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      The Audition

    This video explains the role of agents and casting directors in finding actors for parts. Directors discuss their screening methods. Actors describe their nerves, preparation techniques, monologues, and scripts. Considers the different issues involved in auditions for Shakespeare, modern drama, and film roles.


      Introduction to Sound Design

    Professor of Sound Design at the University of California Irvine, Vincent Olivieri, explores the fundamentals of sound design through the lens of his work on the recent play "Safe House" by Keith Josef Adkins. Olivieri focuses in on the art of sound design due to technology's rapid advancement, exploring script analysis, the creation of soundscapes, spatial awareness in sound design, and development of diegetic and non-diegetic sound. Detailing the process for creating successful cue lists and loudspeaker plots, Olivieri shows how each document is dynamic, often changing performance to performance, and how successful sound designers can learn to make their sound designs a living part of the play.


      History of Theatrical Lighting

    Professor of Lighting Design at the University of California Irvine, Jamyi Lee Smith, explores the history of theatrical lighting, tracing the development of lighting technology from the Greek and Roman eras through the era of electricity. Smith discusses the use of natural light, candles, chandeliers, and gas lighting to explicate not only the advances that lighting technology has seen, but to showcase how lighting design has been instrumental to the actor's performances, the scripting of plays, and the development of theatre.


      Introduction to Costume Design

    Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of California Irvine, Marcia Froehlich, explores the fundamentals of costume design by taking you behind the scenes into the drama department’s costume workshop. Showcasing detailed costume boards and dress forms, Froehlich discusses the crucial decisions behind color palettes, fabric choices, and historical influence as well as the importance of both factual research and “emotional research” around the production and the script. With an emphasis on the creation of one’s individual costume design methods, Froehlich explores a variety of artistic styles and tools in which to convey one’s designs.