We’re Putting Pins In It: 7 Ways to Get Stagecrafty

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We last featured a board we’re cultivating on Pinterest of amazing set designs, so now I thought that I’d share another fun board that we’re pinning with a huge variety of tips and tricks for building props, stagecraft, and costumes. 

Here’s a few that I really love. (But be sure to check out the whole board because there are a lot of goodies!) Just click on an image to take you to the pin, and then click it again to get to the full details. And if you’re on Pinterest, follow us and suggest cool pins for us to share!

1. Broken Glass Made Out of Contact Paper

Need broken windows on stage, but worried about people getting hurt? Plexiglass can be tedious to cut out, so I am loving this super easy fix. No ruining perfectly good windows, either!

2. Clean a Crusty Paintbrush

It happens everyday in the theatre, despite your best efforts: somebody leaves out a paintbrush and ruins it. And those paintbrushes aren’t cheap. The good news is, all is not lost. Here’s how you can rescue those brushes from that trash and save a few bucks.

3. Which Glue Should I Use?

Everyone has dealt with something that they’ve glued not totally sticking, right? (Can’t just be me.) Here’s a handy guide to what kind of adhesive to use on what surface.

4. Aging Costumes Tutorial

Poorly distressed costumes can take anyone out of the scene. Here’s helpful advice if you’re not sure how to properly distress costumes

5. How to Paint Laminate Furniture

Furniture that works is sometimes hard to come by (easier if you are a member in the LA STAGE Warehouse Co-Op, check it out!), especially in an Ikea-saturated market. So if you’re finding yourself on an Ikea budget (and you haven’t joined the Warehouse Co-Op yet) or just need to transform what you have on hand because it works perfectly but everyone knows it’s Ikea, here’s how you can transform it. (Also seriously, why aren’t you a member of the Warehouse Co-Op yet??)

6. Make a Foam Head with Moving Jaw

Have you ever been tasked with acquiring something like a giant animal head for your production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Well, here’s how you can make one and not break the bank.

7. Building Drop Mounted Steps

Don’t trip up your patrons or your actors with one step that is smaller than the rest because your math was bad. Here’s an amazing tutorial on building steps.

An Interview with CTG’s Sherwood Award Winner, Mat Diafos Sweeney

“I think LA theatre is at its best when it’s reaching across forms and reinventing its relationship to a live audience, and at its worst when it’s trying to fit an existing mold or production model that made sense in New York a century ago. LA is the future- our garden is wilder, vaster, and more diverse so it should be tended differently.”

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Mandi Moss

Mandi Moss

Mandi's been acting, producing, scenic painting, costume designing and directing in Los Angeles since the early 2000's with a particular interest in new works and creative storytelling. She’s a former member of Theatre of NOTE and a current member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. She’s also a proud professional clown and the Managing Editor of @ This Stage.