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How Do You Get the Best from Theatre Students? [video]

This week on Behind the Curtain, we talk to Atlanta theatre director Amanda Farnsworth about how to get the very best from students during a production. Amanda discusses her process in length—how she involves her cast members on a deeper level, helping them to first understand and then believe in the story being told on stage. Amanda […]

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How Do You Keep Theatre Directing Fun? [video]

This week on Behind the Curtain, we talk to Atlanta theatre director Amanda Farnsworth about how she keeps theatre directing fun show after show. She discusses how to beat the ‘dog days’ leading up to tech week, where the jokes cease to be funny and everyone is starting to feel tired and burned out. Amanda has a […]

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Projection Pro Tip #4: Best Projector Manufacturers?

This is part 4 of an interview with professional technical director Paul Ackerman. This interview will provide a series of tips for using theatrical projections—in a simple question and answer, ‘how do you go about it?’ type format. Mitch: When it comes to projection gear, are there any manufacturers who seem to consistently be the best […]

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Projection Pro Tip #3: What Tech to Buy First When You Start?

This is part 3 of an interview with professional technical director Paul Ackerman. This interview will provide a series of tips for using theatrical projections—in a simple question and answer, ‘how do you go about it?’ type format. Mitch: If you’re a high school director, for example, wanting to start using projections in your shows, where […]

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What Excites You About Animated Projections? [video]

This week on Behind the Curtain, we talk to theatre director and teacher Robert Botello about animated projections and what excites him about the spectacle and possibilities of digital environments in shows. Video Length: 1:41 (1 minute, 41 seconds) QUESTION: “What Excites You About Animated Projections?” ROBERT: “When Lion King first came out and they were using puppets and […]

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Projection Pro Tip #2: Lean Toward Front or Rear Projection?

This is part 2 of an interview with professional technical director Paul Ackerman. This interview will provide a series of tips for using theatrical projections—in a simple question and answer, ‘how do you go about it’ type format. Mitch: Taking into consideration that every space is different and provides unique challenges, would you steer a […]

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What Do Digital Theatre Projections Bring to a Show? [video]

This week on Behind the Curtain, we talk to experienced technical director Josh Hornung about using projections in theatrical shows. He speaks to the impact they can have on a production and how it bleeds over into the area of tech, where it’s refreshing to participate in a part that’s inspiring and has a direct impact on the […]

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