STAGE 1 [IRINA, STEVEN, NICOLE, ANDREW, MICHAEL, CHRIS]: Meet on Tuesday 11/19 from 1-2:15 to COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BOX.  Steven and Michael: you should probably try to complete a couple of these items prior to Tuesday.

* Complete stand and wrap with masking (I expect plywood is too costly — will black material work — something that is inflammable?)
* Remove back of box
* Install RPS to back of box
* Paint outside of box (Black?  Do we want to make it look like the outside of a theatre building — perhaps paint some windows and a stage door on the sides?)
* Attach the tray for computer monitor
* Create a frame to hold the cloth tarp that covers the audience member (to remove all ambient light from front of the box)
* Install black cloth onto the frame of the “auditorium”
STAGE 2 [DAVID, IRINA, CHRISTIAN]: Irina and Christian complete editing of the actor’s scene.  David Smith is composing some introductory music for the scene.  This needs to be put into the sound design.  Irina supplies background image for projection.  Perhaps some moving elements in the background as well (setting sun, circling crows).
STAGE 3  [ALL PARTIES]: Tuesday 11/26, 1-2:15. Tech the box. Install, run cables for computer towers, projector, monitor, interior lights, and “go button” for the start of the scene.  Focus, adjust levels, measure distances etc.
STAGE 4 [NICOLE, IRINA, ANDREW (to deliver printed poster from shop)]: Create Poster for the poster presentation on December 4-5.
STAGE 5 [ALL PARTIES] December 4, morning: Set up box in Atrium basement along with poster.


November 10 Status

Dear Emerging Scholars,
Congratulations on a successful tech and shoot last week.  My actors commented that they thought your work was efficient and on par with professional standards.
We’ve completed a major stage of the project.  We still have a good deal of work left.  I would like the entire crew to meet at the Blue Studio in Voorhees on Tuesday from 1-2:15 this week to work on the box and discuss what still needs to be done.  I have a meeting until 1:30 — I will join you then.  But please begin work by testing the projector in the box.
For Tuesday:
Andrew: Have keys for access to Blue Studio. Make sure you bring the projector.
Irina: bring a few different images to project on the back for the test.
Nicole, Andrew, Mike: connect new monitor to computer tower and set on mount on lower lip of the box.  Bring second computer tower to connect to the projector.
Christian and Irina: Discuss when you can get together to edit film and score the scene (sound effects, music).
By December 3 (date of the Poster Session for the Emerging Scholars projects), we need to complete the following:
Test projector lumens.  Purchase new projector if not powerful enough.
Test projection wall — painted black or white?
Focus and mount projector on inner ceiling
Build monitor mount.
Paint outside of box (we will discuss best color/images — we should make it look like the outside of a purpose-built theater … yes?).
Build internal stage platform (thrust)
Edit scene for monitor projection.
Add sound effects and score to the scene
Create background scenery for projection
Mount speakers
Add cloth curtains and masking to hide wiring, projector, speakers, etc.
Build display tower (to house wiring and computers)
Set up control board for power, projector, monitor, sound, etc.
Submit receipts to David for refund
Complete OpenLab site: add production photos, interview videos, documents, etc.
Create poster for the Poster Presentation on December 3-4
If you can think of anything else, let me know.

Meeting Notes 10/22/13

Richard III Eidophusikon 2013

Meeting 10/22/13
In Attendance: Chris Swift, Nicole Hamilton, Andrew Schild, Steven Harkins, Mike Rinaldi
Topics Covered: Scheduling, Goals, Short term TO DO’s

Semester Goals- Deadline December 16th

-Entire Scene Shot using 3D Effect
-Animated Background for Scene
-“Cabinet” to encase all equipment associated with project. ( Viewing Box on top of the Cabinet)
– Poster for Poster Session

Optional :
– Contests
– Paper Presentation (Irina)


Openlab (Constant Updates)
– Script (Chris Swift)
– Meeting Notes (Nicole)
– Photo / Video Evidence of progress (Nicole)
– Video Interviews of project members

By FridayOctober 25th 2013 :
Gather Estimates for :
– 1 Can of Blue Paint
– 15’x15′ of Blue Fabric to cover floor in acting area
– Catering for Video Shoot
Chris Swift
– Costumes
Steven/ Mike
– Black Diamond Material
– Prop build Costs
-supply short animated background video

Build List ( Steven / Mike)
– stage within box
– housing for source screen
– “cabinet” or housing for all technology
– props ( shovel, sword, crown, period Armor)
– Control method for turning On/Off

Materials to Acquire
– Mini Projector
– Two computers for video to be played from
– blue fabric
– blue paint

Tests to Run
– projecting onto white background surface ( TUESDAY OCT 29 @ 1 PM)
– Projecting onto Black Diamond Material
– Rear Projecting Background

– Deck within the box
– Lighting Fixtures
– Mini Projector
– Home for Lamp Screen
– Paint Exterior of Box


*note : I did not realize this conflict before during our meeting, but we cannot Film on Thursday November 21st as I have a rehearsal for another event that night. How does Tuesday night work for the group? I’m thinking we may be able to do our Tech on a Tuesday night (ex. NOV 12th ) and Film that Thursday (NOV 14th) Comment on this post to develop this conversation.

Mark Rylance as Richard III on Broadway

Opens November 10. Road trip to Manhattan?

DUE DECEMBER 14TH: Entrepreneurial Concept Competition

Think about applying as a group. The award is $4,000 — which would fund a trip for all of us to Leicester England!

See “Files” folder for flyer.

Opportunity for Undergraduate to present paper in Cleveland in March RE: project.

Hi team,

Read the call for submissions below.  If you are interested in presenting (reading and demonstrating) a paper at a major theatre conference, let me know.  I can help you with the application (I also know Will — and since the theme fits the conference and our project is very interesting, I think we could get in).

The 35th Annual
Mid-America Theatre Conference, Wyndham at Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH

March 6-9, 2014
Conference Theme: Revision, Emerging Scholars Symposium

Two Emerging Scholars Debut Panels: One Graduate & One Undergraduate
Undergraduate and Graduate students who have not yet presented at a national conference are invited to submit papers for the Emerging Scholars Symposium, two debut panels of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Papers for the two panels are welcome on any topic in theatre history, theory, or dramatic literature. Papers that complement the conference theme of “Revision” are encouraged, but not required.
Up to three participants will be selected for each panel, and each panelist will have fifteen minutes to deliver his or her paper. Students whose papers are accepted will receive free conference registration, free admission to the conference luncheon, a one-year membership in MATC, and a cash prize of $50. Undergraduate winners will also be paired with a conference mentor.
Papers should be 7-10 pages in length (1750-2500 words), and will be evaluated on the quality of their writing and research, their critical/theoretical sophistication, and their originality.
For consideration, please e-mail all submissions as Microsoft Word attachments to the symposium co-chairs:
Will DaddarioLa Donna
Submissions should include the following:•Your name and the name of your academic institution.•Contact information (including mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number).•A brief bio (no more than 100 words)•Indication of whether you are submitting to the Undergraduate or Graduate Debut Panel.•COMPLETED paper (no abstracts, please).
Submissions MUST be received by:Graduate Panel – OCTOBER 15, 2013. Undergraduate Panel – NOVEMBER 1, 2013

The Mid-America Theatre Conference is held every March with symposia in Theatre History, Practice/Production, Pedagogy, and Playwriting. Graduate students are welcome to submit proposals either to these forums or to the Emerging Scholars Symposium. All proposals are refereed. Because of its small size, MATC serves as an ideal setting for graduate and undergraduate students to begin to share their work with and get feedback from established scholars. Membership in MATC also includes a subscription to Theatre History Studies, a leading journal in the field. Please visit for more information.

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BBC Information on the Richard III Discovery and Reconstruction



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