Graduate BAM Backstage Seminar

Applications due December 16!

Backstage Seminar

Every Wednesday in February, from 3:30pm-5:00pm
Harvey Theater Lobby

For graduate students and young theater professionals, by application only.
All participants will receive one ticket for the Feb 1 performance of
Richard III.

A series of five workshops with BAM’s extraordinary production crew and select members of the creative team behind the Bridge Project’s Richard III, the Backstage Seminar gives an in-depth, hands-on look at how a play gets mounted on stage, from set building to lighting and sound design to touring, and more. Each session will conclude with a Q&A.

BAM Production Manager Neil Kutner and BAM Production Supervisor Audrey Hoo will be leading each session. Guest speakers from BAM include Executive Producer, Joseph Melillo on February 1; Executive Vice President, Alice Bernstein on February 1; Project Line Producer, Nick Schwartz-Hall on February 29; joined by The Bridge Project Associate Director, Composer, Musical Coordinator and Director, Stage Manager, and more to be announced. Each session will conclude with a Q&A.

Price: $150, includes cost of a ticket to Richard III, five workshops, and workshop materials.

Click here to download an application. Please email completed application by December 16th.

Session # 1: Overview with Executive Producer Joe Melillo and Executive VP Alice Bernstein
Feb 1

Learn about how the Bridge Project was conceived and taken from an idea to completion. This session includes a tour of the stage at the BAM Harvey Theater.

Session # 2: Set Design/Scenery
Feb 8

Using images, including photographs and plans of Bridge Project productions, participants will examine the evolution and development of the show to understand how the set was brought to life.

Session # 3: Lighting/Sound/Music Composition
Feb 15

While looking at drawings and schematics of the light plot and sound design, lighting and sound designers will discuss how to create a design based on a director’s vision.

Session # 4: Stage Management & Costumes
Feb 22

Looking at challenges of stage management for a transatlantic partnership, stage managers will explain their roles in the production. The session will also include a look at costume designs with sketches and tracking sheets from costumes used in the production.

Session #5: Touring
Feb 29

The final session addresses how the production is designed to tour as a global project. This session will include a look at tour schedules, how to identify tour partners, and navigating contract negotiations.

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I teach Shakespeare and early modern literature at St. John's in New York City.

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