42 episodes

Focusing on the people who are almost never in the news but who are essential to the making of the shows we all see and love, In The Wings explores the talents and stories behind the scenes, from the costume and scenic shops to the rehearsal room to the stage itself, with designers, artisans and craftspeople explaining their unique contributions to theatrical art in their own words. These short videos shine the spotlight on disciplines you may not even realize are a part of theatrical production and celebrate the full diversity of talent that contribute to bringing a show to the stage.

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Focusing on the people who are almost never in the news but who are essential to the making of the shows we all see and love, In The Wings explores the talents and stories behind the scenes, from the costume and scenic shops to the rehearsal room to the stage itself, with designers, artisans and craftspeople explaining their unique contributions to theatrical art in their own words. These short videos shine the spotlight on disciplines you may not even realize are a part of theatrical production and celebrate the full diversity of talent that contribute to bringing a show to the stage.

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    Child Wrangler - June, 2011

    Child Wrangler - June, 2011

    Child Wrangler Felicia Velasco is the guardian for a show's young cast members while they're at the theatre for performances and rehearsals. As a combined authority figure and assistant, she ensures the child actors are prepared, are kept safe, and helps to manage their downtime. Seen here working with the girls at "The People in the Picture", she compares it to previous wrangling assignments, and finds the upsides to a career as a child wrangler.

    • 6 min
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    Associate Lighting Designer - May, 2011

    Associate Lighting Designer - May, 2011

    Associate Lighting Designer Caroline Chao takes care of all the details for a lighting designer, including handling the production schedule, helping to draft the lighting plot, and keeping track of notes, follow spots, and the cue list. She takes us through her role in the production process, and points out the advantages of being a lighting associate and assistant. Chao has worked on multiple shows at once with lighting designer Don Holder, and is seen here teching "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark".

    • 6 min
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    Theatrical Sculptor - April, 2011

    Theatrical Sculptor - April, 2011

    Theatrical Sculptor Nino Novellino specializes in creating sculpture and costume armor for theatre, ballet, opera, and film. Costume armor was first developed for the original production of "Man of La Mancha". Novellino talks about his work on the set of "Cats", "Sunset Boulevard", and the Green Goblin costume in "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark". From the sculpting shop, he explains the different processes used to recreate items in plastic for use onstage.

    • 1 hr
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    Special Effects Designer - April, 2011

    Special Effects Designer - April, 2011

    Special Effects Designer Gregory Meeh uses a vast array of technologies to build illusions for live stage productions. He has created pyrotechnic explosions and atmospheric effects such as rain, fire, and fog for "Spamalot", "Women on the Verge", and "110 in the Shade" on Broadway. A special effect event like "The Phantom of the Opera" chandelier is comprised of many elements. Seen here are "Treasure Island"'s simple yet creative effects, as well as Meeh's expertise with firearms ("Les Miserables", "Miss Saigon").

    • 7 min
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    Director of Community Engagement - April, 2011

    Director of Community Engagement - April, 2011

    Director of Community Engagement Anita Maynard-Losh leads all education and outreach programs at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Her extensive background in arts education began with acting, directing, then teaching at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and throughout Alaska. As director, her job is not only administrative and hands-on education, it's an important part of Arena's artistic strategy and mission to enrich their community through theatre. Voices of Now and the DC Ticket Partnership are two of Arena Stage's programs that add to students' arts education.

    • 7 min
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    Costume Shop Manager - March, 2011

    Costume Shop Manager - March, 2011

    Costume Shop Manager Carol Hammond works closely with the costume designer, and deals with all of the logistics of costuming. She oversees costumes being shopped and built, fittings, budgeting, and hiring and managing an extensive staff. At Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, Hammond and her core staff work on multiple shows at once during their annual season of ten productions. Hammond gives a tour of the Alliance Theatre's costume shop, craftshop, wardrobe, wig area, and storage.

    • 7 min

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