Most people have heard of Cirque du Soleil. In Las Vegas they run the "O Show" - a phenomenal production feat with a stage comprising of a 17-foot deep pool and mechanical systems that raise and lower set elements from under the water. The 122 technicians include scuba divers who ensure that the production elements and the 75 performers remain safe under the water!
Read the article.
View the photos.
The American Theatre Wing just put out an excellent new video interview with Tony Award-winning lighting designers Natasha Katz (Aladdin) and Howell Binkley (Hamilton) about the art and practice of lighting design for live theatre. View the video below:
Stage Directions magazine has published a fantastic article in its October 2016 issue titled "Early Days: A look at being an emerging professional." The article puts forth tips and perspectives from recent college graduates about having a broader perspective of the opportunities and realities of the industry as a recent worker in the industry. It's a great article - check it out!
Early Days: A look at being an emerging professional
Every year, Stage Directions magazine publishes a very comprehensive list of universities in the U.S. offering degrees in all aspects of theatre, including lighting design, sound design, stage design, stage management, technical production, etc. The October 2016 issue was their annual school directory issue, so if you're interesting in pursuing studies in theatre or entertainment design/technology, this is a great resource! Click on the link below to view the directory:
Stage Directions 2016 School Directory
Chauvet Professional, a U.S.-based lighting company, published an excellent blog post on August 29 with tips for those starting out in or a part of a entertainment technology program. Though written with the focus on lighting design, several of these tips are excellent life skills. To summarize, their tips include:
1. "As a rule, 15 minutes early is on time, on time is late."
2. "Read a lot. Reading helps you to develop your visualization skills."
3. "Listen to music with your eyes closed."
4. "Listen to more music. Same song, different artist."
5. "Observe naturally occurrences of light."
7. "Complete your projects with great detail."
8. "Collaborate with your classmates."
9. "Free time = scene shop."
10. "Work every position."
11. "Take a look at number 1."