Costume designers, there is an exhibit in New York City, Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen, with over 100 garments from Broadway, TV, film, and dance on display thru September 26, 2021. A great way to see costumes close up, and check out the detail and the craftsmanship. The venue is at Times Square, near 42nd & Broadway and the maze-like exhibit has been created by Thinc Design. Buy tickets online.
On Tuesday, August 10, at 12 noon Eastern, get an up close look via Playbill:
Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:
• August 15 @ 8pm Eastern: Society of Properties Artisan Managers S*P*A*Minar: Tufting, Tacking & Trim: A focus on upholstery for the stage including some great tips and tricks on how to approach those daunting projects during quick turnarounds. Jessica Rosenlieb from Cleveland Playhouse takes a look at tools of the trade, materials, resources, and the process to tackle your big upholstery projects, as well as a few advanced techniques and ways to save time and money for those quick theatre turnarounds. Register Here.
New Webcasts & Podcasts:
• Inwood ArtWorks On Air: A Podcast With Libby Stadstad: Scenic designer Libby Stadstad discusses her work on an upcoming stop-motion animated film + much more: Listen Here. Read more about her in Live Design: Designing Couples: Libby Stadstad and Brandon Stirling Baker.
• USITT: TECHnically Speaking: 2021 YDMT Award Winner Casey Duke, winner of the 2021 Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Lighting Design Award: Casey Duke is a theatrical lighting designer and MFA candidate in the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts (anticipated 2022), and received her B.A. in Theatre from the Mississippi University for Women in 2014. For the past seven years, Casey has worked in theatres and theme park entertainment such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Listen Here.
• Light Talk: Episode 227 of LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers (and SISTAH - that's Live Design's Ellen Lampert-Gréaux): “More Gothic Than Goth, Interview with KC Wilkerson: In this episode of LIGHT TALK, The Lumen Brothers (and Sistah!) talk with principal lighting designer for DIsney Live Entertainment, KC Wilkerson. Join KC, Zak, Ellen, and Steve as they pontificate about: How Varilites at The Police concert changed KC's life; Early years at Disney; The difference between lighting for theatre and lighting for live entertainment in Theme Parks; Looking at new lighting equipment; Dealing with bad choices; Working with manufacturers in designing new lighting equipment; A walk-thru of the process of designing a typical nighttime spectacular; How to find a good work/life balance; The myth of Disney's "piles of money"; Creative problem solving; "Why do we have to follow a process?"; Disney stockholders; Working with lighting, video, and fountain designers; Who has the final say?; The opportunity for playtime; The differences in collaborating with the parks in the US vs international parks; How the LD to Programmer relationship has evolved over the past 20 years; Creating mentorships between designers and programmers; Advice for young lighting designers interested in designing for theme parks; being interested, engaged, and curious; and making candles. Listen Here.
• Making Theatre: James Farncombe and Bruno Poet: Lighting designers James Farncombe and Bruno Poet host conversations about the complex and sometimes messy business of making a show for theatre. We aim to draw in guests from all aspects of production; from directors and designers to actors, stage managers, technicians, makers, builders and producers, to start a broader conversation about all things involved in bringing a show to the stage. Listen Here.
• Artistic Finance: Diversify: A discussion of diversification within a financial portfolio with lighting designer David Martin Jacques. He explains how his portfolio allocation has changed over time as he’s gone from freelancing to becoming a theatre professor. David has been designing lighting, sets, and projections for the past 40 years. His work spans across Europe, Asia, South America, Scandinavia, and North America. David has designed at venues such as The Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, The English National Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The National Theatre of Tokyo. David served as lighting consultant for Disney Creative Entertainment where he helped design many attractions for Disney Orlando, Euro-Disney, Epcot, and MGM.In 2017, David, along with fellow lighting educators Steve Woods (SMU) and Stan Kaye (University of Florida) created the popular weekly podcast "LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers." Listen Here.
• 4Wall Sunday Roundtable Episode 48: Pat MacKay Diversity Scholarships: Join judges and former recipients of the Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships. Founded in 2019, and funded by LDI and Live Design, the goal of these unique Diversity In Design scholarships is to support underrepresented and unique voices in the field of entertainment design. The scholarships are named for Pat MacKay, formerly publisher of Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines and founder of the LDI Trade Show and Conference. Guests: Sydney Dye - Projection Designer (Past Recipient); Nina Field - Lighting & Sound Designer (Past Recipient/Judge); Roma Flowers - Lighting & Projection Designer (Judge); Ellen Lampert-Greaux - Live Design/LDI Creative Director; Yuko Taniguchi - Lighting Designer (Past Recipient). Watch Here.