We Need More Women on The Technical Side of Things

We Need More Women on The Technical Side of Things

Let’s face it. Most aspects of theatre are male-dominated, including most aspects of design, directing, and honestly even acting. But I think that it’s time we talk about something that rarely gets brought up- the lack of women in technical aspects such as carpentry, electrics, and sound. Last year on Broadway, only 4% of Broadway electricians were women, while 11% of sound technicians were female and 0% (yes, that’s right, 0%) of carpenters were women.

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Why We MUST Respect the Tech Crew

Why We MUST Respect the Tech Crew

I rarely hear anything more ignorant than, “All the techies do is push buttons and get annoyed with us.” It’s so wrong and just plain horrible.

I will admit to having underestimated what it takes to be a theatre technician in the past. Not only the skill, but the amount of sheer drive, love for the craft, and patience that the job requires are astounding to me.

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Respect for Sound Design

Respect for Sound Design

My interest in sound design probably comes from the radio. I’ve also worked as a radio dramatist. Sound effects form one of the three principal ingredients of sound in theatre, film, radio, and television, the other two being dialogue and music.

Unlike film or radio, theatre is an ancient medium. It used sound effects long before electronic or mechanic recording existed. We suspect that when Lear walked the stormy heath, someone backstage was rattling sheets to simulate thunder.

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Redesigning “Rent” – A Talk with “Rent: Live” Production Designer Jason Sherwood

Redesigning “Rent” – A Talk with “Rent: Live” Production Designer Jason Sherwood

Long before Jason Sherwood was asked to design the set for Fox’s upcoming “Rent: Live,” he was a fan of the show. He saw “Rent” on Broadway twice; once from the back of the mezzanine and once in the front row as a recipient of a $20 rush ticket. Both times he was “blown away by the energy exploding off the stage” and touched by the boundary-pushing musical. “As a gay person, this was the first show I'd ever seen where two people of the same sex sang a love song to each other,” he remembered, “That visibility and that kind of storytelling was handled so beautifully and so effortlessly.”

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Painting with Light: Why light designing is vital to a show

Painting with Light: Why light designing is vital to a show

I still love to act in shows, and I still love to stage manage, props, sound, being a Jack of all trades, if you will. But there is a lot of reward with being a lighting designer. After all, they’re the reason the audience can see what’s going on, and why the actors aren’t falling off the stage or in the orchestra pit.

So, if you’re interested in aspects of light designing, I highly recommend getting in touch with your community theatre. My local theatre Associate Artistic Director was gracious enough to spend time giving me classes based on light designing. I find joy in being able to find something I love doing, and showing people some fantastic work from that talent.

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Creating Worlds: A Cow as White as Milk

Creating Worlds: A Cow as White as Milk

Into the Woods. 

One of my favorite shows of all time. When our theatre decided to do it, I knew I would audition, but before that I said I would be the properties designer. I knew the props would be a challenge, with Rapunzel’s wig and the harp and the million other things necessary for the show. 

In volunteering for that position; however, I kind of forgot about one thing. 

The cow. 

How the hell was I going to do the cow?

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