Stage Directions

Magazine provides articles and industry news on technical theatre, including lighting, scenic design, sound design, and more.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 7, August/September

A Balancing Act
This tangy blend of old and newly minted plays can add spice to your season. electing a season often means striking a balance between the challenging and the familiar. The following array of plays are all newly published, but include restored classics,...
A Play for All Seasons
Experts pick the most popular plays and musicals being performed nationwide and place their bets on tomorrow's hottest properties. The trend in repertory selection this year for regional and community theaters is for intellectual theater and plays of...
A Seasonal Turn
EDITOR'S NOTE As you lather that second or third coating of suntan lotion on your heat-drenched limbs, it seems impossible to imagine that pretty soon those bathing suits and sandals you've been sporting will be replaced by woolen wintry garb and snow...
Back to the Future Lighting
With H. G. Wellsian talent, Ken Billington uses light to convey theatrical time travel. Lighting designer Ken Billington has a 16-page resume, including such Broadway hits as Chicago, Candide and The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe....
Conjuring Magic from Simplicity
TOYS OF THE TRADE As a new season looms on the horizon, a college designer/director recommends two choice products and details their possible applications. Those those of you who design, build and paint scenery, there are two commendable products that...
Courting in Two
How the design team of a Chicago theater was able to juggle two different shows in repertory. Every spring, Chicago's Court Theatre undergoes two startling back-to-back scenic transformations in which the classics-inspired troupe performs its rotating...
Dialogue
Pocket Full Of Miracles And Body Miss Thank you for the "Boning Up On Body Mics" article (May SD 2001) that removed some of the mystery in dealing with sensitive but sometimes necessary equipment. I have found that including the costume designer and/or...
Give Me That Ole Cincy Feeling!
Despite some recent the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati is becoming a prolifie incubator of some of the nation's best new plays When the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati was founded 15 seasons ago, it had two main goals: Firstly, they would complement Cincinnati...
Have I Got an Act for You
Production Planning & Resouces SPECIAL SECTION The art of dealing with booking agencies. The telephone answering machine at the Marge Ghilarducci Agency in Berkley, Massachusetts, informs callers that the office will be closed for the next few days...
In the Green Room
Industry Scuttlebutt Lighting Parley The ninth annual Broadway Lighting Master Classes (BLMC), a four-day roundrobin of lectures and demos on a slew of issues pertinent to lighting professionals and aspirants, will be getting an added boost this year,...
Louisville Dynamo
SCENE SHOP A scenic designer at one of the nation's top regional theaters goes above and beyond the call of duty at a critically heralded annual festival. The question everyone wants to know about Actors Theatre of Louisville's Paul Owen, who has designed...
Marketing Most Unusual
SPECIAL SECTION How to sell the quirky plays in your season. A theater company takes a risk when it places in its program a play that is unfamiliar or avantgarde. Although creative risks are extremely important, there is always the fear that a world...
Midwest Renaissance
CINCINNATI SCHOOL SPOLIGHT A multimillion dollar renovation is revitalizing one intensive theater training program. The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) recently held an official gala opening for the $93 million new construction...
Nonprofit Boards That Works: The End of One-Size-Fits-All Government
If you're looking to turn your theater into a nonprofit, check out this excellent list of resources. Book publisher Jossey-Bass and its parent company, John Wiley and Sons, offer a wealth of material for nonprofit organizations. We counted 52 titles...
Perspectives on Planning
Three artistic directors discuss the nuts and bolts of planning a season. "Planning for the season is one of the most joyful but difficult things for an artistic director to do," says Richard Hamburger, artistic director of the Dallas Theater Center....
Que Pasa? the Slippery Slope of Translation
A playwright discusses how she recently employed translation with a new Japanese play. I remember sitting through my first translated play: Bonjour La Bonjour, by Michel Tremblay. While I wasn't old enough to realize that the words weren't in their original...
Starting and Managing A Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide
Starting And Managing A Nonprofit Organization: A Legal Guide, 3rd ed., by Bruce R- Hopkins, provides valuable guidance for those starting new nonprofits, as well as essential advice for directors of established organizations. Written in plain English,...
The Nonprofit Handbook: Management
If you're looking to turn your theater into a nonprofit, check out this excellent list of resources. Book publisher Jossey-Bass and its parent company, John Wiley and Sons, offer a wealth of material for nonprofit organizations. We counted 52 titles...