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Archiving Technical Theater History

Archiving Technical Theater History

By Richard Bryant
This free podcast is a long form conversation hosted by traveler, writer and curiosity seeker Rich Bryant with friends and guests that include artists, designers, authors and whoever steps up to the mic.
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Episode 125 - Ana Aguilera - Part 1
Production Manager, Technical Director, Graduate Student, Ana Aguilera joins me in a brief conversation about some of the current topics happening in today's theater world.   The Theatre Art Life Podcast -  Ana Aguilera - LinkedIn Profile
August 02, 2021
Episode 124 - Mental You
Thoughts on mental well being and being in the arts.   Simone Biles withdraws from Olympics -
July 29, 2021
Episode 123 - Voice of the Voiceless
"Why We Should Avoid Becoming “the Voice of the Voiceless” YOU DON’T! HAVE TO ENDURE IT -  NE!MUSÍŠ TO VYDRŽET - in Czech Performance European Theatre Convention Article - Click to read Article
July 17, 2021
Episode 122 - 150 Million - Yale’s Drama School Goes Tuition-Free and is renamed David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University
July 05, 2021
Episode 121 - PQ 2023 - RARE - PQ 2023 information - Life Unseen / Lifewtr - World Stage Design
June 28, 2021
Episode 120 - Thinking out loud
After over a year on the sideline, I'm back.  It's been a challenging 13 months.  These first few podcasts are going to be rough and I look forward to working the kinks out.  Hang in there.  I've got a lot of good stuff coming your way.  
June 20, 2021
Corona Chronicles Day 71. May 21, 2020
This Podcast is brought to you by The Archiving Technical Theater History Facebook Group. Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  - Show Email: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."   - Muhammad Ali News and Notes: - 'What even is theatre now?': the fringe artists left out in the cold - Theatre’s Left Behind Freelancers - Mass Resignation: A Letter from the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble USITT - Website / Facebook USITT Education Commission - Facebook
May 22, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 70. Mat 21, 2020
This podcast is brought to you by the Archiving Technical Theater History Facebook Group. Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  - Show email: " Greatness Lies within you.  Under adversity some break records, while others simply break.  But the truth is we all have it in us to be great, and our destiny shouldn't be left up to fate.  So rather than wait I say forge ahead and create a future you dictate, and then stick two fingers up to fate"    -  Georges St. Pierre  (MMA Champion) - UK Cultural Recovery WhatsOnStage.Com - National Theatre WhatsOnStage.Com - Open Letter TheGuardian.Com - British Theatre BBCNews.Com - Sir Alan Ayckbourn PlayBill.Com - Pride Plays StageDirections.Com - The New Group USITT - Facebook / Website
May 22, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 69. May 20, 2020
This Podcast is brought to you by The Archiving Technical Theater History Facebook Group. In Memoriam - David Thayer DT’s remarks - from the Celebration honoring his career, held on February 13, 2019 in Thayer Theatre in the Theatre Building News and Notes: - “#GESTEZCHEZVOUS” PARTICIPATIVE PROJECT BY COMPAGNIE HIPPOCAMPE AND THÉÂTRE VICTOR HUGO - Here's How to Support Freelance Immigrant Theatre Artists Impacted by COVID-19 - Curve Leicester to remain closed until November - Guthrie Theater announces layoffs that take its staff from 262 down to 55 USITT - Facebook / Website
May 21, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 68. May 19, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show Email - Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you plann'd: Only remember me; you understand It will be late to counsel then or pray. Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad.  -  Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894) News and Notes: - IATSE Endorses Joe Biden for President of the United States - Derby Theatre: 'Theatres can be a key ally in regenerating communities' - Supply companies: ‘We’re planning for the worst and hoping for the best’ The - 'Glimmer of hope': leading performers return to London's Wigmore Hall - ‘The Expendables’ Studios Nu Boyana in Bulgaria Re-Opens USITT - Facebook 
May 19, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 67. May 18, 2020
This show is brought you to by Archiving Technical Theatre History on Facebook Questions, Comments Suggestions -  - Show Email: President Obama - Commencement Speech 2020 News and Notes: - Shakespeare’s Globe Could Close Permanently Due to Coronavirus, U.K. Legislators Warn StageDirections.Com - IATSE Hires Epidemiologists to Consult on Reopening Procedures - THE INTERNATIONAL ONLINE THEATRE FESTIVAL IS EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 31, ADDING ELEVEN NEW PRODUCTIONS StageDirections.Com - National Theatre at Home Streams Barber Shop Chronicles for Free via YouTube May 14 – 21 - The Daily Distraction: Tina Fey and Jonathan Groff Are 2 Lovers in the Amish Night USITT - Website / Facebook OISTAT - Website
May 18, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 64. May 15, 2020
This podcast has been sponsored by Archiving Technical Theater History on Facebook Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  - Show Email - "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie - Physicist News and Notes: - INTERNATIONAL ONLINE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2020. A GLIMPSE INTO THE PHYSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCES. - Sheffield Theatres to present outdoor performances of Shakespeare shows in 2020 - in 1: the podcast – #98 Quarantine Happy Hour #6 - Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Ends Broadway Run Due to Coronavirus - Disney Theatrical Productions Reveals Next Steps for Hercules and The Jungle Book Musicals, Aida Revival, More - Answering Your Questions About Convalescent Plasma Donation, COVID-19 Treatment Research, Antibody Testing and More USITT - Facebook / Website
May 15, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 63. May 14th, 2020
This show is sponsored by Archiving Technical Theater History on Facebook.  Bringing together the world to exchange, knowledge, experiences and the need for greater appreciation for the history of the people, places and items that have made the technical production arts.  Questions, Comments, Suggestions - -Show Archive: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” “Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.”  - Coach John Wooden News and Notes: - An industry in freefall: dance sector calls for urgent help - 'We put on theatre no matter what': what will Australian stages look like post-pandemic? The - Zoom with a view: how lockdown art classes are booming online - The Actors Fund Has Distributed over $10 Million of Financial Assistance - WIT AND WISDOM: “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” AT THE DELACORTE THEATER - Playbill Teams Up With Pride Plays for Multiple Live Stream Productions Throughout June - Remembering Tony-Winning 'Golden Girl' Bea Arthur on Her 98th Birthday USITT - website / facebook USITT  / OISTAT Education Commission    - website / facebook
May 14, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 62. May 13, 2020
Sponsored by Archiving Technical Theater History on Facebook Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  - Show Email: "Somedays its just better to take the penalty than to argue with the referee." - RB   News and Notes: TheatreTimes.Com -SHAKESPEARE ON ZOOM: HOW A THEATRE GROUP IN ISOLATION CONJURED UP A “TEMPEST” - People likelier to spend more money on cultural events after lockdown than less, YouGov poll finds - WhatsOnStage announces the Lockdown Playwriting Prize - Metropolitan Opera Stage Manager Co-Authors Petition to Support Entertainment Industry Workers in the Worker Relief and Security Act - Next up on the Tech Table Webinar: KC Wilkerson Speaks with Projection Designer Aaron Rhyne Oistat - Facebook / Website USITT - Facebook / Website 
May 13, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 61. May 11, 2020
Show Sponsored by the Archiving Technical Theater History Facebook Group Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show email: “My wife's the reason anything gets done, she nudges me towards promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one our son is her most beautiful reprise. We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they're finished songs and start to play. When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised--not one day. This show is proof that history remembers. We live in times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers--remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa's symphony. Eliza tells her story. Now, fill the world with music, love, and pride.” ― Lin-Manuel Miranda News and Notes: - Hamilton Broadway recording to be released on 3 July 2020 on Disney - New week of performers giving live concerts from home announced The - Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online - Broadway League's Charlotte St. Martin, Roundabout and Lincoln Center Heads, More on Advisory Council to Reopen NYC's Culture Sector - Broadway Shutdown Extended Through the Summer Due to Ongoing Coronavirus Crisis CITT / ICTS - Facebook / Relaunching arts and culture in the aftermath of COVID-19 USITT - Facebook / Website
May 12, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 60. May 11, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show Email - “You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.” -  Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poet's Society News and Notes: U.K. Cinemas Won’t Reopen Sooner Than July 4, Government Confirms Rachel Khoo, Gok Wan Shows Among New Discovery Series to Be Filmed at Home Stage UNCSA’s Brett Sellitti Wins USITT’s Richard Hay Undergraduate Scene Design Award Stage The Event Safety Alliance Releases Guidance to Assist Event Professionals Reopening During the COVID-19 Pandemic Regent’s Park Open Air Season Postponed to 2021 USITT - Facebook / Website
May 11, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 59. May 10, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions show email - Mother's Day Poem By Maya Angelou - “MOTHER, A CRADLE TO HOLD ME”  News and Notes: - Unconventional Mom Movies to Watch on an Unconventional Mother’s Day - Theatre Community Comes Together May 10 for Broadway Does Mother's Day - 10 West End musicals to watch now on BroadwayHD - Website
May 10, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 58. May 8 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show Email - “Today it may seem hard we can’t mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and doorsteps. But our streets are not empty. They are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.” HRH - Queen Elizabeth News and Notes: Variety.Com - Queen Elizabeth Addresses U.K. in Rousing VE Day Speech - POLISH SHAKESPEARE ONLINE: MAJA KLECZEWSKA’S “MACBETH” - The Guthrie Theater Pushes Opening to March 2021 and a Truncated Three Show Season - Musicals out, one-man plays in: Broadway gets creative waiting for show to go on - Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical By Jeeves right here for free all weekend - Upcoming Cast Recordings - Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: May 9 OISTAT Lighting Design Working Group - Facebook USITT - Facebook / Website
May 09, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 57. May 8, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions  Show Email - Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire. You're just going to have to make up your own mind one day about what's right and wrong.    - Homer Bannon ( HUD 1963) - Will the Tonys Be Canceled? Broadway’s Biggest Night Might Not Happen in 2020 WhatsOnStage - Streaming has created the best free festival in history – but theatre needs donations to keep the show on the road - National Theatre to Release Streams of A Streetcar Named Desire Starring Gillian Anderson, Coriolanus, More - Lin-Manuel Miranda Launches Campaign Supporting Immigrant Communities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic USITT - Facebook / Website
May 09, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 56. May 7, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - "If you don't find the time, if you don't do the work, you don't get the results" - Arnold Schwarzenegger News and Notes: Variety.Com - Exhibitors Facing Challenges as Some German States Reopen Cinemas Variety.Com - Norway’s Cinemas Can Reopen, but for Many It’s Too Soon - Trafalgar Entertainment acquires Theatre Royal Sydney - Yard Theatre announces Animal Crossing performance as part of free digital festival - NYC's Shetler Studios Closes Its Doors After 30 Years - Broadway Dreams Launches Virtual Training Intensives USITT - Facebook
May 07, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 54. May 5, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show email - “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too.  Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”  – Frida Kahlo News and Notes - HOW TO SUPPORT THE ARTS DURING A PANDEMIC Variety Online - U.K. Casting Directors’ Guild Calls on Film, TV Industries to Safeguard Theater WhatsOnStage - Complicité's The Encounter starring Simon McBurney to be streamed for free online StageDirections - in 1: the podcast – #97 Quarantine Happy Hour #5 - Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop Wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama USITT - Facebook / Website ATTH - Archiving Technical Theater History Canon Timeline of Theatrical History - Website
May 06, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 53. May 4, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show email - “When Gone Am I, The Last Of The Jedi Will You Be. The Force Runs Strong In Your Family. Pass On What You Have Learned.”  "Do or Do not.  There is no try" -Master Yoda News and Notes: - “GATORS” AT TRAMP PRODUCTIONS - “BEAUTY & THE BEAST:” CHILDREN’S STORY, A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE WhatsOnStage - Theatre News - Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: May 4 USITT - Facebook
May 04, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 52. May 3rd 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.  -Desmond Tutu News and Notes: - LOCKDOWN: A TESTING TIME FOR SURABHI THEATRE ARTISTES IN HYDERABAD - A THEATRE PROJECT EXPLORES COLLECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO SAVING THE OCEAN Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Radio Atmospheres 2020 Blog / Facebook Society of British Theatre Designers - Facebook - PBS is now streaming plays from its Great Performances series for free - The 50 best plays of all time WhatsOnStage.Com - Seven Disney films that belong on stage
May 03, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 51. May 2, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show Email: If you want to make a difference in the lives of the people you lead, you must be willing to walk alongside them, to lift and encourage them, to share moments of understanding with them, and to spend time with them, not just shout down at them from on high.  -Tony Dungy News and Notes TheatreTimes.Com - “WISE CHILDREN” AT YORK THEATRE ROYAL Stage Directions Magazine - Shure Webinar: History of the Unidyne 55 Microphone - This day in Theatre History Oistat Lighting Design Working Group - Facebook - Stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free
May 02, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 50. May 1, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions. Show Email - “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ― Nelson Mandela News and Notes: - “DE LEGE ZAAL: BROKEN SHAPES” – RIMAH JABR AND DAREEN ABBAS / MOUSSEM - DRINK FROM THE WELL OF YOURSELF: “PLAY IN YOUR BATHTUB” AS QUARANTINE COMFORT THEATRE - TRY AGAIN. FAIL AGAIN. FAIL BETTER. USITT- Facebook   /  Website
May 01, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 49. April 30, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show email - “There is no future, there is no past. I live this moment as my last. There's only us. There's only this. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road. No other way. No day but today. I can't control my destiny. I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be. There's only now, there's only here. Give into love, or live in fear. No other course, no other way. No day but today” - Johnathon Larson (Playwright of the Musical "Rent") News and Notes: - CULTURE MATTERS: LLUÍS PASQUAL, PEDRO ALMODÓVAR AND SPAIN’S CULTURAL SECTOR RESPOND TO THE SEEMING INDIFFERENCE OF THE COUNTRY’S MINISTER OF CULTURE - Live Streamed Webinar, Tech Table hosted by KC Wilkerson Premieres May 2, 2020 with Natasha Katz - A talk with BroadwayHD founders Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane - Theatre Community Bands Together to Help Children Affected by COVID-19 With The Homebound Project - Celebrate Jonathan Larson's Rent With These 10 Iconic Quotes USITT - Facebook / Website Archiving Technical Theater History -  Facebook group
April 30, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 48. April 29, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - “What’s the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make right decisions? Experience. How do you get experience? Wrong decisions.”  – John Wayne News and Notes - Theatre Times - “ISOLATION” BY THE UNKNOWN PEN Theatre Times - "ALEXANDRIAN ARTIST DANCES DURING QUARANTINE IN EMPTY PUBLIC SPACES" Theatre Times - MUSICALS DOMINATING TEHRAN’S THEATERS: THE BOX OFFICE’S POPULAR TREND USITT - Facebook / Website Stage Directions - Backstage@Home: Antique Letter Writing with Props Stage Directions - The Winchester Little Theatre Miniature Prop Room: An Eye for Detail
April 29, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 47. April 28, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show email - "A wise bear always keeps a marmalade sandwich in his hat in case of emergency." Paddington Bear News and Notes The Guardian - 'Theatre kept my mind so activated': the existential crisis of Sydney's 'standing ovation man' WhatsOnStage - A theatre in Massachusetts is planning to re-open this August with strict social distancing measures and solo shows WhatsOnStage - Rose Theatre Kingston launches poetry reading series featuring Christopher Eccleston, Angellica Bell and more - Opera Philadelphia to Stream Its World Premiere Productions of Breaking the Waves, Denis & Katya, More - 16 Theatre-Related Online Resources for Kids and Families to Get You Through COVID-19 Stage Directions Magazine - National Theatre at Home: Next up, Frankenstein Streaming for Free Stage Directions - Facebook USITT Facebook - Facebook
April 28, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 46. April 27, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show email - “There are always and only two trains running. There is life and there is death. Each of us rides them both. To live life with dignity, to celebrate and accept responsibility for your presence in the world is all that can be asked of anyone.” — August Wilson News and Notes Passing of Tony Hall - Trinidad Theatre Workshop Theatre Times - THEATRE DURING SELF-ISOLATION: DANGER AS OPPORTUNITY WhatsOnStage - English National Opera to hold drive-in performances at Alexandra Palace WhatsOnStage - Watch the Bring It On UK and Ireland tour cast rehearse in isolation - Watch: Celebrating 50 Years of Company The Guardian - Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online The Guardian - 'It felt like shutdown took my future': 50 creatives launch online dramas USITT - USITT Facebook
April 28, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 45. April 26, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show Email - "The life of a play begins and ends at the moment of the performance. It is here that authors, actors and directors express what they have to say. If the play has a future, a chance to last, it can only reside in the memory of those who were present and who have kept a trace of it in their hearts. No form or interpretation is eternal. In theatre a form must be fixed for a short time, then it must pass. As the world changes, there will always be and must always be new and totally unpredictable performances". Peter Brook News and Notes: - THE MAGIC IS IN THE MINIATURE: TOY THEATRE THRIVES ONLINE DURING QUARANTINE - VR, THEATRE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF IMMERSION The Stage - Coronavirus: Three more months of lockdown could end our careers, say 35% working in comedy - Cast of Broadway's Sing Street to Perform Benefit Concert From Their Homes Around the World - Watch Drew Gasparini's Virtual Concert for We Aren’t Kids Anymore WhatsOnStage - Six musical releases worldwide performance from isolation featuring casts from the West End, Broadway and more Scenography - Facebook Scenography - POP - Palladio Olimpico Project It is a new initiative of the Municipality of Vicenza to try to make the visit to the Olympic Theater innovative through a narrative model, conceived by Alessandro Baricco and the Scuola H]olden. Now watch this video.…/attrattiv…/teatroolimpico.php
April 26, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 44. April 25th, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show Email - “We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. That’s not you. You are this person right now. You’re the person who has learned from those failures. Build confidence and momentum with each good decision you make from here on out and choose to be inspired.”  -Joe Rogan News and Notes: Theatre - ITALIAN RESILIENCE AGAINST COVID-19: SINGERS AND VIRTUAL CHOIR - Olivia Colman and Gary Oldman to perform children's work in special online showcase - Annie Dorsen, 600 Highwaymen, and More Among Artists Commissioned to Make Work for Onassis USA's Enter Project - The best live streams and online initiatives by local theatre groups (Singapore) - Link
April 25, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 43. April 24th, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show Email - “Integrity is everything to me. I will not die ashamed. I will live on my deathbed knowing that I gave it my best shot, and everything else is meaningless to me.” ― Lemmy Kilmister News and Notes: The - THE CRISIS STAGE - Posted by Lara Staal | 24th Apr 2020 | Essay, Germany, Theatre and Science Stage Directions - OPERA America: COVID-19 Updates for Relief - Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • April 24, 2020 - 1 Month Later: How The Actors Fund Is Navigating a Difficult Time for the Performing Arts Community - The best theatre to watch online right now Orlando Sentinel -  ‘Virtually Yours’: Athens Theatre sells tickets to carefully produced show USITT - USITT Facebook USITT Webinars Schedule
April 25, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 42. April 23, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show email - Show Quote:  “The weight of this sad time we must obey, Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long.” ― William Shakespeare, King Lear News and Notes: - MUST THE SHOW GO ON DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK? - Posted by Nobuko Tanaka TimeOut Sydney - Four female composers present awesome new one-act operas on Facebook  / Carriageworks Facebook - - Track Upcoming Virtual Theatrical Live Streams, Performances, Panels, and Classes Stage Directions Magazine - Stratford Festival Offers Free Shakespeare Productions Virtually Stage Directions Magazine - Joint Letter: A Message to the Working Professionals in the Entertainment Industry from Unions and Guilds USITT - Resume Doctors and Portfolio Reviews / Facebook Page USITT - Alex Pregel Sound design
April 23, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 41. April 22, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - Show Quote:   “The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” —John Paul II News and Notes: - Shakespeare's Globe's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream to be streamed on BBC iPlayer - All or Nothing West End musical to be streamed on YouTube - How to Support a Theatre Company and Stream a Show While Social Distancing - Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces Virtual School Program, #EduHam at Home - Stratford Festival On Film: King Lear for Shakespeare’s Birthday - 2019 Stage Manager Survey Results! USITT - Facebook
April 23, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 40. April 21, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - Show Quote: The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results. (James Dean) News and Notes Theatre Times.Com  - Main Page STREET PLAY “SHEHER-E-NAQAB” BRINGS AWARENESS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS - Article / Original Article DRAMA DURING COVID-19: HOW THEATRE IS GOING ONLINE - Article / Original Article Whats On  - Main Page USITT -Facebook  Arri Lighting -Richard Cadena Webinar Series "Woza Africa: Theatre in the African Context" is a free digital education resource from the African Theatre Association (AfTA) designed for secondary schools, drama/ theatre groups or interested individuals who may want to use it, especially with the current challenges of homeschooling.  - Link Here VISUAL ARTS CONTEST -  Scenic Artists, Fabricators, and Set Designers - Facebook Post Taylor Acevedo FTLO Theater is seeking visual artists to send in images of your paintings, photos, sketches, cosplay art, quilts, etc. inspired by the tale of "The Soldier and Death” (as can be seen summarized at the bottom of this post). Your Artwork could be featured on FTLO's Facebook page and in YouTube radio play series. Please send all submissions via FTLO Theatre messenger. 3 contestants of all ages will win $25 gift cards. 3 contestants under the age of 17 will win $10 gift cards. So Get crafting folks! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Stay safe and stay artsy. The Soldier & Death:
April 21, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 39. April 20, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions Show email - Usitt- Facebook    Stage Directions -  Facebook  Stage Directions Magazine -Testing Company Classifies ETCP Certified Technicians as Essential Personnel If you are an entertainment technician and are interested and available and interested in being contacted to aid in the effort, please sign up here: Further information from ETCP: - Kiln Theatre will offer free online masterclasses for aspiring creatives during lockdowns. Playbill.Com - New York City Ballet Launches Digital Spring Season Facebook Groups to Visit - Archiving Technical Theater History / Scenography / Technical Theatre Educators “I was thinking that if what distinguishes us as humans is our stupidity, what may redeem us is our grace.” ― Earl Lovelace
April 21, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 38. April 19, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show email - News and Notes: One World: Together at Home Concert : NY Times article / Youtube Video USITT New@Noon and Forum@Four Schedule - Link London Theatre Co. UK- Secret Cinema to launch series of immersive cinematic experiences to take part in at home Asmita Theatre Group - Facebook Link - Indian College Quarantine Theatre Festival' by Asmita Theatre Group. Daily at 1pm at Asmita theatre Face book page and 11am on YouTube channel. J4 Design - Website Stage Directions Magazine - Behind the Scenes Launches Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder Find links to resources, the online self-assessment tool, and information about the initiative and programs at  Follow us @BeScene_BTS. You can access the Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder at: "Treat the Earth well.  It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.  We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb
April 19, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 37. April 18, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show email - News and Notes: Stage Directions - David Gallo Design Hosts Mystery Design 3000: Treasure Island Stage Directions - 4Wall Entertainment’s Annual Vendor Showcase Is Going Virtual Whats on Stage - Michael Ball, Captain Thomas Moore and NHS Choir release "You'll Never Walk Alone" for charity / Song Download Charity Link - High School Theatre Students Bring the Show Online by Olivia Clement / Oregon Thespians - Youtube Video The Theater Times - THE STORY BEHIND ANDREW SSEBAGGALA’S “MOTHER UGANDA” The Theater Times - JUAN MAYORGA: A VIEW FROM MADRID The Theater Times - “THE CONDITIONS ARE NEVER IDEAL:” IN CONVERSATION WITH MELANIE LOMOFF The Theater Times - THE THEATRETIMES.COM LAUNCHES THE SECOND EDITION OF IOTF: INTERNATIONAL ONLINE THEATRE FESTIVAL  Festival Page - Link Ask help from the spirits after having used all your strength.  —Ugandan Proverb
April 18, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 36. April 17, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - News and Notes: USITT - Facebook USITT - Webinar Schedule Shure Webinar - How to improve your Webinar Audio Avolites - Avolites is here for you Playbill.Com - Brian Dennehy Obituary “The fog was where I wanted to be. Halfway down the path you can’t see this house. You’d never know it was here. Or any of the other places down the avenue. I couldn’t see but a few feet ahead. I didn’t meet a soul. Everything looked and sounded unreal. Nothing was what it is. That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself. Out beyond the harbor, where the road runs along the beach, I even lost the feeling of being on land. The fog and the sea seemed part of each other. It was like walking on the bottom of the sea. As if I had drowned long ago. As if I was the ghost belonging to the fog, and the fog was the ghost of the sea. It felt damned peaceful to be nothing more than a ghost within a ghost.” ― Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night
April 17, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 35. April 16, 2020.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - News and Notes: CNN.C0m - War veteran 'Captain Tom,' 99, raises $15 million for NHS as he completes garden challenge USITT - Facebook / Website Archiving Technical Theater History - Facebook Stage Directions Magazine - The Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association Launches Student Sound Designer Connection / Facebook Stage Directions Magazine - Statement from Actors’ Equity Association on Theaters Seeking to Resume Production by Michael Eddy Stage Directions Magazine - Industry Pitches In: IATSE Partners with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank If you live through defeat, you are not defeated. If you are beaten but acquire wisdom, you have won. Lose yourself to improve yourself. Only when we shed all self-definition do we find who we really are. - Rza (Wu Tang Clan)
April 16, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 34. April 15th, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - News and Notes: USITT - Facebook USITT New@Noon: ACT Lighting presents MA Lighting grandMA3 / sponsored in part by LightingTrainer.COM.   USITT Forum@Four: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey: The Alley Theatre’s Prop Salvage and Recovery Saga The Prague Quadrennial (PQ)  free online resources. Backstage Academy online learning resources ARRI Academy “Lighting Systems Control” with Lighting Professional/Author Richard Cadena - Link ETC Accepting Applications for 2020 Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program - ETC Introduces New Audio Learning Series: On Headset - Stage Directions - Backstage Video: Building the Camp David Diorama at the Alley Theatre - Link “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” - Golda Meir
April 15, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 33. April 14, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - News and Notes: USITT -Facebook / Website Stage Directions Magazine - Alley Theatre Rehires Laid Off Employees with Support from the CARES Act Theatre Times - DONALD HOWARTH (1931-2020) PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR – AN OBITUARY. Theatre Times - CORONAVIRUS HAS DIMMED THE LIGHTS ON LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. WHAT NOW FOR EVENT MANAGERS? Theatre Times  - Website - More Full-Length Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals Coming to YouTube "Never try to make the same record twice, even when people are screaming for the same sound." -  Chuck D (Frontman - Public Enemy)
April 14, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 32. April 13, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show email - Passing of Wynn Handman - New York Post Obit Stage Directions : in 1: the podcast – #95 Quarantine Happy Hour #3 Stage Directions : Union Stagecraft Technicians Aid in Temporary Field Hospital Implementation - New Date Set for Streaming of Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway Concert - Metropolitan Opera to Present a Live Streamed, Globe-Trotting 'At-Home Gala' American Theatre Magazine - DISPATCHES FROM QUARANTINE BBC.Com - Arts and Entertainment - How live theatre is still running despite lockdown Archiving Technical Theater History - Facebook Alexsandar Lalicki Posavec, Andrea Bilkey, Anna Haas, Bob Foreman, Chris Van Goethem, David Oliver, David Savage, Ed Goetz, Evan Baker Frank Mohler II, Gary Gardner, Geronimo Reyes, Gina Patterson, Hugh Chinnick, Ian Grey, Ivo Kersamekers, Janet Rose, Jodi Prahler John Grimshaw, Joselyn Ludtke, Karen Kozlowski, Keith Otmos, Ken Coker, Kim Hartshorn, Lisa Cameron, Matt Frankish, Niali Washburn Paul Garrity, Rick Arnold, Rick Boychuk, Ron Kepler, Ron Mahan, Scott Wasserberg, Steve Arnott, Suat Ufrj, Thierry Capéran, Todd Koeppl Umberto Di Nino, William Anderson, Zach Ciaburri It is not enough to hold the line against the dark. It is your responsibility to lead into the light. People don’t like the light—it reveals too much. But hand in hand with the creative artist, you can lead people into the wisdom that is known to all other animals: Simply, that it is the dark we have to fear. —Edward Albee, Stretching My Mind (essays)
April 14, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 31. April 12, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions: - Show Email - News and Notes: Life of Diane Rodriguez - LA Times Article   /  NEA Arts Magazine Article USITT -  Facebook / Website Stage Directions Magazine - Soundgirls Host Theater Sound Production Webinar / Website Illuminations Blog - Dina El-Aziz: Costume Design is Not for the Undecided Archiving Technical Theater History -  Books of History - If you have book to share, please post and tag your post with #booksofhistory Scenic Artists, Fabricators, and Set Designers - Facebook Scenography - Facebook  Einstein on the Beach Performance - Vimeo 
April 13, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 30. April 11, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show email - News and Notes: Stage Directions Magazine - Facebook USITT - Facebook OISTAT - Bakhrushin Readings 2020 - Music and Stage Conference at A.A. Bakhrushin Theatre Museum World Stage Design 2021 - Website / OISTAT ITI - The Tightrope with Peter Brook -  The links are here: Trailer: English: “The Tightrope” streaming Password: lovelovelove (all in lower case) French: “Sur un Fil” streaming Password: lovelovelove (all in lower case) The video only can be streamed, not downloaded. Streaming possible until Tuesday, 14 April 2020, morning Contact:
April 12, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 29. April 10, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show email - - "When we have hope, we discover powers within ourselves we may have never known- the power to make sacrifices, to endure, to heal, and to love. Once we choose hope, everything is possible." - Christopher Reeves News and Notes: USITT Webinar Schedule - April 13-16 USITT  - Facebook New York Times - Closed Theaters Are Nothing New. The Good News Is, They Reopen. London’s playhouses have been shuttered before, by plagues and war for instance, but they have always returned as strong as ever. - Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation to Distribute Over $300,000 to SDC Members Stage Directions Magazine - Join Shure’s Next Webinar: How to Improve Your Webinar Audio /  Youtube - Sergei Parajanov Museum in Yerevan, Armenia - Սերգեյ Փարաջանովի թանգարան - Art Website
April 10, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 28. April 9th, 2020.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show Email - Trinidad Newsday - Online Edition Dominica News Online - Website St. Vincent and the Grenadines - News784 Website Grace Quigley’s new online theatre company, Petronilla Theatre.  Twitter: @petronillamidia    Blog: Link Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Facebook University of Idaho - Inland360 article Archiving Technical Theater History - Facebook USITT - Facebook / Website Playbill.Com - Playwrights Horizons Debuts New Fiction Podcast With Works by Heather Christian, Robert O’Hara, and More Playbill.Com - 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival to Be Released on Audible   "If you love what you have, then you'll have what you love."  Trevor Noah
April 09, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 27. April 7th, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show Email - News and Notes: USITT - Facebook  RWCMD - Facebook / Youtube Video RITCS - Facebook - How to Support a Theatre Company and Stream a Show While Social Distancing Stage Directions Magazine - Broadway Theatres Extend Suspension Through June 7, 2020 PQ -  Facebook / Free Online Resources Calvert Journal - Festival of Nothing 2020 "Passover is a time of reflection and joy. When we emerge from our cocoon of doubt to fly freely on the wings of faith." — Unknown​
April 08, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 26. April 7, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - News and Notes: USITT - Facebook / Website   USITT Job listings - Website Playbill - West End Theatres to Remain Closed Until June Youtube - Behind the Scenic:  Tips & Techniques for Scenic Artists Geronimo Reyes on Archiving Technical Theater History - Teatro Alberto de Paz y Mateos - Caracas, Venezuela  Stage Directions Magazine - American Theatre Wing Launches Relief Fund for Theater Artists Across the Country Society of Israeli Theater Designers - Facebook / OISTAT Playbill - Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, More to Take Part in Virtual Passover Seder Benefit Muhammad Ali - "Every day is different, and some days are better than others, but no matter how challenging the day, I get up and live it."
April 08, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 25, April 6th, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show Email - News and Notes: Trinidad Newsday Trinidad Express Vanity Fair Article - “A Semester With an Asterisk”: Coronavirus Is Upending Life—And Grades—For College Students Stagecraft Mailing List - Facebook USITT - Facebook In 1 - The Podcast: #94 Quarantine Happy Hour #2  Stage Directions - News  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 06, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 24, April 5, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show Email - News and Notes: USITT Webinars Information - USITT Website Oistat President Bert Determann - "Healing Force of Art"   PLAYBILL - Celia Keenan-Bolger, Gideon Glick, and More Start a Virtual Meal Train to Support Hospital Workers PLAYBILL - Until the Lights Come Up and Lin-Manuel Miranda's TeeRico Sell Merchandise to Benefit Broadway Cares The Stage - Coronavirus: Arts Council of Wales announces £7m emergency fund The Stage  - Coronavirus: Competition invites over-70s to write plays during isolation National Theatre / Opera of Algiers - Website
April 05, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 23. April 4. 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show Email - Stage Directions Magazine - Backstage Video: Upholstery Archiving Technical Theater History - 3D Printer Masks  - NIH 3D Print Exchange Guy Fieri helps launch relief fund -Link  Attend the TriBeca Film Festival online - Yahoo Entertainment News Bill Withers Passes at 81 - Yahoo Entertainment  -  Bill Withers Official Youtube Channel African Theater Magazine - Facebook / Website National Theater of Ghana - Facebook / Website / Youtube
April 04, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 22, April 3rd, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show Email - News and Notes: Teatrul Țăndărică Romania - Website / Facebook USITT - Facebook Our friends at DPA Microphones have been busy this past week with their own series of FREE webinars hosted by mic expert Bo Brinck. To view the recorded versions of these webinars, head over to DPA's page and click on "videos" in the side navigation. In addition to our New@Noon and Forum@Four online opportunities, we'll also be offering online versions of Resume Doctors and Portfolio Reviews on Fridays at 2-4 p.m. EDT from April 10 to May 1! Industry experts are ready to help you put your best foot forward when searching for a job in our industry. Signups to have your work reviewed are now available for the Online Portfolio Reviews. Resume Doctors, however, do not require advanced signups. Learn more by visiting the links below.           Resume Doctors:          Portfolio Reviews:           We are currently looking for volunteers for both programs, as well.  Links are available on the respective web pages to sign up! Alex Rockey - a scenic design student at Pace University. Alex was the Scenic Designer for the school's production of "The Wolves," which has since been canceled. A big thanks to Alex for sending these designs to us! Technical Theater Educators - Facebook Documentary Suggestions from Scenography - Josef Svoboda / Franco Zeffirelli Lanterna Magika - Youtube Czech National Ballet - Website
April 03, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 21, April 2, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show email - NEWS and NOTES: ALEEP - Association of Live Event & Entertainment Professionals - IMC and Howl for Change JOB ALERT: The International Medical Corps (IMC) is looking for a production or event company to organize labor to help set up tents in front of 6 hospitals identified in Brooklyn and Queens. They need 8-10 ppl for each of the 6 sites. This is a paid contract job. . Setup to start work in NY next week. Each facility should take 1 morning. . For more information and to be put in touch with the IMC, please email: PQ -  Interview with PQ Artistic Director, Marketa Fantova, about the new project «Performance Design in times of social-distancing: an educational platform led by PQ Studio». You can read more about the project in English at Here or in Czech Here Prague Launches Nothing Festival 2020 in support of struggling culture venues Prague City Councilor Hana Třeštíková and ticket portal GoOut have created a nationwide project to support theaters, concert halls, clubs, and artists closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Read the full article here Curtain Call Podcast hosted by John Schwab - Take a Bow, Richard Bryant USITT Starts New Webinar Series - USITT Website USITT Highlighted student projects and designs - USITT Facebook DTHG - German Theater Technology Society - Website Franziska Ritter and Pablo Dornhege Interview with Hubert Eckhart Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - facebook World Harp Congress 2021 - Website
April 02, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 20, April 1, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions -  Show email: News and Notes: Broadway Stage Management Symposium - Use this link to register for this free program, open to everyone: ADJ Stay Connected Educational videos - Join Jake Rhodes live at 12pm (Pacific Time) / 21:00 (Central Europe Time) on ADJ’s Facebook Page (  To learn more about the ‘Stay Connected’ Series Of Educational Live Videos visit: Lauren Nichols - Set Designer and Scenic Artist - Model Maker - Website Dustin Derry - Late Night Laser Training - Twitch TV  / Stonewolf Studios Website / Facebook / YouTube Maxim Gorki Theater   - Small Town Boy Playbill.Com - 26 Shows to watch from your couch Live Nation Concerts - Crew Nation Fund Live shows are not possible without the incredibly hardworking crew members behind the scenes each and every concert. We are extending a helping hand to those workers who need it the most by announcing the #CrewNation Fund. We are committed to donating $10 million: $5M upfront, and we’ll match the next $5M. Visit to donate or buy merch supporting the cause. Help spread the word by tagging your own concert crew below!
April 01, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 19. March 31, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Show email: News and Notes: Curtain Call offers assistance to creatives - Facebook , Website  ALEEP - Association of Live Event & Entertainment Professionals - Facebook  L-Acoustics - Facebook , Website TheatreArtLife Global Stage Management Event - Facebook - April 9th  Register Here USITT Highlights Scenic Designer Claire Brenia, a scenic design student at The University of Southern Mississippi. - Facebook , Instagram The Meaning of S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L - Link here
March 31, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 18, March 30, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?  - Show Email: News and Notes: Gratitude - Opening  USITT - Student projects that have been postponed or cancelled shared for you to see. USITT - Job Fair #Jobsusitt SBTD - LOSS OF EARNING SPREADSHEET FOR DESIGNERS on Facebook In 1 Podcast:  Episode #93 - Quarantine Happy Hour OISTAT - Oistat Centers Playwright Joshua Sobol - Bio   
March 30, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 17. March 29, 2020 - Megan Gill
Questions, Comments, Suggestions? Show Email: News and notes: Testing for Covid-19 Continues - Trinidad Guardian  US Embassy prepares flight for US Citizens to return - Trinidad Guardian Megan Gill -  Instagram @megtravelstt                        - House Lime Interview on Youtube 
March 29, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 16, March 28, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Email: News and Notes Cirque du Soleil bankruptcy - Reuters Article Archiving Technical Theater History - Facebook Page  Rick Boychuk - Live Videos Richard Finkelstein - Photographic storyteller Mark Shanda USITT Speech - In Trying times [...] Open House Project - Facebook
March 28, 2020
Corona Chronicles - Day 15, March 27, 2020. World Theatre Day
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Email the show at World Theater Day Message - Link 2020 USITT - Young Designers, Managers and Technician Award Winners Afsaneh Aayani - USITT Scenic Design Award Brooke Kesler - Zelma H Weisfeld Costume Design &Technology Award Dashiell Menard - USITT and KM Fabrics, Inc. Technical Production Award Jasmine Lesane - Barbizon Lighting Company Johnathan Resnick Lighting Design Award Jeff Sherwood - Robert E. Cohen Sound achievement Award William Young - Bernhard R. Works Master Crafts Award and the Barbara Matera Award in Costume Making Yaro Yarashevich -  Bernhard R. Works, Frederick A. Buerki Scenic Technology Award Yue Shi  USITT Stage management Award, sponsored by Clear-Com Communications Systems Association of Lighting Authors - Spain - Newsletter Turkish Players mark world theater day -  World Theater Day Message National Arts Centre / Centre National Des Arts - #CanadaPerforms Taylor and Francis Books - Etexts and Ebooks Offer USITT - Mark Shanda Essay - In Trying Times, There is Hope to be Found
March 27, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 14, March 26, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Email - News and Notes: State of affairs here in Trinidad - Newsday National Theater Streaming Online - Facebook - Stage Directions Article PQ / PQ Studio Seeks stories - Facebook Czech Republic Arts Newsletter - (Czech language) Link Czech Republic Arts Newsletter - English Support and Gratitude "Live Long and Prosper"   
March 26, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 13 - March 25, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions: Show Email: Show Notes: Pro Tools Class with  Asst. Professor Martin Raymond Canon of Technical Theatre History - Project Website Miro - Formerly Realtime Whiteboard.  Miro is the online collaborative whiteboarding platform that enables distributed teams to work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows. John Schwab - Actor.  Curtain Call Podcast Host. Umberto Di Nino - Paint the scenes Scenography Workshop Theater                                 - Italian Renaissance Theater /  Scenic Design & Commedia Dell'Arte
March 25, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 12 - March 24, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions? Show Email: Show Notes: OISTAT CHAT #1 - OISTAT Website Terrence McNally Obituary - NYT ArtCena - Website,  The Stage - BBC Virtual Festival The Stage - Stage Manager Katie Jackson: Keep active, keep busy and look out for each other – don’t despair
March 24, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 11 - March 23, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?   Show Email: Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) - Facebook  USITT - Facebook CITT / ICTS - Facebook CNN - A doctor is 3D printing face masks to help meet the desperate need for protective gear LXFree - Emergency License PQ - Facebook
March 23, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 10 - March 22, 2020
A quick recap and notes of the week and day.  
March 22, 2020
Corona Chronicle Day 9 - March 21, 2020
Questions, Comments, Suggestions:  Show Email: Today's Notes: Stonewolf Studios - Laser training -  Dustin Derry - Portfolio, Facebook Curtain Call - Website, Facebook Richard Finkelstein - Richard Finkelstein Photography  Theatre Communications Group - TCG Facebook, TCG WebPage Be sure to check out the Archiving Technical Theater History Facebook Page.
March 21, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 8 -March 20, 2020
Today's Notes: CANON of TECHNICAL THEATRE HISTORY USITT - Share your production story.  If a production you had been working on was unfortunately canceled due to the coronavirus spread, we want to show off the hard work you put in.  Send your designs to and we will post a selection of them on our social media channels. These can include costume designs, lighting designs, sound designs, scenic designs, and more.  In your email, please include your name, the production you were working on, your title on the production, and a short description of what the design is about.  We can't wait to see and share your work! PQ Studio Facebook Page Disney Imagineering offering courses Gratitude to our medical practitioners, first responders and all the people who do jobs that keep things running.   "A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness"   Motivation Song:  AC DC - Thunderstruck
March 20, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 7 - March 19, 2020
Today's show note links below.   Be sure to check them out. Questions, Comments, Suggestions - Email the show at USITT Update from David Grindle USITT Presentation Talk with Co-Presenters Travel Ban in effect  Rick McConnell - XS Lighting and Sound Maureen Freedman - Scenic and Costume Design for Performance
March 19, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 6
Questions?  Suggestions?  Announcements? Email: Today's show -  March 18th, 2020: USITT Expo Update USITT Online Teaching archive Current situation in Trinidad and the Caribbean Region Training Offerings Working together as a community OISTAT online session Fiona Watt and the Society of British Theater Designers Brian Phillips 2020 Virtual Guest Lecture List Light Talk with the Lumen Brothers Podcast
March 18, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 5
Support friend Florencia  - Instagram and Facebook Check out the Society of British Theatre Designers Facebook Page: Look for Friðþjófur Þorsteinsson posts on Vectorworks Training ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) - Instagram and Facebook  Check out what is going on in Trinidad (Online Newspapers)  Trinidad Express, Trinidad Guardian, Trinidad Newsday
March 17, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 4
Questions, Comments, Topics - Email me at Today's show: USITT Update Trinidad - News from the Government School Update My thoughts and ramblings Mentioned on the Show Curran Jiu JItsu Academy Renzo Gracie Master Pedro Sauer BJJ Akademie - Berlin, Germany Birankai Korinji Foundation TU - Berlin Joey Diehl (Mindful Meditation)
March 16, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 3
A fresh new episode of the Corona Chronicles Be sure to check out Jock Motivation "Good" Questions? Comments?  Suggestions?  Announcements? Email:
March 15, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 2
A recording of the live episode we did on Facebook.   The audio is a bit wonky.  We're still working it out.  If you want to see the complete video, go to Archiving Technical Theater History on Facebook and look in our video section.   My guest was Hanne Nuyttens.  She came back to Trinidad after an adventure in South America.  It's great to catch up with her and find out what is going on.  It's nice to be silly and have a few laughs when the whole world seems to be a bit too tense.     
March 15, 2020
Corona Chronicles Day 1
I'm back.  after a bit of a hiatus, I'm finally going to get back into doing a show for you.  Its time to turn the mic on and hear what happens.   Show time is 7pm (EST).  Hopefully we'll be going live onto Facebook and or Youtube soon. Its no frills.  Just as is. If you have a question, comment, suggestion, send me an email at
March 13, 2020
Season 2: Episode 51 - Wan-Jung Wei - Executive Director OISTAT
Wan-Jung Wei currently serves as the Executive Director to OISTAT Wan-Jung Wei is an arts manager, dancer and choreographer who continuously explores the relations between and possibilities of performing arts and politics through her dance works. Her dance project "Here, or There" was selected by Dumbo Dance Festival 2010 in New York. She believes that arts and politics are means of creating space in life. Wan-Jung Wei is the youngest leader of the OISTAT Headquarters since its inception, also the first with diplomatic training. She joined OISTAT in 2011 and has since applied the blend of her passion for performing arts and background in international affairs to her daily work. OISTAT, International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians, is an international platform for theatre-makers around the world with members in over 50 countries.  Founded in 1968 in Prague, its Headquarters was relocated to Taipei, Taiwan in 2006. OISTAT’s international projects include World Stage Design, Scenofest, Theatre Architecture Competition and World Scenography. OISTAT, International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians, is an international platform for theatre makers around the world. Founded in 1968 in Prague, its Headquarters relocated to Taipei, Taiwan in 2006. OISTAT’s international projects include World Stage Design, Scenofest, Theatre Architecture Competition and World Scenography. “You will love OISTAT once you’ve experience it” OISTAT - Organizational Homepage
November 20, 2019
Episode 50 - Malte Shurau - Designer / Vectorworks Instructor
Hello Everyone and Welcome to this latest episode of the podcast. Its number 50 and I couldn’t be more excited. Thank you to everyone who has stumbled across this work and taken the time to listen. Its be a crazy last week with a move from not only time zones but also climates. I’m a long way from Trinidad. Again, I want to extend my gratitude to all of you who take the time to listen. I would also like to say thank you to the many people who willingly gave of their time to sit with me and let me ask them questions. Thank you, many times, over. This week I am coming to you from Berlin, Germany. I am grateful to be joined by Designer and Vectorworks instructor Malte Shurau. Malte has been leading a four-day introduction into Vectorworks for the first-year students here in Berlin. I have had the opportunity to be part of this introduction and learn some useful information about the program. Malte was generous to give me some of his time after class to sit with me for this podcast Malte has trained as a GTA Graphic Designer and object design in Cologne.  He currently holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Master in Stage Design_Scenic from the TU-Berlin.  Malte has worked on various projects as an exhibition designer, interior designer and stage designer. His professional work can be currently found online. A link to his current site will be in the show notes. - #Vectorworks # TUBerlin #Design #Scenic #Berlin # Germany1
October 09, 2019
Episode 49 - Robert Eastman Mullins - Scenographer, Associate Professor
Hello Everyone and Welcome to this latest episode of the podcast. This week I am grateful to be joined by Scenographer and Associate Professor of Wake Forest College Mr. Rob Eastman-Mullins. Rob Eastman-Mullins is a freelance scenographer—designing scenery, lighting, and costumes—and serves as Associate Professor of Design and Associate Chair for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, USA. He holds an MFA in scenic and costume design from the North Carolina School of the Arts He has designed for Syracuse Opera, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Triad Stage, the Fletcher Opera Institute, New Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and served as Art Director for the film China. Rob relishes working on new plays, and has designed for premieres with such playwrights as Jeff Baron, Catherine Bush, John Strand, Melinda Lopez, Vanessa Garcia, and Shirley Lauro. His designs have been seen on a national tour of Turkey and exhibited around the United States and the world. Rob is also Co-Chair of the Space Design Commission of OISTAT along with Ms. Fiona Watt and he is also Vice Chair for the International Commission at USITT. If you’d like to learn more about Rob and his work, you can visit the Wake Forest College Department of Theatre and Dance as well as professional portfolio at - Wake Forest College Department of Theater and Dance– Professional Portfolio Without further ado, here is my conversation with Rob Eastman-Mullins. Enjoy the show
October 02, 2019
Episode 48 - Fiona Watt - Society of British Theater Designers
Hello Everyone and Welcome to this latest episode of the podcast. This week I am grateful to be joined once again by Ms. Fiona Watt of the Society of British Theater Designers. Ms. Watt originally trained with the Motley Theatre Design Course in London. She is a freelance scenographer who enjoys exploring the relationship between existing architecture and the performance space, unlocking the hidden dynamics within traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces to find the strongest points of exchange between performer and audience. Fiona is Honorary Secretary of the Society of British Theatre Designers and UK Performance Design Commissioner for OISTAT (International Association of Scenographers Theatre Architects and Technicians). In the last year she has helped organize, curate and open the Staging Places Exhibition. Its first incarnation was presented at the 2019 PQ. In July, the exhibition was installed and presented in its full form at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. The exhibition is slated to remain there until the end of March 2020. To learn more about the exhibit, you can visit the Staging Places website at or go directly to the Victoria and Albert Museum site for information. Be sure to check out: - Society of British Theater Designers - Fiona Watt Professional Site - Staging Places Without further ado, here is my conversation with Ms. Fiona Watt. Enjoy the show
September 25, 2019
Episode 47 - Michael Kruse - Host of the Title Block Podcast
Michael Kruse is host and founder of the Title Block Podcast.   The Title Block is a podcast about Canadian theatre designers and their craft.  It is hosted by Michael Kruse, a former lighting designer.  Each episode he focuses on one designer and their body of work and talk about their training, philosophy and history. Michael Kruse is also the Chairman on the Board of Directors of Bad Science Watch. There core purpose is to create a safer, healthier, and more prosperous Canada through the establishment of the widespread use of critical thinking and sound science when making important societal decisions. Michael is currently pursing his MD at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. after obtaining a B.Sc. from University of Toronto in 2017, majoring in physiology and the history and philosophy of science. He has also worked as an advanced-care paramedic in the greater Toronto area for 11 years. Michael has been active in the science advocacy community for 10 years and is committed to a compassionate defense of science for the betterment of all Canadians. Webpage: The Title Block Contact: Facebook:  Facebook Twitter: @TheTitleBlockCA
September 18, 2019
Episode 46 - Barbora Příhodová
Barbora Příhodová is a researcher, teacher, and curator in theatre studies. Her research focuses on design and space in performance, and her work bridges the United States and Europe. Born in the Czech Republic, she currently lives in the Philadelphia area and teaches as adjunct faculty.  She is one of the curators of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ Talks, 2019), the world’s largest event focused on performance design and space. She has published essays and book reviews in catalogues and peer-reviewed journals including Theatre Design & Technology, Performance Research, and Theatralia. She holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies and English Language and Literature, and Ph.D. in History and Theory of Theatre, from Masaryk University, Czech Republic. She is a recipient of Fulbright Research Fellowship (2010) and the Short-Term Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library (2013), and she was selected to participate in Mellon Summer School of Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University (2013).
September 11, 2019
Episode 45 - Andrew Enil and Kerron-Daniel Ferreira
Andrew Enil is a lighting designer, programmer and entrepreneur.  While going to school at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Andrew also works as part of the crew for the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts and as a local freelance lighting specialist.  Kerron-Daniel Ferreira is also a student at UTT as well as an business entrepreneur, musician and all around freelance production artist. Both are well spoken, articulate and have visions and goals that they want to achieve.  Each of them have a similar goal to help not only foster the practice of good production skills but also enhance the appreciation for the people who do it.   Be sure to join in and listen to what they have to say.  Enjoy the show.    This episode is brought to you by  The Lighting Archive - The Archiving Technical Theater History - Facebook
September 04, 2019
Episode 44 - Kerri-Ann Chandler
Kerri Ann Chandler is an studio and live audio engineer, producer, musician, instructor and friend from Trinidad and Tobago. Kerri was my first guest and its great to catch up with her again.  This time she is in New York City, attending class at NYU.  Kerri recently earned a Fulbright scholarship to do her Master's in Music Technology at the Steinhardt School.  I couldn't be more happy for Kerri on this next part of her journey.   This episode of the podcast is brought to you by: The Lighting Archive. "Modern theatrical lighting is a unique art form, whose history until now has been exceedingly difficult to study due to limited access to original lighting documents. The Lighting Archive website is developing a collection of actual plots, focus charts, and cue sheets from real shows. We will place an emphasis on historical productions and designers who have made important contributions to our field. The Lighting Archive is currently a volunteer effort. The grants received so far have been used to build the Website and its Content Management System so that we can put up more content by ourselves. If you are moved to help out please go to the website for The New York Foundation for the Arts,, where you will find us under Fiscal Sponsorship: BEVERLY EMMONS/THE LIGHTING ARCHIVE. As we are a Sponsored Artist Project, your contribution is entirely tax deductible. Thank you!" and  The Archiving Technical Theater History Facebook group online mentorship program. The mentorship program is an online avenue to connect, share, collaborate and provide helpful assistance to students and teachers alike by putting them together through social media. If you wish to be a mentor or are looking for someone to be a mentor to you, be sure to click on the mentorship link located on the menu page. Lots of great people with experience in many different fields awaits you.
August 28, 2019
Episode 43 - Brandon Wardell
Brandon Wardell is a Lighting and Scenic Designer based out of Chicago, IL.  He is an Ensemble Member of Adventure Stage Chicago, an Artistic Associate of Steep Theatre Company, and Associate Professor of Lighting Design at Northern Illinois University.  Brandon is a member of USA Local 829. Professional Website: University Website:
August 21, 2019
Episode 42 - Pavel Drábek
Pavel Drábek is Professor of Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull (UK), specialising in Shakespeare, early modern theatre, translation, adaptation and theatre theory. He also writes and translates for opera, radio and theatre. His selected works are České pokusy o Shakespeara (Czech Attempts at Shakespeare, 2012), Transnational Connections in Early Modern Theatre (co-ed. M. A. Katritzky, 2019). His fourth radio play Košice 1923, for 4 female actors, will be broadcast by Czech Radio 3 Vltava in October 2019. Currently he is working with Ondřej Kyas and Josh Overton on a new opera entitled You Wish (2020), an opera libretto for Mario de Rose called Winton's Trains, for a České Budějovice and Passau production (2020/2021) and a book entitled Adapting and Translating for the Stage.
August 14, 2019
Episode 41 - Pamela Howard OBE (PQ 2019)
   Welcome to Episode #41. My guest this week is once again, Ms. Pamela Howard (OBE). This week’s podcast though is not an interview. It is a replay of a lecture I attended at this year’s 2019 Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic. The event I was attending was Gallery Talks, a part of the Fragments Exhibition. This Exhibition offered the opportunity for small audiences to hear from some of the “living-legends” whose work was exhibited within Fragments. Each session featured a few artists giving a short introduction to their life, work, and practice before a moderated question session. The lecture you about to hear comes The lecture is titled: A Tri-Coloured World Believing in a responsibility to tell important stories of displacement and dispossession in the face of global tyrannies, Pamela Howard has led a life making art without borders. - Pamela Howard Website  I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did. 
August 07, 2019
Episode 40 -Jerôme Maeckelbergh
Jerôme Maeckelbergh studied Fine Arts (painting and sculpture), and drunk too much with drama students, who later became directors. This resulted in a scenographers career with a first production in 1974. He has designed more than 50 productions, with work selected for the PQ '83 ("Shunt on to a siding" by Geiffrig) and '87 ("The possessed" by Albert Camus, "The bear and the Pasha" by Eugène Scribe, "Richard III" by William Shakespeare), and for Novi Sad in '84 ("Man is man" by Bertold Brecht, "Around the world in 80 days" by Pavel Kohout, "Oedipus" by Hugo Claus). He designed for drama and musicals as free-lancer, combining this with designing and making special props, masks and sculpture for countless other productions. He was awarded in Antwerp for designing "Rashomon" by Kanin in 1980, for "Oedipus" in a dramatization of Hugo Claus in 1981, and for "The possessed" by Albert Camus in 1984. Half of his design work was by order of the famous "Royal Youth Theatre" in Antwerp, where he finally became Head of Design in 1993. Resigned from the Royal Youth Theatre in 2000, he continued to be involved as representative for Belgium in OISTAT, the International Organization of Scenographers,Theatre Architects and Technicians. OISTAT had a project running, Theatre Words, that started in 1975 were theatre professionals from around the world collected, translated and edited the most common theatre terms into a multilingual dictionary. To keep pace with new developments in the field, a new upgrade of the content was needed together with a switch from printed to digital version. With the support of Michael Ramsaur who managed the adaptations of the content, Jerome then developed Digital Theatre Words as an application with a multilingual interface that was first launched during the Prague Quadrennial 2011. A new upgrade is foreseen in July 2017 for World Stage Design in Taipei. In May 2012 Jerome for the first time learned by chance, during an Executive Committee Meeting of OISTAT in Egypt by all means, that the historic theatre machinery of the Bourla theatre in Antwerp would be dismantled in sake of modernization. Being the last large municipal theatre in Europe with its historic architecture combined with the original machinery from 1834 that still is in exceptional condition, this would be a big loss not only for Antwerp but for European theatre culture. Many presentations, peaking in 2014 at the international conference "Wood and Canvas (and rabbit glue) in the Modern World" that Jerome organized with the help of Peter McKinnon under the wings of the York University in Canada, resulted in the nomination by Europa Nostra of this historic theatre machinery as one of the seven most endangered sites of 2014 in Europe. This resulted in a shut down of the renovation plans and a concourse for a new approach keeping the heritage machinery on its historic place. Jerome's quest grew out to a presentation called "Heritage Theatre Machinery: unexpected possibilities in contemporary productions" that has been shown already on many places in the world. Originating from his presentation with a scale model 1/10 during the Wood and Canvas conference, this evolved to a projected presentation with video captures from the many unexpected possibilities demonstrated in the 1/10 scale model, supplemented with animated drawings explaining the techniques used and the rigging of it. Besides a revaluation of this historical technique in contemporary theatrical use, this presentation can also be seen as a plea towards designers for out of the box thinking, for students as well as for professionals.
July 31, 2019
Episode 39 - William Kenyon
   Professor Kenyon serves as Head of the Lighting Design Program at Penn State.  An active professional designer with over 150 designs for theatre, dance, opera, and musicals to his credit, Prof. Kenyon has recently designed the lighting for several Penn State locations, including the 2013 re-creation of the iconic Nittany Lion Shrine, the Art Room in Schreyer House, and the new theatre space incorporated into the Tank 5 water tower adjacent to the SALA Building.   Prof. Kenyon is also the author of the new textbook, Theatre & Stage Photography, and offers stage photo workshops around the world.  His recent production work includes performances at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Wolftrap, and the Qatar International Arts Festival. He has also designed for The Hangar Theatre, The Metropolitan Playhouse, Opera Delaware, Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania, Nebraska Rep, Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, Opera Omaha, University of Iowa, and MTI-Disney.  Prof. Kenyon has been involved in Native American theatre and dance for over 15 years, serving as resident LD for the American Indian Dance Theatre, and was involved in the complete reimagining of “Unto These Hills”, a massive outdoor spectacle celebrating the history of the Cherokee.   Prior to Penn State, William taught Lighting & Sound Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Prof. Kenyon received his BFA from the University of Connecticut, having studied with Jim Franklin, and his MFA from Brandeis University, having studied with Bob Moody, Dennis Parichy, and Karl Eigsti.  Prof. Kenyon serves as Chair of the History & Heritage Committee with USITT, and was recently elected Chair of the OISTAT Education Commission.  Member of USITT, OISTAT, IALD, IESNA, and USAA Local #829 in the areas of Lighting and Sound Design. I had the opportunity to meet William through our mutual interest in Technical Theater History. He helped introduce me to the George Izenour and George Thayer lighting collections currently residing at Penn State. It is also because of him that I have become more active in both USITT and OISTAT respectively in historical and heritage research, education, and publication.    It was great to finally sit down with him in Berlin, Germany at the Stage Set Scenery Event this past June and catch up.  
July 24, 2019
Episode 38 - WSD 2021 - April Viczko
World Stage Design 2021 - Official Site April Viczko is a set, costume, lighting and projection designer. Recent selected credits include: costumes for Butcher at Alberta Theatre Projects, In the Heat of the Night at Vertigo Theatre, set and costumes for As You Like It at Citadel Theatre, set design for Home at The Belfry and lighting design for Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things for Kill Your Television.  April has also worked for companies such as Tarragon, Factory Theatre, Workshop West and Windrow Performance. She was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Costume Design for the critically acclaimed Last Days of Judas Iscariot produced by Birdland Theatre. April is an Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts - Drama at the University of Calgary. She teaches courses in all areas of theatre design and scenography. April holds an MFA Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. In 2012, she was honoured with a Distinguished Researcher Award from the Faculty of Arts. She is President of the Board of Directors for the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC). ADC is a national, professional non-profit arts service organization dedicated to promoting, pursuing and protecting the interests of set, costume, lighting, projection and sound designers working within the performing arts in Canada. In 2006, she shared the Siminovitch Protege Prize. In 2000 she recieved a Tyrone Guthrie Award at the Stratford Festival of Canada where she spent four seasons as an assistant designer. She was also Associate Designer on two productions at the Canadian Opera Company, Rodelinda and Macbeth. April apprenticed in Rome, Italy with Scenotecnica Piu’, a company known for its fine craftmanship and majestic scenography.
July 17, 2019
Episode 37 - Psyche Chui
Psyche Chui has worked as a professional lighting designer and theatre educator for over 29 years. She has been invited as Guest Lecturer and/or Visiting Professor by the Theatre Academy of Finland, Central Academy of Drama, China and Singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and is regularly invited to speak at international lighting symposiums and professional or academic conferences,  including OISTAT, Hangzhou Symposium, Light-spot at PQ2015. She has worked with professional theatre and dance companies in Hong Kong and for many other performing companies internationally in Singapore, Korea, the Netherlands, Canada, Macau, USA, Russia and China. She was awarded Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies’ Best Lighting Design in 2005 for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Production “Rotate 270”, and in 2007 for the work in Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Production “Blindness”. Recognizing Psyche Chui’s achievement she was honoured with a Youth Career Achievement Award (Theatre Lighting Design) by Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies in 2001. Her biography was included in “Who’s Who in the World 2011” as one of the most internationally renowned lighting designers based in Hong Kong. Psyche Chui earned an Advanced Diploma from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a Masters of Arts Degree from Middlesex University. She was also a special research fellow mentored by Jennifer Tipton, and taught by Professor Tipton and William Bill Warfel at Yale School of Drama. She is developing a project called “Illumination of Wellbeing”, in which art disciplines (such as lighting, drama, movement and puppetry) are introduced. It is a collaboration between two cities, Singapore and Hong Kong. Research for the project is underpinned by the Goal Attainment Scale and led by Lee Wai Ying, a drama therapist in Singapore
July 10, 2019
Episode 36 - PQ 2019 Student Exhibition
Hello everyone and welcome to this latest episode of the podcast.  Coming up on this episode is my second collection of interviews. This time with some of the student presenters at PQ2019. I wish I could have spoken to more students, but time and schedule were working against me. I do appreciate those that did though, their work was fantastic.  I really encourage you to please help continue to mentor, foster and support students as they pursue their artistic endeavors PQ Quebec - 1:35 - 20:51 PQ Hong Kong - 20:52 - 31:20 PQ Chile - 31:21 - 41:46 Quebec: Delphine Gagné, Laurie Foster, Noémie Richard   CITT/ICTS Hong Kong: Karen and Ken Chile: Javiera Verdugo
July 03, 2019
Episode 35 - PQ 2019 Nations
   Hello everyone and welcome to this latest episode of the podcast.  I am finally home from both The Prague Quadrennial and Stage Set Scenery Event in Berlin, Germany.  I would like to give a big shout out to everyone who organized, participated and put their time and effort into making it happen. A lot of praise should go to the many members of the PQ Team, Interns, Ambassadors, Curators and volunteers.  On this episode of the podcast, I tried to capture some of the essence of what PQ was as I experienced it. I took the opportunity during the event to talk to some of the national and regional presenters from or near the floor of the show.  I was not able to talk to everyone unfortunately. For some it was a language barrier while for others it was that they didn't feel confident talking about the work and referred me to another person. Scheduling was also difficult. This was a learning experience for me and I need to work on being better prepared for some of the logistical hoops I needed to get through. I am extremely grateful to the representatives from the national countries I was able to speak with and I hope that this and the following podcast helps show how really connected we are through art, expression, thoughts and ideas. Each interview is its own segment, so if wish to listen to them all or one at a time.   They were (in alphabetical order): Australia - 2:00 - 14:49 Iran - 14:50 - 32:09 Ireland - 32:10 - 50:18 Taiwan - 50:19 - 59:06 New Zealand - 59:07 - 1:12:43
June 26, 2019
Episode 34 - Dr. Stefan Gräbener
   Hello everyone and welcome to this latest episode of the podcast.  The Prague Quadrennial is wrapping up and it has been another wonderful experience seeing all the national and student exhibits, listening to the discussions, immersing myself in many of the experiences, getting to make new friends and of course seeing old ones.  It has also provided me the opportunity to get some great interviews to share with you.  Thank you to everyone for their time and energy.    If you’ve never experienced the PQ, then I recommend coming when its next presented in 2023 here in the Czech Republic.  After this event, I will be heading to Berlin, Germany for the Stage, Set and Scenery Conference and Expo.  Stage|Set|Scenery is an international trade fair and conference for theatre, film and entertainment technology focusing on: stage machinery, drive and control systems, architecture and planning, lighting, acoustics, audio, video and media engineering, studio technology, events, museum technology, decoration and furnishings, make-up and costume design and safety engineering.   The trade show is organized by Messe Berlin GmbH and Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG), its non-commercial sponsor. DTHG is also responsible for the 'International Stage Technology Conference' .  Stage|Set|Scenery takes place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds bi-annually in June   Today’s guest is Architect and Lecturer Dr. Stefan Gräbener I had the opportunity to speak with him at length about architecture, the documenting of the process of creating historical theater technology, if a museum dedicated to theater technology is even possible someday and ways to move the discussion. Dr. Gräbener has an amazing amount of knowledge on the subject and you can check out his work for the Initiative Theater Museum at  You can also read his various writings on the subject of architecture and technology in the publication Die Vierte Wand, also known as The Fourth Wall.  This was another great conversation and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn more about these subjects from an expert in the field.   Without further ado, Dr. Stefan Gräbener Initiative Theater Museum - Website Initiative Theater Museum - Facebook itheamberlin - Instagram
June 19, 2019
Episode 33 - Roma Patel
Roma Patel is a Scenographer and digital artist that designs interactive and site-specific performance, theatre and digital installations in the UK and Europe. Her work focuses on the points of intersection between scenography and interactive technologies. Her current work merges electronic and wearable technology in scenography for theatre early years and is influenced by her work with the Irish site-specific theatre company Coracadorca, large-scale immersive and site-specific theatre performance in old buildings, streets and ponds and the growing accessibility of tangible and wearable technologies.  She was also one of the main Artists and researchers that developed Riots1831, Nottingham Castle Augmented Reality (AR) experience (Digital R&D grant). The project made a case for storytelling as a vital ingredient for sustained museum visitor engagement in AR experiences. Digital Set Design - Website
June 12, 2019
Episode 32 - Ed De Shae
   Hello Everyone and welcome to Episode #32 of the podcast. Even though the PQ is coming up in a few days and I’ve been crazy busy preparing a PQ FlashTalk, I couldn’t let a week go bye without bringing you another interview. It just took a little bit longer than I had planned  This week my guest is Mr. Ed De Shae Mr. Ed De Shae is an exceptional person who I’m grateful to have known since our paths first crossed here in Trinidad in 2009 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. He was the Production Stage Manager and I was assisting with the lighting design. It was quite the experience and we briefly touch on it during the interview.   Later, he became a mentor to me as I began teaching here at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy for the Performing Arts, guiding me through some of the doubts that I encountered being a first time university professor.  Even today, he offers advice, insight and counsel forged from the many roles and life experience he has had both in and out of the theater as a Production Stage Manager, Director, Educator, Grandad and as a member of the United States Air Force Pararescue.  I look forward to sitting with him again and listening to his stories.  Everyone working in theater should know  Ed De Shae. Without further a do, Mr. Ed De Shae
June 05, 2019
Episode 31 - PQ2019 / Stage Set Scenery Preview
The Prague Quadrennial event takes place every four years in the Czech Republic in the city of Prague.  This year’s edition will be from June 6th through June 16th, 2019 Website:  PQ2019 Facebook: PQ Facebook Instagram: PQ Instagram Youtube: PQ on Youtube The second event is Stage Set and Scenery. This event takes place biannually in June in Berlin, Germany.  The dates this year are June 18th to the 20th, 2019. Website: Stage Set Scenery Facebook: Stage Set Scenery Facebook Instagram: Stage Set Scenery Instagram Both these events gather participants from around the world I hope you check them out.  
May 29, 2019
Episode 30 - Kino Alvarez - UTT Academy for the Performing Arts
Kino Alvarez has been an Audio Engineer for the last 8+ years, and he comes with an immense working knowledge relating to sound design, lighting design and audio engineering. The majority of his experience came from working at Queen’s Hall as an audio technician, which afforded him the opportunity to hone his skills in live and theatre entertainment settings. He has also free-lanced as an audio engineer for numerous organizations; Wiluvbeats Studios, Samsara The Band, Network Riddim Rapso Band, LALO Sound Systems and Digital Sounds Solutions to name a few. In addition to this, he is the in-house sound designer/audio engineer for The International School of Port of Spain. Kino also functions as the Managing Director of Tech Design 360 Limited; A group of young, innovative designers and engineers who specialize in different facets of scenery, lighting and sound design, with their main goal being to bridge the gap between new, upcoming industry technicians and the wider public, as it relates to their field. Sound Better Profile:  Kino Alvarez Linkedin: Kino Alvarez Facebook: Kino Alvarez
May 22, 2019
Episode 29 - Alroy Harry - UTT Academy for the Performing Arts
     Born in the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Alroy is a 25-year-old third year student of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, currently enrolled in the Academy for Performing Arts(APA), specializing in the Theatre Design and Production program.  Before coming to Trinidad, Alroy has been involved in productions mainly through Houses of Worship. At his home church in St. Vincent, Alroy served in the capacity of FOH Audio Engineer since 2012. Transition into a new facility and through production upgrades, his skills have expanded and allowed him to delve into lighting programming and operating as well.  In September of 2016, his acceptance into the APA was a bold step and was made to further his technical knowledge and skills. Since then, he has been able to get exposure and experience in professional larger-scale productions both inside and outside of the APA. This has also introduced him into the field of Stage Production Management, which can now be considered as my primary focus.  Facebook: Alroy Harry Engineering
May 15, 2019
Episode 28 - Salema West - UTT Academy for the Performing Arts
Hello Everyone and welcome to this latest episode of the podcast.  I wish to extend a big thank-you to you the listener who has taken their time to enjoy the various interviews that have been presented. I am grateful and humbled by your support.  I am also grateful for those of you who have also become part of the ATTH family through the Facebook Group. It has grown so far beyond my expectations. Your thoughts, words and energy help keep me motivated to bring you the best content I can.  Often, I find great motivation in other people’s words. Today’s quote comes from none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He said  “Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.”   Whatever contribution I can make or have made, be it great or small, I will continue to keep bringing it.    Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you a series of Theatre design And Production student interviews from my school here at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy for the Performing Arts. The guest this week is Ms. Salema West  Salema studies Theatre Production & Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Her focus is Scenic and Costume Design. Salema is in her last year here at the school and is looking forward to heading out and creating her own art. She has grown much since she started and it has been great to see Salema become so confident. Her dream jobs would be working for Cirque du Soleil, Disney and or Nickelodeon. So without further ado, Ms. Salema West. 
May 08, 2019
Episode 27 - Megan Gill
      Megan got her start in Trinidad's alternative music scene at the age of 14 playing bass in the hard rock band "Incert Coin" and has since performed in many bands over the years. In 2010, she enrolled in and completed the "Digital Media Studies- Music Technology" program at UTT. and upon finishing the program, she went on to peruse her BFA in Performing Arts with focus on Theater design and production.  Over her years in the field of music and theater in Trinidad, Megan has worked as a live mix engineer and studio vocal and music producer at Random Design Studios, producing works for the corporate market, the local alternative music circuit and her own material as a producer/ singer/ songwriter. She has also produced sound and lighting designs for many productions, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Trinidad Theater Workshop and "The Wiz" at Queens Hall, directed by Mervyn de Goeas.  In 2015, Megan was hired by Disney Cruise Line. She held the position of Audio Technician in the Walt Disney Theater, which showcases world class Broadway style productions of Disney Musicals including "Tangled the Musical" and the award winning "Disney Dreams, An Enchanted Classic". Notably, Megan was also on the technical team for the installation of “Frozen- A Musical Spectacular.  Working for Disney Cruise Line has afforded Megan the opportunity to network with professionals from all parts of the world and travel to countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom.  Megan has recently released her latest single “Monsters” with the theme of female empowerment attached to the visuals. Currently Megan is perusing her Masters in Arts and Culture Management in Rome, Italy and hopes that her passion for music, technology and digital media will continue to take her all over the world. Her goal is to eventually return home to Trinidad equipped with the tools necessary to be an active force in the revolution of the arts. 
May 01, 2019
Episode 26 - Aby Cohen
   ABY COHEN is a Scenographer and curator, working for theatre, cinema and exhibition. GOLDEN TRIGA awarded at Prague Quadrennial in 2011 for her exhibition and curatorial project for the Brazilian National Exhibition (Countries+ Regions Exhibition). Invited by the PQ2015 artistic director, Sodja Lotker, she became the first Brazilian PQ’ international curator, in 2015, for SHARED SPACE/ POLITICS. Under the role as PQ2015 curator, she created a special project, the occupation-installation-performance NO MAN’S LAND, at Prague Crossroads. Aby started working in the theatre, as a set designer, with director Antunes Filho in 1992. Since then she has developed projects in Brazil and abroad (USA, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Taiwan and Suriname). Curator and designer for the visual identity of ESPAÇO BRASIL, celebrating the Brazilian year in Portugal 2012/13. She received other important international awards, such as the IDCA - International Communication Design Awards in 2013, for the MAX-MIX BRASIL exhibition project, for Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, 2012/2015.  Her most recent projects are focused on the possibilities of creating, exhibiting and performing scenography: DESENHOS de CENA #1, SESC São Paulo/2016 and, DESENHOS de CENA #2: WSDesign Playground Project, Taiwan, 2017, DESENHOS de CENA #3: INTERSECTIONS – artistic residence performance project ongoing in Brazil, Wales and Scotland during 2018 and 2019. Ph.D. in Performance Design at ECA/USP, where she had been lecturing Performance Design for 2 years (2016-2018). Currently Head of MA Set and Costume Design at Fine Arts Faculty of Sao Paulo (Belas Artes). Former Vice-President of OISTAT 2013-2017
April 24, 2019
Episode 25 - Sean Crowley - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Sean Crowley has worked across the design spectrum in film, opera, theatre and television. He has been Wales’ most prolific theatre designer over the past 11 years, designing over 150 productions for companies across Wales, the UK and Europe. Sean became Head of Design at RWCMD in 1999 and is also the College’s Director of Drama. Sean is the Chair of the Society of British Theatre Designers and was Project Leader for World Stage Design, held at the College in September 2013. He has been a member of the Linbury Prize committee since 2002, and was Chair of the Association of Theatre Design Courses UK for nine years. In 2007, Sean was Project Leader and Co-Designer for the Prague Quadrennial Scenofest – an international festival of design and performance attracting some 30,000 visitors with over 5000 active participants. Sean was made an Honorary Fellow of the College in July 2007 and was appointed as an Associate Director at the Torch Theatre in 2010. In March 2011, he was the Exhibition Designer for the Society of British Theatre Designers national exhibition, Transformation & Revelation. As the Project Leader for World Stage Design 2013 he helped bring 13,000 exhibitors, practitioners and visitors to Cardiff. Sean Crowley has worked across the design spectrum in film, opera, theatre and television. He has been Wales’ most prolific theatre designer over the past 11 years, designing over 150 productions for companies across Wales, the UK and Europe. Sean became Head of Design at RWCMD in 1999 and is also the College’s Director of Drama. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama : Society of British Theatre Designers :
April 17, 2019
Episode 24 - Young Designers Forum USITT (Part 2)
Here is part 2 of my series of interviews with many of the young designers who presented their work at the young designers forum this year at USITT.  You all did a fantastic job.  Your work is inspiring and I wish you nothing but the best. Vanessa J Lopez - Costume Technician, Crafts Artisan / Olivia Deluca - Lighting Designer / Jeremy Smith - Scenic Designer / Brandon Reed - Sound Designer / Becca Johnson - Scenic Designer / Katy Fetrow - Designer / Sasha Schwartz - Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist / Madison Mclain - MakeUp, Fx Artist and Wig Maker / Jelena Andzic - Set Designer, Artist /  Alice Trent - Lighting & Projection Design / Danielle Soldat - Costume Technician /
April 10, 2019
Episode 23 - Young Designers Forum USITT (Part 1)
This is a series of short interviews with the young designers who brought their work to USITT and were part of the Young Designer Forum. In this episode: Erin Reed - Costume Designer / Jenn Bobo - Prop Artisan & Scenic Designer / Qier Luo - Lighting Designer / Izzy Hines - Scenic Designer / Natalie Kandra - Technical Direction & Scenic Carpentry  Carolyn M Walker - Costume Technology & Shop Management / Talbot Jenkins - Costume Design / Catie Blencowe - Lighting Design / Kelli Harod - Scenic Design / Aaron Curry - Lighting Designer / Thank you to everyone for participating.  
April 03, 2019
Episode 22 - Scottish Rite Temple USITT 2019
This episode was recorded form the main temple hall of the Scottish Rite Temple of Louisville, Kentucky.  I had the opportunity to come along with author and artist Wendy Rae Waszut-Barrett and watch her work documenting the various drops currently stored there.  I also had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Terry Bowman, Deputy of the Supreme Council in Kentucky, Lighting Technician Mr. Tom Irwin and finally Stagehand Mr. Stephen Lay.   Recorded: Wednesday March 20, 2019.  
March 27, 2019
Episode 21 - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
This episode of the podcast is a big thank you not only to the first 20 people I have interviewed but also to you the listener.  Its also a chance to catch you up with various events coming up in 2019.   Its also a chance to catch you up with various events coming up in 2019.  I also give some of my thoughts about what is going on in my head and what I hope we can do to make tomorrow better.   Events Coming Up: - USITT 2019 - Prague Quadrennial - Stage | Set | Scenery Magazines: - Stage Directions - PLSN - Projections Lighting and Staging News - The Blue Pages - TD&T - Theatre Design and Technology
March 19, 2019
Episode 20 - Kate Porter
Thank you to Stage Manager Kate Porter for her time  and conversation. At the time of this recording,  Kate was on tour in Edmonton, Alberta Canada  Ms. Porter is a Graduate of Yale '02 and a former Stage Management Intern of the Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, IL.  She is currently a professional Stage Manager dividing her time between Theater and Opera.  She is also a member of the Canadian Actor'sEquity. Katie begins calling Puccini's "La Boheme" for the Vancouver Opera in a few short weeks and will be teaching at the opera stage management program at Banff. She is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
March 13, 2019
Episode 19 - Giselle Langton
   GISELLE E. LANGTON  Director, Stage Manager, Producer Ms. Langton has produced Rick Abbot’s Play On! (1993), Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (1993), Charles Busch’s The Lady In Question (1994). Athol Fugard’s “MASTER HAROLD” …and the boys (in association with J. Austin Forsyth and the Little Carib Theatre (1995), Dan Coggin’s Nunsense (1996), Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues (2002) and the award-winning production of Earl Warner’s MANTALK in association with MSJ Productions (2004). In a thirty-two year career, she has stage-managed countless presentations for drama, choral, steelband and dance companies in Trinidad. She has also worked on numerous film and television productions, including Asha Lovelace’s Joebelle and America. Ms. Langton has been Production Manager for The Callaloo Company, notably for the Carnival presentations of Picoplat and The Sacred Heart. In 2007 she stage managed two back to back performances at Madison Square Garden for Machel Montano’s Rezzerek, designed and directed by Peter Minshall. She is the holder of six (6) Cacique Awards. In 2003, Ms. Langton made her directorial debut with Charles Busch’s Shanghai Moon. In 2009, she was the Production Stage Manager for Machel Montano’s first children’s alternative concert “Boy Boy and the Magic Drum” directed by Mervyn de Goeas. She has served as an Executive member of the National Drama Association and, has been the Coordinator of the Cacique Awards Evaluators. Her television career began with Television Enterprises (TVE). For the television series Westwood Park, she has worked as Script/Continuity and 1st A.D. Ms. Langton was also the Producer for the creative concept company, CedarHouse Company Limited. In 2011, she was the Stage Manager for Heather Headley’s concert “Home”, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts. Ms. Langton directed David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole” in November 2011, at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop for Proscenium Theatre. She was Operations Manager, for the National Theatre Arts Company, from 2015 to 2016. Ms. Langton, has been the Unit Coordinator, for the Stage Department at the Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium – NAPA, from 2012 to present.
March 06, 2019
Episode 18 - Albert Laveau
Albert Laveau is the Artistic and Managing Director of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. He joined the then young theatre company in 1962 where, over the years, he became one of the best-known actors in Trinidad, along-side performers such as Errol Jones, Stanley Marshall, Eunice Alleyne, Claude Reid and dozens of others who graced the Trinidad Theatre Workshop stage over the years. Among his acting credits are included leading roles in productions of “The First Born”, “Dark of the Moon”, “Moon for the Misbegotten” and “Tartuffe”. He is perhaps best-known on stage for his role as The Devil in Walcott’s “Ti-Jean and His Brothers”. Mr. Laveau also played principal roles in Walcott productions including “The Joker of Seville”, “Dream on Monkey Mountain”, “Henri Christophe”, and “The Sea at Dauphin” among others. A top-notch director as well as actor, Mr. Laveau spent part of the 1970s acting and directing professionally in the United States, where he worked with Joe Papp at the Public Theatre, was a guest director at New York University’s MFA Programme, became a resident director with the Negro Ensemble and also played in their touring production of “The River Niger” by Richard Walker for a year. Despite his success abroad, Mr. Laveau saw his work as first and foremost the development of theatre here in his home of Trinidad and Tobago. He moved back home, and in 1989 was appointed to the position of Managing and Artistic Director of his home theatre company, where he was able to put into place two programmes which he feels passionately about and are still active today: the Theatre in Education Programme which brings staged productions of plays on CXC syllabi to school children to enhance their understanding of the texts and also expose them to theatre, and the School for the Arts, which has taught hundreds of students over the past quarter century, from as young as six to the elderly, in acting, directing, design, dance and more. In his later career Mr. Laveau made appearances in several local feature films, including the 2001 “Mystic Masseur” and 2013 “God Loves the Fighter”. To this day Mr. Laveau is active in the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, pushing forward and leading his team to continue ensuring that his vision continues to live on. - Biography - Trinidad Theater Workshop
February 27, 2019
Episode 17 - Maureen Freedman
Born in South-Africa, raised in Israel, Maureen has lived in England, Australia and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. She studied Design for Performance at the Wimbledon College of Art in London. A finalist in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design, she gained practical experience in England and returned to Israel where she continued to work in diverse areas of performance including devised performance, movement and object theatre. Maureen was recognized for her design contribution to the production of "The House by the Lake" at the Acco Festival for Alternative Theatre - and which has since toured Europe and Canada - and received a Fringe First Golden Hedgehog Award for her work on a physical theatre piece "The Boat is Sinking". She then accepted a scholarship from the University of Connecticut Design Tech program, and since moving to the US Maureen has collaborated on productions for theatre, opera, new writing and musicals crafting characters and storylines through the design of costumes and space. Work of hers has been presented in CT, MA, LV and in NYC at BAM, and Off Broadwy at 59e59 theatres, The Actor’s Temple and the Rattlestick Theatre. And in July this year Maureen was a fellowship to the NYFA Immigrant Artist Program. Maureen has exhibited at the United States Institute for Technology (USITT), and twice at the Kennedy Center's American College Festival - both locally and in Washington D.C. - garnering the National Partners-American Theatre award and Stage Craft Institute Las Vegas award for excellence in Design technology. Productions Maureen has designed for have been reviewed in several notable papers including The New York Times, Theatre World Publication and USITT Sightlines. And her dramaturgical process behind the scenic design of "Intimate Apparel" for the Connecticut Rep. has been reviewed and published in "A Companion to Lynn Nottage" (Routledge).   Working not only in scenic design, but costume design as well, Maureen was awarded the Zelma H. Weisfeld award for Costume Design and Technology, and was invited to join the US exhibitors of "Costume at the Turn of the Century" at the Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow. This exhibition has since toured the US, the World Stage Design Festival in Taiwan, China and Poland.
February 20, 2019
Episode 16 - Jim Streeter
   Welcome to this latest episode of the podcast.  The guest this week is Mr. Jim Streeter  James E. Streeter currently serves as the Production Manager for the Frist Campus Center Film and Performance Theatre at Princeton University. He was previously the Resident Lighting Designer/ Master Electrician for Princeton University's Program in Theater and Dance, where has designed the lighting for multiple productions including: A Little Night Music,  Cabaret, Yankee Dawg You Die, The Vagina Monologues, The Crucible, The Duchess of Malfi, HAMLETMACHINE, Twelfth Night, The Maids, A Delicate Balance, Happy Days, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull  As well as  the premieres of student works such as A Test of Love, Chamber Music, Mixed Drinks, Invitation to the Blues, Utopia Parkway, Shadowman, The Tire Iron ( Beer, Pool and Darts), Joyce Carol Oates' Mother's Day Weekend, Of Beauty Born and T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland. Jim has also designed lighting and visual effects for A Sacred Place, choreographed by Jacques D'amboise, Negotiations, choreographed by Ze’eva Cohen and Aleta Hayes, Chamber Pieces, with choreography by Ze’eva Cohen, Aleta Hayes and Jill Sigman.  Other works include Resident Lighting Designer for the Body Hype Dance Company at Princeton University, Konvergence and Rosemary with Ginger for the Acting Studio, Inc. in New York City, The Sound of Music and Phantom for The Media Center for the Performing Arts, The Glass Menagerie (Set & Lighting Designer) and A Lifetime on the Streets for Trenton State College Theater, The Rothchilds for Bristol Riverside Theatre, Jungle Coup, Moby Dick and the American Premiere of The Graduate for Stageworks/Summit and the East Coast Premiere of Cynthia Lee Smith's The Night Spirit for the Aphre Behn Theatre Co.  Jim is a graduate of the Center for Media Arts and studied lighting design at The Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City. He is also a member of the USITT Board of Directors and a strong proponent of USITT’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee. This committee is responsible for supporting and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within USITT’s programs and projects and the Institute as a whole.  This was a fantastic conversation on topics ranging from lighting practices and how they need to evolve both in teaching and perception, the recent 2018 Telegraph article written by reporter Patrick Sawer titled "Traditional theatre lighting and stage design discriminates against black and asian actors warns Shakespeare's Globe" and finally the merits of hiring someone based on their talent. This is a must listen conversation for students of all backgrounds.  This is one you shouldn't miss.   Without further ado, Mr. Jim Streeter.
February 13, 2019
Episode 15 - Léa Nataf
   Ms. Lea Nataf is a Metteur en scène (Director) / Comédienne (actress) at La Compagnie des Atsaras as well as Technicienne Lumière (light Technician) at Théâtre Garonne. She has also been a Marionnettiste  (Puppeteer) at Cie Artémisia . Studied Théâtre - Mise en scène at Université Bordeaux-Montaigne and Formation Technicienne Lumiere  ( Lighting Technician) at CSCV in Toulouse, France Originally from Bordeaux and currently living in Southern France, Lea has had many amazing journeys. We met in Prague 2015 while volunteering for the PQ event. While we were to stand in front of the DAMU café giving directions, answering questions and guiding people around the event, we did spend a great deal of time entertaining one another and bonding in many funny ways.     I am so glad to have gotten to meet Lea and finally after so much time be able to see and speak with her again. I have missed hearing and seeing her laugh.  The audio for this episode is a bit tricky at times. I have done what I can to clear most of it up however there will be points where the levels are a bit off and you will have to adjust your volume. This shouldn’t take away from your enjoyment. Thank you to Lea for her time and energy. I look forward to a return trip to France to see her and experience the amazing work she is up to now.   Without further ado Ms. Lea Nataf
February 06, 2019
Episode 14 - Umberto Di Nino
Umberto Di Nino is an Italian professional born to offer the best advice in the field of scenography, construction of image and communication for television, cinema, theater, advertising, fashion shows and events. His strategy is to Increase the value of the product through a scenography of great impact.  Umberto has a skilled core European team that he works with as well as a large number of qualified freelancers, specially selected for each project.  He is flexible, reliable and precise. and can offer you great solutions for your project (creativity, production, services). "We are image builders.  Our know - how can be useful for you"
January 30, 2019
Episode #13 - Fiona Watt
Fiona trained with the Motley Theatre Design Course, London. She is a freelance scenographer who enjoys exploring the relationship between existing architecture and the performance space, unlocking the hidden dynamics within traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces to find the strongest points of exchange between performer and audience. In June 2011 she was one of six international artists commissioned to lead 'Six Acts', a site-specific interaction with the city of Prague for Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space and in 2013 she co-curated the design-led performance programme for World Stage Design in Cardiff. In June 2015 she returned to the Quadrennial as curator for 'The View From Here', a new collaborative project between the Association of Courses in Theatre Design (ACTD) and the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD). Fiona is Honorary Secretary of the Society of British Theatre Designers and UK Performance Design Commissioner for OISTAT (International Association of Scenographers Theatre Architects and Technicians). She is currently involved in planning for the UK’s submission to the next Quadrennial which will take place in June 2019. Be sure to check out: - Society of British Theater Designers - Fiona Watt Professional Site - Staging Places
January 23, 2019
Episode #12 - Chris Van Goethem
Chris Van Goethem started in 1983 as a technician in a rental company, like most technicians in that period. Before that he was active in school and youth theater. He became stage manager through training on the floor and self-study and toured with many companies throughout Europe. He has worked for Théâtre de la Place Liège, De Warande Turnhout, Young Persons Theater (UK), Open Cloth, various festivals in Morocco, Squonk Opera Pitsburg (US), Theater aan Zee, Champs d'action, Cultuurmarkt Antwerp, Theater Stap , Preserve the Desire, Villanella, Kommil Foo and Raamtheater. Van Goethem expanded his field of activity with teaching and consultancy in the field of stage techniques. He advised among others the theater technique for the Augustine Church Antwerp, De Warande Turnhout, Flaget Brussels, De Zwarte Komedie, the abbey of Herkenrode and the cultural center Merelbeke. He also advised on the preparation of the professional profiles and standards of Podiumtechniek (SERV), the professional qualifications (AHOVOKS), safety policy, training policy (SFP) and the start-up of various TSO schools and VDAB programs.  His specializations are lighting, production and special effects. He teaches the RITCS (EHB) podium department, Sabbattini Antwerp and Comedrama Oujda (Morocco), three courses he co-founded. He also gives courses for the Pianofabriek, Arteveldehogeschool, SFP, SADA and Accademia Teatro alla Scala.  Van Goethem wrote "lighting technology for stage technicians" and regularly publishes in professional journals such as Proscenium, STEPP magazine, Die Vierte Wand, Zichtlijnen and Proscen. He supervises the RITCS stage techniques students in their individual three-year research project. As part of the podium arts expertise center he examines the history of stage techniques, education and competence management, sustainability, and safety. From his engagement he is involved in international projects such as theatrEurope, Scenofest Prague, Wakha-Wakha, European Social Dialogue, Scenart Romania, OISTAT Time Line Working Group, ETTE and creativeskillsEurope.
January 16, 2019
Episode #11 - Florencia Dias
Ms. Dias is a scenographer and photographer living, working and traveling in and around Europe. Originally from Brazil and now living in Spain, Flo has had an amazing journey not only capturing images from some of the recent theater events such as World Stage Design (Taipei, Taiwan), the Prague Quadrennial and Oistat50 in Cardiff, Wales but also of the everyday life. It was fantastic to catch up with her and to learn more about the woman behind the camera and where she would like to go next. You check out her work at Instagram - Flicker - Flicker - Tumblr -
January 09, 2019
Episode #10 - Edwin Erminy
This episode is dedicated to my friend Edwin Erminy.   The theatre and arts community of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago and the world lost an amazing artist tonight. I lost my friend. Edwin will always be a testament to the joy, excitement and passion for Scenography. His love of all things art was infectious. I cannot capture all that his life entailed in a single post nor can I begin to find the right words because there will not be enough of them. I have lost a mentor. Someone who helped make me a better person by being around him. Who helped show me the way to becoming a better teacher. Who would also make fun of me because I was the antithesis to his way of making a plan or a drawing. Edwin's favorite phrase to me was "Come on Man" or his over the top exclamation of "What?! What?!" and then break out into laughter. I'm glad we challenged each other. The last thing I would ever want to do was fail him no matter how much of an argument we would get into. I will remember his patience even though most things drove him mad but he never let that get out or show unless necessary. I will think of how he made fun of me for being an American and how his english somehow conveniently got bad the more "tired" he became. There will be no last moments for me because you will not be gone. In Buddhism it is said that a spirit is not extinguished upon death, but instead transfers to another in one of six planes. That a person’s actions during their lifetime results in karma that determines in what form there spirit will be reborn—as a human, an animal, or various forms of spirits, including angels, demons, gods, and ghosts. You will return and I know you will come visit us. I'll always be sure to keep an eye out for you. "I have been and always shall be your friend"
January 03, 2019
Episode #9 - David Boothman
   Welcome to this first brand new episode of 2019.  I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  The guest this week is Mr. David Boothman. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, David attended Queen's Royal College and studied Art at the Pratt Institute in New York developing his skills as a painter.  He is also an accomplished Jazz pianist and composer.  David is the brother to artist and musicians Michael and Roger Boothman and nephew to contemporary painter,  designer and artist Boscoe Holder and voice actor, dancer, choreographer, singer, director and painter Geoffrey Holder.  David is currently working with the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy for the Performing Arts and I had the opportunity to speak with him at the end of the most recent school term. David has got some interesting ideas about the relationships we as people have to art and about how to find balance in one’s life. Without further ado , Mr. David Boothman
January 02, 2019
Episode #8 - Anne E. McMills
Anne E. McMills’ career extends across the many facets of the lighting world—from theatre (including Broadway and the West End) to television and theme parks to architectural lighting, industrials, concerts, cruise ships, award shows, dance, and opera. In addition to designing her own work, Anne has assisted many Tony Award-winning Broadway designers, mounting productions throughout the world. Anne is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, as well as the author of The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit and 3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design. She is also the Head of Lighting Design at San Diego State University. Recent work includes Noel Noel with the San Diego Symphony, All is Calm with the San Diego Opera, Sense and Sensibility with South Coast Rep, and Beachtown with the San Diego Rep. For further information, visit
December 25, 2018
Episode #7 - Richard Boychuk
R.W. (Rick) Boychuk has been a student, teacher, technical director, IA stagehand, designer, inventor and an author. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in technical theatre, he has worked in the industry for over 40 years. ​Rick owns and operates Grid Well, Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that holds patents on the Front-Loading Arbor, and patents pending for the Arbor Trap and SuperArbor. Rick received two CITT awards in 2016: The Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement in a technical discipline within the Canadian live performance industry; and The Award of Technical Merit for outstanding achievement in the use of theatre technology.
December 19, 2018
Episode #6 - Peter Craig
Peter Craig is a designer, technician and theater consultant here in Trinidad and Tobago. Enjoy the show!
December 12, 2018
Episode #5 - Pamela Howard OBE
This weeks podcast is not an interview. It is a replay of a lecture I attended at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The event I was attending was OISTAT50, a celebration and recognition of the 50th anniversary of OISTAT. Ms. Howard's speech is titled "A Touch on the Times" and speaks about her history in design and shares stories about some of the remarkable people she collaborated with. I captured the audio on my recorder so it may sound a little rough in places. There was a live audience in attendance so there is some background noise as well. Ms. Howard was gracious enough to allow me to bring this too you and I am deeply grateful. I look forward to having a sit-down interview with her in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the lecture and listen to one of the masters of art and design. - Pamela Howard Website - Oistat Homepage - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
December 05, 2018
Episode #4 - Wendy Waszut-Barrett
Wendy Waszut-Barrett specializes in the evaluation, restoration, and replication of painted scenes for the theatre, opera, ethnic hall, and Masonic stage. She is the President of Historic Stage Services, a researcher, a teacher and artist. Wendy holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Theatre. Blog: Business: Facebook: Dry Pigment, Historic Stage Services
November 28, 2018
Episode #3 - Hanne Nuyttens
Hanne Nuyttens is a sound engineer, artist, eco-warrior and traveler. Hanne spent a term here in Trinidad and Tobago studying and found the experience transformative. We spoke about her journey from Belgium to South America, the importance why more women are needed as mentors all over the world and why its okay to speak up and say you don't know something. Check it out.
November 26, 2018
Episode #2 - Kerri-Ann Chandler
Kerri Ann Chandler is an studio and live audio engineer, producer, musician, instructor and friend here in Trinidad and Tobago. Kerri is my first guest and I couldn't be happier to have her on.
November 17, 2018
Episode #1 - How it all began
This is the first of hopefully many episodes. Coming to you from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, this podcast is an extension of the Archiving Technical Theater History Facebook Group. It's not all about history. Come check it out and give it a listen. In this episode, its the origin story.
November 16, 2018