Listings are now being accepted for the Stage Directions Summer Study Directory
Listings are now being accepted for the Stage Directions Summer Study Directory
Stage Directions kicks off summer in January with the Summer Study Directory. The annual Directory is a compendium of all the educational programs available to actors, designers, technicians and everyone else in theatre, no matter their age. From summer camps for grade schoolers, to pre-college programs, to study opportunities for college students, to continuing education for professionals, if it happens during the summer, it can be found in the Summer Study Directory. And if your program isn’t a part of it, it should be! Organizations can submit their free listing for the Directory at trd.stage-directions.com/summerstudy.

Read more: Summer Study Directory Now Accepting Submissions

James and Catherine Denny will receive the 2014 Leadership Award for Excellence from The Theatre School at DePaul University
James and Catherine Denny will receive the 2014 Leadership Award for Excellence from The Theatre School at DePaul University
The 2014 Awards for Excellence in the Arts gala from The Theatre School at DePaul University will take place Monday, Nov. 3 and will honor James and Catherine Denny with the 2014 Leadership Award for Excellence in the Arts and Theatre School Alumnus P.J. Byrne will receive the 2014 Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Read more: The Theatre School at DePaul University Hosts Awards Gala

A stipulation of the state grant was that the automated fixtures be used to train students.
A stipulation of the state grant was that the automated fixtures be used to train students.
The South Arkansas Community College was awarded a grant to purchase an intelligent lighting system, and train students how to use the fixtures. The school chose an Elation LED lighting package.

Read more: South Arkansas Community College Chooses Elation Light to Train Students

Students at a previous Shakespeare Competition at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
Students at a previous Shakespeare Competition at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University will welcome more than 3,000 students and 118 schools to the 38th annual Shakespeare Competition from Oct. 9-11. Students from across the intermountain west area will compete as actors, dancers, musicians, and theatre technicians before panels of theatre, dance and music professionals in the largest scholastic Shakespeare competition in the country. Competitors range from sixth grade to high school seniors. Each participating school is invited to prepare up to three monologues, two duo/trio scenes, and an ensemble scene, as well as an interpretive dance, minstrel and madrigal music, and several presentations in technical theatre.

Read more: Utah Shakespeare Festival Welcomes Students for 38th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Norcostco and USITT partnered for the workshop which takes place Sept. 20
Norcostco and USITT partnered for the workshop which takes place Sept. 20
USITT will offer a half-day workshop teaching airbrush makeup techniques and special effects like cuts and bruises on Sept. 20 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Norcostco Makeup Manager Kelsey Kruse will teach the class in the morning and afternoon to increase availability. The class is part of USITT Presents, a training series offering low-cost continuing education opportunities year-round and nationwide. More details from USITT after the jump.

Read more: USITT Offers Airbrush Makeup Workshop at Texas Tech

A Philips PLProfile1 LED, like the ones installed at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
A Philips PLProfile1 LED, like the ones installed at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
George Kwiter worked with Forman and Associates to renovate the lighting system the historic Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena, Calif. Kwiter chose 18 PLprofile1, 12 PLfresnel1, and eight PLcyc1 LED luminaires from Philips Selecon for the renovation. Kwiter chose the fixtures after being impressed with them at a demo given by Forman, and chose the fixtures thanks to their energy efficiency, the fact the fixtures offered “the most up-to-date lighting equipment for the students to learn on” and wide color range, which offered students and designers “any color they wish.”

Read more: Marshall Fundamental Secondary School Chooses Philips PL Series Fixtures in Renovation

The Rosie’s Theater Kids scholarship fund was made possible by a $500,000 donation from The Gerald and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation.
The Rosie’s Theater Kids scholarship fund was made possible by a $500,000 donation from The Gerald and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation.
Rosie’s Theater Kids, a New York City arts education organization co-founded by Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Klinger, launched a new scholarship fund to help underserved New York City school kids pursue a degree in higher education in the field of their choice. The program is made possible by a $500,000 donation from The Gerald and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation. The first recipient is Lauren, a 17-year-old originally from Queens, a senior at Professional Performing Arts High School in NYC who calls Rosie’s Theater Kids her “second family.” Lauren—and future scholarship recipients—will receive “gap funding,” the remaining balance of funds needed to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid reward and the cost of tuition.

Read more: Rosie’s Theater Kids Launches College Scholarship Program

The Link event takes place Nov. 14-15 in Atlanta
The Link event takes place Nov. 14-15 in Atlanta
USITT and SETC have teamed up to present Link, an affordable interviewing and networking event for grad school candidates. The event takes place Nov. 14-15 in Atlanta, and costs only $40 for each candidate to attend ($125 for a school wishing to attend). Link lets candidates submit portfolios online and schedule interviews with schools in advance. The event also include a Friday night reception, sponsored by Focal Press, for candidates and schools to network and socialize.

Read more: USITT, SETC and Focal Press Link Audition/Interview Event for Aspiring Grad Students

Rubbing Elbows with Experts, a service of Pacific Northwest Theatre Associates (PNTA), will present a webcast interview with theatrical lighting legend Richard Pilbrow on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Pilbrow will speak about his career in technical theatre, and registrants may submit questions before the interview for Pilbrow to answer. This is the inaugural interview webcast from Rubbing Elbows With Experts, which aims to present a series of educational interviews as a means to let Rubbing Elbows members learn from and connect with movers and shakers in the field of live production they might otherwise be unlikely to connect with.

Read more: Rubbing Elbows With Experts Presents Webcast Interview with Richard Pilbrow

The USITT Lighting Design Commission is searching for projects to use in the update to their Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium. Projects can range from concept papers to practical design projects and undergraduate to grad student in their difficulty. Deadline for submission of projects is October 15. USITT plans to offer the newly updated Compendium as a hard copy in a three-ring binder at the USITT Bookstore during Annual Convention & Stage Expos and as a print-on-demand/downloadable option throughout the year.

Read more: USITT Requests Projects for Teaching Lighting Design Compendium

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