E1.4, on counterweight rigging systems; ANSI E1.1, on wire rope ladders; and ANSI E1.6-1, on powered hoist systems.

At The Movies, The Women Are Gone

Monkey See : NPR: I live in the D.C. metro area, which is a very good place to find films. If you don't live in New York or Los Angeles, it's about the best you can do. I'm within 10 miles of a multiplicity of multiplexes, not to mention four theaters I would consider "art house" theaters or at least mixes of wider-appeal fare and smaller stuff. According to Fandango and some back-of-the-envelope math, excluding documentaries and animation, there are 617 movie showings today — that's just today, Friday — within 10 miles of my house. Of those 617 showings, 561 of them — 90 percent — are stories about men or groups of men, where women play supporting roles or fill out ensembles primarily focused on men.

Project recreates Shakespeare’s social network : Did the famous scientist (or someone else) write some of Shakespeare’s plays? To precisely trace the influence and ideas of Bacon, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and more than 6,000 others from the early modern period—the 16th-17th centuries—researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created the Six Degrees of Francis Bacon project to allow scholars and students from around the world to reassemble the era’s networked culture. The project pulls together centuries of books, articles, documents, and manuscripts that have been scattered and divided in order to understand the role of linked connections in spreading ideas and knowledge.


Chicago Plays - Your Source For Theatre In Chicago - League of Chicago Theatres: We have need a TD for a show that loads into Theater Wit on August 26th. Access to a building space is a plus. The TD is responsible for building the set, but not painting it. Since our load in time is limited, it it extremely helpful if we can do some pre-building. There is a $500 stipend and a budget for shop rental overhire as well as a separate materials budget.

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Science Of How Applause Spreads In An Audience

Popular Science: Sorry, Toastmasters. When people clap at a performance, they're not really driven by how much they enjoyed what they saw, according to a new study. Instead, they decide how long to applaud based on the applause they hear around them. The research is part of a larger field in which scientists try to figure out how memes spread among people. Clapping is like a small, brief meme that moves its way through the limited audience watching a performance. And it really is just as infectious as a great gif or a communicable disease. When the researchers graphed the times at which people started and stopped clapping, the graph had a sigmoidal curve, like graphs of people getting infected and then recovering from a disease, the researchers wrote in a paper published this week in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

John Carpenter's Steadicam of Terror

Tested: Last month, Garrett Brown, who invented the Steadicam, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. It’s a well-deserved honor. The Steadicam is indeed a wonderful innovation that’s taken the bumps and shakes out of camerawork, and as much as we love the shakicam scenes we’ve seen in horror flicks like the original Evil Dead, any movie fan knows there are innumerable incredible segments and camera moves that wouldn’t have been possible without the Steadicam.

Jules Fisher Awarded Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from CMU

Theatre content from Live Design Magazine On Sunday, June 2, just a week before he won another Tony for his lighting of Lucky Guy on Broadway, lighting designer Jules Fisher received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, for his outstanding contribution to the fields of lighting design and theatre planning.

Temporary Performance/Event Structures | Safety Guideline for the Live Performance Industry

Ministry of Labour: The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out the duties for all workplace parties including owners, constructors, employers, supervisors and workers. In recognition that constructors, employers and supervisors have some of the main responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of all workers, the OHSA imposes general and specific duties on them and provides for other duties to be prescribed by regulation.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Counting the Women

Women and Hollywood: Last Friday, NPR writer Linda Holmes duly infuriated the masses by actually going out and counting the movies about women and the movies directed by women that were playing in her neighborhood. Linda lives in a Washington DC, a city, with lots of movie choices and still the reality was stark.

Naked Pope Incident At CMU: Indecent Exposure Charges Dropped For Student Katherine O’Connor A Carnegie Mellon University student who dressed up as the pope and was naked from the waist down -- with her pubic hair shaved in the shape of the cross while handing out condoms -- is no longer facing criminal charges of indecent exposure. Katherine O’Connor, 19, was dressed up as the naked pontiff at an on-campus art school parade earlier this year. Campus police filed charges against O’Connor and fellow student, Robb S. Godshaw, 22, who allegedly portrayed a naked astronaut at the same parade, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

IATSE settles dispute over 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' In true soap opera fashion, several locals of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union have kissed and made up with Prospect Park, a production firm behind online versions of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Production of the Web soaps was abruptly halted earlier this month amid a dispute over payment rates to union members. IATSE represents crew members.

Clair businesses make Lititz the Hollywood of live-event industry

Central Penn Business Journal: Frankie Valli listened to what the Clair brothers told him would work best in his show at Franklin & Marshall College and examined the speaker cabinets they provided. He and his bandmates from the Four Seasons had recently done a show in Miami with Herb Alpert, who was an industry anomaly at the time because he traveled with his own sound system.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pittsburgh Film Office head says uncapped tax credit would be boon to Pittsburgh and the entire state

Blogh: State Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s move last week to uncap the state’s $60 million film tax credit couldn’t come at a better time for the state’s film industry. Well, that’s not entirely true. The incentive program actually ran out of funds in October, just four months into the new fiscal year. That resulted in the loss of 25 projects state wide, says Dawn Keezer, executive director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. She estimates those projects could have resulted in a boon of more than $200 million to the state. But regardless of the past, she says she lauds Pileggi’s move and hopes it meets speedy passage in the state legislature.

Two Carnegie Mellon students who marched nude reach deal to have charges dropped

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A Carnegie Mellon University student who dressed as a naked pope and another who portrayed a naked astronaut during an on-campus art parade in April will have their indecent-exposure charges withdrawn so long as they each complete 80 hours of community service. The agreement, struck by CMU, the district attorney's office and the students, was "a great result" for Katherine B. O'Connor, 19, and Robb S. Godshaw, 22, who had been scheduled for preliminary hearings Monday morning, said attorney Jon Pushinsky, who represented Ms. O'Connor on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Carnegie Mellon cheers 'bumper crop' of Tonys

Yahoo! News: There was plenty of applause heard during the Tony Awards — and perhaps no place louder than from as far away as Pittsburgh. Seven alumni from Carnegie Mellon University took home Tonys, a glittery haul that was both a school record and a huge source of pride for a theater department that turns 100 next year. Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Judith Light each took home acting Tonys, while Ann Roth got one for best costume design, and partners Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer won for best lighting design of a play. Martin Platt also won as producer of the best play winner, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." "We've had a bumper crop," said Peter Cooke

Sean Holmes: 'Maybe the existing structures of theatre in this country, whilst not corrupt, are corrupting' Last night (17 June) Lyric Hammersmith artistic director Sean Holmes launched 'Secret Theatre', an eight-month season that will be performed by a rep company while restoration work is carried out on the theatre. Here, reprinted with kind permission, is his speech in full

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Watch as this liquid nitrogen pool party goes horribly wrong A recent Jägermeister pool party in Mexico turned to panic after organizers poured four buckets of liquid nitrogen into the water, sending eight to hospital and leaving one partygoer in a coma. As you'll see in this video, things got ugly pretty quick. In what undoubtedly seemed like a good idea at the time, the staff poured the liquid nitrogren into the pool to create a 'smoke on the water' effect. People in the pool began to asphyxiate almost immediately. Some people fell unconscious and slipped under the water, as those outside the pool called for help. The man in a coma is just 21-years-old.

Offensive leniency

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Watching the Carnegie Mellon University art student leave court the other day ("2 CMU Students Who Marched Nude Reach Deal to Have Charges Dropped," June 11), I was disappointed to see that she did not appear before the judge in the pope costume that she wore in the spring carnival parade on campus. I thought she would want to show the court what, in her opinion, was appropriate attire in public.

Musical review: King Kong, world premiere at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne

Herald Sun: WHEN King Kong first emerges from the dim mists of Skull Island, roaring and beating his chest, he has the audience gaping in awe. The six-metre Kong is the runaway star of this new musical and the most fully developed character on stage because of his expressive, almost human face, imposing physicality, majesty and grace. It is heartbreaking to witness such a magnificent - albeit mechanical - creature chained, tranquillised then exhibited as a freak show.

On GPAs and Brainteasers: New Insights From Google On Recruiting and Hiring

LinkedIn: “We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.” That was just one of the many fascinating revelations that Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president for people operations, shared with me in an interview that was part of the New York Times’ special section on Big Data published Thursday.

J-O-B Technical

Lafayette College is in the midst of restructuring the Theater Department and the Performing Arts Presenting portion of the Williams Center.  Currently this means we are looking for someone who can join us as we seek to clarify our needs.  While we are currently looking for someone that might be temporary, if we are lucky enough to find a qualified person this could turn into a permanent position.  

The person we are looking for will be responsible for supporting the technical needs of the Williams Center for our touring groups that come in (primarily dance and music).  Very little in the way of scenic needs, but someone comfortable with operating a rigging system (hanging drapery), someone capable of running and preparing for light hangs and focus with guest and touring designers, work with vendors to procure equipment for the space (lighting, rigging, safety, etc.), work with student and professional crews.  In an ideal world this person has some scenic background that would allow them to also run the scene shop or load-ins on stage, but honestly, we will play to the strengths of any qualified candidate.

This obviously means we need someone familiar with Vectorworks or some form of CAD.  Someone who makes safety a priority as well.  And really we need someone who works well with students and touring artists.  This position will probably work very closely with me in order to better support our needs in the performing arts on campus.

If you feel like you know someone who might be suitable and looking for employment come August, please let me know.  If you have any other questions/concerns just ask, I would be more than happy to clarify.  We are trying to move on this rather quickly as contracts are being handled soon.  Thanks so much!

Zach Tysinger

Assistant Production Manager
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Monday, June 24, 2013

melinda looi + materialise: asia's first 3D printed fashion show in a collaboration between belgian-based 3D printing pioneer materialise and malaysian designer melinda looi, a marriage of technology and fashion come together, as asia’s very first 3D printed fashion show sheds light to the public. as an avid lover of nature and the environment, looi suggests 'birds' as a theme for the event, influenced by the fascinating engineered species a collection of five avian creations are sent down the runway

Bare minimum: CMU satirists receive the proper punishment

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Two Carnegie Mellon University art students who marched nude in their school's Downhill Derby in April will have to serve 80 hours of community service in exchange for having charges of indecent exposure dropped. It is a wise compromise. Had Katherine B. O'Connor, 19, and Robb S. Godshaw, 22, been convicted on the second-degree misdemeanor charges, both would have been compelled by law to register as sex offenders in some states -- a ridiculous turn of events for students who believed their protest was protected by school tradition and First Amendment guarantees.

Courts Weigh Legality of Unpaid Internships

MSNBC: When you think of the Natalie Portman movie Black Swan, labor rights violations might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But according to a recent ruling from a U.S. district court, the production company Fox Searchlight Pictures violated labor law by letting unpaid interns work on the film.

Live Nation Teams With Insomniac Events in ‘Creative Partnership'

Billboard: During a panel at his own EDM Biz conference, Insomniac Events’ CEO Pasquale Rotella casually confirmed what his long been rumored: His company will formally partner with Live Nation. Described as a “creative partnership,” the venture will allow Live Nation to access the festival brand's loyal and fast-growing fanbase, while providing the promoter the benefit of Live Nation’s infrastructure and capital.

J-O-B Technical Director

Chicago Plays - Your Source For Theatre In Chicago - League of Chicago Theatres: Crabapple Productions is seeking a Technical Director for our summer 2013 production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. The TD will supervise Load-in and Build, collaborate with designers to build the set and ensure the success of all design elements. Load-in is August 19 with performances August 22-September 1 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Studio One. Please email resume to Emmi Hilger at The position pays a stipend.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

He's Gone: As Schwagstock founder Jimmy Tebeau enters federal prison, should other music-festival organizers worry about on-site drug use?

Page 1 - News - St. Louis - Riverfront Times: Anybody who has ever attended Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Sasquatch or other major summer music festivals understands that drugs are an inescapable part of the experience. Many people enjoy the show sober. Others stick to alcohol. But inevitably there are thousands of people stoned out of their skulls, on every hallucinogen under the sun. It has been that way since the Woodstock era, when "sex, drugs and rock & roll" was a to-do list as much as an ethos.

Should Concert Promoters Go to Jail if Audience Members Do Drugs?

Hit & Run : Via Jeff A. Taylor's Tumblr comes news that Jimmy Tebeau, the founder of a Missouri-based rock festival known as "Schwagstock," is starting a 30-month sentence in the slammer. His crime? Running concerts at which drug use and sales was prevalent.

Filmmaker picks a copyright fight with “Happy Birthday”

Ars Technica: Filmmakers and TV producers have long been harassed by Warner/Chappell Music, a subsidiary of Time Warner that enforces the copyright on "Happy Birthday," probably the most popular song in the world. If that song pops up in any TV show or movie, the creators are sure to get a hefty bill. The makers of the critically acclaimed 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams had to pay $5,000 for a scene of one of the protagonists' families singing the song. By 1996, Warner/Chappell was pulling in more than $2 million per year from licensing.

A Landmark Tony Awards Season for Black Actors When Cicely Tyson was asked to star in “The Trip to Bountiful” on Broadway this spring, she knew some people might regard it as a marketing ploy. Her role was originally conceived as a white character, after all, with Geraldine Page winning an Academy Award in the 1985 film version.

The Future from Where You Are Now

TCG Circle: Every semester, I ask my Introduction to Theatre students a question about innovation. Imagine what theatre will be like 20 years from now: what will you be seeing? What technological innovations will influence productions? What are ticket prices? And, every semester, I get one or two students who vehemently assert that the next generation of theatre will be revolutionized with the introduction of 3D technology. After I’ve deducted points, lived through the pang of guilt that I’ve failed them as a teacher, and reminded them that their life is in 3D, I find myself sympathetic to the reasoning (however flawed it may be) behind their answer. In those students’ minds, and I think in the minds of many, theatre is not nearly as technologically sophisticated as film. It makes sense that in twenty years “lowly” theatre would be finally “catching up” with what’s hot in film. And, think of what that merge will finally do! I mean Warhorse was great, but can you imagine if the horse was CGI? Mind = blown.

Wolf Trap Foundation's Internship Program

Wolf Trap: Wolf Trap Foundation's Internship Program provides project-based training and experience to approximately 40 interns annually. As a Wolf Trap intern, you become an integral member of our team, working with staff and other interns on meaningful projects. You'll interact with Wolf Trap board members, patrons, and business leaders who can add to your experiences. Fall Internships are paid, part-time positions (20-24 hours per week). Housing is the responsibility of the student, although guidance in this matter is available. Interns are required to have a car, as Wolf Trap Foundation is not accessible by public transit.

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Next Step Towards Gender Parity for Women Directors

Women and Hollywood: A couple of months ago there was a big meeting at the DGA addressing the issue of the lack of opportunities for women directors. It took about a year to organize and was met with a positive response. But positive responses don't necessarily mean action. In order for there to be real change and for women to get more opportunities there needs to be significant institutional change not only at the DGA, but also in the industry. That will take a very long time, even though there have already been women pushing and pushing for decades. It's not that this is a new issue. It's been going on for decades.
HowlRound: Just as HowlRound was finishing up its tweet chat on "Making a Career, Making a Living in the Arts," the news broke that a judge for the Southern District of New York ruled that Fox Searchlight had violated the law by not paying its interns. The U.S. Department of Labor has guidelines on what constitutes an internship and what is minimum-wage work, but those guidelines are subject to some interpretation, and many corporations have proved all too eager to interpret them liberally. Today's ruling takes a big step towards clarifying these criteria by determining that what interns on Searchlight's production of Black Swan gained from the opportunity was "incidental to working in the office like any other employees and [was] not the result of internships intentionally structured to benefit them." In other words, businesses can no longer claim that simply being on the set or in the rehearsal room is a benefit worthy of an internship.

Can Theatre Help Us to Better Understand the Elderly? Despite the regular way it ticks by, time doesn’t always seem to move at a logical pace. Days blur gradually from one to the next, yet it can also feel like years have escaped in a sudden flash. This paradox of time is central to Sprat Theatre Company’s One Day in the Life of Henri Shnuffle, which is currently transporting audiences to the experience of time for the elderly.

Disney Theatrical Eyeing Muppets On Stage

Variety: Disney Theatrical Prods. has quietly initiated early explorations of a live stage show featuring the Muppets, commencing late last month with a short but elaborate presentation directed by Alex Timbers.


Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, and Williams, Inc. (WJHW) is accepting applicants for the position of Theatre Systems Designer in their San Antonio office. This individual will support the firm’s theatre consultants and project managers in the development and administration of designs on a variety of architectural projects.

The prospective employee will possess all the following qualifications and experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theater or engineering.
  • At least three years of experience in one of the following:
    • A stage lighting contractor, consulting firm, or lighting manufacturer.
    • A theatrical rigging contractor or rigging equipment manufacturer.
    • Project management in an architectural firm.
    • Project management in a theater or other entertainment industry setting.
  • Experience in the production of drawings using AutoCAD and Revit.
  • Good Microsoft Office skills.
  • Knowledge of multiple lighting control protocols.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, engineers and other design team members.
  • A willingness to travel as a necessary component of fulfilling the job responsibilities.
Job Functions:
  • Assist in developing the design of theatrical lighting, rigging and stage equipment systems for architectural projects -- new construction and renovations.
  • Create CAD drawings and prepare detailed specifications for part of bid document packages for WJHW clients.
  • Coordinate with architects, engineers, and contractors on project detail.
  • Provide review and oversight of the work of specialty contractors providing systems for WJHW projects.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Radiohead stage collapse: Charges laid in fatal accident

Toronto Star: The investigation into the fatal stage collapse at a Radiohead concert last summer has ended in 13 charges against Live Nation, a staging company and an engineer. The Ministry of Labour announced the charges Friday, just shy of the one-year anniversary of the collapse at Downsview Park. Scott Johnson, a 33-year-old drum technician, was killed and three others were injured at the sold-out show. “It will never bring Scott back, but (the charges are) a little bit of closure,” said Paul Bonney, Johnson’s best friend and the drummer for the Australian Pink Floyd Show. As well was working for Radiohead, Johnson was Bonney’s drum tech.

Live Nation Canada Charged in Radiohead Stage Collapse

Music News | Rolling Stone: The Toronto Star reports that the ministry announced 13 charges on Friday under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Eight of the charges were filed against the concert's promoter, Live Nation Canada, and Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP. The ministry said that Live Nation "failed to ensure the structure was designed and constructed to support or resist all likely loads and forces, it was adequately braced, there were no excessive loads and every employer complied with the act," according to The Star.

What Do Recruiters Look For On LinkedIn?

Lifehack: If you aren’t using LinkedIn as part of your job search, you may want to start cracking! According to a recent infographic, 89 percent of recruiters have used LinkedIn to fill a position at some point, and 97 percent of all HR and staffing professionals use LinkedIn for their recruiting efforts. In addition, the use of the site in recruiting is expected to rise this year.

When art fought the Cold War

The Art Newspaper: In the 1990s, a long held suspicion was confirmed: the US Central Intelligence Agency secretly sent Abstract Expressionism and other forms of American art and music abroad in the 1950s and 1960s as part of a propaganda campaign to assert American cultural dominance in the Cold War era. The first chief of the CIA division spearheading that campaign stated why the operation had to be clandestine: “It was very difficult to get Congress to go along with some of the things we wanted to do—send art abroad… In order to encourage openness we had to be secret.”

How Mary Zimmerman Handled Kipling’s Racism and Misogyny in a New The Jungle Book Musical Director and playwright Mary Zimmerman has been hard at work adapting The Jungle Book for the stage at the Goodman Theatre (June 21 to August 4). She's already shared how she went about creating the new musical, but she also took some time to answer how she reconciled some of the story's more controversial aspects. You spent a lot of time researching Rudyard Kipling before adapting the musical. What did you think of the man, especially his politics in regards to India? Kipling’s politics are pretty terrible and pretty undeniable. One thing I learned though, he came by them honestly. His parents left him at age 8, he and sister were left at a facility where both were systematically abused. He’s written about this in his autobiography.

The Trouble with Mary

News - Silk Road Rising: For years I have bit my tongue about director Mary Zimmerman. After all, she is much beloved in Chicago theatre and has even been declared a “Genius.” I simply went ahead with my business, voicing the occasional criticism behind closed doors. Not wishing to risk the wrath of calling out a local star on her reckless, unexamined Orientalism. Well, not any more. Not after reading the interview she gave Chicago Magazine’s Catey Sullivan ( An interview so shocking and breathtaking in its insensitivity and apologetics that to remain silent would only erode my conscience. So I am calling Zimmerman out, in the hopes that Chicago theatre makers and theatre goers can begin a conversation. - See more at:

J-O-B Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre Production

Drexel University is looking for a full time Faculty member in theater production to serve as the TD of the new Black Box space and serve as the production manager and mentor for theater program students. Applicants must go to to apply. Information on the position below. We are looking to fill this position immediately so please apply as soon as possible.

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre Production (full time, non-tenure track position)

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The faculty member will teach undergraduate courses in Theatre Production, Introduction to Production Practicum, Production Design and other technical Theatre courses depending on his or her area of expertise. Teaching will make up fifty percent of this position and the other half of the load will be to serve as a Technical Director and Production Manager for theater program shows. Experience as a stage manager is a plus.