July 2012

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July 2012

News & Notices


LD&T Commission Plans Poster Session

Lighting Design & Technology Commission will add a poster session to its lineup of 2013 events as part of USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo. This will be the first time the lighting designers, technicians, and educators will be able to share their ideas in a session similar to those currently presented by the Education, Costume, and Scene Design Commissions.

Those who have ideas are asked, when planning designs and construction techniques for fall productions, to document them and take this opportunity to share innovations with peers.

This is a time when lighting designers, technicians, and educators share with colleagues information that is probably not well-known or perhaps of their own invention. This includes, but is not limited to, a new solution to an old problem, a new problem and its solution, a classroom or management technique, the results of research, or other ideas, discoveries, or developments in the field of lighting.

Poster presentations are widely accepted as meeting the requirements for scholarly publication. Those who work for an educational institution might be able to get the school to provide funding for the Milwaukee 2013 Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Details on the submission process will be available in early fall.

Scenography Book Available

World Scenography 1975-1990 has now been published. It is the first of a three-volume series of books documenting great stage designs from around the world. The authors note this is a "must have" book for any serious student or practitioner of design for theatre. It has over 1,300 photographs of significant design work from over 62 countries.

For more information, visit www.worldscenography.org.

Plan Showcase for Opera Directors, Designers

OPERA America has announced the third round of the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase.

As part of a continuing effort to foster emerging opera artists, OPERA America continues the bi-annual Director-Designer Showcase, made possible by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund. The program's intent is to bring new talent to the forefront and connect promising directors and designers with those who are in a position to advance their careers. OPERA America will consider applications from director-driven teams of artists. Each team must create a production proposal for an American opera chosen from a curated list. The Showcase is open to emerging opera/theater artists, regardless of their membership status with OPERA America.

To view the guidelines and application, visit operaamerica.org/grants. The intent to apply deadline is Friday, August 24, and the final application deadline is Monday, October 8. For more information contact Laura Lee Everett at 212-796-8620, ext. 203 or LEverett@operaamerica.org.

Moscow's Chekhov Festival Provides Arena for Innovation

The 10th Chekhov International Theatre Festival held May 25 to July 31, 2011 featured stagings by well-known and much loved grand masters of the world theatre such as Philippe Genty, and Mathurin Bolze of France; Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Russell Maliphant, and Matthew Bourne of Britain; and Emma Dante and Romeo Castellucci of Italy. Spain was represented by The National Dance Theatre of Madrid with choreographers Nacho Duato, Alexander Ekman, and Phillippe Blanchard. Maria Pagés performed her own created style of the flamenco dance.

Moscow audiences were able to see mini-retrospectives of three one-act ballets choreographed by Merce Cunningham, dating from three different periods of his artistic career, and the latest production, Botanica, by American choreographer Moses Pendleton of Momix Dance Company.

The 11th Chekhov International Theatre Festival will take place in Moscow in 2014.

The festival was established by the International Confederation of Theatre Associations in 1992. It highlights the works of well-known theatre giants such as Peter Brook, Giorgio Strehler, Peter Stein, and Otoмar Krejca. By its third season, the festival matured to feature works of directors who were famous globally: Ariane Mnoushkine, Robert Wilson, Christoph Marthaler, Krystian Lupa, and Tadashi Suzuki. Performances by the Zingaro Equestrian Theatre and Decklan Donnellan have fascinated Russian theatregoers. The format of the Chekhov Theatre Festival eventually expanded to include opera and ballet.

The Festival has become a major ground for presentations of new work, ideas, and experiments as well as for sharing experiences, conducting workshops and meeting artists and experts at round-tables.

American Theatre goes Digital

As of the July/August issue, American Theatre will be digitally available on zinio - the world's largest newsstand and bookstore.

Digital editions of the magazine will provide the same material that appears in print plus exclusive features like video, audio, and live links on desktop, laptop, tablet, smartbook or mobile device.

This new technology will make each issue of AMERICAN THEATRE readily available to a global audience. Readers can purchase content to be read on any screen, and zinio provides the ability to search inside, read, share, and save digital content. The 1,000 theatre leaders attended the TCG National Conference in Boston (Model the Movement) were the first to receive AMERICAN THEATRE's premiere digital edition.