Whether it’s as simple as lighting an actor’s face for visibility, or a special effect for musicals like Sweeney Todd, a lighting designer’s job is all about problem solving. As a full-time freelance designer, Kevin spends at least one, but usually two or three weeks a month in tech rehearsals in theaters throughout California. “It is a hard but absolutely wonderful life. If you’re like I was in high school and have any inkling to do theatre, do it.” Read our latest interview on StageAgent.
Over the past few months, we have been asking our contributors here at StageAgent what some of their favorite theatre books were, whether it was for a summer read, something that greatly influences them, or just an amazing reference book to have on hand. So to kick off 2018, here’s a suggested reading list, a quick run down of 12 books recommended by the StageAgent team. We think there’s a little something here for everyone. Enjoy!
Join StageAgent on a whistle stop tour through the history and evolution of the modern day pantomime. Who are the character archetypes that appear in pantos? What are some of the typical staging elements in a panto? How does pantomime relate to commedia dell’arte? And how might elements of panto show up in mainstream theatre? Read Alexandra Appleton’s latest blog and explore all that is the pantomime.
We have all heard of William Shakespeare. His plays are regularly performed across the globe, and they frequently feature as prominent texts on school/college syllabuses. Yet getting to grips with Shakespeare’s works can be tricky. What is an iambic pentameter? And how do you interpret some of the unusual sounding words written over 400 years ago? Whether you are studying his plays, or engaging with them for pleasure, this blog post will hopefully help guide you along the fascinating road to getting to grips with the Bard!
How can theatre teachers find new and interesting way to engage non-theatre students? With the advent of the new StageAgent for Schools program, it’s now easier than ever to integrate theatre into cross-curricular learning projects. Whether you want to brush up your Shakespeare in an English Literature class by having students perform monologues and scenes, or bring American History alive through the musical presence of the smash hit Hamilton, here are some ideas on how to integrate Theatre and other subjects such as Literature, Writing, History, Music, and Dance with the help of StageAgent for Schools. Read guest blogger Amanda Whitford Grundy’s post to see how you can use StageAgent for Schools and the many tools it offers to engage your students in all levels of theatrical learning.