A scene from The Greenshow, 2014, which featured students from Southern Utah University. (Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Karl Hugh.)
A scene from The Greenshow, 2014, which featured students from Southern Utah University. (Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Karl Hugh.)
The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University have partnered to form the Festival Fellowship Program, providing SUU undergrads professional theatre experience via an internship program. Participating in the inaugural year are Henry Ballesteros, Madison Ford, Josh Hopkins, Amber James, Trevor Messenger, Kristy Dennett, Errin Gropp, Kristy Koslowski, Ryan Turpin, and Jacob Whitney.

Read more: 10 SUU Students Participate in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Inaugural Festival Fellowship Program

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has expanded its class roster for students and adults
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has expanded its class roster for students and adults
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will offer more classes this fall as part of their Shakespeare Theatre Academy. The most popular classes from last year will return along with seven new seminars. Classes meet once a week and include a new class for elementary school students grades 1-4, “Creative Dramatics” and the new Teen Actors Workshop that will train young artists in ensemble work and performance techniques. Classes for adults include: Adult Scene Study—Performing Shakespeare; and  Stage Makeup: Zombies, Vampires and Ghouls…Oh, my!, in which guest artist Stephen Davis will teach students about contouring, as well as techniques to create bruises and wounds, old age and decay using Ben Nye Theatrical Makeup.

Read more: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Expands Roster of Fall Classes

 The Production and Design Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama will convert the Shop Theater to an LED rig to help students learn to use the lighting technology
The Production and Design Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama will convert the Shop Theater to an LED rig to help students learn to use the lighting technology
The Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will convert a performance space this summer to an LED rig. The transition will give students an opportunity to learn “the latest lighting design techniques on state-of-the-art LED equipment.” The “LED Project” will replace the majority of the lights in the department’s Shop Theater with LED fixtures, becoming the first theater space on campus to utilize LEDs as the primary source of stage light. The new LED equipment will include wash units, spot units, and moving heads. Students will participate in every stage of the LED Project—from evaluating fixtures and meeting with lighting manufacturers to using the fixtures in class and in their productions. The LED P&D Studio renovation was made possible by an anonymous gift to the NYU Tisch School, as well as matching funds from Tisch Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell.

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RADA lighting design student Amy Mae used the Selecon PLprofile1s and PLfresnel1s on Harold Pinter's Betrayal
RADA lighting design student Amy Mae used the Selecon PLprofile1s and PLfresnel1s on Harold Pinter's Betrayal
The London Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) used Philips Selecon’s PL range of LED fixtures for their productions of Betrayal and High Society in 2013. RADA's Head of Lighting Matt Prentice worked with Selecon to specify a mixture of PLprofile1s, PLfresnel1s and PLcyc1s for the shows. For Betrayal, Lighting Designer Amy Mae liked the Selecon PLprofile1s’ and PLfresnel1s’ colors and versatile beam angle, while Lighting Designer Matt Leventhall used the PLCyc1 and praised its “smooth” coverage.

Read more: RADA Uses Philips Selecon PL Range for Fall Plays

Center Theatre Group has launched a new blog, The Grid, intended to be a space where educators can “meet, discuss, share and enrich the field of theatre education.” The blog aims to help teachers integrate theatre into their curriculum.

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USITT will celebrate all the winners at the annual trade show in March.
USITT will celebrate all the winners at the annual trade show in March.
Ahead of next month’s USITT conference in Fort Worth, Texas, USITT and its various commissions are announcing the awards winners of various competitions they hold throughout the year. USITT’s Architecture Commission will give the Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center in Maui the Honor Award, as well as recognizing the SFJAZZ Center and the Bing Concert Hall in California and the Jerome Robbins Theater in New York with Merit Awards. Additionally, USITT and its partners have named the winners in the 11 Young Designers & Technicians categories. The winners are: Mercer Aplin, Dan Efros, Lindsay Hinz, Leah Pelz, Nicholas Christiani, Patrick Rizzotti, David Valentino, Alexa Busnot, Kai Ravelson, C. Nikki Mills, and AJ Cook. More info about the students, their schools and the awards they won after the jump.

Read more: USITT Names Young Designers & Technicians Award Winners, Announces Architecture Honors

The Theatre School at DePaul University’s new building, which has achieved LEED Gold Certification
The Theatre School at DePaul University’s new building, which has achieved LEED Gold Certification
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded DePaul University’s new Theatre School building LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status, making it Chicago’s first performing arts building to receive that level of certification. The building is the fourth building at DePaul to receive LEED certification, was awarded certification thanks to features like: green roofing to reduce storm water run-off and create additional insulation; the optimization of energy performance (energy efficient primary heating, cooling, and ventilation systems); the use of recycled content in construction materials, use of regional materials, and construction waste recycling; the use of low emitting materials throughout, and indoor air quality management; and automated lighting and mechanical systems controls. The Theatre School building was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, with Cannon Design. WMA Consulting Engineers designed all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Schuler Shook was the theatre planning consultant. Kirkegaard Associates was the acoustics consultant. W.E. O’Neil Construction was the general contractor.

Read more: The Theatre School at DePaul University Attains LEED Gold Certification

The Broadway/San Diego Ben Vereen Awards will take place June 7 at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego.
The Broadway/San Diego Ben Vereen Awards will take place June 7 at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego.
Broadway/San Diego is launching a new high school competition, the Ben Vereen Awards, as part of the National High School Musical Theater Awards program. Local San Diego high school students will have a chance to compete for the titles of Best Actor and Best Actress at the at the Spreckels Theatre in Downtown San Diego on Saturday, June 7, 2014.The winners will compete in the Southwest Regional competitions to be held at the Spreckels Theatre on June 14 for a chance to continue to the National High School Musical Theater Awards program in New York City.

Read more: Broadway/San Diego Joins National High School Musical Theater Awards Program with Ben Vereen Awards

The Junior Theater Festival takes place Jan. 17-19 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Junior Theater Festival takes place Jan. 17-19 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Junior Theater Festival takes place from Jan. 17-19 this year, and Music Theatre International will stream video of three of the festivals events over the internet. More than 4,500 students and teachers will join musical theatre luminaries at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta for the festival, which is produced by the Junior Theater group in partnership with the arts education consultancy firm, iTheatrics, and “celebrates young people and the transformative power of musical theatre.” MTI will live-stream the Disney Musical New Works Showcase (Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 pm Eastern), Pathways to Success with Andy Jones and Evan Ruggiero seminar (Sunday, Jan. 19, 9:15 am Eastern), the In Performance presentation of songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 pm Eastern). The stream is available at http://www.mtishowspace.com/jtf2014

Read more: Junior Theater Festival Will Stream Three Sessions

ETC will provide several students with scholarships to the 2014 Stage Lighting Super Saturday.
ETC will provide several students with scholarships to the 2014 Stage Lighting Super Saturday.
ETC will sponsor the 2014 Stage Lighting Super Saturday event, funding “several” student scholarships to the event and providing lunch for all attendees. ETC will not be demo’ing its technology at the event. Stage Lighting Super Saturday takes place Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. Students interested in scholarships should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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